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Tri-Cities Fever

Tri-Cities Fever
Founded 2005
Current season 2016
League NIFL (2005–2006)
af2 (2007–2009)
IFL (2010–present)
Conference Intense
Division West
Team history Tri-Cities Fever (2005–present)
Based in Kennewick, Washington
Arena Toyota Center
Colors Navy, Vegas Gold, White
              
Owner(s) Teri Carr
President Teri Carr
Head coach Ryan Lingenfelder
General Manager Teri Carr
Championships 1: (NIFL: 2005)
Conference titles 3: (NIFL: 2005, IFL: 2011, 2012)
Division titles 1: (Intense Pacific: 2012)
Playoff berths 6: (NIFL: 2005, 2006, af2: 2007, IFL: 2010, 2011, 2012,2015)
Cheerleaders Fever Girls
Mascot Clutch

The Tri-Cities Fever are a professional indoor football franchise in the Indoor Football League (IFL) based in Kennewick, Washington. They are members of the Intense Conference. The Fever joined National Indoor Football League (NIFL) in 2005 as an expansion team. The Fever are owned by Teri Carr. Since 2005 the Fever have played their home games only at the Toyota Center in Kennewick, Washington.[1]

The Fever have won one division title and three conference championships. They have appeared in two United Bowls, most recently the 2012 United Bowl where they were defeated by the Sioux Falls Storm 59-32.

Contents

  • History 1
    • National Indoor Football League (NIFL) 1.1
    • Move to af2 1.2
    • New ownership, new logo 1.3
    • Back to the Carrs, on to the IFL 1.4
  • Season-by-season 2
  • Players of note 3
    • Current roster 3.1
    • Awards and honors 3.2
    • All-IFL players 3.3
  • Front office and coaching staff 4
    • Coaching staff 4.1
    • Head coaches 4.2
  • Media coverage 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

History

Original Primary Logo 2007-2015

National Indoor Football League (NIFL)

The Fever were founded and accepted into the National Indoor Football League (NIFL) September 2004.[2] Craig Beverlin was tabbed as the teams first ever head coach. After an 0-2 start, Beverlin resigned as the head coach of the Fever, and starting quarterback Scott Mitchell quit the team. The team promoted Special Teams Coach, Dan Whitsett to head coach, and signed quarterback Doug Coleman to lead the team.[3] The Fever rallied to a 9-5 regular season record, finishing 3rd in the Pacific West division. The Fever earned a berth in Indoor Bowl V on July 30, 2005, where the defeated the Rome Renegades 47-31 in Kennewick.[4]

Move to af2

After the 2006 season, the Fever announced they were leaving the NIFL. On September 4, it was confirmed that they were moving to United Indoor Football, along with the Billings Outlaws and River City Rage.[5] The league was expected to make an official announcement at a press conference sometime on the weekend of September 11, and was also hoping to add the Rapid City Flying Aces and Wyoming Cavalry soon. However, Tri-Cities instead joined the af2 which had in-state rival Spokane.[6]

Failed logo

The new ownership had introduced a new logo, with team colors and uniforms that were reminiscent of the Miami Dolphins on December 13, 2006 (left), but because of general fan dislike, the team announced on January 9, 2007 that they would be switching back to their old color scheme and logo.[7]

Back to the Carrs, on to the IFL

There had been speculation that the Fever would fold after the 2009 season, however, on September 6, it was announced that J. R. and Teri Carr had bought back the team from Texas af2 holdings, ensuring the Fever would return for the 2010 season.[8] Later that month, it was announced that the af2 was shutting down and the new Arena Football 1 (AF1) was taking its place, including the Fever as a charter team. The Fever would drop out of the AF1 however on November 19 as the Tier 2 division, which the Fever were slated to be in, was scrapped by the league due to a lack of teams.[9] So the Fever joined the Indoor Football League based in Richmond, Virginia. The Fever joined former rival (NIFL) and defending IFL champion the Billings Outlaws and new in-state rival the Kent Predators.

Season-by-season

Season W L T Finish Playoff results
Tri-Cities Fever (NIFL)
2005 9 5 0 3rd Pacific West Won Pacific Conference Quarter Final (Wyoming)
Won Pacific Conference Semi-Final (Everett)
Won Pacific Conference Championship (Odessa)
Won Indoor Bowl V (Rome)
2006 9 5 0 2nd Pacific North Won Pacific Conference Quarter Final (Wyoming)
Lost Pacific Conference Semi-Final (Billings)
Tri-Cities Fever (af2)
2007 8 8 0 3rd AC West Lost AC Round 1 (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton)
2008 4 12 0 5th NC West --
2009 3 13 0 5th NC West --
Tri-Cities Fever (IFL)
2010 7 7 0 3rd Pacific North Lost Round 1 (Billings)
2011 10 4 0 2nd Pacific Won Round 1 (West Texas)
Won Conference Semi-Final (Colorado)
Won Intense Conference Championship (Allen)
Lost 2011 United Bowl (Sioux Falls)
2012 12 2 0 1st Intense Conference Won Conference Semi-Final (Colorado)
Won Intense Conference Championship (Wichita)
Lost 2012 United Bowl (Sioux Falls)
2013 6 8 0 3rd Intense Conference --
2014 8 6 0 3rd Intense Conference --
2015 8 6 0 2nd Intense Conference Lost Intense Conference Championship (Nebraska)
Totals 94 82 0 (including playoffs)

