Marion Blue Racers

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Marion Blue Racers
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Founded 2010
Current season 2014
League CIFL (2011)
UIFL (2012)
CIFL (2013-present)
Conference North (2012)
Division South (2014-present)
Team history Marion Blue Racers (2011-present)
Arena Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Based in Marion, Ohio
Colors Blue, Light Blue, Red, White
                   
Owner(s) LaMonte Coleman
Shavonne Coleman
President LaMonte Coleman
Head coach LaMonte Coleman
General Manager LaMonte Coleman
Championships 0
Conference titles 0
Division titles 0
Playoff berths 2 (2011 & 2012)
Dancers Blue Raes
Website BlueRacersFootball.com

The Marion Blue Racers are a professional indoor football team based in Marion, Ohio. The team is currently a member of the South Division of the Continental Indoor Football League (CIFL). The Blue Racers began play as an expansion team in the CIFL in 2011, before moving to the United Indoor Football League (UIFL) for the 2012 season. The Blue Racers returned to the CIFL in 2013. The team had announced that it would be joining the Xtreme Indoor Football League (XIFL) for the 2014, but later re-signed with the CIFL. The Blue Racers are the second indoor football team to be based in Marion, the first being CIFL charter members the Marion Mayhem from 2006 to 2010. The Owners of the Blue Racers are LaMonte and Shavonne Coleman. The Blue Racers play their home games at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Marion, Ohio.

Franchise history

2011 Season

The franchise couldn't have asked for a more exciting start than their first game on March 5, 2011. Marion entered the 4th quarter trailing 37-23 to the Port Huron Predators. They started their comeback by scoring a touchdown with 10:31 left in the game. Mike Tatum caught a nine yard touchdown pass from Josh Harris and Tyler Lorenz added the extra point, cutting Port Huron’s lead was cut to 37-30. With 3:27 left in the game, Harris ran in from three yards out to tie the game. The game winning score came on an eight yard run by Harris with 27 seconds to play. Port Huron quarterback Jim Roth was intercepted by Bryan Williams as time expired to secure the victory. On April 2, 2011, the Blue Racers set a CIFL record with 8 rushing touchdowns in a single game, against the Indianapolis Enforcers.1 After the Blue Racers got off to a 3-1 start, Demetrius Ross stepped down from his Head Coaching position, citing personal reasons. His Defensive Coordinator, Ryan Terry took over as Head Coach, just 2 days before the Blue Racers played their first road game at the Dayton Silverbacks.2 The Blue Racers went on to a 8-2 regular season record, losing twice to the Cincinnati Commandos. The team defeated the Dayton Silverbacks 53-18 in the league Semi-Finals, before being defeated by the Commandos again in the 2011 CIFL Championship Game 44-29.

2012 Season

On July 5, 2011, the Blue Racers announced they were leaving the CIFL to join the Ultimate Indoor Football League.3 The Blue Racers were added as a member of the Northern Conference, re-uniting with, their arch-rivals, the Cincinnati Commandos. On August 17, 2011, Lorenzo Styles was named the 3rd head coach in franchise history.4 In February, team CEO and General Manager, LaMonte Coleman, took a coaching position with the Pittsburgh Power of the Arena Football League.5 The following day, Ryan Sawyer was named the team's interim general manager while Coleman was coaching in Pittsburgh.6 On March 30, 2012, Styles resigned as the head coach of the Blue Racers after compiling a 3-1 record, citing personal reason as the reason for his resignation.7 Offensive Coordinator Marc Huddleston, took over as the team's head coach.8 The team remained a strong pipeline for the Pittsburgh Power, as both the team's kickers, Trey Kramer and Seth Burkholder, signed with the team.910 The Blue Racers finished the season with a 7-4 record, earning the 3rd seed in the UIFL North playoff. The team traveled to play the second seeeded Erie Explosion, where the game was played at a high school field, where the team had built walls for the playing field. It is the first time an indoor football game, has been played outdoors. The Explosion went on to defeat the Blue Racers 56-47, after the Blue Racers had led 22-0 early in the game.11

2013 Season

The Blue Racers announced they would be leaving the UIFL following the conclusion of the 2012 season. A few days later, the franchise returned to the CIFL.12 On September 18, 2012, the Blue Racers name, CEO and General Manager, LaMonte Coleman, as the team's 5th head coach in franchise history.13 Three weeks before the start of the season, the Blue Racers announced that offensive coordinator, Martino Theus, had been promoted to Head Coach for the 2013 season.14 Theus was later removed as the head coach in Marion after a 1-4 start.15 Marc Huddleston finish the season as the Blue Racers head coach, as the team finish the season 2-8. Every home game of the 2013 season was be shown on WMNO Marion TV 22, available via broadcast on UHF channel 22 and on Time Warner Cable channel 3 (Marion only).

