Wichita Wild

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Wichita Wild
Established 2006
Folded 2014
Played in Hartman Arena in Park City, Kansas
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League/conference affiliations
Independent (2007)

United Indoor Football (2008)

  • Eastern Division (2008)

Indoor Football League (2009–2012)

  • United Conference (2009–2011)
    • Central Division (2009)
    • Central West Division (2010)
    • Great Plains Division (2011)
  • Intense Conference (2012)
Champions Professional Indoor Football League (2013–2014)
Team colorsBlack, Orange, White
            
CheerleadersWild Things
Personnel
Owner(s) Wink Hartman
Head coachPaco Martinez
Team history
  • Wichita Wild (2007–2014)
Championships
League championships (2)
  • CPIFL: 2013, 2014
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (1)
  • IFL Central: 2009
Playoff appearances (5)
  • IFL: 2009, 2010, 2012
    CPIFL 2013, 2014
Home arena(s)

The Wichita Wild were a professional indoor football team based in Wichita, Kansas. They were members of the Champions Professional Indoor Football League (CPIFL). The team was founded in 2006 as an independent indoor football franchise. In 2008, the team joined United Indoor Football (UIF). They joined the Indoor Football League (IFL) during the UIF and Intense Football League merger of 2009. In 2012, the team left the IFL to become charter members of the CPIFL. The Wild's home games were played at Hartman Arena in nearby Park City. When they lost their lease with the Hartman Arena, they folded..

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Champions Professional Indoor Football League

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History

The Wild joined the CPIFL after playing in the Indoor Football League for the past 4 seasons. The IFL was formed in 2008 through a merger between the Intense Football League and the United Indoor Football (UIF) league. Both leagues had been in business for four seasons before the merger. The Wild host their home games in Park City, Kansas at the Hartman Arena. The owner of the team is Wink Hartman.

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Park City, Kansas City in Kansas, United States

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Hartman Arena is a privately managed 5,000-seat multi-purpose arena in Park City, Kansas, United States. It is located northwest of I-135 and 77th Street North in the north Wichita metro area.

Ken Matous was hired as Head Coach of the team on July 28, 2008. Matous came to the Wild from the Columbus Destroyers of the Arena Football League (AFL) where he served as Offensive Coordinator, Special Teams Coordinator, and directed player personnel for three seasons. After an 0-5 start to the 2011 season, Matous was fired. Wild assistant coach, Morris Lolar, was then designated the Interim Head Coach for the last nine games of the Wild’s 2011 season where he inherited an 0-5 team, but lead them to a 6-3 finish to earn the full-time position. In 2012, Lolar led a young Wild team all the way to the IFL conference championship game, but they ultimately fell to the Tri-Cities Fever 51-30 to end their season. Lolar then returned for the 2013 season with a more experienced team heading into their inaugural season with the newly formed Champions Professional Indoor Football League, where they finished with a 12-2 record, a championship win against the Salina Bombers, and a 7-0 record at home to close out the season. Lolar’s leadership in the 2013 season earned the team several league awards and an honorable mention as CPIFL Coach of the Year.

After winning their second consecutive CPIFL Championship, owner Wink Hartman put the team up for sale on July 2, 2014. [1] The Wild effectively folded after not joining the new Champions Indoor Football league after its merger with the Lone Star Football League.

Champions Indoor Football indoor American football league

Champions Indoor Football (CIF) is a professional indoor American football league created in 2014 out of the merger between the Champions Professional Indoor Football League (CPIFL) and Lone Star Football League (LSFL), plus one team from the Indoor Football League and two expansion teams. Players are paid $75 – $300 per game before taxes. No other benefits are provided.

Lone Star Football League

The Lone Star Football League (LSFL) was a regional professional indoor football league that played three seasons from 2012 to 2014. All of the LSFL's charter teams were based in the state of Texas, with five teams coming from the Southern Indoor Football League, three from the Indoor Football League, plus one expansion team. The LSFL played three seasons to completion before merging with the Champions Professional Indoor Football League in August 2014 to form Champions Indoor Football.

Season-By-Season

SeasonWLTFinishPlayoff results
Wichita Wild (Independent)
2007900----
Wichita Wild (UIF)
200821204th East--
Wichita Wild (IFL)
20098603rd United CentralWon United Conference Quarterfinal (Bloomington)
Won United Conference Semifinal (Omaha)
Lost United Conference Championship (River City)
20109502nd Central WestWon Round 1 (Bloomington)
Won United Conference Semifinal (Rochester)
Lost United Conference Championship (Sioux Falls)
20116803rd Great Plains--
20128603rd IntenseWon Intense Conference Semifinal (Allen)
Lost Intense Conference Championship (Tri-Cities)
Wichita Wild (CPIFL)
201312203rd LeagueWon Semi-Finals (Omaha)
Won Champions Bowl I (Salina)
201410201st LeagueWon Semi-Finals (Dodge City)
Won Champions Bowl II (Sioux City)
Totals72440(including playoffs)

Past seasons

2007 season

They began play in 2007 as an independent organization playing all games at home against semi-pro opponents from the midwest. They played their home games at the Kansas Coliseum. The Wichita Wild went undefeated with a record of 9 wins and no losses.

