Green Bay Blizzard

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Green Bay Blizzard
AmericanFootball current event.svg Current season
Established 2003
Play in Resch Center
in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin
GreenBayBlizzard.com
Green Bay Blizzard logo GreenBayBlizzard.png
Green Bay Blizzard logo
League/conference affiliations
af2 (2003–2009)
  • National Conference (2003–2004)
    • Midwestern (2003–2004)
  • American Conference (2005–2009)
    • Eastern (2005–2006)
    • Midwest (2007–2009)

Indoor Football League (2010–present)

  • United Conference (2010–2017)
    • Central North (2010)
    • Great Lakes (2011)
Team colorsForest green, white, silver
            
MascotBruiser the Yeti, Blizz and Bling – Bruiser's Yeti Cousins
Personnel
Owner(s)Larry & Kathy Treankler
Head coachCorey Roberson
Team history
  • Green Bay Blizzard (2003–present)
Championships
League championships (0)
Conference championships (1)
  • af2 American: 2006
Division championships (4)
  • af2 Eastern: 2006
  • af2 Midwest: 2008
  • IFL Central North: 2010
  • IFL Great Lakes: 2011
Playoff appearances (9)
  • af2: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • IFL: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2019
Home arena(s)

The Green Bay Blizzard is a professional indoor football team based in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin, founded in 2003. The Blizzard began play in the Indoor Football League in 2010, after having played the previous seven seasons in af2, the now-defunct minor league of the Arena Football League. They play their home games at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin. The team's logo represents Bruiser, the team mascot.

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Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin Village in Wisconsin, United States

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Contents

History

af2: 2003–2009

The Blizzard started out as an af2 expansion team in 2003 with Jose Jefferson as the team's head coach. The team finished 2–14, last in the National Conference Midwest Division. They only averaged 2,957 fans a game.[ citation needed ]

At the beginning of the 2004 season, the Blizzard replaced Jose Jefferson with former Green Bay Packers linebacker Brian Noble. Despite the team improving during the 2004 season, the Blizzard finished 6–10.

Green Bay Packers National Football League franchise in Green Bay, Wisconsin

The Green Bay Packers are a professional American football team based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) North division. It is the third-oldest franchise in the NFL, dating back to 1919, and is the only non-profit, community-owned major league professional sports team based in the United States. Home games have been played at Lambeau Field since 1957.

Brian Noble is a former American football linebacker who played for the Green Bay Packers from 1985-1993. After retiring from the National Football League, Noble went on to produce his own outdoor television program called Hitting the Outdoors which aired throughout the Midwest. Noble also owned the Green Bay Blizzard until October, 2009, which played in the af2. Brian and his wife Cindy are the co-founders of a 501(c)(3) corporation "A Noble Cause" for kids with cancer which raises money for children and their families dealing with cancer by selling multi-colored cancer awareness bracelets. Brian and Cindy have four daughters, and as of June 11, 2008, the entire family lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In 2005, the team moved from the National Conference to the American Conference of AF2. The Blizzard became a member of the American Conference's East division. The team also replaced Noble with veteran Arena Football League Bob Landsee. The team continued their trend of improvement in 2005 finishing 9–7, good for 3rd in the East Division, and reaching the postseason for the first time. They fell in the first round to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

The AF2 was the Arena Football League's developmental league; it was founded in 1999 and played its first season in 2000. Like its parent AFL, the AF2 played using the same arena football rules and style of play. League seasons ran from April through July with the postseason and ArenaCup championship in August. The AF2 continued to operate while the AFL suspended operations for its 2009 season. The league was effectively disbanded in September 2009 when no team committed to playing in 2010, but several of the stronger franchises transferred into the reconstituted AFL.

The Arena Football League (AFL) is a professional indoor American football league in the United States. It was founded in 1987 by Jim Foster, making it the third longest-running professional football league in North America, after the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the National Football League (NFL). The AFL plays a proprietary code known as arena football, a form of indoor American football played on a 66-by-28 yard field, with rules encouraging offensive performance, resulting in a faster-paced and higher-scoring game. The sport was invented in the early 1980s and patented by Foster, a former executive of the United States Football League (USFL) and the NFL.

Robert John Landsee is a former American football player and coach. He was also the head coach and owner of the Milwaukee Mustangs of the Arena Football League (AFL) till the team folded. He is a former American football center and guard who played for two seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1986–1987. He was drafted by the Eagles in the sixth round of the 1986 NFL Draft. He played college football at Wisconsin.

