Bandits Announce New Head Coach For 2011 Season and New League
The Sioux City Bandits are pleased to announce our new Head Coach, Butch Faulkenberry. Faulkenberry replaces Tommie Williams who coached the Bandits to a 4-8 record in 2010 before leaving the team with two games left in the season. Assistant Coaches Jarrod DeGeorgia, Erv Strohbeen, and Andrew Mather coached the team in the final two games last year to complete the season with a 4-10 overall record.
Faulkenberry comes to the Bandits with his most recent experience coaching the Iowa Sharks professional outdoor team. Butch was Head Soach of the Sharks for 3 seasons. His first season in 2008 they were 8-0 and won the CSFL (Central States Football League) Championship and he was named Coach of the Year. In 2009 the SHarks moved up to the World Football League wher they were the Heartland Division champions and lost in the semi-finals of the playoffs, they finished with an 11-1 season record. In the 2010 season they competed in the Midland Football League and won the league championship with a 7-1 overall record. Butch has additional coaching experience as the Head Football Coach at Galva-Holstein in Iowa during the 2007, 2008, and in 2006 at Huron High School in Huron, SD. He was an Assistant Coach at Red River High School in North Dakota during the 2002 to 2005 seasons. He is also the Head Track Coach and the Middle School Wrestling Coach at Galva-Holstein. Coach Faulkenberry has been a teacher since 2002 and is currently employed in the Galva-Holstein system. Butch has his Bachelors degree from Chadron State College and his Masters from College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN. Butch and his family reside in Battle Creek, IA.
The Bandits will play the 2011 season in the APFL (American Profesional Football League). The APFL was established in 2003 and is the oldest operating indoor football league in existence with 2011 being their nineth season. In 2010 there were 5 teams; Kansas (Topeka) Koyotes, Iowa (Council Bluffs) Blackhawks, Mid-Missouri (Sedalia) Outlaws, Springfield (MO) Wolfpack, and the Junction City (KS) Force. The APFL has a goal to develop regional rivalries in small to mid-sized communities with 3,000 to 7,000 seat arenas and recruit local and area players to play professional football. APFL President Ralph Adams had this to say, " We are excited to have the Sioux City Bandits join us in 2011. They are a top flight organization from the front office to the field and we are looking forward to having them compete in our league."