Wenatchee Valley Venom

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Wenatchee Valley Venom
Established 2009
Folded 2011
Played in Town Toyota Center
in Wenatchee, Washington
Wenatchee Valley Venom logo
League/conference affiliations

American Indoor Football Association (2010)

  • West Division (2010)

Indoor Football League (20112011)

  • Intense Conference (2011)
    • Pacific Division (2011)
Team colors Black, Red, Silver
Owner(s) Daryn Klinginsmith
Rob Tidd
President Kyle Skalisky
Head coach Brian Smith
Team history
League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (0)
Home arena(s)

The Wenatchee Valley Venom were a professional indoor football team based in Wenatchee, Washington. The team was most recently a member of the Pacific Division of the Intense Conference of the Indoor Football League (IFL). The Venom were founded in 2009, as an expansion member of the American Indoor Football Association (AIFA). The Venom played their home games at Town Toyota Center.


On June 15, 2009, co-owner and general manager Mark Helm announced that the Wenatchee Valley Venom would become an expansion team of the American Indoor Football Association (AIFA) for the 2010 season.[1] The ownership named Keith Evans the franchise's first ever head coach and assistant general manager.[2] In January, 2010, the Venom adding Kyle Skalisky to the ownership group and named his team president.[3] With the team getting off to a 2-5 start, the team fired Keith Evans and named defensive coordinator, Brian Smith, the team's interim head coach.[4] On May 28, 2010, the ownership group removed the interim tag from Smith, and he took over as the full time head coach.[5] Smith guided the Venom to a 6-1 record during the remander of the season, but the team narrowly missed the playoffs.[6] The ownership group announced that the team would be returning for the 2011 season, but was unsure what league the franchise would be playing in.[7]

On September 11, 2010, the Venom announced they would be joining the Indoor Football League (IFL) for the 2011 season.[8] The Venom won their IFL debut 45-37 over the Fairbanks Grizzlies.[9] The Venom got off to a 2-0 start,[10] but that was followed up by a 7-game losing streak.[11] New rookie quarterback, Charles Dowdell ended the Venom's losing streak by leading them to a 41-36 victory over the Wyoming Cavalry.[12] Dowdell's success didn't last long, as the Venom would drop the final four games of the season.[13]

On June 21, 2011 The Venom announced that they would be ceasing operations. The Venom have suffered from low ticket sales since their debut season in 2010, when they finished 8-6 in the American Indoor Football Association. Though they moved to the more financially stable IFL for the 2011 season, the team posted a 3-11 record and continued to have issues drawing fans.[14]

Players of note[edit]

Final roster[edit]

Wenatchee Valley Venom roster

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs


  •  7 Scott Thomsen
Injured Reserve
  • Currently vacant

Exempt List

  • Currently vacant

Practice Squad

  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
Roster updated March 28, 2011
27 Active, 0 Inactive, 0 PS

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All-IFL players[edit]

The following Venom players have been named to All-IFL Teams:

  • WR Timothy Simmons (1)

Head coaches[edit]

Note: Statistics are correct through end of the 2011 Indoor Football League season.

Name Term Regular Season Playoffs Awards
W L T Win% W L
Keith Evans 2010 2 5 0 .286 0 0
Brian Smith 2010-2011 9 12 0 .429 0 0

Statistics and records[edit]

Season-by-season results[edit]

Note: The Finish, Wins, Losses, and Ties columns list regular season results and exclude any postseason play.

League Champions Conference Champions Division Champions Wild Card Berth League Leader
Season Team League Conference Division Regular season Postseason Results
Finish Wins Losses Ties
2010 2010 AIFA Western 3rd 8 6 0
2011 2011 IFL Intense Pacific 4th 3 11 0
Totals 11 17 0 All-time regular season record (2010-2011)
0 0 - All-time postseason record (2010-2011)
11 17 0 All-time regular season and postseason record (2010-2011)


  1. ^ "Wenatchee gets indoor football team". www.seattletimes.com. The Seattle Times. June 15, 2009. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ Brian Adamowsky (June 11, 2013). "Venom coach gets his wide receiver". www.wenatcheeworld.com. The Wenatachee World. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Wenatchee Valley Venom Announce Addition of New Co-Owner, Team President". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. January 14, 2010. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Venom Announce Brian Smith as Interim Head Coach". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. May 10, 2010. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  5. ^ Brent Stecker (June 9, 2013). "Interim guy no longer". www.wenatcheeworld.com. The Wenatachee World. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  6. ^ Brent Stecker (June 9, 2013). "Venom end first year on a good note". www.wenatcheeworld.com. The Wenatachee World. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  7. ^ Brent Stecker (June 9, 2013). "Venom coming back for second season". www.wenatcheeworld.com. The Wenatachee World. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  8. ^ Brian Adamowsky (September 11, 2010). "Venom officially make jump to Indoor Football League". www.wenatcheeworld.com. The Wenatachee World. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  9. ^ Renee Thony (February 28, 2011). "Grizzlies have costly turnovers in open loss to Wenatchee". www.newsminer.com. Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Venom stuns Fever". www.tri-cityherald.com. Tri-City Herald. March 6, 2011. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  11. ^ Brent Stecker (June 8, 2013). "Venom skid hits seven". www.wenatcheeworld.com. The Wenatachee World. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  12. ^ Brent Stecker (June 8, 2013). "Venom finally snap seven-game skid". www.wenatcheeworld.com. The Wenatachee World. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  13. ^ Corey Voegele (June 8, 2013). "A tough way to finish". www.wenatcheeworld.com. The Wenatachee World. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  14. ^ Brent Stecker (June 8, 2013). "Venom to sit out 2012 season". www.wenatcheeworld.com. The Wenatchee World. Retrieved March 25, 2015. 

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