Wichita Falls Nighthawks

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Wichita Falls Nighthawks
Current season
Established 2012
Play in Kay Yeager Coliseum
in Wichita Falls, Texas
WFNighthawks.com
Wichita Falls Nighthawks helmet
Wichita Falls Nighthawks logo
Helmet Logo
League/conference affiliations

Professional American Football League (outdoor, 2013)
Indoor Football League (2015–present)

  • United Conference (2015–present)
Team colors Black, Gold, Silver, White
                   
Mascot Swoop
Personnel
Owner(s) Drew Carnes
President Drew Carnes
Head coach Billy Back
Team history
  • Wichita Falls Nighthawks (2012–present)
Championships
League championships (2)
PAFL: 2013
GoFL: 2014
IFL: 0
Conference championships (0)
0
Division championships (0)
0
Playoff appearances (1)
2016
Home arena(s)

The Wichita Falls Nighthawks are an American professional indoor football team based in Wichita Falls, Texas. They play their home games at Kay Yeager Coliseum and joined the Indoor Football League in August 2014.[1]

The franchise started as an American football team that played in different leagues as a minor league team before joining the IFL. Their outdoor home was Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls.

History[edit]

Alternate Helmet Logo starting in 2017

The Nighthawks were founded in October 2012 as an outdoor football team by Jerry and Michelle Hughes. They played minor league football and won championships in two separate leagues. However, financial struggles forced the Hughes to sell the team. [2] They sold the team to Drew Carnes in the summer of 2014. Carnes' intention was to turn the franchise into an indoor football team. On August 25, 2014, the Nighthawks became official members of the Indoor Football League, the top indoor league in the country alongside the Arena Football League.[3] On August 26, 2015, James Kerwin was released as the Nighthawks head coach after posting an 4-10 record his first season with the team.[4]

On October 2, 2015, the Nighthawks officially announced that they had hired Billy Back to replace Kerwin. Back had previously been the head coach for the Nashville Venom, where he guided the Venom to a 2014 Professional Indoor Football League championship.[5]

Notable players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Wichita Falls Nighthawks roster
Quarterbacks
  •  1 Charles McCullum

Running backs

  •  3 Tyler Williams

Wide receivers

  • 11 Phillip Barnett
  •  7 Troy Evans
  •  4 Jordan Jolly
  •  8 Demarius Washington
Offensive linemen
  • 94 Jarve Dean
  • 90 Antonio Foster
  • 91 Clint Marsh
  • -- Nathaniel Ryan
  • 95 Tino Tuilata

Defensive linemen

  • 19 Dyron Dye
  • 92 Malcolm Goines
  • 44 Deantre Harlan
  • -- Nmesoma Okafor
  • 77 Walter Thomas
Linebackers
  • 23 Taylor Dammermann
  • 15 Josh Francis

Defensive backs

  •  2 Michael Carter
  • 20 Neiko Conway
  • 21 Michael Green
  •  5 Chris Parks
  • 13 Kenny Walton
  • 16 Norris Wrenn III

Special teams

  • 12 Rockne Belmonte
Reserve lists
  • 18 Kewan Alford DL (IR-DFR) Injury icon 2.svg
  • -- Joe Craig WR (Exempt.)
  • -- JaJuan Harley DB (Exempt.)
  • 17 Demetrius Hill DL (IR-DFR) Injury icon 2.svg
  • 10 Tyron Laughinghouse WR (IR) Injury icon 2.svg
  •  6 Angelo Pease RB (IR-DFR) Injury icon 2.svg
  • 52 Toni Pulu DL (Exempt.)

Practice squad

  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
Roster updated April 22, 2017
26 Active, 7 Inactive

More rosters

All-League selections[edit]

  • QB Charles McCullum (1)
  • RB Tyler Williams (1)
  • WR Jordan Jolly (1)
  • DL Terrance Lloyd (1), Walter Thomas (1)
  • LB/DB James Ackel (1)
  • K Rockne Belmonte (1)

Coaches[edit]

Head Coaches[edit]

Name Term Regular Season Playoffs Awards
W L T Win% W L
James Kerwin 2015 4 10 0 .286 0 0
Billy Back 2016–present 18 7 0 .720 0 1 IFL Coach of the Year (2016)

Staff[edit]

Wichita Falls Nighthawks staff
Front Office
  • Owner – Drew Carnes
 

Head coach - Billy Back

Offensive coaches

  • Offensive assistant – Rudy Hawkins
  • Offensive line coach – Brian Schmidt

Defensive coaches

  • Defensive coordinator – Ernie Cooke
  • Defensive line coach – Brian Schmidt

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
2015 2015 IFL Intense 5th 4 10 0
2016 2016 IFL United 3rd 11 5 0 Lost United Conference Wild Card 66-36 vs. Cedar Rapids
2017 2017 IFL United 7 2 0
Totals 22 17 0 All-time regular season record (2015–2017)
0 1 - All-time postseason record (2015–2017)
22 18 0 All-time regular season and postseason record (2015–2017)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wichita Falls Nighthawks Officially Join IFL – Indoor Football League, Chris Koetter, NewsTalk 1290.com, August 26, 2014
  2. ^ Nighthawks' future in doubt, Jonathan Hull, Times Record News, July 5, 2014
  3. ^ "Wichita Falls Nighthawks Join the IFL". Indoor Football League. August 26, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Nighthawks Part Ways With Head Coach". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. September 1, 2015. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Nighthawks hire Back as new head coach". www.timesrecordnews.com. Times Recorder News. October 2, 2015. Retrieved October 5, 2015. 

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