Kansas Coliseum entertainment and sports complex

Kansas Coliseum was an entertainment complex in the Wichita suburb of Valley Center, Kansas. It is located southeast of I-135 and 85th Street North in the north Wichita metro area.

2008 season

In 2008, they competed in the UIF. The UIF the next season merged with the Intense Football League to form the Indoor Football League. They played their home games at the Kansas Coliseum in Wichita, Kansas.

United Indoor Football

United Indoor Football (UIF) was a United States indoor football league that started in 2005. Ten owners from the National Indoor Football League, including one expansion and two from arenafootball2 (af2) took their franchises and formed their own league. The league was based in Omaha, Nebraska.

DateTeamResult
3/8/08Sioux City BanditsL 23-31
3/15/08River City RageL 25-26
3/22/08@BloomingtonL 38-59
4/5/08Bloomington ExtremeL 35-44
4/10/08Omaha BeefL 24-31
4/19/08@River City RageW 22-15
4/26/08@Billings OutlawsL 13-55
5/3/08@Omaha BeefL 16-67
5/10/08@Colorado IceW 35-31
5/17/08@Sioux Falls StormL 14-57
4/24/08River City RageL 13-41
5/31/08Omaha BeefL 6-54
6/7/08Billings OutlawsL 31-58
6/13/08@Colorado IceL 24-56

2009 season

The Wild's breakout year came in 2009 when the Wild established themselves as top tier indoor football franchise. The Wild won the IFL's Central Division and fell in the Conference Championship game to RiverCity. Following the season, Wichita was recognized as the IFL's Franchise of the Year. Running back Darius Fudge set league records for rushing touchdowns and rushing yards, which still stand today. Fudge was named the IFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year.

DateTeamResult
3/20/09@OmahaL 36-41
4/04/09Sioux Falls StormL 41-45
4/11/09River City RageW 56-40
4/18/09@River City RageL 31-52
4/25/09@Sioux City BanditsL 28-30
5/2/09Abilene RuffRidersW 49-33
5/9/09@San Angelo StampedeW 48-35
5/16/09@Sioux Falls StormL 21-49
5/23/09Odessa RoughnecksW 62-42
5/30/09@Sioux City BanditsW 39-29
6/6/09@Bloomington ExtremeL 34-38
6/13/09Omaha BeefW 39-37
6/27/09River City RageW 73-33
7/2/09Alaska WildW 76-9

2010 season

For the new season the Wild have returned last years stars in Dixie Wooten, Clinton Soloman, and Darius Fudge. The Wichita Wild Season opener was February, 26 at the Hartman Arena. The 2010 season was the most successful season in franchise history in terms of success on and off the field. The team went 9-5 in the 2010 regular season and went on to win two playoff games before falling to Sioux Falls in the United Conference Championship. The 11 total wins for the Wild in 2010 was the most in franchise history. The team also set a record for total attendance by seeing almost 30,000 fans attend Wild home games in 2010. A crowd of 4,755 attended and watched the Wild snag their first win of the 2010 season. After an 8-4 start to the 2010 Indoor Football League season the Wichita Wild Clinched their second playoff berth in franchise history.

2011 season

The previous season's success did not carry over to the 2011 season. Starting 0-5, the Wild matched their worst start in team history (they had previously started 0-5 during their inaugural UIF season). Their start lead to the firing of head coach Ken Matous, and Morris Lolar was named the interim head coach. [2] Although the Wild bravely rallied and went 6-3 the rest of the way, their 6-8 finish and third place standing in the Great Plains Division was not enough for a third consecutive playoff berth (the first time since 2008 that the Wild had missed the playoffs and finished with a losing record).

2012 season

The Wild would return to their winning ways in 2012. Like the previous season, the Wild had started 0-4; what was different, though, is their 8-2 finish was able to pull them into third place in the Intense Conference with an 8-6 record, returning the Wild to the playoffs. After an upset road win over the Allen Wranglers in the conference semifinals, the Wild would once again fall short of the United Bowl, losing to the Tri-Cities Fever in what would be their final game in the IFL before moving to the CPIFL the following season.

2013 season: Switching leagues and winning a championship

The 2013 season was a year of firsts for the Wichita Wild. They competed in the Indoor Football League from 2009-2012. During their tenure in the IFL, the Wild made it to three Conference Championships, but couldn't finish and get to the United Bowl. In 2013, the Wild left the IFL for a new league that was created with former members of the American Professional Football League and a few more from the IFL. Together, the new league consisted of 10 teams in total. Every founding member of the league was close to one another in geographic proximity. The Wild opened the season on a strong note, with four straight wins over the Oklahoma, Salina, Kansas, and Bloomington. They suffered their first loss of the season in a close game to the Kansas City Renegades. The Wild finished with a franchise best record of 10-2, heading into the 2013 playoffs. In a three-way tie for the best league record, The Wild were slotted as the #3 seed in a four team playoff. In the first round of the playoffs, the Wild faced a familiar foe from their prior IFL days, the Omaha Beef. In a tightly contested match up, Wichita was victorious on the road, outlasting their rivals by a score of (31-25). With the win, Wichita secured their first ever trip to a championship game. Their opponent was the #4 seeded Salina Bombers who they would host at their home venue, Hartman Arena. The Bombers, a brand new team, also enjoyed a magical first season finishing at (8-3) and were fresh off upsetting the #1 seed and two time APFL Champion Sioux City Bandits in their 1st round of the playoffs. In convincing fashion, Wichita dominated the Bombers in the first ever Champions Bowl, as they jumped out to an early three possession lead and never looked back. Wild quarterback Rocky Hinds was named the game's MVP, completing 18 of 22 passes for 163 yards and four touchdowns. The final score was (47-34). With the win, Wichita secured their first ever league title of any kind and became the first ever champions of the Champions Professional Indoor Football League.

