2017 Spokane Empire season
OwnerIFL Partners, LLC (Nader Naini, Managing Owner)
General managerRyan Eucker
Head coachAdam Shackleford
Home fieldSpokane Veterans Memorial Arena
Results
Record8–8
Conference place3rd
Playoff finishDid not qualify

The 2017 Spokane Empire season was the second season for the professional indoor football franchise in the Indoor Football League (IFL). The Empire were one of ten teams that competed in the IFL for the 2017 season and were members of the Intense Conference.

Led by head coach Adam Shackleford, the Empire played their home games at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane, Washington. After the season, the team ceased operations.

Roster changes

Free agents

Position Player 2016 team Notes
QB Aaron Aiken Arizona Rattlers Signed with the Rattlers on November 1, 2016[1]
WR Diondre Borel Arizona Rattlers Signed with the Rattlers on October 27, 2016[2]
DL Brett Bowers Spokane Empire Re-signed on October 4, 2016,[2][3] released February 20, 2017[4]
OL Michael Boyefio TBD
DB Robert Brown Spokane Empire Re-signed on August 22, 2016[5][6]
WR Samuel Charles Spokane Empire Re-signed on August 23[5][7]
K Patrick Clarke Beijing Lions Drafted in the 18th round of the China Arena Football League
QB Charles Dowdell Spokane Empire Re-signed on August 23[5][8]
DB Josh Ferguson TBD
OL Kyle Fischer Spokane Empire Re-signed on September 1, 2016[9][10]
LB Nick Haag Spokane Empire Re-signed on October 18, 2016[2]
WR J. J. Hayes Spokane Empire Re-signed on August 23[5][11]
WR Justin Helwege Spokane Empire
OL Brandon Haskins TBD
DL Toby Jackson Spokane Empire Re-signed on October 18, 2016[2]
DB Adrian James Spokane Empire Re-signed on September 10, 2016[9][12]
RB Trevor Kennedy Spokane Empire Re-signed on February 7, 2017[4][13]
OL Dave Lefotu Spokane Empire Re-signed on September 10, 2016[9]
DL C. J. Olaniyan TBD
DL Ben Perry TBD
RB Antonio Pierce TBD
DL Michael Reynolds Spokane Empire Re-signed on August 12,[5][14] released February February 21, 2017[4]
DB Tyree Robinson Spokane Empire Re-signed on August 22[5][15]
DL Donte Rumph TBD
DB Cassius Sendish TBD
WR Carl Sims Spokane Empire Re-signed on February 16, 2017[4][16]
OL Mike Trice TBD
LB Pasquale Vacchio Spokane Empire Re-signed on January 17, 2017[17][18]
DB Lorenzo White Spokane Empire Re-signed on October 11, 2016,[2][19] released February February 21, 2017[4]

Signings

Position Player 2016 Team Notes
OL Sedrick Flowers Rookie Signed August 12, 2016,[20] released February 20, 2017[4]
OL Darren Pinnock Rookie Signed August 12, 2016[21]
QB Austin Trainor None Signed August 12, 2016,[22] released February 20, 2017[4]
DL Rika Levi Rookie Signed August 13, 2016,[23] released February 20, 2017[4]
OL Jonah Austin Rookie Signed August 22, 2016[5]
OL Larry Mazyck Rookie Signed August 23, 2016,[5][24] released February 16, 2017[4]
DB John Hardy-Tuliau None Signed August 23, 2016[5][25]
WR Orlandus Harris Bloomington Edge Signed August 30, 2016[5][26]
LB Andrew Jackson None Signed August 30, 2016[5][27]
WR Thomas Shuler None Signed August 30, 2016,[5][28] released February 16, 2017[4]
RB Rob Brown Tri-Cities Fever Signed September 10, 2016,[9][29] released February 21, 2017[4]
RB Mulku Kalokoh None Signed September 10, 2016[9]
WR Dejuan Miller Tri-Cities Fever Signed September 10, 2016[9]
OL Siosifa Tufunga Rookie Signed September 22, 2016[9][30]
OL James Atoe Colorado Crush Signed October 4, 2016[2][31]
DL Royce LaFrance None Signed October 11, 2016[2][32]
DB Norris Wrenn III Billings Wolves Signed October 11, 2016,[2][33] released February February 21, 2017[4]
DL Pat McNeil Rookie Signed October 15, 2016, [2] released February 16, 2017[4]
QB Aaron Wilmer Rookie Signed October 15, 2016[2][34]
OL Bill Vavau Colorado Crush Signed October 24, 2016[2][35]
OL Deveric Gallington Portland Steel Signed November 1, 2016[1][36]
DB Stephen Godbolt Tri-Cities Fever Signed November 1, 2016,[1][37] released February February 21, 2017[4]
DL O. J. Mau None Signed November 11, 2016[1][38]
WR Lamont Bryant None Signed January 24, 2017,[17][39] released February February 20, 2017[4]
OL Cassidy Curtis None Signed January 24, 2017,[17] released February February 21, 2017[4]
DL Junior Alexis Rookie Signed February 7, 2017[4][13]
OL Mikingson Marsaille Rookie Signed February 7, 2017,[4][13] released February 16, 2017[4]
WR Devonn Brown Rookie Signed February 8, 2017[4][40]
DL J. D. Griggs Colorado Crush Signed February 9, 2017[4][40]
DB Malcolm Griggs Rookie Signed February 7, 2017,[4] released February 16, 2017[13]
DL Harold Love III Dodge City Law Signed February 16, 2017[4][41]
WR Bryan Pray Iowa Barnstormers Signed February 16, 2017[4][16]
K Craig Peterson Tampa Bay Storm Signed February 21, 2017[4]
Indicates that the player was a free agent at the end of his respective team's 2016 season.

