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Arena Football League
Arena Football League
(1995–2008)

National Conference (1995–2000)

Central (1995–2000)

American Conference (2001–2008)

East (2001–2008)

Team colors Black, red, gold, white                    

Personnel

Owner(s) Steven Silva, Shanna Silva

Head coach Weylan Harding

Team history

Iowa Barnstormers
Iowa Barnstormers
(1995–2000) New York Dragons
New York Dragons
(2001–2008)

Championships

League championships (0)

Conference championships (2)

1996, 1997

Prior to 2005, the AFL did not have conference championship games

Division championships (7)

1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005

Playoff appearances (10)

1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008

Home arena(s)

Veterans Memorial Auditorium (1995–2000) Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
(2001–2008)

The New York Dragons
New York Dragons
were a professional arena football team based in the New York metropolitan area. The Dragons participated Arena Football League's (AFL) National Conference as a member of the Eastern Division. The team was founded in 1995 as the original iteration of the Iowa Barnstormers, and relocated to New York in 2001. They played in New York until 2008, when the league folded. They played in the Eastern Division of the National Conference, and played their home games at Nassau Coliseum
Nassau Coliseum
in Uniondale, New York. Their last coach was Weylan Harding.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Iowa Barnstormers
Iowa Barnstormers
(1995–2000) 1.2 New York Dragons
New York Dragons
(2001–2008)

