- Iowa Barnstormers (AF2)
name = Iowa Barnstormers
conference = American
division = Midwest
founded = 1995
arena = Wells Fargo Arena, 16,980
location = Des Moines, Iowa
championships = League Championships (none)
Conference Championships (1996, 1997)
Division Championships (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999)
Wild Card Births (1995) |
The Iowa Barnstormers are an
arena footballteam based in Des Moines, Iowa. They are currently playing their second season in the Arenafootball2 league after competing for six season in the Arena Football League. The franchise was granted when the former Arena Football Leagueteam of the same name moved to New Yorkas the New York Dragonsfor the 2001 season. In 2001, the team's first season of playing in Arenafootball2, the Barnstormers played in the Veterans Memorial Auditorium (a/k/a "The Barn). They finished 9-7 overall, missing the playoffs and suspending operations the very next year until 2008.
Iowa Barnstormers History
On April 25, 1994, the
Arena Football Leagueapproved an expansion team to be based in Des Moines, Iowa, starting with the 1995 season. The Iowa Barnstormerscompeted as an AFL team from 1995 to 2000, successfully reaching the ArenaBowlin 1996 and 1997, as well as developing NFL superstar Kurt Warner. The need for a more modern venue as well as the league's desire for a larger market led to the move to New Yorkdespite two failed past attempts in the city, the New York Knights(1988) and the New York CityHawks (1997-1998), both of which played at Madison Square Gardenin Manhattan. The team was purchased by Charles Wang, who is also the Islanders' majority owner and re-named the New York Dragons.
The Arena Football organization did award an
af2franchise to Iowa for the 2001 season also called the Barnstormers, but that team suspended operations after the season. The original Barnstormers were noted for their unique uniforms, which in keeping with the aviation theme included the depiction of goggles on the helmets, wings on the shoulders of the jerseys, and propellers on the pants legs. The primary figures in the original Iowa organization were Jim Foster, the inventor of Arena Footballand Kurt Warner, the quarterback who went on to play for the St. Louis Ramsand win both the NFL MVPand Super Bowl XXXIVMVP.
Aside from the league's desire to re-enter the New York market, another major reason cited for the team's relocation was the inadequacy of their Des Moines venue, the Iowa Veterans Memorial Auditorium, also known as "The Barn". Most of the seats in this venue were located directly along the sidelines as is typical of
high schoolsports venues. The Barnstormers organization constantly lobbied for the construction of a better facility during their time in Des Moines, to no avail.
In 2005, the Wells Fargo Arena opened in Des Moines, directly across from what the locals call "Vets", as part of the newly expanded
Iowa Events Center. A new Barnstormers af2 franchise began play there for the 2008 season.
September 20, 2007, the af2announced that they had approved the inactive franchise's new ownership, meaning that the Barnstormers resumed play in 2008at the Wells Fargo Arena. They hold practices at the historic Veterans Memorial Auditorium, and they inherited the tradition of the original Barnstormers. The team adopted the original unique uniforms, which in keeping with the aviation theme included the depiction of goggles on the helmets, wings on the shoulders of the jerseys, and propellers on the pants legs. The mascot, a dog named Ace, is featured in this helmet, along with the uniform jersey and pants. [cite news|first=Tom|last=Witosky|title=Barnstormers revived as af2 team|url=http://docs.newsbank.com/openurl?ctx_ver=z39.88-2004&rft_id=info:sid/iw.newsbank.com:AWNB:DMRB&rft_val_format=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:ctx&rft_dat=11BCECC6EF53C8A0&svc_dat=InfoWeb:aggregated5&req_dat=0D0CB57AB53DF815|work=The Des Moines Register|date=2007-09-20]
1993 All-Star Game, Des Moines
with the proceeds going to the 1993 Iowa Flood Victims.
The summer of 1993 resulted in the worst flooding on record in the Midwest. In July, two rivers in Des Moines broke over their banks and cut off the water supply for over 250,000 capital city residents. By August, some parts of eight other states had been declared disaster areas, but every county in Iowa was included in that proclamation
A sold out crowd of 11,411 saw the National Conference All Stars defeat the American Conference All Stars 64-40.
