Wichita Falls Nighthawks

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Wichita Falls Nighthawks
Wichita Falls Nighthawks.png
Founded 2012
Current season 2016
League Indoor Football League (2015–present)
Professional American Football League (outdoor, 2013)
Conference Intense (2015–present)
Team history Wichita Falls Nighthawks (2013–present)
Based in Wichita Falls, Texas
Arena Kay Yeager Coliseum
Colors Black, Gold, Silver, White
Owner(s) Drew Carnes
President Drew Carnes
Head coach Billy Back
Championships (2)
PAFL: (2013)
GoFL: (2014)
Conference titles (0)
Playoff berths (1)
Mascot Swoop
Website www.wfnighthawks.com

The Wichita Falls Nighthawks are an American professional indoor football team based out of 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.


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

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs


Injury Reserve
  • Currently vacant


  • Currently vacant

Refused to Report

  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
Roster updated June 28, 2016
25 Active, 8 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)


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 11 5 0 .688 0 1 IFL Coach of the Year (2016)

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
Totals 15 15 0 All-time regular season record (2015–2016)
0 1 - All-time postseason record (2015–2016)
15 16 0 All-time regular season and postseason record (2015–2016)


  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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