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Green Bay Blizzard

Green Bay Blizzard
Founded 2003
Current season 2015
League af2 (2003–2009)
IFL (2010–present)
Conference United
Division North
Team history Green Bay Blizzard (2003–present)
Based in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin
Arena Resch Center
Colors Forest Green, White, Silver
Owner(s) Larry & Kathy Treankler
Ahman Green
Head coach Tommie Williams
Championships 0
Conference titles 1: (af2 American: 2006)
Division titles 4: (af2 Eastern: 2006,
af2 Midwest 2008,
IFL Central North: 2010,
IFL Great Lakes: 2011)
Playoff berths 8: (af2: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
IFL: 2010, 2011, 2012)
Mascot Bruiser the Yeti

The Green Bay Blizzard are a professional indoor football team, founded in 2003. The Blizzard began play in the Indoor Football League in 2010, after having played the previous seven seasons in af2, the now-defunct minor league of the Arena Football League. The Blizzard play in the United Conference. They play their home games at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin. The team's logo represents Bruiser, the team mascot.

The team was formerly owned by a group headed by former Green Bay Packers linebacker Brian Noble; in October 2009 it was announced that a group of local businessmen formed Titletown Football Group, LLC and had purchased the team. In September 2013, it was announced that Matt Umentum, Tom Burgess, and Bob Weyers sold their ownership shares to Larry and Kathy Treankler.


  • History 1
    • 2003, a year of miserable beginnings 1.1
    • 2004, a new direction 1.2
    • 2005, the Landsee Era begins 1.3
    • 2006, under new ownership 1.4
      • ArenaCup VII 1.4.1
    • 2007, a year of unexpected changes 1.5
    • 2008, Landsee returns 1.6
    • 2009, a year of missed opportunities 1.7
      • 2009 af2 Playoffs 1.7.1
    • 2010, new league, new rivals 1.8
      • Financial troubles and new ownership 1.8.1
      • League and coaching change 1.8.2
      • Possible name change 1.8.3
      • 2010 season 1.8.4
    • 2011 season 1.9
    • 2012 season 1.10
    • 2013 season 1.11
    • 2014 season 1.12
  • Statistics and records 2
    • Season-by-season results 2.1
    • Season-by-season average attendance 2.2
    • Overall records 2.3
  • Players of note 3
    • Current roster 3.1
    • Awards and honors 3.2
  • Coaches of note 4
    • Head Coaches 4.1
    • Current staff 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6


2003, a year of miserable beginnings

The Blizzard started out as an af2 expansion team in 2003 with Jose Jefferson as the team's head coach. The team finished an abysmal 2-14 good for last in the National Conference Midwest Division. They only averaged 2,957 fans a game.

2004, a new direction

In an attempt to jump start things the Blizzard replaced Jose Jefferson with former Green Bay Packers linebacker Brian Noble. The team did make some improvements during the 2004 season, however the Blizzard finished the season 6-10 and once again failed to get out of the Midwest Division cellar.

2005, the Landsee Era begins

Blizzard logo (2003–2014)

2005 was to be a different story. For the start of the 2005 season the team changed from the National Conference to the American Conference. The Blizzard became a member of the American Conference's East division. The team also replaced Noble with AFL veteran coach Bob Landsee. The switch to the American Conference was the change the Blizzard needed. The team continued their trend of improvement in 2005 finishing 9-7, good for 3rd in the East Division, and reaching the postseason for the first time. They fell in the first round to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

2006, under new ownership

In 2006 Blizzard head coach Louisville Fire for first in the East Division at 9-6. This set up a showdown between the two teams at the Resch Center for the East Division title. The Blizzard did not disappoint a record crowd of 7,184 knocking off the Fire in a 54-53 thriller. The 2006 season got even better as the postseason began. The Blizzard earned a first round bye and enjoyed a week off to await their second round opponent. The Blizzard drew the 2005 ArenaCup Champion Memphis Xplorers for the franchise's first ever home playoff game. The Blizzard continued in their winning ways knocking off the defending champs 67-50. The team's first playoff victory sent them on to the American Conference Championship Game vs the Florida Firecats. Once again the Blizzard proved that they were for real winning the conference championship 60-47 sending the Blizzard on to ArenaCup VII.