Staff

2017 Spokane Empire staff
Front Office
  • Majority owner – IFL Partners, LLC
  • General manager – Ryan Eucker
  • Director of sponsorship sales – Suzie Dunn
  • Director of game operations – Karen Kiehl
  • Director of community relations – Crystal Medina
  • Director of ticket sales – Chris Combo
  • Group tickets coordinator – Hannah Holman
  • Corporate account executive – Jake Martin
  • Account executive – Ryan Hagel
 

Coaches

  • Head coach – Adam Shackleford
  • Assistant head coach – Cleveland Pratt

Other assistant coaches

  • Anthony Payton
  • Marquise Liverpool
  • Marshall Hart

Schedule

Key:   Win   Tie   Loss   Bye

Regular season

All start times are local time[42]

Week Day Date Kickoff Opponent Results Location Attendance
Score Record
1 BYE
2 Thursday February 23 7:00pm Green Bay Blizzard W 34–31[43] 1–0 Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
3 Friday March 3 5:05pm at Wichita Falls Nighthawks L 56–57 (2OT)[44] 1–1 Kay Yeager Coliseum
4 Monday March 13 6:00pm at Salt Lake Screaming Eagles W 41–35[45] 2–1 Maverik Center 4,196
5 Friday March 17 5:00pm at Colorado Crush W 70–37[46] 3–1 Budweiser Events Center
6 Friday March 24 7:00pm Salt Lake Screaming Eagles W 53–36[47] 4–1 Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
7 Saturday April 1 7:00pm Nebraska Danger L 36–42[48] 4–2 Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
8 BYE
9 Friday April 14 7:00pm Colorado Crush W 36–24 5–2 Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
10 Saturday April 22 7:00pm at Arizona Rattlers W 60–51 6–2 Talking Stick Resort Arena 12,725
11 Sunday April 30 3:00pm Salt Lake Screaming Eagles W 31–29 7–2 Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
12 Saturday May 6 5:05pm at Sioux Falls Storm L 32–62 7–3 Denny Sanford Premier Center
13 Friday May 12 7:00pm Arizona Rattlers L 35–49 7–4 Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
14 Thursday May 18 5:00pm at Colorado Crush L 36–45 7–5 Budweiser Events Center
15 Friday May 26 7:00pm Colorado Crush W 48–43 8–5 Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
16 Saturday June 3 7:00pm Arizona Rattlers L 16–33 8–6 Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
17 Friday June 9 5:05pm at Iowa Barnstormers L 28–58 8–7 Wells Fargo Arena 7,153
18 Friday June 16 6:00pm at Salt Lake Screaming Eagles L 42–45 8–8 Maverik Center 4,581

Standings

2017 Intense Conference
W L T PCT PF PA CON GB STK
y - Arizona Rattlers 12 4 0 .750 782 610 8–1 W8
x - Nebraska Danger 9 7 0 .563 717 660 5–2 3.0 W1
Spokane Empire 8 8 0 .500 654 677 7–5 4.0 L3
Salt Lake Screaming Eagles 5 11 0 .313 675 762 4–8 7.0 W1
Colorado Crush 3 13 0 .188 629 821 2–10 8.0 L4

Roster

2017 Spokane Empire roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

  • 18 Trevor Kennedy
  • 30 Andrew Pierce

Wide receivers

Offensive linemen
  • 70 Jonah Austin
  • 66 Deveric Gallington
  • 57 Dante Moses
  • 74 Darren Pinnock
  • 55 Bill Vavau

Defensive linemen

Linebackers
  • 47 Nick Haag
  •  8 Andrew Jackson
  •  7 Joseph Thornton
  • 13 Pasquale Vacchio

Defensive backs

  • 20 Qua Cox
  • 33 John Hardy-Tuliau
  • 21 Antoine Tharpe

Special teams

Reserve lists
  • 60 James Atoe OL (Exempt)
  • 79 Cassidy Curtis OL (Exempt)
  • 72 Kyle Fischer IR
  • 80 J. J. Hayes WR (Did not report)
  • 12 Toby Jackson DL (Did not report)
  • 22 Adrian James DB (Exempt)
  • 48 Royce LaFrance DL (Exempt)
  • 56 Dave Lefotu OL (Exempt)
  • 91 O. J. Mau DL (IR-DFR)
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  •  5 Tyree Robinson DB (IR)
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Rookies in italics
Roster updated June 14, 2017
26 Active, 10 Inactive

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