Harrisburg Stampede

Harrisburg Stampede
Founded 2008
Folded 2014
League AIFA (2009–2010)
SIFL (2011)
AIF (2012–2013)
PIFL (2014)
Conference National (2014)
Team history Harrisburg Stampede (2007–2014)
Based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Arena Giant Center (Hershey)
Colors Blue, black, white
Owner(s) Dynasty Sports Group
President Marques Colston
Head coach Bernie Nowotarski
Championships (1)
AIF: 2013
Conference titles (0)
Division titles (0)
Playoff berths (3)
AIFA: 2010
AIF: 2012, 2013
Dancers Stampede Crush Dance Team
Mascot Blitz the Bull
Website www.HarrisburgStampede.com

The Harrisburg Stampede was a professional indoor football team based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The Stampede participated in several different leagues over their history: the American Indoor Football Association in 2009 and 2010, the Southern Indoor Football League in 2011, American Indoor Football in 2012 and 2013, and the Professional Indoor Football League in what became their final season of play in 2014. The team suspended operations on December 30, 2014.

The Stampede played their home games at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center for their first five seasons. In 2014, they played in the Giant Center in nearby Hershey.

The "Stampede" name alluded to the team's original home venue, which hosts the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show, and the team's colors were blue, black and white.



The team was co-founded by John Morris and Fred Clark. In September, 2008, the team announced that they would use the nickname "Stampede" after narrowing a list of entries down to 3.[1] In the Stampede's inaugural game, they beat an opposing team of American Indoor Football Association (AIFA) All-Stars, 46–26, in the 2009 AIFA Kickoff Classic.[2] In their first regular season game, the Stampeded were defeated by the reigning AIFA champion, Florence Phantoms by a score of 19.13.[3] In their second ever regular season game, the Stampede defeated the Baltimore Mariners 37-34.[4] After a 2-4 start, Morris fired head coach Kelly Logan and replaced him with defensive coordinator, Mike McDonald.[5] Marques Colston, a New Orleans Saints wide receiver, held a share during the team's first season. Colston left the group after the inaugural season, citing philosophical differences.

2009 Season Schedule

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
March 14 Florence Phantoms Away Lost 13–19
March 28 Baltimore Mariners Home Won 37–34
April 4 South Carolina Force Home Lost 37–40
April 11 Columbus Lions Home Lost 33–35
April 18 Erie RiverRats Away Won 34–31
April 25 D.C. Armor Away Lost 26–44
May 2 Baltimore Mariners Home Lost 27–37
May 9 D.C. Armor Home Won 20–18
May 17 Reading Express Away Lost 6–44
May 23 Erie RiverRats Away Lost 44–54
May 30 Erie RiverRats Home Won 53–29
June 6 South Carolina Force Home Lost 30–36
June 13 Baltimore Mariners Away Lost 55–58
June 27 Reading Express Home Lost 19–41


For the 2010 season, the team hired Ramon Robinson as their head coach.[6] Robinson helped the Stampede turn their record around, leading them to an 11-3 regular season record, clinching a playoff spot.[7] The #2 seeded Stampede defeated the #3 Erie Storm by a score of 52-48 in the first Stampede playoff game ever.[8] The following week, the Stampede were defeated by the undefeated Mariners by a score of 65-13 in the Eastern Conference Championship Game.[9]


The Stampede began the 2011 season by naming Bernie Nowotarski the team's head coach and general manager.[10] 2011 also brought a new league for the Stampede, as they moved into the Southern Indoor Football League (SIFL) after the merger of the AIFA's Eastern Conference with the SIFL[11] After an 0–6 start to the 2011 season, Nowotarski was removed as General Manager and Head Coach of the Stampede. He was replaced by Josh Resignalo.[12] The following season, the SIFL disbanded, leading the Stampede to re-join their former league, which is now going by American Indoor Football (AIF).


In 2012, the team joined American Indoor Football (AIF), the league was run by previous AIFA owner/CEO John Morris.[13] In January 2012, Morris sold the team to local businessman Justin Coble, who made moves to broaden the fan base and re-energize the city of Harrisburg about the Stampede team;[14] Colston returned to the team's ownership group just prior to the start of the 2012 season.[15]


As of August 2012 Marques Colston's Dynasty Group acquired full control of the team and had continued to grow the footprint of the Stampede with its primary mission of servicing the community in the Greater Harrisburg area. The Stampede advanced to the AIF Championship Game for the second straight year in 2013, this time defeating the Cape Fear Heroes 57-42 earning their first ever title.[16]


In September 2013, the Stampede announced that they would be joining the Professional Indoor Football League for the 2014 season.[17]

After the 2014 season, on December 30, 2014, Colston shuttered the team due to financial problems and purchased a stake in the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League.[18][19]


Final roster

Harrisburg Stampede roster

Running Backs

  • -- Eric Wade

Wide Receivers

  • -- Rob Bleiler
  • -- Matt Coston
  • -- Ben Dupree
  • -- Jordan Hallman
  • -- Jerrell Jones
  • 17 Daryll Shine
  • -- Collin Wallace
  • -- Norm White
Offensive Linemen
  • -- Dominique Bacon
  •  2 Victor Sesay
  • -- Jason Townson