Blizzard head coach Bob Landsee became the first coach in team history to return for their second season. The Blizzard also came under new ownership as former coach Brian Noble lead an investment group that purchased the team. Noble became the new President of the four-year-old franchise and began a complete revitalization of the organization, drastically lowering ticket prices in an attempt to boost their average game attendance.[ citation needed ] The team set a new single game attendance record of 7,184 in the season finale against Louisville. The team experienced an improvement on the field as well, going into the final game of the 2006 regular season tied with the Louisville Fire for first in the East Division at 9–6. This set up a showdown between the two teams at the Resch Center for the East Division title, which the Blizzard won 54–53. The Blizzard earned a first round bye before facing the 2005 ArenaCup Champion Memphis Xplorers in the Blizzard's inaugural home playoff game, which they won 67–50. This victory sent them to the American Conference Championship Game against the Florida Firecats, which they won 60–47, capturing the conference title and advacning to ArenaCup VII, where they lost to the Spokane Shock 54–37.

The Louisville Fire was an arena football team that played its home games at the Brown-Forman Field in Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky. They were a 2001 expansion team of the af2. Their owner/operator was former Pro Bowl lineman and Louisville native Will Wolford. The team was somewhat successful. After a rocky first few seasons they finally found success in 2004 and then made it all the way to the Arena Cup in the 2005 season.

Resch Center Arena located in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin

The Resch Center is a 10,200 seat multi-purpose arena, in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin, United States built in 2002. It is the home of the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay Phoenix men's basketball team, the Green Bay Gamblers ice hockey team, and the Green Bay Blizzard indoor football team.

The ArenaCup was the af2's championship game. For the league's first five years, it was held at the arena of the higher seeded team. However, the 2005 ArenaCup was the first to be played at a neutral site in Bossier City, Louisiana. The 2006 ArenaCup was played in Coliseo de Puerto Rico in San Juan. On August 25, 2007, ArenaCup 8 returned to Bossier City, LA. ArenaCup 9 was played at the arena of the higher seeded team, the Spokane Shock. ArenaCup 10 was held at the Orleans Arena in Paradise, Nevada.

Coach Bob Landsee had difficulties resulting from surgery and was forced to take a leave of absence for the 2007 season. He was replaced by defensive coordinator Doug Lytle, who led the Blizzard to a 9–7 season, remaining undefeated at home yet losing all but one road game. The Blizzard made the playoffs for the third consecutive year and surprised their rival and Midwest Division Champion Quad City Steamwheelers 39–34 in the first round game. The Blizzard carried over their success at home from the regular season by defeating Louisville in the second round 37–27, but lost to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers in their second consecutive American Conference championship game, 46–43. [1]

The Quad City Steamwheelers were a professional arena football team. They were a charter member of the AF2 and played their home games at iWireless Center in Moline, Illinois.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers were a minor league arena football team that played in the AF2. The team was part of the East Division in the American conference. The Pioneers were an expansion team for the league's 2002 season, and were the runners-up in ArenaCup VIII and ArenaCup X.

Head coach Bob Landsee returned in 2008 and led the Blizzard to an 11–5 record and a Midwest Division title. The Blizzard set a single game record for attendance against Lexington with 7,258 and had the largest average attendance in team history with an average of 6,125 fans per game.[ citation needed ] In the first round of the playoffs the Blizzard defeated Lexington 65–37 after having lost twice to them in the regular season. The Blizzard then hosted Manchester in a second round game, losing 55–54 on a last minute Manchester two-point conversion.

After beginning the season by defeating the defending ArenaCup Champion Tennessee Valley Vipers. The Blizzard failed to capture a consecutive Midwest Division title and finished the season 10–6, earning the #6 seed in the 2009 af2 playoffs. The Blizzard advanced to their third American Conference Championship, losing to #1 seed Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers 72–67.

Indoor Football League: 2010–present

In October 2009, the team announced that unless the team found additional investors that they would be forced to cease operations.[ citation needed ] The Blizzard found new investors in an ownership group named Titletown Football Group, LLC, led by Green Bay Bullfrogs president Jeff Royle, who purchased the team in late October. In November 2009, the team announced that they would play the 2010 season in the Indoor Football League (IFL) due to AF2 filing for bankruptcy. At a team open house on November 17, 2009, the Blizzard announced their new head coach would be Rik Richards.