Jay Grudenwas named the MVP of the game, while fellow Tampa Bay Stormteammate Stevie Thomaswas named the Iron Man. The success of the All Star Game proved to the league Des Moinescould support a team, leading to the arrival of the Iowa Barnstormers in 1995.
Box Score: "First Quarter;" N - Stevie Thomas 30 pass from Jay Gruden (Mike Black kick, A - FG Luis Zendejas 51,N - FG Mike Black 25, N - Stevie Thomas 14 pass from Jay Gruden (Mike Black kick), "Second Quarter;" A - FG Luis Zendejas 32, N - Andre Bowden 4 run (Mike Black kick), N - Ryan Bethea 33 pass from Jay Gruden (Mike Black kick), A - SAFETY, Jay Gruden tackled in end zone, "3rd Quarter;" A - FG Luis Zendejas 29, A - George LaFrance 25 pass from Paul Justin (Luis Zendejas kick), N - Stevie Thomas 12 pass from Jay Gruden (Black kick), A - Tyrone Thurman 15 pass from Paul Justin (Luis Zendejas kick), N - Stevie Thomas 6 pass from Jay Gruden (kick failed), "4th Quarter;" A - George LaFrance 3 pass from Paul Justin (Luis Zendejas kick), N - Ryan Bethea 3 run (Mike Black kick), A - Paul Justin 1 run (Luis Zendejas kick), N - Mike Hold 3 run (Mike Black kick), N - Fred Gayles 9 pass from Hold (no attempt), "Arena;"
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Des Moines, IA, "Attendance;" 11,411, "MVP; Jay Gruden, "Iron Man;""' Stevie Thomas
On May 12, 1995, the Barnstormers played their first regular season game, on the road against the
Milwaukee Mustangs. In a wild finish that saw both teams combine to score 24 points in the final 40.4 seconds of the fourth quarter, the Barnstormers won, 69-61. The next weekend, May 20, 1995, the Barnstormers played their first regular season home game against the Miami Hootersat Veterans Memorial Auditorium. They won, 41-29. On August 13, 1995, the Barnstormers would play and win their first playoff game over the Arizona Rattlers, 56-52.
After being on hiatus for six seasons, the Barnstormers played their first regular season game of 2008, falling at the
Louisville Fire58-28 on March 29, 2008. The following week, they would return home for a Monday Night primetime match-up with the Lexington Horsemenon April 14, 2008. In the debut of Arena Football at the Wells Fargo Arena, the Barnstormers lost a close 43-41 contest. The next week, Iowa won their first regular season match-up since 2001 (their 75th overall), defeating the Quad City Steamwheelers58-38 on April 19 in Moline, Illinois. The team would win their first home game at the Wells Fargo Arenaon April 26, 2008, defeating the Stockton Lightning47-24.
against the number one overall seed American Conference Champion Iowa Barnstormers. Both teams ended their regular seasons at 12-2, yet Iowa had a better conference record (7-2 to 6-2). For the Storm, they were hoping to get their fourth championship title in six overall appearances, while the Barnstormers (in only their second season) were trying to win their very first league championship game.
In the first quarter, Tampa Bay struck first with QB
Jay Grudencompleting a 12-yard TD pass to OL/DL Lynn Rowland, yet the Barnstormers took the lead with QB Kurt Warnercompleting a 16-yard TD pass to WR/LB Chris Spencerand a 30-yard TD pass to OS Lamont 'Lamart' Cooper. The Storm would wrap up the period with Gruden completing a 30-yard TD pass to OS George LaFrance(with a failed PAT). In the second quarter, Iowa increased its lead with Warner completing a 9-yard TD pass to WR/DB Willis Jacox, yet Tampa Bay took control with Gruden completing a 35-yard TD pass to WR/LB Stevie Thomas. Afterwards, Thomas would return an interception 9 yards for a touchdown. The Barnstormers would wrap up the half with FB/LB Ron Morangetting a 1-yard TD run. In the third quarter, the Storm increased its lead with Gruden completing a 21-yard TD pass to FB/LB Ivan Caesar, yet Iowa responded with kicker Mike Blackgetting a 32-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, the Barnstormers reclaimed its lead with Warner and Spencer hooking up with each other again on a 4-yard TD pass, yet Tampa Bay retook the lead with Gruden and Thomas hooking up with each other again on a 7-yard TD pass. Afterwards, Warner would lead Iowa on a late game drive to the Storm's 1-yard, yet on four-straight downs, Tampa Bay kept the Barnstormers out of the end zone.
