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Alabama Hammers

Alabama Hammers
Founded 2010
League SIFL (2011)
PIFL (2012–present)
Conference American (2014)
Team history Alabama Hammers (2011–present)
Based in Huntsville, Alabama
Arena Von Braun Center (2011-present)
Colors Green, Gold, Silver, White
                   
Owner(s) Southern Sports and Entertainment LLC (Jeff Knight, CEO)
President Joe Stroud
Head coach Cosmo Dematteo
Championships (1)
PIFL: 2013
Conference titles (0)
Division titles (0)
Playoff berths (1)
PIFL: 2013
Dancers Hammerettes
Mascot Slammer the Hammer
Website AlabamaHammers.com

The Alabama Hammers is a professional indoor football team based in Huntsville, Alabama. The team is a member of the Professional Indoor Football League. The Hammers originally began play as an expansion team in the Southern Indoor Football League in 2011. The Hammers are the fourth indoor football team to play at the Von Braun Center; these were the Alabama Vipers of the AFL (2010), the Tennessee Valley Vipers of the af2 (2000-2004 and 2006–2009), and the Tennessee Valley Raptors of the United Indoor Football league (2005). The owner of the Hammers is Southern Sports Entertainment, LLC. The Hammers play their home games at the Von Braun Center. Their name comes from the Yellowhammer, the state bird of Alabama.

Franchise history

2011

In their inaugural season, the Hammers played in the Southern Indoor Football League,[1] and finished 4-8 in 2011.

2012

Before the season began, the Hammers joined the Professional Indoor Football League after the Southern Indoor Football League dissolved. The Hammers went 3–9 in 2012, failing to making the playoffs.

2013

For the 2013 season, the Hammers hired former Alabama Vipers coach Dean Cokinos to be their head coach.[2] The Hammers have achieved the level of success expected of coach Cokinos, who has a great winning percentage in lower level Arena football. They won their first championship when they won the PIFL title over the Richmond Raiders 70-44.

Players

Current roster

Awards and honors

The following is a list of all Hammers players who have won league awards:

Season Player Position Award
2013 Mico McSwain Wide Receiver Most Valuable Player
2013 Mico McSwain Wide Receiver Offensive Player of the Year
2013 Jake Trantin Linebacker Defensive Rookie of the Year

Head coaches

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2014 PIFL season.
Name Term Regular Season Playoffs Awards
W L T Win% W L
Marty Hammond 20112012 7 17 0 .292 0 0
Dean Cokinos 2013-2014 13 10 0 .565 2 0 PIFL Coach of the Year (2013)
Cosmo Dematteo 2015-present 0 0 0 0 0

Coaching staff

Season-by-season results

Note: The Finish, Wins, Losses, and Ties columns list regular season results and exclude any postseason play.

League Champions Conference Champions Division Champions Wild Card Berth League Leader
Season League Conference Division Regular season Postseason Results
Finish Wins Losses Ties
2011[3] SIFL Eastern South 3rd 4 8 0
2012[4] PIFL 5th 3 9 0
2013 PIFL 1st 9 2 0 Won PIFL Semifinals 61-46 vs. Albany
Won PIFL Cup II 70-44 vs. Richmond
2014 PIFL American 4th 4 8 0
Totals 20 27 0 All-time regular season record
2 0 All-time postseason record
22 27 0 All-time regular season and postseason record

References

  1. ^ Bryant, Bill (November 4, 2010). "Indoor football to return to Von Braun Center next spring".  
  2. ^ McCarter, Mark (October 4, 2012). "Dean Cokinos returning to Huntsville as head coach of Alabama Hammers' football team".  
  3. ^ "SIFL - 2011 Regular Season, Alabama Hammers". The Stat Guys. 
  4. ^ "PIFL - 2012 Regular Season, Alabama Hammers". The Stat Guys. Archived from the original on October 12, 2012. Retrieved October 12, 2012. 

External links

  • Official website


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