On December 5, 2009, the Blizzard announced a name-the-team contest. The Blizzard name and intellectual property was held by the then-defunct Arena Football League (AFL), which was the parent of the Blizzard's former league, af2. The assets of the former AFL were purchased by the newly formed Arena Football 1. [2] The team ownership group was still attempting to purchase the rights to the Blizzard name and had decided to continue with the contest in case the Blizzard name was not able to be purchased, but the owners were able to acquire the Blizzard name and imagery.

Early success

On December 15, 2009, the IFL announced the divisional alignment and schedule for the 2010 season. The Blizzard competed in the United Conference, Central North Division with the La Crosse Spartans, Chicago Slaughter and Bloomington Extreme. The Blizzard won the Central North Division, but lost their first round playoff game against the Chicago Slaughter.

For the 2011 season, the Blizzard competed in the United Conference, Great Lakes Division, which was a renamed Central North Division (the Spartans, Slaughter, and Extreme, along with the Blizzard). The Blizzard won the division title again and improved to 11–3 record. They defeated the Reading Express in their first round playoff game, but lost the United Conference Championship game to the eventual champions, the Sioux Falls Storm.

Because of various teams leaving the IFL, either to join other leagues or cease operations altogether, the league played the 2012 season format in two conferences with no divisions. While the Spartans had ceased operations, the Blizzard's divisional rivals, the Slaughter and the newly renamed Bloomington Edge joined in the single-table United Conference along with the Reading Express, Sioux Falls Storm, Cedar Rapids Titans, Lehigh Valley Steelhawks and Omaha Beef. The Blizzard finished 11–3 again, for second place in the conference and three games behind the undefeated Storm. The Blizzard defeated the Edge in the first round, but again lost to the Storm for the United Conference Championship.

Playoff drought

With the Beef, Edge, and Steelhawks leaving the IFL for other leagues and the Express suspending operations, the United Conference was reduced to five teams for the 2013 season, with the Blizzard, Slaughter, Titans, and Storm all returning and the newly renamed Texas Revolution (formerly the Allen Wranglers) moving from the Intense Conference. Junior Aumavae, a nose tackle who spent the 2012 season playing for the Blizzard, was signed by the New York Jets in late March 2013. [3] After compiling a 1–5 record in the season's first six games, head coach Robert Fuller was replaced by defensive coordinator Chad Baldwin.

After the 2013 season, the Chicago Slaughter moved to the Continental Indoor Football League, but the United Conference continued to have five teams with the expansion Bemidji Axemen. In September 2013, Titletown Football Group, LLC sold their majority ownership stake in the team to Larry and Kathy Treankler. [4] The Blizzard began the 2014 season under head coach Chad Baldwin. [5] After the team began the season 0–6, Baldwin was replaced by offensive coordinator Tommie Williams for the remainder of the season. [6] The Blizzard introduced their new logo during this season.

Tommie Williams had his interim tag removed and was named the head coach of the Blizzard. The Blizzard brought back veteran quarterback Donovan Porterie and traded for Carl Sims. The Blizzard won as many games as they had the previous two seasons combined, but their 6–8 record was not enough to qualify for the playoffs.

On November 3, 2015, Williams and the Blizzard agreed to part ways. [7] On December 7, 2015, Chris Williams was hired as the head coach of the Blizzard. [8]

To open the 2018 season, the Blizzard started out 0–5 after a bad showing with the I-Formation.[ further explanation needed ] Coach Chris Williams was relieved of his duties following the week 6 bye and was replaced by Corey Roberson as interim head coach. The Blizzard finished the season with two total wins.

2019 season

Corey Roberson was named head coach for the 2019 season. Under Roberson, the Blizzard earned their first playoff berth since 2012 with a 9–5 regular season record.