Players of note

Current roster

Awards and honors

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

Season Player Position Award
2013 Lionell Singleton Defensive Back Adam Pringle
2015 Steven Whitehead Wide Receiver Offensive Player of the Year
2015 Brady Beeson Kicker Adam Pringle

All-IFL players

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

  • QB Houston Lillard (2)
  • RB Keithon Flemming (1), Andrew Pierce (1)
  • WR Thyron Lewis (1), Joey Hew Len (1), Steven Whitehead (2)
  • OL William Falakiseni (1)
  • DL Jake Killeen (2)
  • DB Dennis Rogan (1), Lionell Singleton (3), Rudell Crim (1). Donyae Coleman (1), Troy Sanders (1)

Front office and coaching staff

Coaching staff

Head coaches

Craig Beverlin was the initial head coach for the Fever, but after a 0-2 start, Beverlin was fired, and the details of his dismissal were never shared publically.[10] Beverlin was replaced by Special Teams coach, Dan Whitsett.[11] On July 8, 2006, Whitsett resigned from his coaching position, just days before the Fever were to start the playoffs.[12] On April 26, 2009 Head coach Richard Davis was fired after an 0-5 start to the season.[13] On April 27, Pat O'Hara, Head coach of the Arena Football League's Los Angeles Avengers was named Head coach of the Fever while the AFL was suspended.[14] O'Hara was going to remain Fever coach for the 2010 season in the IFL until he was offered head coaching job of the Orlando Predators of the af1. He was replaced by former Spokane Shock head coach Adam Shackleford. Shackleford coached the Fever to a record 50 wins in 6 seasons as the head coach. He has since returned to the Shock.[15] On September 1, 2015, the Fever hired Ryan Lingenfelder as their next head coach.[16]

Note: Statistics are correct through then end of the 2015 Indoor Football League season.
Name Term Regular Season Playoffs Awards
W L T Win% W L
Craig Beverlin 2005 0 2 0 .000 0 0
Dan Whitsett 2005-2006 18 8 0 .692 4 0
Ed Simmons 2006 0 0 0 1 1
Tony Wells 2007 8 8 0 .500 0 1
Cedric Walker 2008 4 12 0 .250 0 0
Richard Davis 2009 0 5 0 .000 0 0
Pat O'Hara 2009 3 8 0 .273 0 0
Adam Shackleford 2010-2015 50 33 0 .602 5 4
Ryan Lingenfelder 2016-present 0 0 0 0 0

Media coverage

Previously 106.5 FM Eagle was the home of the Fever. Currently 610 KONA is the home of game broadcasts and a weekly Fever talk. The Fever have had a few games shown on local television channels, all home games of the 2011 season are viewed on a local FOX channel the following Thursday.

References

  1. ^ Dial, Tracci (March 7, 2014). "Time Lapse: Toyota Center Changeover From Ice to Turf to Court".  
  2. ^ "Fever hits Tri-Cities". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. October 5, 2004. Retrieved September 30, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Fever sign NIFL veteran quarterback and defensive back". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. April 13, 2005. Retrieved September 30, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Defense, Coleman lead Fever to Indoor Bowl V win". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. July 31, 2005. Retrieved September 30, 2015. 
  5. ^ http://www.billingsgazette.net/articles/2006/09/04/sports/local/25-outlaws.txt
  6. ^ http://www.tri-cityherald.com/tch/local/breaking/story/8411447p-8306334c.html
  7. ^ http://www.sportstricities.com/sportstc/football/fever/story/8549671p-8443512c.html
  8. ^ Ben Reynolds (September 6, 2009). "Carrs return to run franchise they began in 2005". www.tri-cityherald.com. Tri-City Herald. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Fever break free from AF1". www.spokesman.com. The Spokesman-Review. November 20, 2009. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Statement from Fever ownership on Coach Beverlin and QB, Scott Mitchell". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. April 8, 2005. Retrieved September 30, 2015. 
  11. ^ "State Rivals to Face-Off for First Time Ever". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. April 20, 2005. Retrieved September 30, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Tri-Cities coach quits". www.trib.com. Casper Star Tribune. July 8, 2006. Retrieved September 30, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Davis Fired As Fever Head Coach". KNDO.com.  
  14. ^ "O'Hara is New Fever Head Coach". KNDO.com.  
  15. ^ Jeff Morrow (August 18, 2015). "Shackleford leaving Tri-Cities Fever to coach Spokane Shock". www.tri-cityherald.com. Tri-City Herald. Retrieved August 19, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Fever Tab Ryan Lingenfelder as Head Coach". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. September 1, 2015. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Fever fansite
  • Tri-Cities Fever coverage in the Tri-City Herald
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