Defensive Linemen

  • -- Sean Daniels
  • 55 Erik Ducksworth
  • -- Dimetrius Hester
  • -- William Hollis
  • -- Tim Hume
  • -- John Mason
  • -- Shahid Paulhill
  • -- Daryell Walker
  • -- Mook Zimmerman
  • -- Chris Dorn
  •  3 Tim Green
  • -- Henry Tapps
  •  8 Jermaine Thaxton

Defensive Backs

  • -- Anthony Boyles
  • -- Chris Hemphill
  • -- Chris Johnson
  •  6 James Pitts
  • 10 Travis Proctor
  • -- Nick Rodriguez
  • -- Armar Watson
  • -- Rod Woodson


  • -- Ken Parish
Injured reserve
  • Currently vacant

Exempt List

  • Currently vacant

Failure to Report - Exempt

  • Currently vacant


  • Currently vacant

Left squad

  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
Roster updated December 19, 2014
36 Active, 0 Inactive

More rosters

Awards and honors

All-League players

The following Stampede players have been named to All-League Teams:

Statistics and records

Season-by-season results

Note: The Finish, Wins, Losses, and Ties columns list regular season results and exclude any postseason play.

League Champions Conference Champions Division Champions Wild Card Berth League Leader
Season Team League Conference Division Regular season Postseason Results
Finish Wins Losses Ties
2009 2009 AIFA North 3rd 4 10 0
2010 2010 AIFA Eastern 2nd 11 3 0 Won Eastern Division Wild Card (Erie)
Lost Eastern Division Championship (Baltimore)
2011 2011 SIFL Eastern Northeast 3rd 2 10 0
2012 2012 AIF Eastern 2nd 6 1 0 Won Eastern Conference Wild Card (Carolina) 68-20
Lost Eastern Conference Championship (Cape Fear) 32-57
2013 2013 AIF 2nd 7 2 0 Won Wild Card (York)
Won AIF Championship Bowl VI (Cape Fear Heroes) 52-37
2014 2014 PIFL National 4th 4 8 0
Totals 34 34 0 All-time regular season record (2009–2014)
4 2 - All-time postseason record (2009–2014)
38 36 0 All-time regular season and postseason record (2009–2014)

* Season currently in progress


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  2. James Phillips (January 25, 2009). "STAMPEDE 46, ALL-STARS 26". www.pennlive.com. PA Media Group. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
  3. Michael Sedor (March 13, 2009). "Harrisburg Stampede face defending AIFA champs tonight". www.pennlive.com. PA Media Group. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
  4. Lisa Stinnett (March 28, 2009). "Harrisburg Stampede win home opener against Baltimore Mariners". www.pennlive.com. PA Media Group. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
  5. "Stampede Changes Coaches". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. April 28, 2009. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
  6. "Stampede signs former AFL Georgia Force Receiver". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. October 13, 2009. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
  7. James Phillips (June 26, 2010). "Stampede ready for the playoffs after blasting New Jersey". www.pennlive.com. PA Media Group. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
  8. James Phillips (July 2, 2010). "Stampede quiet Storm in first playoff game". www.pennlive.com. PA Media Group. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
  9. "Indoor football: Mariners claim conference title with 65-13 win". www.baltimoresun.com. The Baltimore Sun. July 10, 2010. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
  10. "Harrisburg Stampede Name Nowotarski Head Coach/GM". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. October 18, 2010. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
  11. "Harrisburg Stampede Release 2011 Schedule, Announce Move to SIFL". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. November 18, 2010. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
  12. "Stampede Remove Nowotarski; Resignalo Named Head Coach". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. April 26, 2011. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
  13. "John Morris Introduces The AIF and Nowotarski to Lead Stampede". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. October 18, 2011. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
  14. "Local Businessman Becomes Part of Stampede Ownership Group". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. February 2, 2012. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
  15. Jason Bristol (March 14, 2012). "Marques Colston becomes part-owern of Harrisburg Stampede". Archived from the original on 15 June 2012.
  16. Shelly Stallsmith (June 9, 2013). "Harrisburg Stampede storms to championship with win over Heroes". www.pennlive.com. PA Media Group. Retrieved September 25, 2013.
  17. "Harrisburg Stampedes into the PIFL". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. September 25, 2013. Retrieved September 25, 2013.
  18. Johnson, Timothy (December 30, 2014). "Harrisburg Stampede suspending operations prior to 2015 season, team website confirms". PennLive. Retrieved October 8, 2015. Citing difficult economic conditions, Harrisburg Stampede President/GM Marques Colston announced that the team would be suspending all operations indefinitely on Tuesday [December 30]...
  19. Bristol, Jason (December 31, 2014). "Players, coaches stunned at Stampede's departure". WHP-TV. Retrieved October 8, 2015.
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