Ohio Valley Greyhounds

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Ohio Valley Greyhounds
Established 1999
Folded 2007
Played in Wheeling, West Virginia
at the WesBanco Arena
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League/conference affiliations
Indoor Football League 1999–2000

National Indoor Football League 2001–2004

United Indoor Football 2005–2007
Team colorsBlack, Red, Grey
   
MascotBlitz
CheerleadersGreyhound Girls
Personnel
PresidentSharon Stephan
Head coachMark Bonar 2002–2003–2004–2005(partial year) – Record 49–6
Team history
  • Steel Valley Smash (1999–2000)
  • Ohio Valley Greyhounds (2001–2007)
Championships
League championships (2)
2002, 2003
Conference championships (2)
Division championships (3)
Playoff appearances (5)
2000, 2001,2002, 2003, 2004
Home arena(s)

The Ohio Valley Greyhounds were a professional indoor football team. They began play in 1999 as the Steel Valley Smash, a charter member of the IFL. After the league folded, they moved to the NIFL, became a charter member, and renamed themselves as the Ohio Valley Greyhounds. After four successful years in the league, they moved to the UIF in 2005 and became a charter member to the new league. However, the Greyhounds failed to reach the same level of success from the NIFL years. Their home games were played at the WesBanco Arena in Wheeling, West Virginia, which is also the home to the ECHL's Wheeling Nailers. After three dismal years in the UIF, the team folded in October 2007. [1]

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Season-by-season

Season records
SeasonWLTFinishPlayoff results
Steel Valley Smash (IFL)
199921004th Southern--
20009501st EC SouthernWon Quarterfinal (Green Bay)
Lost Semifinal (Peoria)
Ohio Valley Greyhounds (NIFL)
200111301st Atlantic EasternWon Round 1 (Lake Charles)
Lost Semifinal (Mississippi)
200212101st Atlantic NorthernWon Round 1 (L. Rangers)
Win Semifinal (T. ThunderCats)
Won Indoor Bowl II (Billings)
200314001st Atlantic EasternWon Round 1 (Lexington)
Won Semifinal (Lake Charles)
Won Indoor Bowl III (Utah)
200411301st Atlantic EastWon AC Semifinal (Fort Wayne)
Lost AC Championship (Lexington)
Ohio Valley Greyhounds (UIF)
20056902nd MidwestLost Round 1 (Sioux City)
20066903rd East--
200721306th East--
Totals73530(including playoffs)

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