11/18/2009 9:00 AM - Jacksonville, Fla., Wednesday, November 18, 2009 – The Jacksonville Sports Group announced today that the Jacksonville Sharks of Arena Football 1 (AF1) are coming to town. Jacksonville Sports Group Managing Partner Jeff Bouchy and Partners Steve Curran and Larry Payne were joined by AF1 Commissioner Jerry Kurz at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena as they unveiled the team name and logo and named Les Moss as the Head Coach.
As Managing Partner, Bouchy will oversee the entire operations of the organization. Bouchy is the former minority owner and operator of the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League. He also oversaw the Peoria Pirates of Arena Football 2. Bouchy currently owns three companies serving the sports and entertainment markets; Destroyer Promotional Products (DPP), Destroyer Graphics (DG) and Destroyer Merchandising Company (DMC).
“We are extremely excited to bring the highest level of arena football to the Jacksonville market,“ said Bouchy. “While the football will be fantastic, fans are going to love the entertainment we bring to them. It is a hybrid of a KISS concert and football game rolled into one that is affordable and fan-friendly. Players and dance team members all sign autographs after every game. If a ball goes into the stands, you can even keep the ball, but you must give the player back.”
Moss comes to the Jacksonville Sharks after serving as Assistant Coach with the Scranton Pioneers, where he finished the season with a 16-4 record and participated in the Arena Cup championship game. In 2004, while serving as Head Coach and Director of Football Operations with the Pioneers, he received the af2 Coach of the Year award after leading them to a Conference Championship game. Moss has 21 years of experience with the AFL, af2 and the XFL. He spent 12 years of his career with the Orlando Predators, where he won two Arena Bowl Championship titles.
Following the introductions, Moss announced the signings of three players to the 2010 team. Home games will be played at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
“I am extremely excited about this great opportunity,” said Moss. “We are going to bring fast-paced, high-scoring, hard-hitting arena football action to the Jacksonville area fans. We will have the top talent in Arena Football playing right here in Jacksonville.”
Moss will have some talented players to coach in the 2010 season. The team has signed Defensive Back Micheaux Robinson, formally of the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Pioneers and Orlando Predators. Robinson was named the arenafootball2 Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and was named to the American Conference All-af2 First Team. Defensive Back Jason Perry, formally of the Orlando Predators, will be joining the team, as will Wide Receiver Irving Campbell formally of the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Pioneers.
The Jacksonville Sharks will play their homes games at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. 2010 season tickets will go on sale in the near future, which will include nine home games. Season ticket prices will range from $45 to $675 for a 9 game package. The Sharks are a member of Arena Football 1, which was formed in 2009. The league boasts teams from coast to coast and will commence its inaugural season in the spring of 2010.
The Jacksonville Sports Group was formed in August 2009 by Managing Partner Jeff Bouchy, Steve Curran and Larry Payne. Bouchy is the former minority owner and operator of the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League. He also oversaw the Peoria Pirates of Arena Football 2. Bouchy currently owns three companies serving the sports and entertainment markets; Destroyer Promotional Products (DPP), Destroyer Graphics (DG) and Destroyer Merchandising Company (DMC). Curran owns and oversees the day to day operations for DG, a 5,000 square foot screen printing and embroidery facility. Payne co-founded Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC) and grew the company to nearly $20 million in annual operating revenue. Payne retired from his position as Vice President of the company in 2009 to pursue other interests.