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Wyoming Cavalry

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Dec 15, 2021

The Wyoming Cavalry were an American professional indoor football team based in Casper, Wyoming. They were most recently members of the Intense Conference in the Indoor Football League (IFL). The Cavalry began play in 2000 as an expansion member of the original Indoor Football League as the Casper Cavalry. The Cavalry became a charter member of the National Indoor Football League (NIFL) in 2001 following the original IFL’s purchase by the Arena Football League‘s Orlando Predators. The move in 2001 also brought a franchise name change to the current Wyoming Cavalry. The team then joined the American Indoor Football Association (AIFA) in 2008 after the NIFL’s demise. With the AIFA’s presence in the Western United States dwindling, the Cavalry joined the IFL in 2011. In September, 2014, majority owner Mitch Zimmerman announced that the team would cease operations.[1]

Wyoming Cavalry
Established 2000
Folded 2014
Played in Casper Events Center
in Casper, Wyoming
WyomingCavalry.com
League/conference affiliations
Indoor Football League (2000)

  • Western Division (2000)

National Indoor Football League (2001–2007)

  • Central Division (2001)
  • Pacific Conference (2002–2007)
    • Western Division (2002–2006)

American Indoor Football Association (2008–2010)

  • Western Conference (2008)
    • West Division (2008–2010)

Indoor Football League (20112014)

  • Intense Conference (2011–2014)
    • Mountain West Division (2011)
Team colors Navy Blue, Las Vegas Gold

  

Mascot Custer the Coyote
Cheerleaders Xzude Dance Team
Personnel
Owner(s) Mitch Zimmerman
President Mike and Argeri Layton
General manager Mike Layton
Head coach Ryan Lingenfelder
Team history
  • Casper Cavalry (2000)
  • Wyoming Cavalry (2001–2014)
Championships
League championships (0)
0
Conference championships (1)
2008
Division championships (0)
0
Playoff appearances (9)
2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Home arena(s)

The Cavalry played their home games at the Casper Events Center.

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A Cavalry player shaking hands during pregame

The team began play in 2000 as an expansion member of the original Indoor Football League as the Casper Cavalry. Despite a successful inaugural season, they fell in the playoffs to the Black Hills Machine. When the original IFL folded, the Cavalry moved to the newly formed National Indoor Football League[2] as the “Wyoming Cavalry” and became a charter member. The team also saw front office changes, as they were purchased by a local ownership group, headed by Mike Argeri Layton.[3] The team was decently successful, making the playoffs in four of their seven overall seasons, as well as making it to the inaugural Indoor Bowl, losing to the Mississippi Fire Dogs. On July 14, 2007, Wyoming was scheduled to play an Indoor Football Championship of sorts against the Fayetteville Guard. Both franchises received letters on July 7, 2007, telling them they have been kicked out of the National Indoor Football League.[citation needed]

On August 18, 2007, the Cavalry officially announced they would join the American Indoor Football Association as a flagship team of the league’s new Western Division.[4] On July 26, 2009, the Cavalry hosted the Reading Express in AIFA Bowl III and were defeated 65–42. On July 25, 2010, the Cavalry traveled to Baltimore to take on the Mariners in AIFA Bowl IV and would go on to lose 57–42. As of the end of the 2010 season, the Cavalry are 0–5 in championship games.

On September 1, 2010, the Cavalry announced they would be joining the Indoor Football League as an expansion member for the 2011 season.[5]

For the 2013 season, its third in the IFL, the Cavalry hired rookie head coach Ryan Lingenfelder to replace longtime head coach Dan “Majic” Maciejczak.[6] Lingenfelder, a former AFL player, served as defensive coordinator of the Tri-Cities Fever for the previous three seasons.[7] Shortly before the 2013 season began, the owner of the Cheyenne Warriors died and the IFL revised its schedule to accommodate the now 9-team league.[8] The Cavalry had been scheduled to play two games against the projected in-state rival.[9] Barney O’Donnell III joined the team as the new starting quarterback.[10] After compiling a 2–24 record in 2 seasons, Lingenfelder was relieved of his coaching duties.[11]

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