2017 Spokane Empire season

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2017 Spokane Empire season
Head coachAdam Shackleford
General managerRyan Eucker
OwnerIFL Partners, LLC (Nader Naini, Managing Owner)
Home field Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
Results
Record8–8
Conference place3rd
Playoff finishDid not qualify

The 2017 Spokane Empire season was the second season for the professional indoor football franchise in the Indoor Football League (IFL). The Empire were one of ten teams that competed in the IFL for the 2017 season and were members of the Intense Conference.

Contents

Led by head coach Adam Shackleford, the Empire played their home games at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane, Washington. After the season, the team ceased operations.

Roster changes

Free agents

PositionPlayer2016 teamNotes
QB Aaron Aiken Arizona Rattlers Signed with the Rattlers on November 1, 2016 [1]
WR Diondre Borel Arizona Rattlers Signed with the Rattlers on October 27, 2016 [2]
DL Brett BowersSpokane EmpireRe-signed on October 4, 2016, [2] [3] released February 20, 2017 [4]
OL Michael BoyefioTBD
DB Robert BrownSpokane EmpireRe-signed on August 22, 2016 [5] [6]
WR Samuel Charles Spokane EmpireRe-signed on August 23 [5] [7]
K Patrick Clarke Beijing Lions Drafted in the 18th round of the China Arena Football League
QBCharles DowdellSpokane EmpireRe-signed on August 23 [5] [8]
DBJosh FergusonTBD
OLKyle FischerSpokane EmpireRe-signed on September 1, 2016 [9] [10]
LB Nick HaagSpokane EmpireRe-signed on October 18, 2016 [2]
WRJ. J. HayesSpokane EmpireRe-signed on August 23 [5] [11]
WRJustin HelwegeSpokane Empire
OLBrandon HaskinsTBD
DL Toby Jackson Spokane EmpireRe-signed on October 18, 2016 [2]
DBAdrian JamesSpokane EmpireRe-signed on September 10, 2016 [9] [12]
RB Trevor KennedySpokane EmpireRe-signed on February 7, 2017 [4] [13]
OL Dave Lefotu Spokane EmpireRe-signed on September 10, 2016 [9]
DLC. J. OlaniyanTBD
DLBen PerryTBD
RBAntonio PierceTBD
DLMichael ReynoldsSpokane EmpireRe-signed on August 12, [5] [14] released February February 21, 2017 [4]
DBTyree RobinsonSpokane EmpireRe-signed on August 22 [5] [15]
DLDonte RumphTBD
DBCassius SendishTBD
WRCarl SimsSpokane EmpireRe-signed on February 16, 2017 [4] [16]
OLMike TriceTBD
LBPasquale VacchioSpokane EmpireRe-signed on January 17, 2017 [17] [18]
DBLorenzo WhiteSpokane EmpireRe-signed on October 11, 2016, [2] [19] released February February 21, 2017 [4]

Signings

PositionPlayer2016 TeamNotes
OLSedrick FlowersRookieSigned August 12, 2016, [20] released February 20, 2017 [4]
OLDarren PinnockRookieSigned August 12, 2016 [21]
QBAustin TrainorNoneSigned August 12, 2016, [22] released February 20, 2017 [4]
DLRika LeviRookieSigned August 13, 2016, [23] released February 20, 2017 [4]
OLJonah AustinRookieSigned August 22, 2016 [5]
OLLarry MazyckRookieSigned August 23, 2016, [5] [24] released February 16, 2017 [4]
DBJohn Hardy-TuliauNoneSigned August 23, 2016 [5] [25]
WROrlandus Harris Bloomington Edge Signed August 30, 2016 [5] [26]
LB Andrew Jackson NoneSigned August 30, 2016 [5] [27]
WRThomas ShulerNoneSigned August 30, 2016, [5] [28] released February 16, 2017 [4]
RBRob Brown Tri-Cities Fever Signed September 10, 2016, [9] [29] released February 21, 2017 [4]
RBMulku KalokohNoneSigned September 10, 2016 [9]
WR Dejuan Miller Tri-Cities Fever Signed September 10, 2016 [9]
OLSiosifa TufungaRookieSigned September 22, 2016 [9] [30]
OL James Atoe Colorado Crush Signed October 4, 2016 [2] [31]
DLRoyce LaFranceNoneSigned October 11, 2016 [2] [32]
DBNorris Wrenn III Billings Wolves Signed October 11, 2016, [2] [33] released February February 21, 2017 [4]
DLPat McNeilRookieSigned October 15, 2016, [2] released February 16, 2017 [4]
QB Aaron Wilmer RookieSigned October 15, 2016 [2] [34]
OLBill Vavau Colorado Crush Signed October 24, 2016 [2] [35]
OLDeveric Gallington Portland Steel Signed November 1, 2016 [1] [36]
DBStephen Godbolt Tri-Cities Fever Signed November 1, 2016, [1] [37] released February February 21, 2017 [4]
DLO. J. MauNoneSigned November 11, 2016 [1] [38]
WRLamont BryantNoneSigned January 24, 2017, [17] [39] released February February 20, 2017 [4]
OLCassidy CurtisNoneSigned January 24, 2017, [17] released February February 21, 2017 [4]
DLJunior AlexisRookieSigned February 7, 2017 [4] [13]
OLMikingson MarsailleRookieSigned February 7, 2017, [4] [13] released February 16, 2017 [4]
WRDevonn BrownRookieSigned February 8, 2017 [4] [40]
DL J. D. Griggs Colorado Crush Signed February 9, 2017 [4] [40]
DBMalcolm GriggsRookieSigned February 7, 2017, [4] released February 16, 2017 [13]
DLHarold Love III Dodge City Law Signed February 16, 2017 [4] [41]
WRBryan Pray Iowa Barnstormers Signed February 16, 2017 [4] [16]
K Craig Peterson Tampa Bay Storm Signed February 21, 2017 [4]
Indicates that the player was a free agent at the end of his respective team's 2016 season.

