Wyoming Cavalry Will Not Field A Team In 2015
The owners of the Wyoming Cavalry Professional Indoor Football team
announce that the team will not play in 2015, what would have been the 16th season.
Cavalry majority owner, Mitch Zimmerman said,
“It is with great sadness that the Cavalry will not participate in the 2015 season, The Cavalry has enjoyed great fan, community and sponsor support over the past 15 years, and we thank each and every one of you. Thanks to the coaches and players. Thank you also to the numerous volunteers that helped with game day and feeding the players. I would like to personally thank the Laytons for all their hard work and dedication in running the team; it has been a pleasure working with them. The decision to not bring the team back for the 2015 season was not an easy one, However, with the changing times, declining attendance, and other factors outside of our control, we feel we have no choice but to close this chapter of professional indoor football in Wyoming.”
The Cavalry’s roots are traced back to the year 2000; the Casper Cavalry began play as an expansion team in the ‘original’ Indoor Football League (IFL). Head Coach Chris Stein led the team to a respectable 9-5 record and playoff spot. The Cavalry lost (68-34) to the Black Hills Machine in the first round of the post season. After the season, the entire league was purchased by the Orlando Predators.
Due to the positive response from Wyoming fans regarding indoor football, the City of
Casper along with local business men and women formed an ownership group, and the Wyoming Cavalry, along with 17 other teams, became a charter member of the NIFL in 2001.
The Cavalry joined the AIFA for the 2008 season after the demise of the National Indoor Football League (NIFL). After three trips to the championship games in the American Indoor Football Association (AIFA), the Cavalry joined the Indoor Football League (IFL) in 2011;
It is no secret that the Cavalry struggled on the field over the past three seasons, with a record of 6-36. Head Coach Dan Maciejczak (Coach Majic) led the team in 2012 to a 4-10 record and Coach ‘L’, Ryan Lingenfelder, led the team to a record of 2-26 the past two seasons.
“We enjoyed championship years and years that didn’t seem to go our way,” says
Zimmerman. “We know the Cavalry will be missed.”