Statistics and records

Season-by-season results

League ChampionsConference ChampionsDivision ChampionsPlayoff berthLeague leader
Season Team League Conference Division Regular season Postseason results
FinishWinsLossesTies
2003 2003 af2 NationalMidwest5th2140
2004 2004 af2NationalMidwest4th6100
2005 2005 af2AmericanEast3rd970Lost Wild Card round (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton) 41–48
2006 2006 af2AmericanEast1st1060Won Conference Semifinal (Memphis) 67–50
Won Conference Championship (Florida) 60–47
Lost ArenaCup VII (Spokane) 34–57
2007 2007 af2AmericanMidwest2nd970Won Conference Round 1 (Quad City) 39–34
Won Conference Semifinal (Louisville) 37–27
Lost Conference Championship (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton) 43–46
2008 2008 af2AmericanMidwest1st1150Won Conference Round 1 (Lexington) 65–37
Lost Conference Semifinal (Manchester) 54–55
2009 2009 af2AmericanMidwest2nd1060Won Conference Round 1 (Tennessee Valley) 60–56
Won Conference Semifinal (Iowa) 51–46
Lost Conference Championship (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton) 67–72
2010 2010 IFL UnitedCentral North1st1040Lost Conference Quarterfinal (Chicago) 39–46
2011 2011 IFLUnitedGreat Lakes1st1130Won Conference Semifinal (Reading) 68–51
Lost Conference Championship (Sioux Falls) 12–52
2012 2012 IFLUnited2nd1130Won Conference Semifinal (Bloomington) 51–30
Lost Conference Championship (Sioux Falls) 42–61
2013 2013 IFLUnited5th4100
2014 2014 IFLUnited5th2120
2015 2015 IFLUnited3rd680
2016 2016 IFLUnited4th5110
2017 2017 IFLUnited4th3130
2018 2018 IFL6th2120
2019 2019 IFL4th950Lost First Round (Nebraska) 40–45
Totals1201360All-time regular season record (2003–2019)
99All-time postseason record (2003–2019)
1291450All-time regular season and postseason record (2003–2019)

Head coach records

Note: Statistics are correct through the 2019 Indoor Football League season

NameTermRegular seasonPlayoffsAwards
WLTWin%WL
Jose Jefferson 2003 2140.12500
Brian Noble 2004 6100.37500
Bob Landsee 20052006,
20082009
40240.62554
Doug Lytle 2007 970.56321
Rik Richards 20102011 2170.75012
Robert Fuller 20122013 1280.60011IFL Coach of the Year (2012)
Chad Baldwin 20132014 3110.21400
Tommie Williams 20142015 8140.36400
Chris Williams 20162018 8290.21600
Corey Roberson 2018–present11170.39301IFL Coach of the Year (2019)

Season-by-season average attendance

YearAverage Attendance [9] League
20032,957af2
20043,683af2
20053,532af2
20065,836af2
20075,629af2
20086,125 [lower-alpha 1] af2
20096,093af2
20103,778IFL
20113,084IFL
20123,384IFL
20133,811IFL
2014No dataIFL
20153,588IFL
20163,359IFL
20173,609IFL
Average4,176Overall
Average4,836af2
Average3,516IFL
  1. Excludes one playoff game with missing data

Notable players

Current roster

Green Bay Blizzard roster
Quarterbacks
  • 14 Bryan Hicks
  • 13 Tyler Johnson

Running backs

  • 34 Robert Metz

Wide receivers

  •  1 Jereme Jones
  • -- Tim Lukas
  •  5 Chris Malott
  • 12 Andre McDonald
  • 16Kezlow Smith
Offensive linemen
  • 56 Xavier Dampeer
  • 77 Khalil Hunter
  • 69 D'Mon Tucker
  • 79 Donovan Williams

Defensive linemen

Linebackers
  • 14 Broderick Fordham
  • 22 Akim Francis

Defensive backs

  •  2 Manny Asprila
  •  8Jeff Hall
  •  3 B. J. Hill
  • 21 Josh Jenkins
  •  6 Darrius Sims
  • 24Robert Taylor

Special teams

  • 18Jordan Endries
Reserve lists
  • 10 Levi Copelin WR (IR) Injury icon 2.svg
  • 55 Sean Daniels DL (Exempt)
  •  7 Josh Francis LB (Did Not Report)
  • 94 Jimmy Jean DL (IR) Injury icon 2.svg
  •  4 Tyler Williams DB (IR) Injury icon 2.svg
  • 77 Kenneth Woodget OL (IR) Injury icon 2.svg
  • Rookies in italics
  • Roster updated March 3, 2018
  • 26 active, 6 inactive
More rosters

Individual awards

The following is a list of all Blizzard players who have won league Awards

Current staff

Green Bay Blizzard staff
Front office
  • Co-owner – Larry Treankler
  • Co-owner – Kathy Treankler
  • Director of Ticket Sales - Ryan Hopson
  • Marketing Manager - Joe Carlson
  • Director of Football Operations - Dylan Eisenbarth
  • Gameday Promotions Coordinator - Noah Haban


Head coach / General Manager

  • Corey Roberson
 

Assistant coaches

  • Offensive Cordinator: Dave Mogensen
  • OL/DL Coach: Tom Menas
  • Special Teams coach: Ryan Napralla

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