Staff

2017 Spokane Empire staff
Front Office
  • Majority owner – IFL Partners, LLC
  • General manager – Ryan Eucker
  • Director of sponsorship sales – Suzie Dunn
  • Director of game operations – Karen Kiehl
  • Director of community relations – Crystal Medina
  • Director of ticket sales – Chris Combo
  • Group tickets coordinator – Hannah Holman
  • Corporate account executive – Jake Martin
  • Account executive – Ryan Hagel
 

Coaches

  • Head coach – Adam Shackleford
  • Assistant head coach – Cleveland Pratt

Other assistant coaches

  • Anthony Payton
  • Marquise Liverpool
  • Marshall Hart

Schedule

Key:   Win  Tie  Loss   Bye

Regular season

All start times are local time [42]

WeekDayDateKickoffOpponentResultsLocationAttendance
ScoreRecord
1 BYE
2ThursdayFebruary 237:00pm Green Bay Blizzard W 34–31 [43] 1–0 Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
3FridayMarch 35:05pmat Wichita Falls Nighthawks L 56–57 (2OT) [44] 1–1 Kay Yeager Coliseum
4MondayMarch 136:00pmat Salt Lake Screaming Eagles W 41–35 [45] 2–1 Maverik Center 4,196
5FridayMarch 175:00pmat Colorado Crush W 70–37 [46] 3–1 Budweiser Events Center
6FridayMarch 247:00pmSalt Lake Screaming EaglesW 53–36 [47] 4–1Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
7SaturdayApril 17:00pm Nebraska Danger L 36–42 [48] 4–2Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
8 BYE
9FridayApril 147:00pmColorado CrushW 36–245–2Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
10SaturdayApril 227:00pmat Arizona Rattlers W 60–516–2 Talking Stick Resort Arena 12,725
11SundayApril 303:00pmSalt Lake Screaming EaglesW 31–297–2Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
12SaturdayMay 65:05pmat Sioux Falls Storm L 32–627–3 Denny Sanford Premier Center
13FridayMay 127:00pmArizona RattlersL 35–497–4Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
14ThursdayMay 185:00pmat Colorado CrushL 36–457–5Budweiser Events Center
15FridayMay 267:00pmColorado CrushW 48–438–5Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
16SaturdayJune 37:00pmArizona RattlersL 16–338–6Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
17FridayJune 95:05pmat Iowa Barnstormers L 28–588–7 Wells Fargo Arena 7,153
18FridayJune 166:00pmat Salt Lake Screaming EaglesL 42–458–8Maverik Center4,581

Standings

2017 Intense Conference
WLTPCTPFPACONGBSTK
y - Arizona Rattlers 1240.7507826108–1W8
x - Nebraska Danger 970.5637176605–23.0W1
Spokane Empire 880.5006546777–54.0L3
Salt Lake Screaming Eagles 5110.3136757624–87.0W1
Colorado Crush 3130.1886298212–108.0L4

Roster

2017 Spokane Empire roster
Quarterbacks
  •  3Marcus McDade

Running backs

  • 18 Trevor Kennedy
  • 30 Andrew Pierce

Wide receivers

  • 10 Devonn Brown
  •  2 Orlandus Harris
  •  2 Bryan Pray
Offensive linemen
  • 70 Jonah Austin
  • 66 Deveric Gallington
  • 74Darren Pinnock
  • 55 Bill Vavau

Defensive linemen

  • 95 Terrance Woodard
Linebackers
  • 47 Nick Haag
  •  7 Joseph Thornton
  • 13 Pasquale Vacchio

Defensive backs

  • 33 John Hardy-Tuliau

Special teams

Reserve lists
  • 79 Cassidy Curtis OL (Exempt)
  • 72 Kyle Fischer IR
  • 80 J. J. Hayes WR (Did Not Report)
  • 22 Adrian James DB (Exempt)
  • 48 Royce LaFrance DL (Exempt)
  • 91 O. J. Mau DL (IR-DFR) Injury icon 2.svg
  •  5 Tyree Robinson DB (IR) Injury icon 2.svg

Rookies in italics
Roster updated June 14, 2017
26 Active, 10 Inactive

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