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The Cincinnati Commandos were a professional indoor football team based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The team suspended operations for the 2013 season, with hope of returning in 2014. They began play in 2010 as an expansion team in the Continental Indoor Football League before moving to the United Indoor Football League in 2012. The Commandos then left the UIFL after winning Ultimate Bowl II and re-joined the CIFL, but never took the field after its announcement. The Commandos were the fifth arena or indoor football in Cincinnati, after the Cincinnati Rockers (Arena Football League 1992–93), Cincinnati Swarm (af2 2003), Cincinnati Marshals (National Indoor Football League 2004–2006), and Cincinnati Jungle Kats (af2 2007). The owners of the Commandos are Dennis Whitman and Paul Napier. The Commandos played their home games at Cincinnati Gardens.

Cincinnati Commandos
Established 2009
Folded 2013
Played in Cincinnati, Ohio
at the Cincinnati Gardens
Cincinnati Commandos logo
League/conference affiliations
Continental Indoor Football League 2010

United Indoor Football League (2012)

  • North Division (2012)
Team colorsArmy green, kelly green, red, light gray
CheerleadersCommando Cuties
Owner(s)Dennis Whitman
Paul Napier
General managerJason Buckley
Head coachBilly Back
Team history
  • Cincinnati Commandos (2010–2012)
League championships (3)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (1)
Playoff appearances (3)
Home arena(s)

Franchise historyEdit

Play begins: 2010Edit

The Commandos posted a 9-1 regular season mark in the 2010 season, winning their first nine games before losing the final one at Wisconsin. After a three-week break, Cincinnati defeated Miami Valley, 48-24, in the CIFL Semifinals, and then defeated the Wisconsin Wolfpack, 54-40 in the 2010 CIFL Championship Game, on June 26, to claim Cincinnati's first ever professional football championship.


Head Coach Billy Back returned for the 2011 season, Brian Wells, former head coach of the Miami Valley Silverbacks, was hired as Assistant Head Coach / Special Teams Coordinator / Offensive Line Coach. For 2011 the Commandos have announced the signing of: Tyler Sheehan (QB), Derrick Crawford (Defensive Line), Maurice Lee (WR), Corey Clarke (WR), Brandon Harrison (WR), and Peter Warrick (WR)[1] Cincinnati opened up defense of its 2010 CIFL Championship with a convincing 53-7 victory over Chicago on March 5. Cincinnati unveiled its championship banner at The Gardens that same night and gave its fans a memorable evening. Cincinnati dominated the game from start to finish jumping out to 21-0 lead and 27-7 halftime lead. Cincinnati scored just once in the third quarter before adding three more scores in the final stanza. Cincinnati was led by two quarterbacks. Starting quarterback Tyler Sheehan was 11 of 20 for 135 yards and two touchdowns. Fellow quarterback and 2010 CIFL MVP Ben Mauk was nine of 15 for 102 yards and four touchdowns. The passing was spread around to seven receivers. The top receiver was Keynes Mincy with six receptions for 64 yards and two touchdowns. Other receivers include Brandon Boehm wo had three catches for 50 yards; George Murray had four receptions for 44 yards; and Greg Moore had two catches for 35 yards. The leading rusher was Greg Moore with 24 yards on nine carries. On March 19, quarterback Tyler Sheehan broke a Commandos record, by throwing 8 touchdown passes against the Indianapolis Enforcers. The previous record had been 7, which Mauk achieved twice in the 2010 season.[2] On May 29, 2011, the Commandos completed their first ever undefeated regular season, with a 50-20 win over the Marion Blue Racers, in what was a battle for first place and home field advantage throughout the CIFL Playoffs. Once again, the season ended with the Commandos as CIFL Champions, defeating the Blue Racers 44-29.


After an initial report that stated the Commandos would join the Stadius Football Association,[3] on July 11, 2011, the Commandos announced they were leaving the CIFL to join the Ultimate Indoor Football League.[4] On August 23, 2011, it was announced that Bill Back would return as head coach for a 3rd season with the Commandos[5] On July 2, 2012, the Commandos completed their third straight league championship, defeating the Florida Tarpons 62-44 in the UIFL's Ultimate Bowl II. The Commandos had won the CIFL Championship the previous two seasons.[6][7]


The Commandos left the UIFL after winning its third championship in a row. On August 3, 2012, they re-joined the CIFL.[8] In September 2012, head coach Billy Back told the Commandos that he was not returning to pursue a higher level coaching position in professional football.[9] The team named receivers coach, and former Arena Football League receiver, J.C. Baker as Back's replacement.[9] In November 2012, the Commandos announced that they would suspend operations for the 2013 season, and re-organize for their future success.[10] However, seeing as though ownership thought they could not win with anyone other than Back, the team never returned and disappeared.


