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Nashville Venom
Established 2013
Folded 2015
Played in Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee
League/conference affiliations
Professional Indoor Football League (2014–2015)
  • American Conference (2014)
Team colorsGreen, Silver, Black, White
                   
MascotFreddie Fangs
CheerleadersSnake Charmers
Personnel
Owner(s)Jeff Knight
Terry Burns
General managerBilly Back
Head coachBilly Back
Team history
* Nashville Venom (2014–2015)
Championships
League championships (1)
  • 2014
  • Conference championships (1)
  • 2014
  • Division championships (0)
    Playoff appearances (2)
    * 2014, 2015
    Home arena(s)
    *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).[1] 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.

    The Venom were the second indoor/arena football team to call Nashville home, and the first since the Arena Football League's Nashville Kats (1997–2001 and 2005–07).

    After two seasons and the folding of the PIFL, the Venom ceased operations in 2015.

    Franchise historyEdit

    2014Edit

    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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] In the American Conference Championship Game, the Venom defeated the Columbus Lions 44-39 to advance to PIFL Cup III.[6] On July 12, 2014, the Venom won their first PIFL Cup Championship, defeating the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks 64-43.[7]

    2015Edit

    Following the 2015 PIFL season, the league folded and the franchise folded soon afterward.

    Players of noteEdit

    Final rosterEdit

    Nashville Venom roster
    Quarterbacks.
    •  1 Charles McCullum

    Running Backs

    • Vacant

    Wide Receivers

    • 14 Darrell Holmes
    •  4 Jordan Jolly
    •  5 George Murray
    •  3 Dontel Watkins
    Offensive Linemen
    • 99 Stanlee Bradley
    • 55 Jeremy Buchanan
    • 72 Anthony Jackson]
    • 61 Harry John
    • 71 Jordan Mosley
    • 85 B. J. Taylor
    • -- Garrison Ushery

    Defensive Linemen

    •  8 Brian Ellis
    • 90 Joseph Dienye
    •  7 James Frazier
    • 77 Walter Thomas
    Linebackers
    • 11 Douglas Rippy
    •  6 Amius Smith
    • 33 Steven Turner

    Defensive Backs

    •  2 Jamie Graham
    • 16 Will Johnso
    • 19 C. J. Jones
    • 24 Jihad Morris
    • 20 Corry Stewart
    •  9 Kenny Veal
    • 21 Kenny Walton
    • 18 Mike Whittaker

    Kickers

    • 38 Christian Reed
    Reserve lists
    • Rookies in italics
    • Roster updated June 9, 2015
    • 28 Active, 6 Inactive

    More rosters

    Awards and honorsEdit

    The following is a list of all Venom players who have won league awards:

    Season Player Position Award
    2014 Phillip Barnett Wide Receiver Offensive Player of the Year

    All-League playersEdit

    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 coachesEdit

    Name Term Regular season Playoffs Awards
    W L T Win% W L
    Billy Back 2014–2015 17 6 0 .739 2 1 PIFL Coach of the Year (2014)

    Coaching staffEdit

    Nashville Venom staff
    Front Office
    • Owner - Jeff Knight
    • Owner - Terry Burns
    • General Manager - Billy Back
    • Vice President of Public Relations - Clay Edwards
    • Assistant General Manager/Director of Gameday Operations - Tyler Bryant

    Head Coach

    • Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator - Billy Back
      Offensive Coaches
    • Fullbacks - Leslie Woodard
    • Wide Receivers – Tim Medlin
    • Offensive Line – James Jenkins
    • Offensive Assistant - Cody Ross

    Defensive Coaches

    • Defensive Coordinator - Terrance Quattlebaum
    • Special Defensive Assistant – Chris Taylor
    • Defensive Line - Tramont Lawless
    • Secondary – Cromwell Stewart

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    Season-by-season resultsEdit

    League Champions Conference Champions Division Champions Wild Card Berth League Leader
    Season Team League Conference Division Regular season Postseason results
    Finish Wins Losses Ties
    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

    ReferencesEdit

    1. Hester, Matthew. "PIFL Sinks Their Fangs Into Nashville." Professional Indoor Football League. November 11, 2013. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. "2014 Regular Season Schedule." Nashville Venom. 2013. Retrieved on November 11, 2013.
    5. "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.
    6. 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.
    7. 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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