Racine Raiders

Racine Raiders FC – About, History, Roster, and More

Highlights:

  • Founded in 1953 and headquartered in Racine, Wisconsin, USA
  • The oldest minor league football club in Wisconsin
  • Presently coached by Wilbert Kennedy

Read on as we share many exciting details about the Racine Raiders, its history, players, and head coaches (Past to present).

About the Racine Raiders

The Racine Raiders is a semi-professional American football club that has been operating since 1953. It has its headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin. The club is well known as the oldest Wisconsin-based minor league football team. It is also the second-oldest sports team in Wisconsin. Its team competes in the Gridiron Developmental Football League (GDFL).

Racine Raiders logo

Racine Raiders has won the highest number of national titles than any semi-professional team in the US. It also has the most wins compared to other semi-pro teams in the United States.

History

The Racine Raiders’ founder is William “Wigs” Konicek, a local restaurateur and an alumnus of William Horlick High School in Racine. The team started by joining the Bi-States Football League (BSFL).

It could sustain itself in 1975, making its team go separate ways until the 1976/1977 season.

The club had new owners in 1978, which named it the Racine Gladiators. They won three National Championships and dissolved again in 1985.

Racine Gladiators was bought in 1986 by Bob Milkie, a retired company executive, and some others.


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Head Coaches

Here’s a list of various persons who have coached the Racine Raiders football club since its establishment in 1953:

Racine Raiders head coach
  • 2014 to present – Wilbert Kennedy
  • 2012 – 2013 – Gino Perfetto
  • 2008 – 2010 – John Mamerow
  • 2001, 2005 – 2007, 2011 – Jordan Kopac
  • 2002 – 2004 – Gregg Brenner
  • 1995 – 1996 – Kurt Kampendahl
  • 1991 – 1994 – Terry Converse
  • 1985 – Rich McClure
  • 1983–1984 – Pete Bock
  • 1980/81, 1986 to 1990, 1997 to 2000 – Bob Milkie
  • 1975, 1979 – Larry Benjamin
  • 1973 – 1974 – Warren Greco
  • 1970 – 1972 – Bruno Wojtaszek
  • 1968 – 1969 – Jim Thompson
  • 1964 – 1967, 1982 – Harry Gilbert
  • 1963 – Jim Haluska
  • 1954 – 1962 – Frank Schinkowitch
  • 1953 – Les Kalchik
  • 1953 – Don Perkins

National Championships

As of now, Racine Raiders has won ten (10) national championships, as follows:

  • 1981 – Racine Gladiators 17, Chambersburg (PA) Cardinals 10
  • 1983 – Racine Gladiators 30, New Jersey Rams 13
  • 1988 – Racine Raiders 5, Brooklyn (NY) Mariners 3
  • 1989 – Racine Raiders 15, Ottawa (CA) Bootleggers 13
  • 1992 – Racine Raiders 17, Brooklyn (NY) Mariners 10
  • 1995 – Racine Raiders 16, Marlboro (MA) Shamrocks 6
  • 2001 – Racine Raiders 36, Scranton (PA) Eagles 14
  • 2014 – Racine Raiders 39, Detroit (MI) Seminoles 8
  • 2022 – Racine Raiders 38, Nashville (TN) Storm 24
  • 2023 – Racine Raiders 27, West Sound (WA) Rebels 18

Racine Raiders Team 2023

The following football players are on Racine Raiders’ 2023 Roster:

Defensive Back

  • 3 Robert Lewis
  • 7 J.D. Hardy
  • 9 Stanley Azor
  • 13 Corey Dalton
  • 18 Channing Schultz
  • 22 Jay Davis
  • 26 Jordan Danowski
  • 29 Daquan Smith
  • 33 Jerome Scott II
  • 41 Marquan Holloway
  • 999 Dante Manley
  • 84 Will Norwood
  • 30 Torie Ruffin Defensive Back, Linebacker

Quarterback

  • 1 Andre Locke, Sr.
  • 12 Mitch Farr
  • 14 Sawyer Schick
  • 999 Antoine McKinney II

Linebacker

  • 15 Gary Young, Jr.
  • 2 Justin Benko
  • 20 Jesus Gonzales
  • 37 Ulises Reyes
  • 43 Anton Graham
  • 45 Aarion Ivy
  • 999 Isaiah Tate
  • 999 Dameon McGee
  • 999 James Wells

Wide Receiver

  • 0 Jashon Foster
  • 4 Joe Garcia III
  • 17 Terrence Fitch
  • 21 Bibby Davis
  • 81 Darrell James
  • 999 Brian Mosley
  • 999 Quan Jackson
  • 999 Austin Schoedl
  • 999 Shaquille Russell
  • 999 Aaryn Vaughn

