The fastest game of turf has found its way back to the Tri-State. It was announced today that professional indoor football would once again have a home in Evansville.
The Evansville Rage are the newest addition to the Continental Indoor Football League and will begin play in the league in the spring of 2013. The team has also announced that they will be playing a 5 game exhibition season in the spring of 2012, as a way to introduce the organization to the community. The five exhibition games will be played at Metro Sports Center.
The Rage are owned by David Reed of Arcanum, Ohio. Reed plans to move to Evansville, with his family, in June of 2012.
"I am really excited to bring indoor football back to Evansville", Reed said. "We have already gotten a great response from the community and we plan to be in Evansville for a long time.
The Rage have also already hired their head coach, naming Mike Goodpaster to the position. Goodpaster was most recently the Defensive Coordinator of the Northern Kentucky River Monsters of the Ultimate Indoor Football League.
"I am honored and excited for the opportunity to start up the Rage", Goodpaster said, "and I hope that we can start and sustain a tradition of success."
Also named to the front office staff is Chip Rossetti. Rossetti has assumed the role as the General Manager of the Rage. Rossetti helped start up the Evansville IceMen, as well as the Evansville Crush Indoor Soccer Team.
"I was thrilled when David called and talk to me about this opportunity", Rossetti said. "I started in the sports business in the world of indoor football and I have been looking for an opportunity to get back into it again. The Rage is going to be an exciting team to watch."
More information about the Rage and their upcoming exhibition season is available on the team website at www.evansvillerage.com. Schedule information, as well as ticket prices will be released in the next few weeks.