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Northern Kentucky River Monsters Emerge from the "Swamp"

July 23, 2013 - Continental Indoor Football League (CIFL) - Northern Kentucky River Monsters News Release

Bridgeport, MI - The CIFL is proud to announce the Northern Kentucky River Monsters have joined the CIFL for the 2014 season. The River Monsters will once again call the Bank of Kentucky Center in Highland Heights their home. The River Monsters played their inaugural season in 2011.

The River Monsters will resume operations for 2014 under the leadership of original owners Jill and Wayne Chitwood. In 2006, Jill started with the CIFL's former Marion Mayhem as their photographer and then, a year later was promoted to office manager. She advanced to Director of Football Operations for the 2008 - 2010 seasons. She prides herself on making the fans time spent at a game a true experience for all ages.

Chitwood a graduate from Marion Technical College with a Business Administration Degree and has won the Red Cross Clara Barton Spectrum Award for Women for Humanitarian Service in Marion, Ohio. She joined the front office of the River Monsters as the Director of Game Day Operations before the opportunity to become owner was presented to her in 2011. Now she will continue on in that role as she moves her team to the CIFL.

"Being back in to the Northern Kentucky community is a great feeling," said Chitwood. "I am excited to get into the schools and local youth groups with our players and dance teams to speak to the kids about bullying, drugs and helping them achieve their dreams."

The River Monsters are already positioning themselves to contend for the CIFL Championship by announcing the signing of Head Coach Brian Schmidt. Brian is no stranger to River Monster Fans. In 2011 he was Offensive Coordinator for the River Monsters and orchestrated the highest scoring offense in the league. The 2011 team led the league in most every offensive category. Also as interim head coach he was 3-0 in 2011.

Coach Schmidt has five years of indoor experience and 21 years of high school coaching experience. His offenses at the high school level have historically been some of the highest passing offenses in the state.

"I have had great success in helping players move up to higher levels of football and am committed to helping players realize their dream," said Schmidt. "Being Head Coach of Northern Kentucky River Monsters is something that I could not turn down. My job is to put not only a winning football team on the field, but a winning football team off the field and that is something I am serious about. I cannot wait to get started." Players interested in playing for the team please contact Coach Schmidt at

The River Monsters will be announcing tryouts shortly and ticket information is available by visiting

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