Offensive Line

  • 50 Conner Harris
  • 54 Matt Nelson
  • 57 Matthew Villegas
  • 58 Jacob Zimmerman
  • 62 Caleb Gwin
  • 64 Ryan Gails
  • 67 Shanault Carey
  • 68 Scott Spalek
  • 70 Travis Seidler
  • 78 Cordero Thomas
  • 999 Kaleb Day

Defensive Line

  • 31 Niko Lemke
  • 48 Nick Jones

Running Back

  • 999 Angel Garcia
  • 999 Jaylon Edmonson
  • 999 Rashawn Herron
  • 6 Tom Benko
  • 25 Greg Kennedy
  • 32 Sean White
  • 34 Howard Triplett

Tight End

  • 85 Nick Nelson
  • 86 Elias Plaza
  • 88 Chris Hicks
  • 89 Dan Kant-Hull
  • 24 Alex Rewolinski
  • 46 DeonTay Vann
  • 47 Rico Flores

Kicker

  • 36 Alex Gonzalez
  • 16 Brady Wodack Kicker, Punter

Defensive Line

  • 94 Brandon Imel
  • 52 Gerald Bester
  • 56 Antonio Dundy
  • 95 Willie Clay
  • 97 Armani Goodwin
  • 98 Najee Parker
  • 99 Gage Zahradnik
  • 999 DeAngelo Morris

H-Back

  • 5 Jordan Payne
  • 999 Andrew Bielski

Punter

  • 999 Erick Sanders

87 Dillon Flores

Racine team

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Racine Raiders Staff

Here’s a list of various people working for Racine Raiders FC and their respective positions.

  • Matt Nelson – President
  • Wilbert Kennedy – Head Coach
  • Robbie Harrington – General Manager
  • Tom “Moon” Clark – Volunteer Coordinator
  • Kim Steube – Ticket Manager
  • Terry Metzger, Carol Clark – Player Personnel Manager
  • Judith Panyk and Chris & Paul Miller – Trading Post Manager
  • Dan Pfeifer, Tome Christensen – Music Coordinator
  • Todd Bishop – Concessions Manager
  • Greg Simon – Equipment Manager
  • Jeremy Wasurick (lead), Don Wadewitz, and Brandon Ramirez – Website & Social Media
  • Tom Christensen, Dan Pfeifer – Public Address Announcer
  • Joanna Margosian – Raider Report/Yearbook
  • Brandon Pape (lead) and Brandon Ramirez – Statisticians
  • MyEyes Photography (Scott Olsen) and F Stop Milwaukee (Dan Scherbert) – Team Photographers
  • Dr. Sean C. Tracy, M.D. – Team Physician
  • Carl Myers – Veteran Gate Attendant
  • Sam Cuellar, Mary Cuellar, Samantha Cuellar – Yearbook/Raider Report Booth
  • Tori Simon, Mike Dillon, Greg Simon, Jim Brehm, Terry Metzger, and Todd Miller – Equipment Crew
  • Don Wadewitz (lead), Tom Christensen, Cody Ortner, and Evan Witalison – Broadcasters
  • Todd Andreasen, Andrew Rush, Owen Andreasen, Jerry Sullivan, Brandon Ramirez, etc. – Broadcast Crew
  • Debbie Clemons, Norm Schommer, Roy Sorenson, Mitzie Kane, and Christine Jacobs – Concessions
  • Heather Perfetto, Jenny Burkhardt, Helen Bensene, Amanda Gonzalez, Kristi Mueller, Jean Hansen, Becky Turk, and Alaina Kruchter – Ticket Booth
  • Jimmy Lyman, John Amort, Keith Miller, Ron Melow, John Milasuski, Nicole Whitmore, Kevin Johnson, Michael Luebke, Gandy Grady, Kelvin Jackson, etc. – Blacktop Crew/Gatekeepers
  • Tina Briwick, David Briwick, and Deb Hart – 50/50 Coordinators
  • Tori Simon – Uniform Personnel
  • Tom “Moon” Clark, Joanna Margosian, Curt Barnes, Gary Bednar, Todd Bishop, Tom Christensen, Jen DeMarco, Don Wadewitz, Clyde Freehling, Chris Miller, Tiffany Smith, Jeremy Wasurick, Matt Nelson, Evan Witalison, and Cat West – Marketing Committee

Racine Raiders’ Sponsors

The Racine Raiders Football Club has more than 50 sponsors. Its major sponsors are as follows:

  • Fischer USA
  • Senior Helpers
  • C.J.W., Inc.
  • inSinkErator
  • MCU Credit Union
  • Georgie Porgie’s Burgers and Custard
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • Jersey Mike’s Subs
  • Only Real Estate
  • Statewide Fencing
  • 7 Mile Fair
  • United Commercial Travelers
  • Willkomm’s
  • Educators Credit Union
  • Silgan Containers

Having read this post to the end, we hope you found it insightful and inspiring about the Racine Raiders Football Club in the United States. Don’t hesitate to comment your thoughts below.


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