EMMANUEL ROKER

Position: DB
Pro Experience: 2 years
College: Southern Utah University
Birthplace: Miami, FL
Date of Birth: 05/13/1996
Height: 6’2”  Weight: 180 Ibs

Biography:

Pro Experience:

2019: Signed with the Tuscon Sugar Skulls of the Indoor Football League (IFL). Roker recorded 9 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, for a total of 10 tackles on the season.

College:

Started his collegiate career at Los Angeles Valley College in 2014-2015. Roker transferred to Southern Utah University in 2016. During his junior season he appeared in all 11 games and finished the season with 22 tackles and 6 pass break ups (2016). Roker recorded 12 total tackles with .5 tackles for loss his senior year (2017).

Personal:

While attending Southern Utah University Joel earned his bachelor’s degree in Sociology. In Emmanuel’s free time you can find him shopping, playing Madden, spending time with his family, or listening to his favorite artist, ASAP Rocky. What he enjoys most is working out and perfecting his craft of football. The athlete that Emmanuel looks up to most is Kobe Bryant.

TANNER MARSH

Position: QB
Pro Experience: V
College: Arkansas Tech University
Birthplace: Carrollton, TX 
Date of Birth: 05/29/1990
Height:6’4”  Weight: 220 Ibs

Biography:

Pro Experience:

2018: Marsh was assigned to the Texas revolution. 

2017: Signed with the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League (AFL). After briefly being put on IR in April 2017, he returned in June 2017.

2013: Marsh signed with the Montreal Alouettes June 2013. He recorded his first touchdown pass and score in the same game which helped lead his team to a comeback or 39-38 during the first game of his professional career. 

College:

Began his collegiate career at West Texas A&M University 2008-2009. Marsh redshirted (2008). Played in games completing 45 0f 75 passes, and 5 touchdowns. Marsh then transferred to Arkansas Tech University where he played one season. 

Personal:

Tanner Marsh is a local to the Frisco area and when he is not on the field he trains high school quarterbacks and owns a moving company, Marshian Movers. He enjoys hanging out with his girlfriend Chelsey and his Peekapoo dog named Whiskey. Tanner loves long boarding, boating, and two stepping to country music.

FRISCO AWARDED NEW PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM

Professional football returns to Frisco this spring with the launch of the Indoor Football League’s newest member. The team will be owned by Steve and Kim Germain and their children Jessica, Austin, and Zach, and will play at Comerica Center.

The team name is expected to be announced in the coming weeks, along with several other exciting announcements sure to excite longtime indoor football fans in the North Texas region.

The Indoor Football League is America’s longest running indoor football league and features the premier athletes and coaches in the sport of indoor football. The addition of Frisco gives the league 13 teams for the 2020 season. The Frisco team will kick off its inaugural season on Thursday, March 12, 2020.

“We are super excited about doing business in Frisco, Texas,” said Jessica Germain. “We literally could have placed this team in any city in the country and we chose Frisco because of its people, its reputation as Sports City U.S.A., and just because there is so much excitement and energy in and around the city. Frisco is a spectacular area and the people of Frisco deserve this exciting sport.”

The Germain family has been committed to the indoor football game for many years, as owners and as major sponsors of the indoor football team in Columbus, OH, through their various vehicle dealerships. No strangers to professional sports and entertainment, the Germain family has also owned stakes in NASCAR teams and has been involved in naming rights of arenas and entertainment venues.

“Mr. Germain is committed to making indoor football in Frisco a huge success and he and his family are in this for the long haul, as you will see as we begin to make announcements in the very near future,” said Stephen Evans, President and General Manager of the Frisco team. “You could not ask for a better family or an ownership group that cares as much about the indoor football game than the Germains. We look forward to matching their enthusiasm for the sport with our play on the field to bring Frisco a team they will be proud to support.

“Make no mistake, we have extremely high expectations. As you will soon learn, our management team and our coaching staff are collectively approaching 100 years in the indoor football game. We’ve won championships, but most of all, we’ve successfully assimilated the local community wherever we have been, and we look forward to doing so here in Frisco.”

The team will soon make announcements about coaches, new player signings, ticket sales, and how to partner with the new organization.

