Adrenaline Football Introduces First Signed Players
The Arizona Adrenaline of the Indoor Football League just added a key player to the organization, but he won't be wearing pads and cleats. Chad Rutherford is the new vice president of operations and public relations.
"He's the lead guy taking care of the show, tickets, everything," said Adrenaline co-owner Kurt Dembaugh.
Rutherford, formerly with Arizona Sundogs hockey, will bring professionalism and contacts to the Adrenaline, Dembaugh said.
"He brings a very big piece to the puzzle," said Adrenaline head coach Drew Moore, introducing Rutherford at a press conference at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley yesterday.
"We want people who work hard for the community to know we're working hard for them. My job is making sure the community knows we're back and will be here for awhile," Rutherford said. "We will also make sure the players on this team are part of the community."
Coach Moore said that means being accessible and "without cockiness."
Co-owner Bob Simpson noted the team is a family and "focused on the family unit."
"I'm very fortunate to be part of this organization," Simpson said. "It has grown a great deal since we (he and brother Mitch) got involved. This is the beginning of a long and successful operation."
He also said bringing Rutherford onto the staff is "a coup for our team."
Adrenaline season tickets, ranging from $63 to $280, will be available Nov. 29.
A special deal with Tim's Toyota Center this season includes offering a free soda and popcorn or hotdog each game for ticket holders in rows 2-5, the $245 season tickets, Rutherford said.
He noted that business sponsorships begin at just $250.
The first of seven home games takes place March 13 versus the Colorado Ice, in a game dedicated to the military veterans of America. The Adrenaline will auction off their camouflage jerseys after the game and give proceeds to veterans' groups.
The second home contest, on March 27 with the Wyoming Cavalry, is dedicated to breast cancer awareness, with a post-game auction of pink jerseys.
"We ordered 50 balls per game, so all that go in the stands stay there, and people can get them autographed after the game," Dembaugh said.
Dembaugh again stressed that they're looking for local guys and introduced some they've signed, including former Bradshaw Mountain High standout Jacob Dembaugh, Prescott High and NAU star Ricky Odorfer, and Chino Valley coach Robert Jones. Jones, Ryan Goodell and Micah White are veterans from the first Adrenaline team.
"We're bringing a lot of great talent here, and there's a lot of talent in this town," said Moore.
They've been practicing with the Adrenaline's farm team, the Yavapai Bandits, whose first game is in mid-January.
"We will have some Adrenaline players early in the season," Dembaugh said. "The guys are excited about practicing with the big boys; it gives them a chance to interact and see different techniques."
Dembaugh said the Bandits' home field this season is at Chino Valley High School.
"They're letting us use the field, gym, press box and concession stands for $4,000 for the whole season - games and practices," Dembaugh said. "We wanted to stay in Prescott Valley, but for Chino to extend their hand is great. Bradshaw wouldn't do that for us, not even to let us have the next set of tryouts."
Dembaugh said Chino Valley Superintendent Duane Noggle, High School Principal Grant Turley and new Athletic Director Rick Bradshaw all were most cooperative in bringing the Bandits to Chino Valley.
The Adrenaline will conduct their next tryout at noon this Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Chino Valley High School field.
Moore said he knows potential players are coming from Louisiana for the second tryout.
"They're taking a greyhound (bus). That's how bad they want to play here."
For more information on the Adrenaline or the Bandits, visit Azadrenalinefootball.com, or Ycbanditsfootball.com.
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