When asked if I would like to tag along to a presser this past weekend for a new professional indoor football league team, the Tampa Bay Tornadoes… I was onboard. With the head coach being none other than Tampa Bay Storm great and Arena League Hall Of famer Stevie Thomas. My interest was piqued to get more information on Tampa Bay’s newest professional sports organization.
About The Community
What became apparent right away was that the Tampa Bay Tornadoes are all about involvement in the community. The team is in the beginning stages of an outreach program to assist the elderly in the community. There are also plans for a competitive youth football program to function here in the West Central Florida area with plans to reach out as far to the east as Lakeland. Back to school programs to assist our young boys and girls in the community to prepare for the start of the upcoming school year are already in progress. The Tampa Bay Tornadoes are a community driven organization.
Unbelievable Coaching Lineup
If you are a fan of professional indoor football, and Tampa Bay, the Tampa Bay Tornadoes have you covered.
Head Coach Stevie Thomas is a Tampa Bay legend. Playing for the Tampa Bay Storm from 1991-1999, inducted into the Arena League Football Hall of Fame in 2011, his 7,892 receiving yards, 152 receiving touchdowns, 111 tackles, 10 interceptions, and 5 defensive touchdowns make Thomas is the most dangerous two way player in Tampa Bay professional football history.
Assistant Coach/Wide Receivers Coach Freddie Solomon played for the Philadelphia Eagles for three years before coming to Tampa Bay and becoming a fan favorite of the Storm from 2003-2006.
Assistant Coach/Off. line Coach Carl Watts also played for the Storm from 1991-1993, and in 1998 as well.
Assistant Coach/Defensive Backs Tracy Sanders would also play for the Storm from 1994-1998 during which time he and HC Stevie Thomas were members of two Arena League Championship teams. Coach Sanders has been involved in high school football coaching.
To say that the Tampa Bay Tornadoes have great coaching might be an understatement. To say that the coaching staff knows the Tampa Bay community very well, might be one as well.
With play set to begin in 2020, Co-Owner/General Manager Alton Walker, and Co-Owner/Team President Kenneth Nelson both reiterated one of the keys to the team mission policy. To offer Tampa Bay and surrounding communities quality football at an affordable price. With community involvement and an all star coaching staff, the inaugural season for the Tampa Bay Tornadoes will definitely be on the radar.