With the win, the Storm claimed its fourth title in six seasons. An then AFL-record audience of over one million watched the game live on ESPN.
Box Score: "1st Quarter;" TB - Rowland 12 pass from Gruden (Cimadevilla kick), IOW - Spencer 16 pass from Warner (Black kick), IOW - Cooper 30 pass from Warner (Black kick), TB - LaFrance 30 pass from Gruden (Cimadevilla kick failed), "2nd Quarter"IOW - Jacox 9 pass from Warner (Black kick), TB - Thomas 35 pass from Gruden (Cimadevilla kick) TB - Thomas 9 Interception Return (Gruden pass), IOW - Moran 1 Run (Black), "3rd Quarter"; TB - Caesar 21 pass from Gruden (Cimadevilla kick)IOW - FG Black 32, "4th Quarter"; IOW - Spencer 4 yard pass from Warner (Black kick), TB - Thomas 7 pass from Gruden (Cimadevilla kick), "Location;'
Des Moines, IA, "Attendance; 11,411, "MVP;" TB - Stevie Thomas, "Iron Man;" IOW - Lenard Conley
three before. Now, they were trying to acquire their second league title.
In the first quarter, the Rattlers slithered first with kicker
Anthony Brennergetting a 19-yard Field Goal, yet the Barnstormers responded with QB Kurt Warnercompleting a 30-yard TD pass to OS Lamont 'Lamart' Cooper. In the second quarter, Arizona lead off the period with FB/LB Robert 'Bob' McMillen getting a 1-yard TD run, whle Iowa kicker Mike Black nailed a 25-yard field goal. The Rattlers would begin to take command with QB Donnie Davis(who was filling in for an injured Sherdrick Bonner) completing a 4-yard TD pass to / Hernandez 'Hunkie' Cooper, while the Barnstormers' only response was Black kicking a 20-yard field goal. Immediately afterwards, the Rattlers continued striking as Hunkie Cooperwould return the kickoff 56 yards for a touchdown to end the half. In the third quarter, Arizona continued its domination as Davis got a 1-yard QB Sneak run for a touchdown, while Hunkie Cooper returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown. Iowa's only response from the period was Warner completing another 30-yard TD pass to Lamont Cooper. Afterwards, the Rattlers wrapped up ther period with Davis completing a 49-yard TD pass to WR/LB 'Shakes' Calvin Schexnayder. In the fourth quarter, the Barnstormers tried to fight back with WR/DB Willis Jacoxgetting a 1-yard TD run, yet Arizona wrapped the game up with Davis and Schexnayder hooking up with each other again on a 28-yard TD pass, while Brenner would put on the finishing touches with a 44-yard field goal. All that was left of Iowa's attack was Warner completing a 9-yard TD pass to WR/LB Leonard Conley.
With the win, the Rattlers got their second
ArenaBowltitle in franchise history.
Box Score: "1st Quarter;"ARI - FG Brenner 19, IOW - Copper 30 pass from Warner (Black run), "2nd Quarter;ARI - McMillen 1 run (Brenner kick), IOW - FG Black 25, ARI - Cooper 4 pass from David (Brenner kick, IOW - FG Black 20, ARI - Cooper 56 Kickoff Return (Brenner kick), "3rd Quarter;"ARI - Davis 1 run (Brenner kick), ARI - Cooper 30 Interception Return (Brenner kick), IOW - Cooper 30 pass from Warner (Black kick), ARI - Schexnayder 49 pass from Davis (Brenner kick), "4th Quarter;""'IOW - Jacox 1 run (Black kick), ARI - Schexnayder 28 pass from Davis (Brenner kick) ARI - FG Brenner 44, IOW - Conley 9 pass from Warner (Warner pass failed), "Location;"
Phoenix, AZ, "Attendance;" 17,436, "MVP;" ARI - Donnie Davis, "Iron Man;" Hernandez 'Hunkie' Cooper
1999 American Conference Championship
On August 13, 1999,
Connell Maynorpassed for five touchdowns as the Orlando Predatorsdefeated the Barnstormers 48-41 59-48. Iowa ended the season with a 12-4 record. It was Iowa's third American Conference Championship game and their first conference championship loss in franchise history (the Barnstormers won the conference championship in 1996 & 1997).
