Home; ... Roster Schedule Articles Photos Videos. However, following the 2007 season, the Force announced they were returning to the Gwinnett Center in 2008 after signing a 10 year lease.. The Kats would return to Nashville as an expansion team in 2005 (in a situation similar to the National Football League's Cleveland Browns). Following AFL's End, Georgia Force Ceases Operations, Georgia Force Sign 10-Year Lease with Gwinnett, oursportscental.com; retrieved September 2008, http://georgiaforce.com/cheerleaders/Blu.asp, ArenaFan Online: AFL Coaches: Robert Lyles, ArenaFan Online: AFL Coaches: Bob Kronenberg, https://americanfootball.fandom.com/wiki/Georgia_Force?oldid=67404, Asst./Line Coach: James Clark (2011–present). Upon selling the team to Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank in September 2004, it was announced that the franchise would return to the downtown Philips Arena for the 2005 season in response to fan desires as expressed in a poll. The team name was chosen through a contest in the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Join Roster » 1 Uncommitted Roster Athlete Login to View Uncommitted Roster Athletes. The second Nashville Kats team would fold after a losing 2007 season. Georgia Force Conference Eastern Founded 2002 Team History Original franchise: Nashville Kats (1997–2001) Georgia Force (2002–2008) New franchise: Tennessee Valley Vipers (2000–2004, 2006–2009) Alabama Vipers (2010) Georgia Force (2011–present) Arena Philips Arena (2002, 2005-2007) Arena at Gwinnett Center (2003–2004 2008, 2011–present) City Atlanta, Georgia Head Coach Dean Cokinos Team President Corey Remillard Division titles 1 in 2007 ArenaBowl titles None Virgil Williams, an Atlanta businessman, purchased the franchise for nearly $10 million in December 2001, and moved the team to Atlanta after the team's previous owners failed to negotiate a favorable lease with the arena's primary tenant and manager, the National Hockey League's Nashville Predators. The Georgia … The team began as the first Nashville Kats team from 1997 to 2001. Staff Roster Football Coaching Staff. The Georgia Force's only Rival in the Arena Football League is the New Orleans VooDoo. The team is owned by Doug MacGregor and Donn Jennings. Previous owners of both teams, owned NFL teams in the same market. Troy Calhoun 0 Committed Roster Athletes Anthony R. Ward submitted the winning name. , Template:Georgia Force They also won Southern Division titles in 2007 and 2008. CBSSPORTS.COM; 247SPORTS; MAXPREPS; FOLLOW MAXPREPS. The New Orleans Saints Rivaled with The Atlanta Falcons & The New Orleans VooDoo Rivaled with The Georgia Force. Are you a member of this team? Complete Transactions Template:Georgia Force seasons Main Navigation Menu. 2003 Georgia Force Statistics 2003 Georgia Force Game-by-Game Results. The original Kats played in the Nashville Arena (later known as Gaylord Entertainment Center, now known as Bridgestone Arena) in downtown Nashville and were initially coached by Eddie Khayat in 1997 and 1998. Template:Arena Football League. The Force's official mascot used to be a high-tech runner named G-Force, but was later changed to a blue, cuddly monster named Blu. University of Georgia Bulldogs. Head Coach. They lost to the Colorado Crush, 51–48. They are coached by Dean Cokinos. The Georgia Force are an Arena Football League team based in Gwinnett County, Georgia, (part of suburban Atlanta) that plays in the South Division of the American Conference. Transactions ; GEORGIA FORCE assigned DL Tremaine Johnson; suspended DB Roger Brown and DL Bryan Jean-Pierre. View the schedule, scores, league standings, rankings, roster, team stats, articles and video highlights for the Georgia Force Christian Blue Knights football team on MaxPreps. The Kats were the league's "Organization of the Year" for their inaugural year of 1997, and were in the playoffs for every season of their relatively brief existence, even playing in the ArenaBowl each of their final two seasons, albeit losing both times they reached the AFL's championship game. Under Williams' three-year tenure as owner, the team made the playoffs one time in 2003. Updates From This Month; 0:45. Following the termination of operations of the Arena Football League on August 4, 2009, Georgia Force officials quickly followed with a release that indicated that they, too, were ceasing operations.. American Football Wiki is a FANDOM Lifestyle Community. The 2005 season was, by far, the most successful in team history with highlights including a conference-best 11–5 record, and undefeated home record (8–0), a division title, a National Conference Championship, and a trip to ArenaBowl XIX. Khayat was then succeeded by Pat Sperduto for the balance of the team's time in Nashville. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. The rechristened Force initially played in Atlanta's downtown Philips Arena, home of the National Basketball Association's Atlanta Hawks and former home of the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers, prior to relocating to suburban Duluth and playing in the Arena at Gwinnett Center for the 2003 and 2004 seasons.