2014 Season

In May 2013, the Blue Racers announced that they were leaving the CIFL again, this time join the Xtreme Indoor Football League.16 The league was supposed to be ran by Blue Racers owner, LaMonte Coleman. However in August 2013, the Blue Racers re-signed with the CIFL to a multi-year contract. Coleman has hired Marc Huddleston as the 2014 Head Coach and Director of Football Operations.

Players of note

Current Roster

Marion Blue Racers Roster

Quarterbacks

Offensive backs

Wide Receivers

 

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

 

Defensive backs

Kickers

Injured Reserve
  • Currently vacant

Exempt List

  • Currently vacant

Practice Squad

  • Currently vacant


Rookies in italics
Roster updated March 25, 2014
22 Active, 0 Inactive, 0 PS


More rosters


Awards and honors

The following is a list of all Marion Blue Racers players who have won end of the season league awards.

Season Player Position Award
2011 Mike Tatum Wide Receiver Special Teams Player of the Year
2012 Robert Price Center 1st Team All-UIFL North
2012 Ray Saunders Linebacker 1st Team All-UIFL North
2012 Lambert Budzinski Linebacker 1st Team All-UIFL North
2012 Kris Stafford Offensive Lineman Honorable Mention All-UIFL North
2012 Thomas McKenzie Defensive End Honorable Mention All-UIFL North
2012 Marcus Dorsey Defensive Back Honorable Mention All-UIFL North
2012 Trey Kramer Placekicker Honorable Mention All-UIFL North

Other notable former players

Coaches of note

Head Coaches

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of Week 11 of the 2014 Continental Indoor Football League season.

Name Term Regular Season Playoffs Awards
W L T Win% W L
Demetrius Ross 2011 3 1 0 .750 0 0
Ryan Terry 2011 5 1 0 .833 1 1 CIFL Coach of the Year
Lorenzo Styles 2012 3 1 0 .750 0 0
Marc Huddleston 2012, 2013-2014 9 8 0 .529 0 1
Martino Theus 2013 1 4 0 .200 0 0
LaMonte Coleman 2014-present 3 1 0 .750 0 0

Coaching staff

Marion Blue Racers staff
Front Office
  • CEO/General Manager – LaMonte Coleman
  • CFO/Owner – Shavonne Coleman
  • Chief Marketing Officer– Ryan Sawyer
  • Lead Designer – Justin Boyd
  • Event Manager - Kate Servick
  • Dance Director- Michelle Emmerson


Head Coach

  • Head Coach – LaMonte Coleman

Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator – LaMonte Coleman
  • Assistant Offensive Coordinator – Rich Stotts
  • Coaching Assistant - James Moreland
 

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator
  • Defensive Line - James Patterson

Statistics and records

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 Team League Conference Division Regular season Postseason Results
Finish Wins Losses Ties
2011 2011 CIFL 2nd 8 2 0 Won CIFL semifinals (Silverbacks) 53-53
Lost CIFL Championship Game (Commandos) 29–44
2012 2012 UIFL North 3rd 7 4 0 Lost UIFL quarterfinals (Explosion) 47–56
2013 2013 CIFL 8th 2 8 0
2014 2014 CIFL South 6 2 0
Totals 23 16 0 All-time regular season record (2011–2014)
1 2 - All-time postseason record (2011–2014)
24 18 0 All-time regular season and postseason record (2011–2014)

* Season currently in progress

References

  1. ^ Blue Racers roll past Indianapolis
  2. ^ Blue Racers Coach Ross steps down
  3. ^ "Marion Blue Racers join UIFL". TheUIFL.com. UIFL. Retrieved 2011. 
  4. ^ "Lorenzo Styles to Coach Blue Racers". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. August 18, 2012. Retrieved July 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Coleman Signs with AFL's Power". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. February 15, 2012. Retrieved July 17, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Sawyer Promoted". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. February 16, 2012. Retrieved July 17, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Lorenzo Styles resigns as Blue Racers coach". Marion Star. March 30, 2012. Retrieved July 17, 2012. 
  8. ^ Shawn Curtis (April 6, 2012). "Generals looking to stay unbeaten at War Memorial". The Tribune-Democrat. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Trey Kramer Moves Up". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. May 3, 2012. Retrieved July 17, 2012. 
  10. ^ "A Second Blue Racer Kicker Moves On". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. May 11, 2012. Retrieved July 17, 2012. 
  11. ^ Bob Jarzomski (June 17, 2012). "Explosion erupt in 4th to top Blue Racers in UIFL playoff game". Erie Times-News. Retrieved July 17, 2012. 
  12. ^ "CIFL Welcomes Back Marion Blue Racers". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. July 13, 2012. Retrieved July 17, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Blue Racers Name Head Coach". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. September 18, 2012. Retrieved September 19, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Theus Promoted to Lead 2013 Blue Racers". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. January 17, 2013. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  15. ^ Denny McPherson (March 22, 2013). "Blue Racers have new coaches, players, ideas". www.marionstar.com. Gannett. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Blue Racers, Three Other Teams Join Newly Formed XIFL". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. May 28, 2013. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 

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