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Jacksonville Sharks

Jacksonville Sharks
Current season
Established 2009
Play in Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida
Jacksonville Sharks logo
Logo
League/conference affiliations

Arena Football League (2010–present)

  • American Conference (2010–present)
Team colors

Blood Red, Midnight Black, White

              
Mascot Chum
Personnel
Owner(s) Jeff Bouchy
Steve Curran
Larry Payne
Vince Neil (minority)
General manager Les Moss
Head coach Les Moss
Team history
  • Jacksonville Sharks (2010–present)
Championships

League championships (1)

Conference championships (1)

Division championships (4)

Playoff appearances (4)
2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Home arena(s)

The Jacksonville Sharks are a professional arena football team based in Jacksonville, Florida, playing their home games at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, known for sponsorship purposes as Sea Best Field. The team is part of the South Division of the American Conference in the Arena Football League (AFL), and have won the championship of their division in all four seasons of their existence.

The Sharks joined the AFL for the ArenaBowl XXIV, defeating the Arizona Rattlers 73-70, for the first AFL Championship in franchise history.[1][2]

Contents

  • History 1
  • Arena 2
  • Notable players 3
    • Current roster 3.1
    • Individual awards 3.2
    • All-Arena players 3.3
    • All-Ironman players 3.4
  • Notable coaches 4
    • Head coaches 4.1
    • Staff 4.2
  • Season-by-season results 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

History

The Arena Football League originally wanted to place a franchise in Jacksonville in the 1990s, citing the city's historical support for football.[3] The proposal drew the attention of Wayne Weaver, owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars, but the league decided that the Jacksonville Coliseum was too small for AFL standards.[3] In 2000, the Jacksonville Tomcats began play in the af2, the AFL's developmental league. The AFL and Tomcats ownership anticipated the completion of the new 15,000-seat Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, but the Tomcats folded after the 2002 season, before construction of the Arena was completed.[4]

Interest in placing an arena football team in Jacksonville remained. In 2010, following the restructuring of the AFL and the cancellation of the 2009 season, the AFL announced it would place an expansion team in Jacksonville.[5] The ownership group would be Jacksonville Sports Group, led by Jeff Bouchy, formerly part owner of the Orlando Predators AFL team under his brother Brett Bouchy.[5] On May 3, 2014, it was officially announced that former Motley Crue front man Vince Neil purchased a minority stake in the team.

Arena

Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, home of the Sharks












Since 2010, the Sharks' home arena has been Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, a $130 million facility.

Notable players

Current roster

Individual awards

All-Arena players

The following Sharks players have been named to All-Arena Teams:

All-Ironman players

The following Sharks players have been named to All-Arena Teams:

Notable coaches

Head coaches

Note: Statistics are correct through Week 18 of the 2014 Arena Football League season.
Name Term Regular Season Playoffs Awards
W L T Win% W L
Les Moss 2010–present 54 32 0 .628 5 3 2010 Coach of the Year

Staff

Season-by-season results

References

  1. ^ Don Coble (August 12, 2011). "Sharks win ArenaBowl on final play".  
  2. ^ Don Coble (August 16, 2011). "Jacksonville to celebrate Sharks' championship with a parade".  
  3. ^ a b "New arena considered for football".  
  4. ^ Jeff Walker (November 13, 2002). "Tomcats fold".  
  5. ^ a b Jeff Elliott (November 18, 2009). "Jacksonville arena football team hoping for a bang".  

External links

  • Jacksonville Sharks official website
  • Local TV station's story announcing Sharks' entry
  • Jacksonville Business Journal's story
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