Box Score: "1st Quarter;" Orlando 10, Iowa 0, "2nd Quarter;" Orlando 21, Iowa 7 "3rd Quarter;" Iowa 14, Orlando 7, "4th Quarter;" Iowa 20, Orlando 10, "Location;"
Des Moines, IA, "Attendance;" 11,411, "MVP;" Connell Maynor, Orlando, "Iron Man;" Leonard Conley, Iowa
AFL Hall of Famer Jim Foster
Jim Foster is the founder and first commissioner of the
Arena Football League. He is also a former NFL and USFL executive and was later the principal owner of the Iowa Barnstormers from 1995-2001.
Foster derived the basic concept of
Arena Footballwhile watching a game of indoor soccer being played at Madison Square Garden on February 11, 1981. He drew it out on a manila envelope. The Arena Football Leaguebegan league play in 1987. In 1990, Foster was granted a patent on the game of Arena Footballand the equipment unique to it, particularly the end zone rebound nets, meaning that other indoor football leagues not affiliated with the Arena Footballorganization must play by at least somewhat different rules than the ones the Arena Football Leagueuses.
Jim is a fan of traditional jazz and plays trumpet whenever he gets the chance. He was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa - the same hometown as legendary jazz cornetist
When Jim lived in
Des Moines, IAduring his Barnstormer ownership days, he served as a member of the board of directors for Jazz Partnerz (Kurt Bowermaster, president), the non-profit group that planned and organized the Greater Des Moines Good Times Jazz Festival.
AFL Hall of Famer Jon Roehlk
Durant, IA, Jon Roehlk played his final season for the Barnstormers before retiring from Arena Footballfollowing the 1995 season. Roehlk entered the league as a rookie for the Washington Commandosin 1987 and was traded to the Detroit Drivethe following season. He helped lead Detroit to four ArenaBowlChampionships (1988, 1989, 1990, 1992) and was an six-time All-Arena selection.
Roehlk played three games with the
Chicago Bearsin 1987, as a replacement player during the lockout season.
AFL Hall of Famer Kurt Warner
appearances in both seasons. He was also named on a 20 player list of the best arena football players of all time. Some consider Warner as the greatest Arena Football player ever.
In 1997, Warner was offered an NFL tryout by the
Chicago Bears, but an injury to his throwing elbow caused by a venomous spider bite received during his honeymoon prevented him from attending.Fact|date=March 2008
Warner was the backup quarterback for the
St. Louis Ramsduring the 1998 regular season and the 1999 preseason. When starting quarterback Trent Greenwas injured in a preseason game, Warner took over as the starter. With the support of running back Marshall Faulkand wide receivers Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt, Az-Zahir Hakim, and Ricky Proehl, Warner completed one of the top seasons by a quarterback in NFL history by throwing for 4,353 yards with 41 touchdown passes and a completion rate of 65.1%. The Rams' high-powered offense was nicknamed " The Greatest Show on Turf" and registered the first in a string of three consecutive 500-point seasons, an NFL record. Warner threw three touchdown passes in each of the first three games in the 1999 season, his first three NFL starts. He is the only NFL quarterback in history to accomplish that feat, and only the second other than Dan Marinoto do it in his first two NFL starts.
