Jacksonville Sharks

Jacksonville Sharks – History, Affiliations, Coaching Staff

This post is about a Florida-based football team formed over a decade ago: Jacksonville Sharks.

Highlights:

  • Founded in 2009 and headquarteredin Jacksonville, Florida, USA
  • Uses the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville as their home stadium
  • Currently members of the Indoor Football League (IFL)

Let’s get down to business!

Who are the Jacksonville Sharks?

The Jacksonville Sharks is a pro indoor football team established in 2009. Their headquarters is in Jacksonville, Florida, where they play their home games at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, valued at US$130 million. They are current members of the Indoor Football League (IFL).

Jacksonville Sharks logo
Jacksonville Sharks logo

Their official team colors are white, blood red, and midnight black.

History

The Jacksonville Sharks started as members of the Arena Football League (AFL) in 2010. They played several games with the team until 2016. The Sharks won the division championship of their division for the first four seasons. They won twelve out of sixteen games in their first season, setting a record for the most regular season wins in the team.

The team defeated the Arizona Rattlers 73–70 in their second year. They left the league after the 2016 season and joined the National Arena League (NAL) as a charter member. The Sharks eventually left their new league after the 2023 season.

Jacksonville Sharks player
Jacksonville Sharks player

League Affiliations

Here are the Sharks’ league and conference affiliations since its formation:

  • 2010–2016 – Arena Football League
  • 2010–2016 – American Conference
  • 2017–2023 – National Arena League
  • 2024 till present – Indoor Football League (IFL)

Coaching Staff

The following are the Jacksonville Sharks’ coaching staff:

  • Jason Gibson – Head Coach
  • Dave Ewart – Assistant Head Coach
  • Stan Wrubluski – Offensive Linemen
  • Andre Coles – Assistant Offensive Coordinator
  • Damon Mason – Defensive Coordinator
  • Matt Kaufman – Director of Equipment Operations
  • Steve Curran – Vice President of Ticketing & Member of Board of Managers
  • Diva Nagula – Partner and Member of Board of Managers
  • Kevin Wezniak – Partner and Member of Board of Managers
  • Jason Green – Partner and Member of Board of Managers
  • Rob Storm – Partner
  • Tim Johnson – Executive VP
  • David Gleeson – Director of Group Sales
  • Steven Shotola – Director of Media Relations
  • Kayla Sharp – Director of Operations & Director of Community Relations
  • Dreona Ross – Director of Social Marketing & Brand Communication
  • Mike Adams – Account Sales Manager

Players Roster

Below is a list of the Jacksonville Sharks’ current football players’ roster:

Quarterbacks

  • #12 Conor Blount
  • Bobby Froehlich

Running Backs

  • B.J. Smith
  • Logan Wright

Wide Receivers

  • Charles Gaines
  • Isaiah Johnson
  • #7 Brian Smith
  • #6 Kamrin Solomon
  • #4 Tamorrion Terry
  • #21 Dmitrios Tsesmetzis

Offensive Linemen

  • Lawrence Edwards
  • #56 Gibril Ghee
  • Nick Roos
  • #63 Taylor Sanders

Defensive Linemen

  • Anthony Hayes
  • Amani Peoples
  • #56 Jeremiah Price
  • Ethan Skarmas

Linebackers

  • Jordan Cole
  • Jacquez Jackson
  • #18 Anthony Johnson
  • Trey Lambert
  • #22 Brandon Munoz

Defensive Backs

  • Sage Chen Young
  • Jalen Everett
  • JD Granger
  • Exree Loe
  • Brion Murray

Kickers

  • #11 Marc Orozco

Jacksonville Sharks’ Season Records

The following are the Jacksonville Sharks’ wins and losses in different seasons since its formation:

Season-by-season wins

2011 Season Wins:

  • Won 63–48 in the Conference Semifinals for playing against the Orlando Predators
  • Won 64–55 and the Conference Championship for playing against the Georgia Force
  • Won 73–70 and the ArenaBowl XXIV Championship for playing against the Arizona Rattlers

Won 58–56 and the 2012 AFL Conference Semifinals for playing against the Georgia Force

Won 69–62 and the 2013 AFL Conference Semifinals for playing against the Tampa Bay Storm

Won 55–33 and the 2015 AFL Conference Semifinals for playing against the Orlando Predators

Won 61–56 and the 2015 AFL Conference Championship for playing against the Philadelphia Soul

Won 69–68 and the 2016 AFL Conference Semifinals for playing against the Orlando Predators

Won 43–32 and the 2017 NAL Semifinal for playing against the Monterrey Steel

Won 27–21 and the 2017 NAL Championship for playing against the Columbus Lions

Won 67–43 and the 2019 NAL Semifinal for playing against the Columbus Lions

Won 52–48 and the 2019 NAL Championship for playing against the Carolina Cobras

Won 62-18 and the 2023 NAL Semifinal for playing against the Orlando Predators

Won 54-45 and the 2023 NAL Championship for playing against the Carolina Cobras

Season-by-season losses

  • 2012 – Defeated by the Philadelphia Soul, losing 34–89 and the AFL Lost Conference Championship
  • 2013 – Defeated by the Philadelphia Soul, losing 59–75 in the AFL Lost Conference Championship
  • 2015 – Defeated by San Jose SaberCats, losing 47–68 in the AFL ArenaBowl XXVIII Championship
  • 2016 – Defeated by Philadelphia Soul, losing 50–55 in the AFL Conference Championship
  • 2018 – Defeated by the Carolina Cobras, losing 48–73 in the NAL Semifinal
  • 2022 – Defeated by the Albany Empire, losing 67–68 in the NAL Semifinal

Related: Allen Flanigan: The Biography of the Young Basketball Forward.


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