Southern Oregon Heat

The Southern Oregon Heat was a professional indoor football team based out of Medford, Oregon, founded in 2000.[1] They were a member of the National Indoor Football League and played their home games at Compton Arena (now the Seven Feathers Event Center) at the Jackson County Expo & Fairgrounds in Central Point, Oregon.[2] They were owned by Kevin Wells.

Southern Oregon Heat
Established 2000
Folded 2001
Played in Central Point, Oregon
at Compton Arena
League/conference affiliations
National Indoor Football League (2001)
Current uniform
Team colorsNavy Blue, Orange, White
Owner(s)Kevin Wells
General managerKevin Wells
Head coachEric VanderWegen
Team history
  • Southern Oregon Heat (2001)
League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (0)
Home arena(s)


The Heat were founded on July 1, 2000, by Sutherlin, Oregon, businessman Kevin Wells bringing professional indoor football to the Rogue Valley for the first time. They were originally to have become a member of the American Indoor Football League,[3] but opted for the NIFL instead. They had two head coaches during their one season with the NIFL. The starting quarterback throughout the season was Eric VanderWegen, who would later become head coach midway through the season. The team amassed a record of only 1-13 (1-7 at home and 0-6 on the road). The team averaged an attendance of only 1,469 fans.[4] The team failed to pay its rental fees to the Expo before the final scheduled home game of the season and were forced to cancel that game, which was a forfeit loss. They essentially ceased operations after their last road game.[5]

They were to have resurfaced as the Eugene Mercury in 2002, but owner Wells was unable to find a new owner and the team folded before the season started.[6]


  1. ^ Indoor football is headed here, Greg Stiles, Medford Mail Tribune, July 1, 2000
  2. ^ Indoor and Arena Football History, Our Sports Central
  3. ^ Indoor football is headed here, Greg Stiles, Medford Mail Tribune, July 1, 2000
  4. ^ Tri-City too much for Heat, Kris Henry, Medford Mail Tribune, April 27, 2001
  5. ^ The Heat is off in Southern Oregon, Kris Henry, Medford Mail Tribune, January 24, 2002
  6. ^ Indoor Football Encyclopedia