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[[Ray Jauch]] was the head coach. He was assisted by John Coatta Jr. on offense and [[Frank Haege]] on defense.
 
[[Ray Jauch]] was the head coach. He was assisted by John Coatta Jr. on offense and [[Frank Haege]] on defense.
   
The team's lack of exposure or advertising was the key reason for the team's folding at the end of the 1996 season. The team did not have a regional television deal to promote their games or have the games advertised in newspapers and other media.
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The team's lack of exposure or advertising was the key reason for the team's folding at the end of the 1996 season.{{Fact|date=October 2008}} The team did not have a regional television deal to promote their games or have the games advertised in newspapers and other media.
   
 
The Pike's final game of the season against the [[Oklahoma Wranglers|Memphis Pharaohs]] was played in [[Tupelo, Mississippi]], because the Pharaohs had been evicted from their arena. After the game, the Pike ceased operations. There were no announcements nor press releases; players left town and staff did not receive their final paychecks.
 
The Pike's final game of the season against the [[Oklahoma Wranglers|Memphis Pharaohs]] was played in [[Tupelo, Mississippi]], because the Pharaohs had been evicted from their arena. After the game, the Pike ceased operations. There were no announcements nor press releases; players left town and staff did not receive their final paychecks.
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