Expansion Franchise will Play in League’s Western Conference
Reno, Nev. (Monday, August 16, 2010) – The owners of the expansion Reno Barons knew that they wanted to bring professional indoor football to Reno, but it was unknown which league that they would join. As we now know, the answer to that question is the American Indoor Football Association (AIFA), and the Barons will make its debut when the league kicks off its season in 2011.
“It’s all about building the right foundation,” said Tim Pierce, Barons Director of Football Operations. “(AIFA co-owners) Michael (Mink) and John (Morris) began by forming a team to honor family and to give back to the community. They focused the team on helping young men get a second chance in the game of football, and it’s grown into the AIFA. That’s the kind of foundation we want.”
13 teams competed in this past AIFA season, and Mink hopes that further expansion is on the way for 2011.
“We are excited to have the Reno Barons playing in the AIFA Western Conference for their 2011 inaugural season,” he stated. “They will help to solidify AIFA West.”
The Barons have already secured a home venue, and the team officially announced in July that it will play its home slate of games at the Reno Events Center.
“We want to partner with the Reno community to provide the very best product for the money,” remarked Chez Jennings, President and CEO of the Barons. “The Reno Events Center is helping us to achieve that goal, even during these tough economic times. Our staff and coaches are extremely excited about the venue. We think all Renoites will be able to come out and enjoy a great night with family and friends.”
The Barons also made a recent announcement that its head coach will be former West Virginia standout quarterback Major Harris, who was a Heisman Trophy candidate in each of his final two years with the Mountaineers. As a college athlete, the South Carolina native was the first player in NCAA history to run for over 2,000 yards and pass for over 5,000 yards during his career. He also led West Virginia to an undefeated regular season during his sophomore year, which provided a meeting with Notre Dame in the 1988 Fiesta Bowl. Harris was selected by the Los Angeles Raiders in the 1990 NFL Draft, and he eventually went on to play a year in the Canadian Football League and three seasons in the Arena Football League.
For more information on the Reno Barons, visit www.RenoBarons.com.