“We welcome Frisco’s newest professional sports team to our wonderful city,” said Michael Landin, General Manager of Comerica Center. “We are excited about what they have in store for Frisco and know that with the ownership they have in place, their management expertise, and the resources they have committed to the team, we are going to be able to host this exciting brand of football for many years to come.”

For more information about the Frisco indoor football team, contact Stephen Evans at 469.964.5980 or stephen@theremedybranding.com.

FRISCO FIGHTERS STAFF OPENINGS

The Frisco Fighters have multiple staff openings for the upcoming season. The Fighters are a member of the Indoor Football League and are seeking aggressive, talented individuals interested in an exciting career in professional sports.

Positions currently available include:

  • Sponsorship Sales Director
  • Ticket Sales Director
  • Ticket Sales Account Manager
  • Communications Manager

The Fighters are also seeking students eager to learn the business of professional sports. Internships are available in all departments, including Sales, Marketing, Communications, Media & Graphic Design, Football Operations, and Player Personnel.

Those interested in any open positions or internships should provide a resume and cover letter describing why they would be a great fit for the Frisco Fighters organization. Information can be emailed to jobs@FriscoFighters.com.

DAVE EWART ADDED TO COACHING STAFF

The Frisco Fighters added another championship coach to its coaching staff, retaining the services of long-time Arena Football League coach Dave Ewart. Ewart comes to Frisco on the heels of winning the ArenaBowl championship in 2019 with the Albany Empire.

The championship was Ewart’s third in a career that has spanned more than 20 years. Once one of the youngest head coaches ever in Arena Football, Ewart has become a sought-after coach in the indoor game for his abiilities to both coach and recognize young talent. He will serve as Assistant Head Coach, Line Coach, and Director of Player Personnel for the Fighters.

“Dave Ewart may well be the best line coach and talent evaluator in the game,” said Stephen Evans, President and General Manager of the Fighters. “I’ve known Dave a long time and worked with him in Tampa when we both won our first championship rings. Since then Dave has continued his heralded coaching career and was our No. 1 target to bring in and pair with Clint in building the best coaching staff in the league.”

The veteran coach began his professional coaching career as Defensive and Offensive Coordinator with the Cleveland Thunderbolts in 1994. Ewart was a member of the Tampa Bay Storm coaching staff in 2003 when he won his first ArenaBowl championship, with his second championship coming as the Defensive Coordinator of the Arizona Rattlers.

Prior to joining Albany in 2019, Ewart served as the Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator of the Jacksonville Sharks of the National Arena League during the 2018 season. He was named the league’s Assistant Coach of the Year as the Sharks finished the season with a 10-6 record and boasted multiple league awards. His defense produced five All-NAL players, including the Defensive Player of the Year and the league’s Most Improved Player.

During his college football coaching career, Ewart was the offensive line coach at East Tennesee State in 1991 and he was both the offensive and defensive line coach while serving as the Offensive & Defensive Coordinator for Glenville State College from 1992-93. As a player, Ewart started his college career at Salem International University where he was an offensive lineman. Ewart transferred to East Tennesee State where he was an All-Southern Conference selection and was a Division 1-AA All-American.

FIGHTERS NAME CLINT DOLEZEL HEAD COACH

Clint Dolezel, the 2019 Arena Football League Coach of the Year and three-time ArenaBowl champion, will be the first head coach of the Frisco Fighters, the team announced. The Robinson, TX, native has strong local roots, having previously starred as a quarterback for the Dallas Desperados before serving as head coach of the Dallas Vigilantes.

Dolezel most recently served as head coach of the AFL’s Philadelphia Soul, where he was a three-time AFL Coach of the Year. He is one of only two coaches to ever win that award three times. As head coach of the Soul, Dolezel accumulated a regular-season record of 76-32 (70.3% win percentage). In 2019, he led the Soul to the ArenaBowl, and in doing so passed Jay Gruden for seventh-most all-time coaching wins. The ArenaBowl appearance was the Soul’s fourth in seven seasons under Dolezel, who guided the Soul to two AFL ArenaBowl championships as the team’s head coach.

“It’s great to be back in Texas and coaching in Frisco,” Dolezel said. “I’m excited to get started and help build the Fighters into a championship organization. I realize there is a difference in the IFL game from the AFL game, but I’ve coached in the IFL before and I’m confident we can quickly make that transition.

“I’d like to thank Steve Germain and his family for giving me the opportunity to return to Texas and be closer to my family. We have a shared vision, and that is nothing short of bringing Frisco an IFL championship.”

