Wichita Force

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Wichita Force
AmericanFootball current event.svg Current season
Established 2014
Play in Kansas Star Arena
in Mulvane, Kansas
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Wichita Force logo
League/conference affiliations
Champions Indoor Football (2015–present)
  • Northern Division (2016)
  • South Conference (2017–2018)
  • North Conference (2019)
Team colorsBlack, yellow, white
   
Personnel
Owner(s)Wichita Arena Football, LLC
Head coachPat Pimmel
Team history
  • Wichita Force (2015–present)
Championships
League championships (1)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (1)
Playoff appearances (3)
Home arena(s)

The Wichita Force are a professional indoor football team based in Mulvane, Kansas, outside Wichita and members of the Champions Indoor Football league with home games in Kansas Star Arena. The team was founded in 2014 as an expansion franchise for the 2015 season. [2]

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History

For the inaugural 2015 season, the Force hired former Wichita Wild head coach Paco Martinez. [3] The Force opened the season with a home loss to the Salina Bombers, [4] then regrouped to win four consecutive games in a five-week span. [5] [6] 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. [7] [8]

In 2017, the Force underwent an ownership change and head coach Martinez was fired after three seasons with the team. [9] He was replaced by Morris Lolar as the head coach and Stuart Schake was named general manager for the 2018 season. [10] Brian Turner was named general manager for the 2019 season, [11] 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.

For the 2020 season, the Force hired Pat Pimmel as head coach. [12] The team also moved from the larger Intrust Bank Arena, where the team had played for the first five season, to the smaller Hartman Arena, where the Wichita Wild used to play. [13] However, the 2020 season never began and was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic closing arenas. The following 2021 season, the season was shortened and delayed as the pandemic restrictions continued. On April 1, 2021, the Force announced they would play the season out of the Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane. [14]

Season-by-season results

League ChampionsConference ChampionsDivision ChampionsPlayoff berthLeague leader
Season Team League Conference Division Regular season Postseason results
FinishWinsLossesTies
2015 2015 CIF 3rd [lower-alpha 1] 840Lost Semifinal 27–39 (Texas)
2016 2016 CIFNorthern1st1020Won Divisional Championship 52–51 (Bloomington)
Won Champions Bowl II 48–45 (Amarillo)
2017 2017 CIFSouth6th750
2018 2018 CIFSouth4th480Lost Conference Semifinal (Duke City) 39–50
2019 2019 CIFNorth4th2100
2020 2020 CIFSeason cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
Totals31290All-time regular season record (2015–2019)
22All-time postseason record (2015–2019)
33310All-time regular season and postseason record (2015–2019)
  1. During the 2015 season, the CIF did not have divisions. Listed finish is each team's position in the overall league standings.

Roster

Wichita Force roster
Quarterbacks
  •  8Joe Hubener
  •  12 Daren Ross Jr.

Running backs

  •  2Dontaye Rivera
  •  6Mikhail Lindsay

Wide receivers

  •  5 Jack Tomlinson
  • 10Montero Dubose
  •  13 Gary Jolivet Jr.
  •  7 Adrian Palmore
  •  9Torrey Gill
Offensive linemen
  • 74 Clint Barley
  • 50 Darrius Moore
  • 53 Kameron Neal

Defensive linemen

  • 22Michael Bell
  • 11Francis Tusa
  • 51 David Powell
  • 3Chaquil Reed
  • 29Ian Knight
Linebackers
  • 1Marcus Carter


Defensive backs

  • 20Zach Miller
  •  4 Kionce Roberts
  • 24 Sean Kelley
  • 21 Evan Ray
  • 19 Hunter Jameson
  • 43 John DePalma

Special teams

  • 23Jordan Drake
Reserve lists


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

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