PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL COMING TO KENT

Professional football is coming to the Pacific Northwest. The Kent Predators, an expansion professional football franchise, will begin play in the Indoor Football League (IFL) beginning in March of 2010. The team is excited to be working with SMG in securing ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington as its home facility.

The Predators will hold a news conference today Monday, December 7th at 3:30 pm at the ShoWare Center to introduce the franchise and members of the ownership group.

“We are extremely excited. This area eats and breathes football and the ShoWare Center is a first class facility,” said Chris Kokalis, Predators President and co owner. “The important thing for us to do is get involved in the community. Being active and involved in the community is equally as important as wins and losses for our organization.”

The Predators have entered into good faith negotiations with SMG in coordination with the City of Kent for the purpose of securing a lease agreement.

The Indoor Football League is a 26-team league based out of Richmond, Virginia with franchises in 13 states. Kent becomes the second Washington franchise for the IFL joining the Tri-Cities Fever. The league holds a 14-game regular season schedule that runs March through June. The IFL’s playoffs culminate in August with the IFL United Bowl. The Predators will host a seven game home schedule. Games will be played on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The IFL schedule is expected to be released within the next week.

The Predators are co-owned by Chris Kokalis & Ken Moninski. Moninski is the Owner/President of Seattle based company Global Aircraft Services, an aviation services company providing flight crews and logistics for the managed movement of commercial aircraft around the world. Global was named an Inc. 5,000 company in 2009, recognizing its growth in supporting the world’s leading aircraft leasing companies and fastest growing airlines. He has gained experience in a variety of business functions during his over 20 years working in the airline industry. Serving in senior management positions at Evergreen International Aviation and Virgin Atlantic Airways, he led several airport infrastructure projects and joint-venture initiatives in North America, China and Spain. In the 1990s he was also a founder and board member of a new entrant regional airline in Colorado. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and is a volunteer with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters mentoring program.

Kokalis has a lengthy resume within professional sports. He has held a variety of administrative, marketing and sales positions with teams such as the Minnesota Thunder, Milwaukee Rampage, Milwaukee Bonecrushers and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Kokalis and Moninski are also co owners of the La Crosse Spartans an IFL franchise in La Crosse, WI along with Wisconsin businessman Bob Sullivan.

“I know that ShoWare Center is the perfect venue for professional indoor football. I am grateful for the support of SMG and the city of Kent and look forward to an exciting inaugural season at the ShoWare Center” said Moninski.

Football fans will have the opportunity to learn more about the Predators – and reserve season tickets – with the launch of the team’s website, www.kentpredators.com, on Monday.

Kent Predators Announce 2010 Schedule

On Monday, the Kent Predators and Indoor Football League announced the team’s 2010 inaugural season schedule. The Predators begin their 2010 campaign on the road February 28th when they battle the defending IFL-champion Billings Outlawz. The team then heads to Anchorage, Alaska, for a March 8th matchup with the Alaska Wild before returning to Kent for the team’s home debut at the ShoWare Center Friday, March 12th @ 7:30pm against the Fairbanks Grizzlies. After a trip March 20th to Tri Cities for a game against the rival Tri Cities Fever, the team has two straight bye weeks. They return to the ShoWare Center for games against the Wild (April 9) and Fever (April 18). Heading back on the road, they make a trip to the windy city for a game against the Chicago Slaughter (April 24) then return home for a contest against the Outlawz (April 30). The Predators head back on the road for their 2nd trip to Tri Cities (May 8) then return back to Kent where they will host the Grizzlies (May 14) followed by their third bye week and games against the Outlawz (May 29) and Fever (June 4). The Predators end the regular season on the road with a trip to Alaska for games against the Grizzlies (June 12) and Wild (June 19).

“To begin the season on the road against the defending champs will be a huge test for our football team,” said Chris Kokalis, Predators President. “We have some strong teams in our conference which should mean for some competitive matchups for our fans inside the ShoWare Center. Playing Tri Cities three times should create an instant fan rivalry.”

Friday and Saturday night home games at the ShoWare Center will start at 7:30pm with Sunday games beginning at 3pm. All game times are subject to change. The Predators expect to release the team’s individual game & group pricing later this week. Season tickets are currently on sale through the team’s website www.kentpredators.com .

2009 IFL Coach Of The Year Heads West

Brian Brents Tabbed as Teams First Ever VP of Football Operations

Kent, WA: The Kent Predators, making perhaps one of the biggest splashes in the off-season, announced today that 2009 Indoor Football League Coach of the Year Brian Brents has been selected as the team’s first ever Vice President of Football Operations. Brents, who led the expansion El Paso Generals last season to a 12-2 regular season record and a berth in the Intense Conference Championship game, comes to Kent with a strong pedigree for putting talent on the field. His first major decision in his new role will be to hire a Head Coach, which he hopes to accomplish within the next week. “Not only is Brian well regarded amongst his peers within the sport, he also has experience establishing an expansion franchise into a proven winner,” stated Predators Co-Owner and President Chris Kokalis. “We are confident that he will continue his success and bring a winning attitude to the organization”

Brents, a native of Crane, Texas, and his teams have historically been known to be offensive juggernauts. Last season, as Head Coach of the Generals, his team was among the top three in almost every major offensive category including passing yards, total offense, and points per game. Before his time in El Paso, he spent two seasons as the Head Coach of the Mississippi Mudcats compiling a 24-5 record, with two playoff appearances. He was also chosen to coach the AIFA South All-Star team in 2007. The former Abilene Christian University Wide Receiver has a coaching record of 46-10 since 2006.

“I am really excited to get this thing going with Chris and Ken (Moninski),” stated Brents. “We have a lot of work to do in the next month, and fans should expect the announcement of a coach and additional player signings very soon.” Making it easier on Brents is the fact that the West Coast is rich in talent. He will not only be able to pluck players from the Pac-10 ranks, but many of the other fine Division I, II, and III institutions along the Pacific. Another open tryout will also be conducted sometime this month. Those interested should log on to www.kentpredators.com or call the team office at 253-239-3254 for more information. The team will bring a total of 45 players to February’s training camp.