2 Historic moments 3 Season-by-season 4 Coaches 5 Notable players

5.1 Individual awards 5.2 All-Arena players 5.3 All-Ironman players 5.4 All-Rookie players 5.5 NFL Players

6 Notes 7 External links

History[edit] The team was based in suburban Uniondale, New York
Uniondale, New York
at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, former home to the New York Islanders
New York Islanders
of the National Hockey League. The team's mascot was Sparky the Dragon, who is also mascot for the New York Islanders. Iowa Barnstormers
Iowa Barnstormers
(1995–2000)[edit] Main article: Iowa Barnstormers The franchise played in Des Moines, Iowa
Des Moines, Iowa
from 1995 to 2000, as the Iowa Barnstormers. The team had been successful in Iowa, having reached the ArenaBowl in 1996 and 1997. From 1995 to 1997, the team's starting quarterback was Kurt Warner, who moved up to the National Football League in 1998 and became an NFL MVP
NFL MVP
and Super Bowl winning quarterback. The need for a more modern venue as well as the league's desire for a larger market led to the move to the New York City area, despite two failed past attempts in the region: the New York Knights (1988) and the New York CityHawks (1997–1998), both of which played at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. The team was purchased by Charles Wang, who is also the Islanders' majority owner. The Arena Football
Arena Football
organization did award an af2 franchise to Iowa for the 2001 season also called the Barnstormers, but that team folded after that season (only to be brought back in 2008). The Barnstormers were noted for their unique uniforms, which in keeping with the aviation theme included the depiction of goggles on the helmets, wings on the shoulders of the jerseys, and propellers on the pants legs. The primary figures in the original Iowa organization were Jim Foster, the inventor of Arena Football, and Kurt Warner, the quarterback who went on to play for the St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams
and win both the NFL MVP
NFL MVP
and Super Bowl XXXIV MVP. Aside from the league's desire to re-enter the New York market, another major reason cited for the team's relocation was the inadequacy of their Des Moines venue, the Iowa Veterans Memorial Auditorium, also known as "The Barn". Most of the seats in this venue were located directly along the sidelines as is typical of high school sports venues. The Barnstormers organization constantly lobbied for the construction of a better facility during their time in Des Moines, to no avail. In 2005, the Wells Fargo Arena opened in Des Moines, directly across from what the locals call "Vets", as part of the newly expanded Iowa Events Center. A new Barnstormers af2 franchise began play there in the 2008 season. New York Dragons
New York Dragons
(2001–2008)[edit] On November 1, 2000, it was announced that the Iowa Barnstormers
Iowa Barnstormers
had relocated to New York as the Dragons.[1] Nassau Coliseum, where the franchise relocated, is generally regarded as one of the most marginal venues currently used in major American professional sports, and is often proposed for replacement, so the improvement of the situation with regards to a venue has been fairly minimal to this point. In late September 2004, Islanders' ownership announced an ambitious project to renovate the Coliseum, surrounding it with housing units and construction of an adjacent tower, resembling a lighthouse, at a total cost of over $200 million (US). Since then, the lighthouse has been taken out of the design plan. The New York Dragons
New York Dragons
had competed in the Eastern Division of the National Conference. They were coached by former Barnstormer defensive back Weylan Harding. In the 2006 season Weylan Harding became the winningest Arena Football
Arena Football
league coach in his first two seasons as a coach, winning twenty games throughout the 2005 and 2006 seasons. The Dragons had one of the biggest stars in the Arena Football
Arena Football
League, in quarterback Aaron Garcia. Garcia has the honor of most touchdown passes in a game (11), and second most touchdown passes in a season (104 in 2001). Through his 10-year career, he has thrown over 800 touchdown passes. The Dragons set the league record for most points in a game, scoring 99 against the Carolina Cobras
Carolina Cobras
on July 7, 2001, surpassing the previous record of 91, which had been set by the New Jersey Red Dogs in 1997 against the Texas Terror. It also set a record for the most points scored in one game (167). On Saturday, February 11, 2006, the Dragons won against the expansion team Utah Blaze
Utah Blaze
84-81 on the road and they made AFL history for the second-most points scored in one game with 165. On July 8, 2008 a group of investors, led by Steve Silva, announced they are buying the team from Charles Wang. With the purchase the team would change its uniforms, logo, and colors. The team also announced that the Dragons will continue to play in the Nassau Coliseum
Nassau Coliseum
despite rumors that the Dragons would move to Manhattan
Manhattan
and play their games at Madison Square Garden. On September 23, 2008, the Dragons announced their new logo and color scheme. The old colors of red and yellow were replaced by green and grey.[2] The Dragons official mascot was a dragon named Sparky,[3] who is also the mascot of the NHL's New York Islanders. On December 14, 2008, the Arena Football League
Arena Football League
announced it would cancel the 2009 season, but hoped to return in 2010.[4] On July 20, 2009, Sports Business Journal reported that the AFL owed approximately $14 million to its creditors and were considering filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Owners were also exploring the expansion franchise in Pittsburgh in order to use the expansion fees to help pay off the debts and infuse enough cash into the league to hold the 2010 season.[19] In early August 2009, numerous media outlets began reporting that the AFL was folding permanently and would file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The league released a statement on August 4 announcing that while the league is not folding, it is suspending league operations indefinitely. Several teams commented that they were still pursuing arena football in 2010 with the possibility of using the financially independent arenafootball2.[2] Despite this, several of the league's creditors have filed papers to force a Chapter 7 liquidation if the league does not do so voluntarily.[20] This request was granted on August 7, though converted to a Chapter 11 reorganization on August 26.[21] Less than two months after the announcement, and a few weeks after the suspension forced the dissolution of af2, the Arizona Rattlers
Arizona Rattlers
and Orlando Predators
Orlando Predators
defected to Arena Football
Arena Football
1, a startup league consisting mostly of former af2 teams. The 16-team league expects to expand to "24 to 30" teams prior to the start of their inaugural 2010 season, and is in negotiations with at least seven other teams from the AFL to join, including the Tampa Bay Storm
Tampa Bay Storm
and the San Jose Sabercats.[22][23] The New York Dragons
New York Dragons
is not to be part of AF1.

