SIOUX CITY -- Former player and assistant Erv Strohbeen is the new head coach of the Sioux City Bandits, the franchise announced on Thursday.
Strohbeen is the organization's 11th head coach in 12 seasons, though he's been involved with the franchise since its inception in 2000.
The former offensive lineman played in more games (130) than any Bandit in history before hanging up his cleats in 2009. For the past three seasons, Strohbeen has coached the offensive and defensive lines as an assistant coach for the Bandits.
He served as interim head coach for one game in 2010.
The Bandits fired former coach Butch Faulkenberry last Thursday, for what managing partner Bob Scott labeled an "offseason incident."
Faulkenberry had guided Sioux City to an undefeated campaign and an American Professional Football League title last season, the Bandits' first in the APFL.
According to Scott, the APFL plans on expanding to eight teams next season with the addition of the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Warriors, a Monument City (Colo.) team and another franchise yet to be named.
They'll join the Bandits, Mid-Missouri Outlaws, Springfield (Mo.) Wolf Pack, Kansas Koyotes and Council Bluffs Express (formerly the Iowa Blackhawks).
Sioux City, Iowa (Dec. 08, 2011) The Sioux City Bandits of the American Professional Football League today announce the hiring of Erv Strohbeen as Head Coach for the 2012 season.
Erv has been involved in some capacity every year with the Bandits since the team began play in the 2001 season. He also played in the 2000 season with the Sioux City Attack. He retired as a Bandits player in 2009 as the leader in games played with 130. He was named to the League All-Star team on a number of occasions during his playing career. For the last three years he has been an Assistant Coach in charge of the offensive and defensive lines. In 2011 he was instrumental in recruiting and developing the entire offensive line from Wayne State, Nehemiah Blackburn, Joe Bundy and Brian Okonofua. Erv was a former lineman at Wayne State and still has contacts there that helped bring eleven players to the Bandits last year. Offensive Coordinator Jarrod DeGeorgia and Strohbeen played together for the Wildcats. Erv is a native of Sioux City having played high school sports at West High School. He still resides in Sioux City with his wife Amanda and their three children.
Strohbeen quoting, “I appreciate the opportunity from Bob Scott and the Bandits organization in hiring me to be their Head Coach. After playing for the Bandits for all those years I wanted to give something back by helping out so that the team would still be around. Coaching was a natural for me and being named Head Coach is a great opportunity to continue to be involved in something I really believe in, the Sioux City Bandits.”
Bob Scott quoting, “Erv has been a loyal and popular player for our team. With his experience as an Assistant Coach for the last few years I felt he was a natural choice to lead our team for the next year. He has always been a leader on the field and has gone out to promote the Bandits whenever we have asked him to. I am excited to have him as our Head Coach.”
2001 Phil Karpuk (four games); Carl Reinhardt (10 games) 4-10
2002 Carl Reinhardt 9-5
2003 Carl Reinhardt 6-8
2004 Art Haege (eight games); Ervin Bryson (seven games) 8-7
2005 Jose Jefferson 15-3
2006 Jose Jefferson 6-10
*2007 Richard Britt (one game); Roger Jansen (nine games) 3-12
2008 Jarrod DeGeorgia 4-11
2009 Jarrod DeGeorgia 4-11
*2010 Tommie Williams 4-10
2011 Butch Faulkenberry 14-0
2012 Erv Strohbeen ?
*Assistants Tom Luxford, Pat Arens shared coaching responsibilities for the final five games in 2007.
*Williams resigned with two games left in the 2010 season. Assistants Erv Strohbeen & Jarrod DeGeorgia coached in his stead.
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