Season-by-season resultsEdit

League Champions Conference Champions Division Champions Wild Card Berth League Leader
Season Team League Conference Division Regular season Postseason results
Finish Wins Losses Ties
2010 2010 CIFL 1st 9 1 Won CIFL semifinals (Silverbacks) 48–24
Won 2010 CIFL Championship Game (Wolfpack) 54–40
2011 2011 CIFL 1st 10 0 Won CIFL semifinals (Knights) 71–13
Won 2011 CIFL Championship Game (Blue Racers) 44–29
2012 2012 UIFL Northern 1st 10 2 Won UIFL semifinals (Explosion) 62–40
Won Ultimate Bowl II (Tarpons) 61–44
Totals 29 3 All-time regular season record (2010–2012)
6 0 - All-time postseason record (2011–2012)
35 3 All-time regular season and postseason record (2010–2012)

Head coaches' recordsEdit

Name Term Regular Season Playoffs Awards
W L T Win% W L
Billy Back 20102012 29 3 0 .906 6 0 Co-CIFL Coach of the Year (2010)
J.C. Baker 2013 Did not play


Final rosterEdit

Cincinnati Commandos roster


Running backs

  • 23 Derrick Moss
  • 33 Andy Stuckert

Wide receivers

  • 12 Brandon Boehm
  • -- Eric Hicks
  •  5 Shawn McGarity
  •  3 Kyenes Mincy

Offensive linemen

  • 79 Richard Deutch
  • 80 James Howard
  • 88 Frank Straub

Defensive linemen

  • 99 D'arrell Brown
  • 95 Terrill Byrd
  • 55 Thomas Claggett
  • 51 James Spikes
  • 37 Antwone Canady
  • 10 Tony Longo
  • 37 Santino Turnbow

Defensive backs


  • Currently vacant
Injured reserve
  • Currently vacant

Exempt list

  • Currently vacant

Practice squad

  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
Roster updated September 19, 2012
22 Active, 0 Inactive, 0 PS

Awards and honorsEdit

The following is a list of all Commandos players who have won league awards:

Season Player Position Award
2010 Dominick Goodman Wide Receiver Offensive Player of the Year
2010 James Spikes Defensive Lineman Co-Defensive Player of the Year
2010 Ben Mauk Quarterback CIFL MVP
2010 Ben Mauk Quarterback CIFL Championship Game MVP
2011 Tyler Sheehan Quarterback Offensive Player of the Year
2011 Tyler Sheehan Quarterback CIFL MVP
2011 Tyler Sheehan Quarterback CIFL Championship Game MVP
2012 James Spikes Defensive Lineman UIFL North Defensive Player of the Year
2012 Derrick Moss Running Back 1st Team All-UIFL North
2012 Phillip Barnett Wide Receiver 1st Team All-UIFL North
2012 Kyenes Mincy Wide Receiver 1st Team All-UIFL North
2012 Frank Straub Offensive Lineman 1st Team All-UIFL North
2012 James Frazier Defensive Lineman 1st Team All-UIFL North
2012 James Spikes Defensive Lineman 1st Team All-UIFL North
2012 E. J. Underwood Defensive Back 1st Team All-UIFL North
2012 Mack Ogletree All-Purpose 1st Team All-UIFL North
2012 Tyler Sheehan Quarterback Honorable Mention All-UIFL North
2012 Brandon Boehm Wide Receiver Honorable Mention All-UIFL North
2012 Richard Bailey Offensive Lineman Honorable Mention All-UIFL North
2012 Richard Deutch Offensive Lineman Honorable Mention All-UIFL North
2012 Terrill Byrd Defensive Lineman Honorable Mention All-UIFL North
2012 Santino Turnbow Linebacker Honorable Mention All-UIFL North
2012 Jeff Demary Defensive Back Honorable Mention All-UIFL North
2012 Corry Stewart Defensive Back Honorable Mention All-UIFL North

Other notable former playersEdit


Cincinnati Commandos staff
Front Office
  • Co-Owner – Dennis Whitman
  • Co-Owner – Paul Napier
  • General Manager – Jason Buckley
  • Director of Corporate Sales – Hank Reed
  • Public and Community relations – All-Star PR LLC
  • Director of GameDay Operations – Mike Hershey
  • Assistant Director of GameDay Operations - Andrew Pifer
  • Equipment Manager - Colin Lapp

Head Coach

  • Head Coach – J.C. Baker

Offensive Coaches

  • Running Backs - Keith Brooks
  • Offensive Line – Josh Newren

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator – Chris Taylor
  • Defensive Line – Sean Middlebrooks
  • Linebackers –
  • Secondary – Kelly Sims


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  3. ^ SFA Press Release. "FireHawks joining new league". Archived from the original on 2012-03-20. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
  4. ^ "Two-time CIFL champion Commandos joins UIFL". 2011-07-11. Archived from the original on 2011-11-19. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
  5. ^ "Commandos re-sign Back as head coach". 2011-08-23. Archived from the original on 2011-11-19. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
  6. ^ "Mincy accounts for nine touchdowns as Cincinnati claims title". UIFL.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-12. Retrieved 2012-07-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Commandos Return Home to CIFL". OurSports Central. August 3, 2012. Retrieved August 3, 2012.
  9. ^ a b "Wide Receivers Coach J.C. Baker Takes Over Command of the Commandos". OurSports Central. September 5, 2012. Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  10. ^ "Commandos Suspend Operations for 2013". OurSports Central. November 6, 2012. Retrieved November 6, 2012.

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