New York Dragons
New York Dragons
logo (2001-2008)

New York Dragons
New York Dragons
logo (2009, Unused)

Historic moments[edit]

On Saturday, July 7, 2001, in a Week 13 home game against the Carolina Cobras, QB Aaron Garcia has a prolific performance. He would throw a league-best 11 touchdown passes in the highest scoring game in league history. The Dragons would win the game 99-68. This is at #11 on the AFL's 20 Greatest Highlights Countdown.[5] On June 2, 2007, Aaron Garcia became only the fourth man to ever record 800 touchdown passes. He joins the list with Clint Dolezel, Sherdrick Bonner, and Andy Kelly. On June 28, 2008, the Dragons, making the postseason even after finishing the season 8-8 (fourth in the National Eastern Division), went on to defeat the favored Dallas Desperados
Dallas Desperados
in the wild card round of the playoffs. Dallas finished second in the National Eastern Division with the record of 12-4, yet fell to an underdog New York team 77-63. They would go on to lose to the Philadelphia Soul in the following round, 49-48 on a last second touchdown pass that replays showed to be a questionable call.

Season-by-season[edit] Main article: List of New York Dragons
New York Dragons
seasons Coaches[edit]

Head coach Tenure Regular season record (W-L) Post season record (W-L) Most recent coaching staff Notes

John Gregory 1995–2003 66–48[6] 6–6[6]

1995 and 1996 Arena Football
Arena Football
League Coach of the Year.[6]

Todd Shell 2003–2004 17–11[7] 1–1[7]

2003 Arena Football
Arena Football
League Coach of the Year[7]

Weylan Harding 2005–2008 33–31[8] 1–3[8] OC:Chad Lindsey OL / Co-ST Coordinator: Jerome Brown DL / Co-ST Coordinator: Corey Mayfield

Notable players[edit] Individual awards[edit]

Offensive Player of the Year

Season Player Position(s)

2001 Aaron Garcia QB

All-Arena players[edit] The following Dragons players were named to All-Arena Teams:

QB Aaron Garcia (1) FB/LB Rodney Filer (1) WR/DB Mike Furrey
Mike Furrey
(1) OL/DL Robert Stewart (1) DL Henry Taylor (1) OS Kevin Swayne (1) DB Billy Parker (1) DS Billy Parker (1)

All-Ironman players[edit] The following Dragons players were named to All-Ironman Teams:

WR/DB Mike Furrey
Mike Furrey
(1) WR/LB Mike Horacek (1) OL/DL Marcus Owen (1)

All-Rookie players[edit] The following Dragons players were named to All-Rookie Teams:

WR/DB Lincoln Dupree OL/DL Delbert Cowsette DL John Nix, Farouk Adelekan DB Levy Brown DS Billy Parker, Dahnel Singfield WR/LB Tierre Jones

NFL Players[edit] The following players played in the NFL

K Matt Bryant QB Danny Kanell

Notes[edit]

^ " New York Dragons
New York Dragons
join AFL". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. November 1, 2000. Retrieved July 19, 2017.  ^ New York Dragons
New York Dragons
Unveil New Logo - newyorkdragons.com ^ Sparky The Dragon ^ Sachdev, Ameet (December 15, 2009). "New Chicago Rush
Chicago Rush
owners offsides on taking control". Chicago Tribune.  ^ http://www.arenafootball.com/mediaPlayer/video.dbml?DB_MENU_ID=&SPSID=38064&SPID=3172&DB_OEM_ID=3500&CLIP_ID=29911&CLIP_FILE_ID=33896&CONTENT_TYPE=ONDEMAND ^ a b c "ArenaFan Online: AFL Coaches: John Gregory". Retrieved 2008-10-25.  ^ a b c "ArenaFan Online: AFL Coaches: Todd Shell". Retrieved 2008-10-25.  ^ a b "ArenaFan Online: AFL Coaches: Weylan Harding". Retrieved 2008-10-25. 