Warner really drew attention, however, in the season's next game, a home game against the
San Francisco 49ers, who had been NFC West Division champs for 12 of the previous 13 seasons. The Rams had lost 17 of their previous 18 meetings with the 49ers and had a 3-0 record along with the 49ers' 2-1 record. Warner proceeded to throw three touchdown passes on the Rams' first three possessions of the game and four in the first half to propel the Rams to a 28-10 halftime lead on the way to a 42-20 victory. Warner finished the game with five touchdown passes, giving him 14 in four games and, more importantly, the Rams a 4-0 record. After many years of defeats and losing records, football experts finally had to take notice.
Warner's breakout season from a career in anonymity was so unexpected that "
Sports Illustrated" featured him on their October 18cover with the caption "Who IS this guy?" [ [http://dynamic.si.cnn.com/si_online/covers/issues/1999/1018.html SI.com - Oct. 18, 1999 ] ] He was named the 1999 NFL MVPat the season's end.
In the NFL playoffs, Warner led the Rams to a
Super Bowl XXXIVvictory against the Tennessee Titans. He threw for two touchdowns and a Super Bowl record 414 passing yards, including a 73-yard touchdown to Isaac Brucewhen the game was tied with just over two minutes to play. Warner also set a Super Bowl record by attempting 45 passes without a single interception.
Warner was awarded the
Super Bowl MVP, becoming one of only six players to win both the league MVP and Super Bowl MVP awards in the same year. The others are Bart Starrin 1966, Terry Bradshawin 1978, Joe Montanain 1989, Emmitt Smithin 1993, and Steve Young in 1994.
Warner played for the
Saint Louis Ramsuntil July, 1 2004, when he was released and picked up by the New York Giants. The Giants would then trade him to his current team the Arizona Cardinalsin 2005.
Most Memorable Trade
With the loss of
Kurt Warnerto the NFL and after an 0-5 start, the Barnstormers traded WR/LB Chris Spencerand OL/DL John Dixonon June 1, 1998, to the New Jersey Red Dogsfor quarterback Aaron Garcia, who would go on to break most of Warner¹s passing records while playing for the Barnstormers and the New York Dragons.
The Iowa Barnstormers are known for their tailgate experience. It is considered one of the best environments to tailgate in all of Arena Football. The tailgate party begins hours before kick-off, featuring live music and entertainment; similar to college football tailgates through the county.
The Flight Crew
The Iowa Barnstormers famous cheer squad is know as the Storm Chasers. Each game the Storm Chasers appear led by the team's mascot Billy, a barnstormer who rides Barn Force One, and Ace the dog. All make up the historic fan club known as the Flight Crew.
Pilot Wheel and Prop Trophy
When the Barnstomers square off on the field with the
Quad City Steamwheelersthe two teams play for a trophy known as the Pilot Wheel and Prop Trophy. The trophy includs a stearing wheel form a steamboat and a propeller from a crop duster plan. Quad City has won the trophy three times, while the barnstormers have won it twice.
All-Time Pilot Wheel and Prop Trophy Results
April 12, 2001 - Quad City 45, Iowa 7 - Des Moines, IA
June 16, 2001 - Quad City 78, Iowa 35 - Moline, IL
April 19, 2008 - Iowa 53, Quad City 38 - Moline, IL
May 31, 2008 - Quad City 67, Iowa 64 - Des Moines, IA
July 12, 2008 - Iowa 76, Quad City 53 - Des Moines, IA
On July 12, 2008, the Barnstormers held their first ever blackout night, asking all fans to wear black shirts. Iowa defeated the Quad City Steamwheelers 76-53 in front of a packed house. The Barnstormers plan to use blackout nights to promote big games against big rivals.
On June 6, 2008, The Shutdown Corner voted the Iowa Barnstormers football Helmet the eighth coolest helmet in pro football history. The article stated "the inclusion of the Iowa Barnstormers on this prestigious list can be justified with two words: Snoopy. Goggles." The
Pittsburg Steelerswere ranked number one, followed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Green Bay Packers, the Indianapolis Colts, and the Houston Oilers.
During the 2008 season, the Barnstormers have ranked second in average home paid attendance in Arenafootball2 and the team is ranked 17th in average home paid attendance out of the 46 combine teams in the
Arena Football Leagueand Arenafootball2.