WeekDateKickoffOpponentResults
Final ScoreTeam Record
1March 9 (Sat)7:30pm@Oklahoma Defenders 70-261-0
2March 16 (Sat)7:30pm@Salina Bombers 63-342-0
3March 23 (Sat)7:05pm Kansas Koyotes 39-203-0
4March 30 (Sat)7:05pm Bloomington Edge 52-224-0
5April 6 (Sat)7:30pm@Kansas City Renegades 36-404-1
6April 12 (Fri)7:05pm@Bloomington Edge 49-355-1
7April 20 (Sat)7:05pm Omaha Beef 29-176-1
8April 27 (Sat)7:30pm@Mid-Missouri Outlaws 82-97-1
9May 4 (Sat)7:05pm Oklahoma Defenders 73-78-1
10May 11 (Sat)7:05pm Salina Bombers 45-409-1
11Bye
12May 25 (Sat)7:05pm@Sioux City Bandits 21-469-2
13Bye
14June 8 (Sat)7:05pm Mid-Missouri Outlaws 74-1610-2

2014

WeekDateKickoffOpponentResults
Final ScoreTeam Record
1February 28 (Fri)7:05pm@Lincoln Haymakers 62-101-0
2Off-Week
3March 16 (Sun)3:05pm@Oklahoma Defenders 50-442-0
4March 22 (Sat)7:05pm Dodge City Law 40-73-0
5April 5 (Sat)7:05pm@Sioux City Bandits 45-483-1
6Off-Week
7April 12 (Sat)7:05pm Lincoln Haymakers 49-324-1
8April 19 (Sat)7:05pm@Omaha Beef 66-335-1
9April 26 (Sat)7:05pm Oklahoma Defenders 67-376-1
10May 3 (Sat)7:05pm@Salina Bombers 11-136-2
11May 17 (Sat)7:05pm Kansas Koyotes 14-527-2
12May 24 (Sat)7:05pm@Dodge City Law 47-388-2
13May 31 (Sat)7:05pm Sioux City Bandits 54-599-2
14June 7 (Sat)7:05pm Salina Bombers 41-6310-2

vs opponent

OpponentOVERALLHOMEAWAYPLYFF
Abilene Ruff Riders (1-0)(1-0)(0-0)(0-0)
Alaska Wild (1-0)(1-0)(0-0)(0-0)
Allen Wranglers (3-3)(1-1)(2-2)(1-0)
Amarillo Venom (1-0)(1-0)(0-0)(0-0)
Billings Outlaws (0-2)(0-1)(0-1)(0-0)
Bloomington Edge *(6-3)(4-1)(2-2)(2-0)
Bricktown Brawlers (1-0)(0-0)(1-0)(0-0)
Colorado Ice (3-1)(1-0)(2-1)(0-0)
Dodge City Law (0-0)(0-0)(0-0)(0-0)
Green Bay Blizzard (0-3)(0-1)(0-2)(0-0)
Kansas Koyotes (1-0)(1-0)(0-0)(0-0)
La Crosse Spartans (1-0)(1-0)(0-0)(0-0)
Nebraska Danger (2-2)(2-0)(0-2)(0-0)
New Mexico Stars (2-0)(1-0)(1-0)(0-0)
Oklahoma Defenders (1-0)(0-0)(1-0)(0-0)
Omaha Beef (6-8)(3-3)(3-5)(1-0)
RiverCity Rage (3-4)(2-3)(1-1)(0-1)
Rochester Raiders (1-0)(1-0)(0-0)(1-0)
Salina Bombers (3-0)(2-0)(1-0)(1-0)
San Angelo Stampede (2-0)(1-0)(1-0)(0-0)
Sioux City Bandits (3-3)(1-1)(2-2)(0-0)
Sioux Falls Storm (1-9)(0-5)(1-4)(0-1)
Tri-Cities Fever (0-1)(0-0)(0-1)(0-1)
West Texas Roughnecks ***(2-1)(1-1)(1-0)(0-0)

* = was called the Bloomington Extreme prior to 2012

** = was called the Odessa Roughnecks prior to 2010

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References

  1. Wild Owner Opens Team for Sale, Wichita Wild website, July 2, 2014
  2. "Wild Make Coaching Change; Lolar Named Interim Coach". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. April 11, 2011. Retrieved August 20, 2015.