The Bloomington Edge, presented by Heller Stores, have announced two familiar names will lead the eighth season of indoor football in U.S. Cellular Coliseum as Kenton Carr returns as head coach and Ted Schmitz is back as assistant coach and director of recruiting.
guided the Edge to their sixth straight post-season berth last year in
what was arguably his finest coaching job. Despite a late start to
prepare for the season, the Edge finished 10-5, tying a Bloomington
record for single season wins, and also won a team-record seven straight
games and were 6-1 at home. He is a native of Washington, Ill.
Carr was a quarterback at Illinois Valley Community College and Eureka
College. After his college career concluded in 1992, Carr continued
playing in the Arena Football League, af2, the original Indoor Football
League and United Indoor Football, concluding in Bloomington in 2006
before taking on head coaching duties here in 2008.
very excited to be back," said Carr. "It's a new beginning with new
ownership and a new league. Right now we're doing a lot of recruiting to
hopefully carry over what we did during an outstanding season last
year. I'm getting fired up to get back at it."
has been a part of indoor football since its Bloomington beginnings in
2006, serving as head coach for the first two seasons. The Streator,
Ill. native and Eastern Illinois University graduate has been involved
in coaching at the collegiate and professional level for four decades,
including time on the staffs of Illinois State and Illinois Wesleyan.
Schmitz coached inthe Canadian Football League from 1981 to 1990, mostly
with the Hamilton Tiger Cats includinga Grey Cup championship and a
stint as head coach, and continued his association with the CFL as a
scout. He has been the analyst on Illinois State University radio
network football broadcasts for 12 seasons.
can sell this place as Number One in our league, and we're working on
keeping the players who have made us successful," said Schmitz. "We love
indoor football because it's truer to the outdoor game. We're anxious
for people to check us out as we move forward in a new league."
Edge will play in the new Champions Professional Indoor Football
League, which includes teams in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri,
Nebraska and Oklahoma. The league is planning a 12-game regular season
from March through June. The schedule will be released in coming weeks,
and the team's web site at www.bloomingtonedge.com will be placed online
soon followed by information on tickets and sponsorships. The Edge
office can be reached by calling 309-827-7678.