ArenaCup VII

The Green Bay Blizzard as American Conference Champions would face the National Conference Champion, Spokane Shock, a 2006 expansion team. The neutral site for the game was Coliseo de Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico. But the Blizzard's luck had finally run out as the Shock handed the Blizzard a 57-34 loss. The Blizzard's 2006 season was one for the ages, but the Blizzard faithful now knew that their team had come to stay.

2007, a year of unexpected changes

Coach Bob Landsee had difficulties resulting from surgery and was forced to take the 2007 off from coaching. He was replaced by Defensive Coordinator Doug Lytle. The Blizzard endured a roller coaster season going undefeated at the Resch Center during the regular season while going a miserable 1-7 on the road. (Only road win came at Cincinnati) The Blizzard did succeed at making the playoffs for the third consecutive year and surprised division rival and (Midwest) Division Champion, Quad City Steamwheelers 39-34 in the first round game. When another division rival, Louisville Fire knocked off Spokane the Blizzard earned the right to host a second round playoff game against the Fire. The Blizzard carried over their success at home from the regular season by knocking off Louisville 37-27 and advancing to take on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in their second consecutive American Conference Championship Game. However this Cinderella story went no further as the Blizzard lost a close one to the Pioneers 46-43, ending the Blizzard's 2007 campaign.[1]

2008, Landsee returns


  • Official website
  • FrostBite - Weekly Podcast

External links

  1. ^ "2007 Green Bay Blizzard". ArenaFan. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "2009 Green Bay Blizzard Schedule". ArenaFan. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Arkansas Twisters vs Green Bay Blizzard (Apr 24, 2009)". Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
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  12. ^ Weston Hodkiewicz (November 5, 2009). "Update: Green Bay Blizzard joins Indoor Football League". Gannett. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Blizzard Name Richards Head Coach". Green Bay Blizzard. November 17, 2009. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  14. ^ a b "Last Chance to vote for new team name! VOTE NOW!". Green Bay Blizzard. December 13, 2009. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Arena Football One Announces AFL Asset Bid". OurSports Central. November 11, 2009. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Green Bay Indoor Football Team will remain the Blizzard". Green Bay Blizzard. January 13, 2010. Retrieved October 24, 2012. 
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  18. ^ "IFL: Blizzard has many new players, but same goal".  
  19. ^ Schroeder, Dave (March 31, 2013). "From the Blizzard to the NFL".  
  20. ^ Fielder, Justin (March 26, 2013). "Journey leads to Jets for Blizzard alum".  
  21. ^ "Indoor football: Blizzard announces new principal owners". Gannett. September 19, 2013. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Indoor football: Baldwin returning to the Blizzard".  
  23. ^ "Blizzard fires coach Baldwin after 0-6 start".  
  24. ^ a b "Green Bay Blizzard Team History". ArenaFan. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 


Current staff

Name Term Regular Season Playoffs Awards
W L T Win% W L
Jose Jefferson 2003 2 14 0 .125 0 0
Brian Noble 2004 6 10 0 .375 0 0
Bob Landsee 2005-2006, 2008-2009 40 24 0 .625 5 4
Doug Lytle 2007 9 7 0 .563 2 1
Rik Richards 2010-2011 21 7 0 .750 1 2
Robert Fuller 2012-2013 12 8 0 .600 1 1 IFL Coach of the Year (2012)
Chad Baldwin 2013-2014 3 11 0 .214 0 0
Tommie Williams 2014-present 8 14 0 .364 0 0
Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2015 Indoor Football League season.

Head Coaches

Coaches of note

Season Player Position Award
2010 Maurice Simpkins Linebacker Most Improved Player
2011 B. J. Hill Defensive Back Special Teams Player of the Year
2011 Arkeith Brown Defensive Back Defensive Rookie of the Year
2013 B. J. Hill Defensive Back Special Teams Player of the Year
2014 Nate Wara Quarterback Rookie of the Year

The following is a list of all Blizzard players who have won league Awards

Awards and honors

Current roster

Players of note

Location Wins Losses Ties
Home 50 27 0
Away 35 44 0
Neutral Site 0 1 0
Playoffs 9 8 0
Overtime 2 3 0

Overall records[24]

Year Average Attendance [24] League
2003 2,957 af2
2004 3,683 af2
2005 3,532 af2
2006 5,836 af2
2007 5,629 af2
2008 6,125* af2
2009 6,093 af2
2010 3,778 IFL
2011 No Data IFL
2012 3,384 IFL
Overall 4,557
* = Excludes 1 Playoff Game with missing data