Historically the Barnstormers have ranked high in home paid attendance. In the
Arena Football League, they finished 7th in 1995, 8th in 1996, 9th in 1997, 8th in 1998, 9th in 1999, and 9th in 2000. The Barnstormers finished 1st in Arenafootball2 and 10th in all Arena Footballduring the 2001 season.
The Barnstormers have averaged 10,418 per game in home paid attendance throughout the team's history.
colspan="6" align="center" | Arena Football League
1995 || 7 || 5 || 0 || 2nd AC Central || Won 56-52, American Conference Quarterfinal at (Arizona)
Lost 49-56 American Conference Semifinal vs (Orlando)
1996 || 12 || 2 || 0 || 1st AC Central || Bye American Conference Quarterfinal
Won 52-49, American Conference Semifinal vs (St. Louis)
Won 62-55, American Conference Final vs (Albany)
ArenaBowl X(Tampa Bay)
1997 || 11 || 3 || 0 || 1st AC Central || Bye American Conference Quarterfinal
Won 68-59, American Conference Semifinal vs (San Jose)
Won 52-34, American Conference Final vs (Orlando)
1998 || 5 || 9 || 0 || 3rd AC Central || Did Not Qualify
1999 || 13 || 3 || 0 || 1st AC Central || Bye American Conference Quarterfinal
Won 66-34, American Conference Semifinal vs (Milwaukee)
Lost 41-48, American Conference Final vs (Orlando)
2000 || 11 || 5 || 0 || 1st AC Central || Bye American Conference Quarterfinal
Lost 56-63, American Conference Semifinal vs (Nashville)
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2001 || 9 || 7 || 0 || 3rd AC Midwest || Did Not Qualify
2002 || colspan="6" rowspan="6" align="center" | "On Hiatus Did Not Play"
2008 || 6 || 10 || 0 || 5th AC Midwest || Did Not Qualify
Total || 74 || 44 || 0 || 6-5-0 Playoff Record || Overall Record (Regular Season & Playoff) 80-49-0
*1st Victory - May 12, 1995, at
Milwaukee Mustangs, 69-61
*5th Victory - June 30, 1995, at
St. Louis Stampede, 52-35
*10th Victory - May 18, 1996, vs
Connecticut Coyotes, 39-37
*15th Victory - July 29, 1996, vs
Milwaukee Mustangs, 66-64
*20th Victory - August 10, 1996, vs
St. Louis Stampede, 52-49 (playoffs)
*25th Victory - May 24, 1997, at
Anaheim Piranhas, 63-42
*30th Victory - July 19, 1997, at
Tampa Bay Storm, 61-38
*35th Victory - June 6, 1998, vs
Grand Rapids Rampage, 48-47
*40th Victory - April 10, 1999, vs
Arizona Rattlers, 40-26
*45th Victory - May 29, 1999, at
San Jose SaberCats, 34-30
*50th Victory - July 10, 1999, at
New Jersey Red Dogs, 56-23
*55th Victory - April 8, 2000, vs
Nashville Kats, 45-38
*60th Victory - June 2, 2000, at
Milwaukee Mustangs, 53-38
*65th Victory - April 28, 2001, vs
Memphis Pharaohs, 71-23
*70th Victory - June 23, 2001, vs
Rochester Brigade, 67-41
*75th Victory - Aptil 19, 2008, at
Quad City Steamwheelers, 58-38
*80th Victory - July 19, 2008, at
Lexington Horsemen, 54-44
*Largest Victory Margin - April 28, 2001, vs
Memphis Pharaohs, 71-23 (48 points)
*Most Points Scored In Victory - June 26, 1999, at
Albany Firebirds, 77-76 (77 points)
*The Barnstormers are ranked 13th in
Arena Footballhistory for overall victories (80 wins)
Record vs. Opponents
"Note": Includes Playoffs"Home Record": 47-28"Away Record": 33-28
Iowa Barnstormers 2008 Roster
-No Name POS HT WT DOB Hometown School
Tim DodgeWR/DB 5'10 190 08/07/1978 Britt, IA University of Iowa
Robert KilowWR 5'11 178 02/29/1976 Daleville, AL Arkansas State University.