In addition to his AFL championships, Dolezel added to his championship trophy collection in 2016 when, after guiding the Soul to the ArenaBowl championship, he joined the China Arena Football League as head coach of the Beijing Lions. The Lions went 6-0 in the inaugural season of the CAFL, winning the championship on a field goal on the last play of the game.

“In Clint we have been able to secure the best head coach in indoor football,” said Stephen Evans, President and General Manager of the Fighters. “He’s smart, he’s tactical, he understands the game from every angle, and he’s a Texan through and through. But the best part about it is he’s a better person than he is a coach, and that’s saying a lot given his significant list of accomplishments.”

In addition to being a successful head coach, Dolezel was a Hall of Fame player in the AFL. He put together a storied 13-year playing career with six teams. He won his first ArenaBowl championship ring as a player in Grand Rapids in 2001. Dolezel still ranks amongst the AFL’s all-time leaders in passing yards (No. 3 with 44,564), touchdown passes (No. 2 with 931), passing attempts (No. 4 with 5,698), and completions (No. 4 with 3,749). He was also named the No. 8 player in AFL history by the Silver Anniversary Committee in 2012.

Dolezel began his coaching career with the af2’s Florida Firecats as their Offensive Coordinator in 2009. In 2010, he landed his first professional head coaching position with the San Angelo Stampede of the IFL and guided them to the second round of the playoffs. In 2011, he was named head coach of the AFL’s Dallas Vigilantes and made the playoffs with an 11-7 regular-season record in his rookie head coaching season in the AFL.

Dolezel began his playing career at Cisco College, where he was a second-team All-Conference selection as a sophomore. He transferred to East Texas State where he finished his collegiate career. He was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame at his alma mater, now known as Texas A&M-Commerce.

FIGHTERS SOAR INTO FRISCO

Frisco’s newest professional sports team will be known as the Frisco Fighters, the Indoor Football League member announced Thursday. The team name prominently features the name of the booming city the team calls home, while also paying homage to the North Texas region’s innovative leadership in the country’s aviation and military defense industries.

The Frisco Fighters’ inaugural season kicks off on Thursday, March 12.

“We are extremely excited to announce our new team identity,” said team owner Steve Germain. “Not only is it just a cool name, but I’m proud that we arrived at an identity that represents the amazing city of Frisco and our region in a unique way. Frisco is such an impressive community and it continues to grow and innovate at a rapid pace, as do the 900 or so North Texas companies that make up the thriving local aviation and aeronautics industries.”

The Fighters also intend to partner with and support various North Texas military organizations and installations as it grows roots within the area, including saluting local Frisco military heroes at each home game.

“We’re excited to welcome the Frisco Fighters to our city,” said Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney.  “As Sports City USA, we’re already the home (or future home) of seven professional sports organizations, so it’s no surprise the Frisco Fighters chose our community to kick off their inaugural season. Frisco is also a community focused on showcasing the great works, service, and contributions of our veterans, so we applaud the Frisco Fighters’ commitment to highlighting local military heroes during games.”  

In addition to announcing the new team identity, and as a good faith gesture to the fans of indoor football in the Frisco market, Germain has also offered to make whole all season ticket holders of the previous indoor team in Frisco that ceased operations in 2019. The Fighters will provide season tickets to the 2020 Fighters season at no cost to those season ticket holders of the 2019 Texas Revolution team.

“This is something that we feel very strongly about,” said Steve Germain. “Certainly making these fans whole is not our responsibility and we have no ties to the previous team or ownership group, but we do believe in doing what’s right, and what’s right in this instance is reaching out to those fans who did not receive value for the support they showed the previous team. We want nothing more than to convert them to Frisco Fighters fans and earn their trust in our great organization.”

Those season ticket holders seeking Fighters season tickets can email refunds@FriscoFighters.com. They will then be instructed on how they can reserve their seats for the 2020 season

Fans can begin reserving season tickets for the Fighters’ inaugural season by visiting www.FriscoFighters.com. Those players wishing to be part of the inaugural roster of the Frisco Fighters may email playerpersonnel@friscofighters.com. In the coming days and weeks the team will continue to make announcements about ticket sales, player tryouts, player signings, and other news on its website at www.FriscoFighters.com.