Season-by-season average attendance

Season W L T Finish Playoff results
Green Bay Blizzard (af2)
2003 2 14 0 5th NC Midwest --
2004 6 10 0 4th NC Midwest --
2005 9 7 0 3rd AC East Lost AC Round 1 (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 48-41)
2006 10 6 0 1st AC East Won AC Semifinal (Memphis 67-50)
Won AC Championship (Florida 60-47)
Lost ArenaCup VII (Spokane 57-34)
2007 9 7 0 2nd AC Midwest Won AC Round 1 (Quad City 39-34)
Won AC Semifinals (Louisville 37-27)
Lost AC Championship (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 46-43)
2008 11 5 0 1st AC Midwest Won AC Round 1 (Lexington 65-37)
Lost AC Semifinals (Manchester 55-54)
2009 10 6 0 2nd AC Midwest Won AC Round 1 (Tennessee Valley 60-56)
Won AC Semifinals (Iowa 51-46)
Lost AC Championship (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 72-67)
Green Bay Blizzard (IFL)
2010 10 4 0 1st Central North Lost Round 1 (Chicago)
2011 11 3 0 1st Great Lakes Won Conference Semi-Final (Reading)
Lost United Conference Championship (Sioux Falls)
2012 11 3 0 2nd United Conference Won Conference Semi-Final (Bloomington)
Lost United Conference Championship (Sioux Falls)
2013 4 10 0 5th United --
2014 2 12 0 5th United --
2015 6 8 0 3rd United --
2016 -- -- -- -- --
Totals 110 103 0 (including playoffs)

Season-by-season results

Statistics and records

After the 2013 season, the Chicago Slaughter moved to the Continental Indoor Football League. The United Conference continues to have 5 teams thanks to a new expansion team, the Bemidji Axemen. In September 2013, Titletown Football Group, LLC sold their majority ownership stake in the team to Larry and Kathy Treankler.[21] The Blizzard began the 2014 season under head coach Chad Baldwin.[22] After the team began the season 0–6, Baldwin was replaced by offensive coordinator Tommie Williams for the remainder of the season.[23]

2014 season

With the Edge and Steelhawks leaving the IFL for other leagues and the Beef and Express suspending operations, the United Conference was reduced to five teams for the 2013 season, with the Blizzard, Slaughter, Titans, and Storm all returning and the newly renamed Texas Revolution (formerly the Allen Wranglers) moving from the Intense Conference.[18] Junior Aumavae, a nose tackle who spent the 2012 season playing for the Blizzard, was signed by the New York Jets in late March 2013.[19][20] After compiling a 1–5 record in the season's first six games, head coach Robert Fuller was replaced by defensive coordinator Chad Baldwin.

2013 season

Because of various teams leaving the IFL, either to join other leagues or cease operations altogether, the league played the 2012 season format in two conferences with no divisions. While the Spartans had ceased operations, the Blizzard's divisional rivals the Slaughter and the newly renamed Bloomington Edge joined in the single-table United Conference along with the Reading Express, Sioux Falls Storm, Cedar Rapids Titans, Lehigh Valley Steelhawks and Omaha Beef. In this new format, the Blizzard finished 11-3 again, though this time in second place and three games behind the undefeated Storm. While the Blizzard defeated the Edge in the first round, they would again lose to the Storm for the United Conference Championship.

2012 season

For the 2011 season, the Blizzard competed in the United Conference Great Lakes Division; however, the divisional setup was unchanged from its Central North Division alignment (the Spartans, Slaughter and Extreme remaining the Blizzard's division rivals). Also unchanged was the Blizzard winning the division title; however, what changed was the Blizzard's record had improved to 11-3 and they defeated the Reading Express in their first-round playoff game. A United Bowl was not in the cards, however, as the Blizzard lost the United Conference Championship game to the eventual champions the Sioux Falls Storm.

2011 season

On December 15, 2009 the IFL announced the divisional alignment and schedule for the 2010 season. The Blizzard competed in the United Conference Central North Division with the La Crosse Spartans, Chicago Slaughter and Bloomington Extreme.[17] The Blizzard won the Central North Division, but lost their First Round playoff game against the Chicago Slaughter.