Jeff GlasK 5'11 194 04/25/1981 Cedar Falls, IA University of North Dakota
Brian VillanuevaQB 6'4 240 06/02/1976 Las Vegas, NV Fort Valley State
Errick McCownWR 6-0 185 02/28/1983 Dallas, TX Oklahoma State University
Jason SimpsonDB 6'1 196 04/06/1983 The Woodlands, TX University of Missouri
Kevin WilliamsWR/LB 6'1 202 06/19/1977 Pine Bluff, AR University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Quinton MorganDB 5-10 185 07/11/1981 New Orleans, LA Langston University
Mike MatthesOL/DL 6'6 280 01/22/1983 Williamsburg, IA University of Northern Iowa
Buddy RiveraQB 6'1 200 07/07/1986 Grandville, MI Northern Michigan Univeristy
Joe BrannenQB 6'5 215 05/17/1983 Colo, IA Coe College
Tanner VarnerDB 6'0 200 07/13/1984 Ottumwa, IA University of Northern Iowa
Jack Walker Jr. WR/LB 6'4 195 09/23/1972 Toledo, Ohio Kent State University
Kevin McLeeLB 6'0 250 11/24/1983 Uniontown, PA West Virginia
Terrance FreeneyFB/LB 5'10 230 04/10/1982 Cedar Falls IA University of Northern Iowa
Daniel McLemoreDB 5'7 165 11/01/1982 Duncanville, TX Oklahoma State University
Euan McGhieFB 5'10 210 11/11/1981 New Zealand(INTL-New Zealand)
J.J. PayneFB 6'0 252 07/28/1985 Davenport, IA Western Illinois University
Jason WeiteOL/DL 6'3 275 01/26/1977 Ottumwa, IA Southern Illinois University
Charles EdwardsLB/DE 6'3 262 06/13/1985 Jackson, NC North Carolina Central University
Eric RothwellOL/DL 6'5 325 08/12/1980 McFarland, WI University of Iowa
Eric AndersonOL/DL 6'2 320 07/17/1978 Memphis, TN Memphis University
Michael DansbyOL/DL 6'4 312 06/30/1983 Birmingham, AL Jackson State University
Charles JohnsonOL/DL 6'2 335 01/05/1983 Cedar Falls, IA University of Northern Iowa
Current Coaching Staff
*John Gregory, Head Coach
J.T Smith, Assistant Coach
Carlos James, Assistant Coach
Ryan Sloth, Assistant Coach
Notable Former Players
Chris Anthony- WR/LB
Rob Bironas- K
Kevin Clemens- FB/LB
DaShane Dennis- DS
Mike Furrey- OS
Aaron Garcia- QB
Latrez Harrison- WR/LB
Will Holder- WR/DB
Gary Howe- OL/DL
Mike Horacek- WR/LB
Willis Jacox- FB/LB
Kevin Kaesviharn- WR/DB
Billy Parker- DS
Dahnel Singfield- DS
Kevin Swayne- OS
Kurt Warner- QB
Jeff Lamberti, Principal / Owner
Matt Strawn, Principal / Owner
John Pettit, General Manager
Greg Boyd, Director of Marketing
Matt Swim, Director of Ticket Sales
Aaron Roland, Account Executive
Grant Young, Account Executive
Becky Beach, Director of Corporate Partnerships
Kari Putney, Corporate Sales
Stephanie King, Office Manager
Voices of the Barnstormers
Scott Casber, Public-Address Announcer
Joe Stasi, Play-By-Play Radio Announcer
Gary Fletcher, Radio Analyst
Larry Morgan, Play-By-Play TV Announcer
Larry Cotlar, On-Field Sideline Reporter
Past Head Coaches
John Gregory, 65-32-0
Art Haege, 9-7-0
John Gregory, 6-10-0
AFL Hall of Famers
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* [http://www.arenafan.com/teams/?page=history&team=74&year=2001 af2's Iowa Barnstormers on ArenaFan.com]
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