|Professional Indoor Football League (2014–2015)
|Team colors||Green, Silver, Black, White|
|General manager||Billy Back|
|Head coach||Billy Back|
|* Nashville Venom (2014–2015)|
|League championships (1)|
|Conference championships (1)|
|Division championships (0)|
|Playoff appearances (2)|
|* 2014, 2015|
|*Nashville Municipal Auditorium (2014–2015)|
The Nashville Venom were a professional indoor football team, one of eight franchises of the Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL). Based in Nashville, Tennessee, the Venom were members of the American Conference. The team began play in 2014 as an expansion team. The team played at Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, which opened in 1962.
After two seasons and the folding of the PIFL, the Venom ceased operations in 2015.
Franchise history[edit | edit source]
2014[edit | edit source]
In November, 2012, it was announced that the Venom would be the eighth and final expansion team of the Professional Indoor Football League for the 2014 season. A few days after being introduced it was announced by Managing Partner Jeff Knight that Billy Back would be the first coach in Venom history. The Venom began their inaugural season on March 29, 2014, in Huntsville, Alabama against the Alabama Hammers. Their first home game was on April 5, against the Harrisburg Stampede. The Venom finished the regular season 10-2, the best record in the league, and won the American Conference regular season title. Their nine All-PIFL selected players were the most of any team. In the American Conference Championship Game, the Venom defeated the Columbus Lions 44-39 to advance to PIFL Cup III. On July 12, 2014, the Venom won their first PIFL Cup Championship, defeating the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks 64-43.
2015[edit | edit source]
Following the 2015 PIFL season, the league folded and the franchise folded soon afterward.
Players of note[edit | edit source]
Final roster[edit | edit source]
|Nashville Venom roster|
Awards and honors[edit | edit source]
The following is a list of all Venom players who have won league awards:
|2014||Phillip Barnett||Wide Receiver||Offensive Player of the Year|
All-League players[edit | edit source]
The following Venom players have been named to All-League Teams:
- WR Phillip Barnett, Jordan Jolly (2)
- OL Chris Thompson, Stanlee Bradley
- DL Wayne Daniels, James Frazier, Walter Thomas
- LB Cobrani Mixion, Douglas Rippy, Will Johnson
- DB Scooter Rogers, Corry Stewart (2), Kenny Veal
- K Christian Reed
- KR Mike Whittaker
Head coaches[edit | edit source]
|Billy Back||2014–2015||17||6||0||.739||2||1||PIFL Coach of the Year (2014)|
Coaching staff[edit | edit source]
|Nashville Venom staff|
Season-by-season results[edit | edit source]
|League Champions||Conference Champions||Division Champions||Wild Card Berth||League Leader|
|Season||Team||League||Conference||Division||Regular season||Postseason results|
|2014||2014||PIFL||American||1st||10||2||0||Won American Conference Championship 44–39 vs. Columbus|
Won PIFL Cup III 64–34 vs. Lehigh Valley
|2015||2015||PIFL||3rd||7||4||0||Lost Semi-Finals 35–54 vs. Richmond|
|Totals||17||6||0||All-time regular season record (2014–2015)|
|2||1||—||All-time postseason record (2014–2015)|
|19||7||0||All-time regular season and postseason record (2014–2015)|
* Season currently in progress
References[edit | edit source]
- Hester, Matthew. "PIFL Sinks Their Fangs Into Nashville." Professional Indoor Football League. November 11, 2013. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
- J. R. Lind (November 9, 2013). "Indoor football set to return to Nashville". www.nashvillepost.com. SouthComm Inc.. http://nashvillepost.com/blogs/postsports/2013/11/9/indoor_football_set_to_return_to_nashville. Retrieved December 30, 2013.
- Audra Martin (November 12, 2013). "Indoor football returns to Nashville". www.wkrn.com. WorldNow and WKRN. http://www.wkrn.com/story/23951240/indoor-football-returns-to-nashville. Retrieved December 30, 2013.
- "2014 Regular Season Schedule." Nashville Venom. 2013. Retrieved on November 11, 2013.
- "2014 All-PIFL Teams Announced". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. July 7, 2014. http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=4827682. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
- Lauren Moore. "Nashville Venom advance to PIFL title game". www.tennessean.com. The Tennessean. http://www.tennessean.com/story/sports/2014/07/06/venom-reach-pifl-title-game/12262353/. Retrieved July 7, 2014.
- Lauren Moore (July 13, 2014). "Nashville Venom win first indoor football title". www.tennessean.com. The Tennessean. http://www.tennessean.com/story/sports/2014/07/13/nashville-venom-lehigh-valley-steelhawks-pifl-indoor-football-championship/12590845/. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
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