2010 season

However, on January 13, 2010, it was announced that the ownership group had purchased the name and intellectual property, meaning the team will remain the Green Bay Blizzard.[16]

On December 5, 2009, the Blizzard announced the "Name the Team" contest.[14] The Blizzard name and intellectual property was held by the defunct Arena Football League, which was the parent of the Blizzard's former league, af2. The assets of the former Arena Football League were purchased by the newly formed Arena Football 1.[15] The team ownership group is still attempting to purchase the rights to the Blizzard name. The team has decided to continue with the name the team contest in case the Blizzard name is not able to be purchased.[14]

Possible name change

In November 2009, the team announced that they would play the 2010 season in the Indoor Football League[12] At a team open house on November 17, 2009 the Blizzard announced their new head coach would be Rik Richards.[13]

League and coaching change

In October 2009 the team announced that unless the team found additional investors that they would be forced to cease operations. The Blizzard found new investors in an ownership group headed up by Greeen Bay Bullfrogs (Summer Collegiate Northwoods League) Founder, Majority Owner and President Jeff Royle that included a couple of local businessmen and in late October it was announced that Titletown Football Group, LLC had purchased the Blizzard. [11]

Financial troubles and new ownership

2010, new league, new rivals

The # 6 seeded Blizzard opened the American Conference playoffs with a game at the # 3 seeded South Division Champion Tennessee Valley Vipers. The Blizzard knocked off the Vipers 60-56[8] and advanced to the American Conference Semi-Finals to take on the # 2 seeded Iowa Barnstormers The Blizzard blew into Des Moines and defeated the Barnstormers 51-46[9] to advance to their third American Conference Championship game to take on the # 1 seeded Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers. The game was much closer than the regular season meeting however the Blizzard fell to the Pioneers 72-67[10] thus ending the Blizzard's 2009 campaign.

2009 af2 Playoffs

The Blizzard started the season off with a bang at the Resch Center knocking off the defending ArenaCup Champion, Tennessee Valley Vipers 53-40.[2] The Blizzard were then solidly beaten the next week by Manchester by the score of 53-28 at the Resch Center. The Blizzard then hit the road for the first time of the season and defeated the Quad City Steamwheelers 65-52 to improve to 2-1 on the season. The Blizzard then returned home to the Resch Center to face the Arkansas Twisters. Arkansas jumped out to an early 21-0 lead which the Blizzard could not overcome, eventually falling 62-47.[3] The Blizzard then began a new rivalry the next week when they traveled to Milwaukee to take on the Milwaukee Iron. The Blizzard handled the Iron fairly easily knocking them off 56-28. After this the Blizzard returned home for a two game home stand. In the first game the Blizzard missed an opportunity to take the Midwest Division lead by falling to Iowa 46-41 and falling to 3-3 a half game behind the 4-3 Barnstormers. The Blizzard then continued the roller coaster type season by defeating the Peoria Pirates 55-34 to tie Iowa, who was idle, at the top of the Midwest Division at 4-3. That was short lived however as the Blizzard traveled to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania the next week and were hammered by Pioneers 69-19. This pushed the Blizzard a game back in the division standings and dropped their record to 4-4 on the year. The Blizzard then returned home to the Resch Center and knocked off Quad City in overtime 52-49.[4] and improved to 5-4. The Blizzard improved to 6-4 the following week by escaping Peoria with a 49-47 win over the Pirates.[2] The Blizzard then continued on their winning ways by heading into Des Moines and knocking off the Barnstormers 71-65 in overtime to pull into a tie for the Midwest Division lead.[5] This tie however was once again short lived as the Barnstormers knocked off Amarillo the next week 55-54 and the Blizzard missed many opportunities to beat the Tulsa Talons falling 66-54.[6] The Blizzard rebounded the next week by thumping the Milwaukee Iron 86-42 remaining one game back in the division standings at 8-5. The following week the Blizzard's division title hopes took a major hit as they fell to the Quad City Steamwheelers 62-44 and fell to two games back of the Barnstormers. The Blizzard then finished off the 3 game season series sweep of Milwaukee with a 60-20 victory at the Resch Center yet Iowa defeated Quad City to clinch the Midwest Division crown.[7] The Blizzard then finished the regular season on the road knocking off the Mahoning Valley Thunder 63-43 to finish the season at 10-6 and earning the # 6 seed in the 2009 af2 Playoffs.

2009, a year of missed opportunities
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