Central Valley Coyotes

The Central Valley Coyotes were a professional arena football team and were a charter member of the AF2. As the newly forming AF2 set aside its plans for a two tier league and began focusing only on bigger markets, Central Valley stepped down and tried to play in a league which was more friendly to smaller markets; such as the Indoor Football League or the American Indoor Football Association.

Central Valley Coyotes
Established 2001
Folded 2009
Played in Selland Arena
in Fresno, California
League/conference affiliations
af2 (20022009)
  • National Conference (2002–2006)
    • Western Division (2002–2006)
  • American Conference (2007)
    • West Division (2007)
  • National Conference (2008–2009)
    • West Division (2008–2009)
Team colorsBlack, red, gray, white
CheerleadersCoyote Girls
PresidentSanta Rosa Rancheria Tachi
Head coachFred Biletnikoff Jr.
Team history
League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (1)
Playoff appearances (5)
Home arena(s)

The team began as a 2002 expansion member of the af2, known as the original Bakersfield Blitz until 2004. They played their home games at Selland Arena in Fresno, California (With the exception of two home games during the 2008 season which were played at the Save Mart Center due to construction). The Central Valley Coyotes were in discussions with Indoor Football League Commissioner Tommy Benezio about possibly joining the Indoor Football League in 2011. However, those plans failed and the team ceased operations in December 2010.


Central Valley Coyotes roster

Running backs

  • 88 Marquell Stinson

Wide receivers

  •  9 Phil Goodman
  • 81 Alex Grevas
  •  5 LaMonte Jones
  •  3 John Roberson
  •  1 George Williams
Offensive linemen
  • 70 Kalvai Blanchard
  • 69 Sean Finnerty
  • 54 Brandon Jefferson

Defensive linemen

  • 25 Tyler Birkley
  • 99 Donyell Booker
  • 34 JaJuan Huddleston
  • 51 Jason Goodman
  • 11 Steve Allen
  • 17 Weston Borba
  • 55 Bobby Daly

Defensive backs

  •  8 Ruschard Dodd-Masters
  •  2 Charles Ealy
  •  6 Vincent Joseph
  • 21 Andre Jones
  • 13 Peter Plesa
  •  4 Nick Sanchez

Special teams

  • Currently vacant
Reserve lists
  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
Roster updated September 8, 2009
25 Active, 0 Inactive

Season-by-season record

SeasonWLTFinishPlayoff results
Bakersfield Blitz (af2)
20029701st NC WestLost Week 1 (San Diego 40-27)
20038712nd NC WestLost Week 1 (Arkansas 36-28)
Central Valley Coyotes (af2)
200431304th NC West--
20058803rd NC West--
200612402nd NC WestLost Week 1 (Bakersfield 45-37)
200710602nd AC WestWon AC Round 1 (Manchester 42-41)
Lost AC Semifinal (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 70-53)
200810602nd NC WestWon NC Round 1 (Arkansas 68-55)
Lost NC Semifinal (Spokane 83-63)
200931303rd NC West--
Totals63641 (including playoffs)

See also

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