Carolina Cobras (NAL)
Established 2017
Play in Greensboro, North Carolina
at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex
CarolinaCobras.com
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League/conference affiliations
National Arena League (2018–present)
Team colorsBlack, silver, red, white
       
CheerleadersVenom Hunnies [1]
Personnel
Owner(s)National Sports Ventures[2]
Rob Storm (majority)
John Kane
Darren S. Hunter
Theron Davis
Head coachJames Fuller
Team history
  • Carolina Cobras (2018–present)
Championships
League championships (1)
2018
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (0)
Playoff appearances (4)
NAL: 2018, 2019. 2021, 2022
Home arena(s)

The Carolina Cobras are a professional indoor football team in the National Arena League (NAL) and that began play for the 2018 season. Based in Greensboro, North Carolina, the Cobras play their home games at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex.[3]

The Cobras is the third indoor/arena team to call Greensboro home, following the Greensboro Prowlers of the af2 (20002003) and the Greensboro Revolution of the National Indoor Football League (20062007). A previous team called the Carolina Cobras played in the Arena Football League from 2000 until 2004. The AFL Cobras played three seasons in Raleigh and two in Charlotte before folding. The NAL Cobras use a logo similar in style to the defunct AFL Cobras' logo, but otherwise has no direct connection to the AFL franchise.

History

The Cobras were officially announced as members of the National Arena League (NAL) on December 4, 2017.[3] In their introductory announcement, the team named former Cincinnati Commandos, Texas Revolution, Nashville Venom and Wichita Falls Nighthawks head coach Billy Back as their new coach.[4]

The Cobras inaugural season finished with a regular season record of 10–5, taking second place in the league. The Cobras then defeated the Jacksonville Sharks in the playoff semifinal and earned the right to host the 2018 NAL Championship game at home after the first place Massachusetts Pirates lost their semifinal to the Columbus Lions.[5] With the Lions missing several starting players including their quarterback Mason Espinosa and all running backs,[6] the Cobras dominated Columbus in the championship game 66–8.[7]

In their second season, the Cobras again made it to the championship game, where they lost to the Sharks 52–48. Following the season, head coach Billy Back and most of his staff left the team to coach the relaunched Spokane Shock in the Indoor Football League when the NAL was announced to merge with Champions Indoor Football for the 2020 season.[8] The Cobras initially hired Massachusetts Pirates' head coach Anthony Payton after the Pirates withdrew from the league due to the merger.[9] However, the merger fell apart[10] and the team then hired former defensive coordinator Josh Resignalo as head coach in December 2019.[11]

On September 22, 2022, head coach and general manager Josh Resignalo stepped down to "explore other opportunities". The next day, on September 13, the Cobras announced that their offensive coordinator and arena football veteran James Fuller would be tapped as only the team's third head coach in franchise history. [12]

Season-by-season results

League champions Playoff berth League leader
Season League Regular season Postseason results
Finish Wins Losses Ties
2018 NAL 1st 10 5 0 Won semifinal (Jacksonville) 73–48
Won NAL Championship (Columbus) 66–8
2019 NAL 2nd 9 5 0 Won semifinal (Massachusetts) 30–26
Lost NAL Championship (Jacksonville) 48–52
2020 NAL Season cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
2021 NAL 4th 3 5 0 Lost semifinal (Albany) 41–55
2022 NAL 2nd 9 5 0 Won semifinal (Columbus) 65-51

Lost NAL Championship (Albany) 47-20

Totals 31 20 0 All-time regular season record (2018–2022)
4 3 All-time postseason record (2018–2022)
35 23 0 All-time regular season and postseason record (2018–2022)

Current roster

Carolina Cobras roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

  • 44 Zack Brown FB/LB

Wide receivers

  •  0 Lance Evans DB
  •  0 Martel Moore
  • 17 Kendrick Ings DB
  •  7 Tre Long DB
  • 15 DJ Myers DB
  •  6 Donovan Rasberry DB
  •  4 Adam Smith DB
  • 21 Jeremiah Stovall DB
  • 11 James Summers LB
Offensive linemen
  • 99 Jared Aiken DL
  • 56 Terrance Ames Jr. DL
  • 79 Joe Harris DL
  • 96 Rashaad Miller DL
  • 55 Carson Williams DL
  • 66 Derek Zeigler

Defensive linemen

Linebackers
  •  5 Trevon Shorts

Defensive backs

Special teams

  • 18 TC Stevens K
Reserve lists
  • 15 Justin Chandler DL
  • 12 Chris Page DB
  •  9 Justin Rima WR
  • 33 Brandon Sutton DL


  • Rookies in italics
  • Roster updated April 23, 2022
  • 25 Active, 4 Inactive

More rosters

Head coaches

Note: Statistics are correct through the 2022 National Arena League regular season.

Name Term Regular season Playoffs Awards
W L T Win% W L
Billy Back 2018–2019 19 10 0 .655 3 1
Josh Resignalo 2021–present 12 10 0 .545 1 2

References

  1. ^ "Official Website of the Carolina Cobras: Venom Hunnies".
  2. ^ "Arena football set to return to Greensboro Coliseum with Carolina Cobras". Greensboro.com. December 4, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "NAL Expansion Heads to North Carolina - Expansion Team in Carolina to be named Cobras". NationalArenaLeague.com. December 4, 2017. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  4. ^ "Cobras name Billy Back Head Coach - 2016 IFL Coach of the Year set to lead Carolina in 2018". NationalArenaLeague.com. December 4, 2017. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  5. ^ "Cobras Playoff Victory Over Sharks". NationalArenaLeague.com. August 15, 2018.
  6. ^ "Columbus Lions throttled in national championship game". Ledger-Enquirer. August 28, 2018.
  7. ^ "Carolina Cobras win National Arena League football championship". Greensboro.com. August 27, 2018.
  8. ^ "NAL and CIF merge to form new indoor football league". WTVM. September 26, 2019.
  9. ^ "Carolina Cobras Announce Anthony Payton as New Head Coach". GreensboroSports.com. October 2, 2019.
  10. ^ "National Arena League and Champions Indoor Football to Postpone 2020 partnership". NAL. October 10, 2019.
  11. ^ "Cobras Hire Former Defensive Coordinator as New Head Coach". ABC45.com. December 6, 2019.
  12. ^ "JAMES FULLER PROMOTED TO HEAD COACH". CarolinaCobras.com. September 13, 2022.