External links[edit]

Iowa Barnstormers
Iowa Barnstormers
at ArenaFan New York Dragons
New York Dragons
at ArenaFan

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New York Dragons

Formerly the Iowa Barnstormers Founded in 1995 Folded in 2008 Based in Des Moines, Iowa
Des Moines, Iowa
(1995–2000) and Uniondale, New York (2001–2008)

Franchise

Franchise Seasons Players

Arenas

Veterans Memorial Auditorium Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Head coaches

Gregory Shell Harding

Playoff appearances (10)

1995 1996 1997 1999 2000 2001 2003 2005 2006 2008

Division championships (7)

1996 1997 1999 2000 2003 2004* 2005 *Division winners did not automatically make the playoffs in 2004

ArenaBowl appearances (2)

X XI

Hall of Fame members

Jim Foster Jon Roehlk Kurt Warner

Seasons (14)

1990s

1995 1996 1997 1998 1999

2000s

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008

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Defunct Arena Football League
Arena Football League
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Alabama Vipers
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Anaheim Piranhas
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Arizona Rattlers
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Austin Wranglers
(2004–2007) Bossier–Shreveport Battle Wings
Bossier–Shreveport Battle Wings
(2010) Carolina Cobras
Carolina Cobras
(2000–2004) Charlotte Rage
Charlotte Rage
(1992–1996) Chicago Bruisers
Chicago Bruisers
(1987–1989) Chicago Politicians (1986) Chicago Rush
Chicago Rush
(2001–2013) Cincinnati Rockers
Cincinnati Rockers
(1992–1993) Cleveland Thunderbolts
Cleveland Thunderbolts
(1991–1994) Colorado Crush
Colorado Crush
(2003–2008) Columbus Destroyers
Columbus Destroyers
(1999–2008) Connecticut Coyotes
Connecticut Coyotes
(1995–1996) Dallas Desperados
Dallas Desperados
(2002–2008) Dallas Texans (1990–1993) Dallas Vigilantes
Dallas Vigilantes
(2010–2011) Denver Dynamite (1987, 1989–1991) Detroit Fury
Detroit Fury
(2001–2004) Florida Bobcats
Florida Bobcats
(1992–2001) Fort Worth Cavalry
Fort Worth Cavalry
(1994) Georgia Force
Georgia Force
(2002–2008, 2011–2012) Grand Rapids Rampage
Grand Rapids Rampage
(1998–2008) Houston ThunderBears (1996–2001) Indiana Firebirds
Indiana Firebirds
(1990–2004) Iowa Barnstormers
Iowa Barnstormers
(2010–2014) Jacksonville Sharks
Jacksonville Sharks
(2010–2016) Kansas City Brigade/Command (2006–2012) Las Vegas Outlaws (2015) Los Angeles Avengers
Los Angeles Avengers
(2000–2008) Los Angeles Cobras
Los Angeles Cobras
(1988) Los Angeles Kiss
Los Angeles Kiss
(2014–2016) Massachusetts Marauders
Massachusetts Marauders
(1988–1994) Miami Vise
Miami Vise
(1987) Milwaukee Mustangs (1994–2001) Milwaukee Iron/Mustangs (2010–2012) Minnesota Fighting Pike
Minnesota Fighting Pike
(1996) Nashville Kats
Nashville Kats
(1997–2001, 2005–2007) New England Steamrollers
New England Steamrollers
(1988) New Orleans Night
New Orleans Night
(1991–1992) New Orleans VooDoo
New Orleans VooDoo
(2004–2005, 2007–2008, 2011–2015) New York Dragons
New York Dragons
(1995–2008) New York Knights (1988) Oklahoma Wranglers
Oklahoma Wranglers
(1995–2001) Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz
Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz
(2010) Orlando Predators
Orlando Predators
(1991–2016) Pittsburgh Power
Pittsburgh Power
(2011–2014) Portland Thunder/Steel (2014–2016) Rockford Metros (1986) San Antonio Force
San Antonio Force
(1992) San Antonio Talons
San Antonio Talons
(2010–2014) San Jose SaberCats
San Jose SaberCats
(1995–2008, 2011–2015) Spokane Shock
Spokane Shock
(2010–2015) St. Louis Stampede
St. Louis Stampede
(1995–1996) Tampa Bay Storm
Tampa Bay Storm
(1987–2017) Toronto Phantoms
Toronto Phantoms
(1997–2002) Utah Blaze
Utah Blaze
(2006–2008, 2010–2013) Washington Commandos
Washington Commandos
(1987–1989)

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