Omaha Nighthawks
Year founded: 2010
Helmet Logo
City Omaha, Nebraska
Head coach Joe Moglia
Owner(s) Zach Nelson
General manager Rick Mueller
United Football League (2010–present)
Current uniform
Team colors Metallic Silver, Omaha Black, Omaha Slate


Team history
  • Omaha Nighthawks (2010–present)
League championships (0)
Home fields

The Omaha Nighthawks are a professional American football team based in Omaha, Nebraska, which plays in the United Football League, joining the league as an expansion team in 2010. For their first season, the Nighthawks played their home games at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium before moving to TD Ameritrade Park Omaha for 2011 and beyond. Zach Nelson, CEO of Internet software provider NetSuite, was announced as lead owner in August 2010.[1]

Franchise historyEdit

2010 seasonEdit

On April 15, 2010, Omaha was granted an expansion team in the UFL, with former Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski being named the team's head coach.[2][3] The team allowed fans to name the new team by either writing in a name or choosing from a preselected list (Mustangs, Spirit, Navigators or Stags).[4] The Nighthawks name was officially unveiled on May 5, 2010 and won based on a strong write-in campaign. It was partially derived from the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk, the retired stealth fighter used in the United States Air Force.[5]

On September 21, the Tuesday before the team's first ever game, it was announced that a sellout crowd of 24,000 tickets were sold for the first time in UFL history, to watch the Nighthawks take on the Colonials in the franchise's first ever game.[6] Omaha defeated the Colonials, 27–26.

On November 19, the Omaha Nighthawks played Florida in the UFL's first alternate uniform: a camouflage jersey was worn in honor of the Armed Forces.[7]

On January 3, 2011, Jagodzinski was fired by the Nighthawks. Omaha chose to not renew his contract for the 2011 season as he led the Nighthawks to four straight losses to close out the season at 3-5, tied for last place in the league for 2010.[8] Just nine days later, Joe Moglia was named team president and head coach.[9] He was previously announced as the head coach for the expansion Virginia Destroyers. However, Jay Gruden will instead coach the Destroyers and Moglia will coach in a stadium that bears the name of a company he still serves on the board of.


Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site Attendance TV
Final score Team record
1 Bye
2 Friday, September 24 7:00 p.m. CT Hartford Colonials W 27–26 1–0 Rosenblatt Stadium 23,067 HDNet
3 Saturday, October 2 7:30 p.m. CT Sacramento Mountain Lions W 20–17 2–0 Rosenblatt Stadium 23,416 HDNet
4 Friday, October 8 9:00 p.m. CT at Las Vegas Locomotives L 10–22 2–1 Sam Boyd Stadium 9,767 HDNet
5 Saturday, October 16 2:00 p.m. CT at Hartford Colonials W 19–14 3–1 Rentschler Field 14,056 NESN
6 Bye
7 Thursday, October 28 7:00 p.m. CT Las Vegas Locomotives L 10–24 3–2 Rosenblatt Stadium 23,554 HDNet
8 Friday, November 5 7:00 p.m. CT at Florida Tuskers L 14–31 3–3 Citrus Bowl 9,203 HDNet
9 Saturday, November 13 10:00 p.m. CT at Sacramento Mountain Lions L 3–41 3–4 Hornet Stadium 20,000 Versus
10 Friday, November 19 7:30 p.m. CT Florida Tuskers L 10–27 3–5 Rosenblatt Stadium 21,106 HDNet

Season-by-season recordsEdit

Season W L T Pct. Finish Post Season Awards
2010 3 5 0 .375 5th
Totals 3 5 0 .375 - - -

Records vs. teamsEdit

This includes postseason games.

Team Record Percent
Las Vegas Locomotives 0-2 .000
Hartford Colonials 2-0 1.000
Sacramento Mountain Lions 1-1 .500
Florida Tuskers/Virginia Destroyers 0-2 .000

Home, away and neutral recordsEdit

Location Record Percent
Home 2-2 .500
Away 1-3 .250
Neutral 0-0 .000

Current personnelEdit

Current staffEdit

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Current rosterEdit

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Reserve Lists

Rookies in italics
Roster updated January 5, 2011

47 Active, 1 Inactive

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