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Wichita Force
AmericanFootball current event.svg.png Current season
Established 2014
Play in Intrust Bank Arena
in Wichita, Kansas
WichitaForce.com
League/conference affiliations
Champions Indoor Football (2015–present)
  • Northern Division (2016)
  • South Conference (2017–2018)
  • North Conference (2019–)
Team colorsBlack, yellow, white
              
Personnel
General managerBrian Turner
Head coachRick Lee
Jerry Taylor
Team history
*Wichita Force (2015–present)
Championships
League championships (1)
  • CIF: 2016
  • Conference championships (0)
    Division championships (1)
  • CIF: 2016
  • Playoff appearances (3)
    *CIF: 2015, 2016, 2018
    Home arena(s)
    *Intrust Bank Arena (2015–present)

    The Wichita Force are a professional indoor football team based in Wichita, Kansas. They are members of the Champions Indoor Football league. The team was founded in 2014 as an expansion franchise.[1] The Force's home games are played at Intrust Bank Arena.

    HistoryEdit

    For the inaugural 2015 season, the Force hired former Wichita Wild head coach Paco Martinez.[2] The Force opened the season with a home loss to the Salina Bombers,[3] then regrouped to win four consecutive games in a five-week span.[4][5] After that stretch, results have been mixed with road losses to the two teams that would end up playing in the Champions Bowl—Texas Revolution and Sioux City Bandits—then, a home win over the Salina Bombers, and a road win over the Dodge City Law.[6][7]

    In 2017, the Force underwent an ownership change and head coach Martinez was fired after three seasons with the team.[8] He was replaced by Morris Lolar as the head coach and Stuart Schake was named general manager for the 2018 season.[9] Brian Turner was named general manager for the 2019 season,[10] but head coach Lolar left for a position with Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League and Rick Lee and Jerry Taylor were named co-coaches in March 2019.

    Season-by-season resultsEdit

    League Champions Conference Champions Division Champions Playoff berth League leader
    Season Team League Conference Division Regular season Postseason results
    Finish Wins Losses Ties
    2015 2015 CIF 3rd[lower-alpha 1] 8 4 0 Lost Semifinal 27–39 (Texas)
    2016 2016 CIF Northern 1st 10 2 0 Won Divisional Championship 52–51 (Bloomington)
    Won Champions Bowl II 48–45 (Amarillo)
    2017 2017 CIF South 6th 7 5 0
    2018 2018 CIF South 4th 48 0 Lost Conference Semifinal (Duke City) 39–50
    2019 2019 CIF North 4th 210 0
    Totals 31 29 0 All-time regular season record (2015–2019)
    2 2 All-time postseason record (2015–2019)
    33 31 0 All-time regular season and postseason record (2015–2019)
    1. Suellentrop, Paul (August 21, 2014). "Indoor football to return with same players, coach – but with new name, owner, league". The Wichita Eagle (Wichita, KS: The McClatchy Company). http://www.kansas.com/sports/other-sports/wichita-force/article1271874.html. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
    2. Heck, Josh (March 2, 2015). "Wichita Force launch new era of indoor football". Wichita Business Journal (Wichita, KS: Advance Publications). http://www.bizjournals.com/wichita/blog/2015/03/photos-wichita-force-launch-new-era-of-indoor.html. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
    3. Lutz, Jeffrey (February 28, 2015). "Salina rallies past Force football team in inaugural game". The Wichita Eagle (Wichita, KS: The McClatchy Company). http://www.kansas.com/sports/other-sports/wichita-force/article11843120.html. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
    4. "Beef come up short against Wichita". Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, NE: Berkshire Hathaway). April 3, 2015. http://www.omaha.com/sports/beef-come-up-short-against-wichita/article_1573b6a8-da7a-11e4-a0d4-933db648169c.html. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
    5. Adame, Tpny (April 3, 2015). "Wichita Force grabs fourth straight win". The Wichita Eagle (Wichita, KS: The McClatchy Company). http://www.kansas.com/sports/other-sports/wichita-force/article17373884.html. Retrieved May 9, 2015.
    6. Seminoff, Kirk (May 8, 2015). "Force knocks off league-leading Dodge City 52-49". The Wichita Eagle (Wichita, KS: The McClatchy Company). http://www.kansas.com/sports/other-sports/wichita-force/article20566461.html. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
    7. Curtis, John (May 9, 2015). "Law early miscues lose to Force". Dodge City Daily Globe (Dodge City, KS: GateHouse Media). http://www.dodgeglobe.com/article/20150509/SPORTS/150509368/2000/NEWS. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
    8. "Paco Martinez out as head coach of the Force". KWCH. August 11, 2017. http://www.kwch.com/content/sports/Paco-Martinez-out-as-head-coach-of-the-Force-439864533.html.
    9. "Stuart Schake named General Manager of Force". Wichita Force. September 11, 2017. http://wichitaforce.com/news/?article_id=227.
    10. "Contact Wichita Force Football". Wichita Force Football. October 23, 2018. http://wichitaforce.com/contact.html.

    RosterEdit

    Wichita Force roster
    Quarterbacks

    Running backs

    Wide receivers

    Offensive linemen

    Defensive linemen


    Linebackers


    Defensive backs

    Special teams


    Reserve lists


    Rookies in italics
    Roster updated May 21, 2018
    25 Active, 2 Inactive

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    ReferencesEdit

    External linksEdit

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