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Tennessee Valley Tigers

Tennessee Valley Tigers
Founded 2008
League IWFL (2009-2011)
WSFL (2012-present)
Team history Tennessee Valley Tigers (2008-present)
Based in Huntsville, Alabama
Stadium Milton Frank Stadium
Colors Black, Silver, Purple
Owner(s) Carlos Mathews
Championships 0
Division titles 0
Mascot Unnamed

The Tennessee Valley Tigers is a women's American football team located in Huntsville, Alabama. The Tigers joined the Women's Spring Football League (WSFL) in 2011 and will play their first WSFL season in the spring of 2012. This will be the Tigers' fourth season overall, after three seasons in the Independent Women's Football League (IWFL). The team currently consists of some former Alabama Renegades players, as well as a number of new players who will be playing women's football for the first time in the 2011 season. Women’s full-contact football has been played in Huntsville, Alabama since the fall of 2000 when the Alabama Renegades came into existence. The Renegades were one of the founding teams of the National Women's Football Association (NWFA).


  • History 1
  • 2011 staff 2
  • Season-by-season 3
  • 2011 schedule 4
  • Single season records 5
  • 2011 Roster 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


In the fall of 2000, the Alabama Renegades and the Nashville Dream played a six game exhibition season to determine the viability of a women's full-contact football league. The exhibition games were a huge success and the league, the National Women's Football Association, expanded to 12 teams in its first full season of play in the spring of 2001. Ray Quinn was the man who first brought full-contact football to Huntsville and he owned the team for two years. Nancy Byrd, a Renegades player, kept the football dream alive in 2003 when she took over the team from Quinn. She, along with general manager Lori Campbell, ran the team for the next six years. Nancy continued to play for the Renegades while owning the team. At the end of the 2009 season Nancy decided to retire from playing and looked to sell the team to a new owner. She was unable to find anyone willing to take on the responsibility of running the Alabama Renegades and decided she would no longer field a football team in the NWFA.

Carlos Mathews, the former Offensive Coordinator for the Alabama Renegades, realized the potential for women’s football in the Huntsville area and decided to explore ways to bring the game back for a 2009 season. Mathews researched several leagues but only found one with the stability needed to support women’s football in the Huntsville Area. The Tigers officially joined the Independent Women's Football League on August 12, 2008, as a Tier II team[1]. In the first season of play, the Tigers finished with a 5-3 record, losing twice to the Chattanooga Locomotion - another Tier II team - and once to the Atlanta Xplosion - a Tier I team in 2009. The Tigers also defeated then ranked number seven Clarksville Fox who in the 2008 season had competed for the Independent Women's Football League Tier II[1] championship. The Tigers play their home games at Milton Frank Stadium in Huntsville, Alabama.

Because of the devastating effects of the April 2011 tornadoes, the Tigers had to forfeit their final two regular-season games. On August 30, the Tigers announced they had left the IWFL to join the WSFL.

2011 staff

  • Owner/Offensive Coordinator - Carlos Mathews
  • Offensive Line Coach - Ella Banghart
  • Assistant Defensive Coach - JJ Johnson
  • Delegate - Brady Wakefield
  • Marketing/Sales - Jamie Flynt
  • Acting General Manager - Carson Wakefield


Season W L T Finish Playoff results
Tennessee Valley Tigers (IWFL)
2009 5 3 0 10th Tier II --
2010 4 4 0 3rd Tier II East Southeast --
2011 1 7 0 5th East Mid-South --
Tennessee Valley Tigers (WSFL)
2012* -- -- -- -- --
Totals 10 14 0

* = Current Standing

2011 schedule

Date Opponent Home/Away Time Event Title Result
April 9 Memphis Belles Away 7pm N/A L, 12-16
April 16 Clarksville Fox Away 7pm N/A L, 6-32
April 23 Georgia Peachez Home 7pm TBA W, 2-0**
April 30 Bye
May 7 Memphis Belles Home 4pm TBA L, 6-32
May 14 Clarksville Fox Home 7pm N/A L, 6-12
May 21 Clarksville Fox Home 7pm TBA L, 6-22
May 28 Chattanooga Locomotion Away 7pm Battle for the Border Rivalry Game L, 0-2***
June 4 Bye
June 11 Atlanta Xplosion Home 7pm TBA L, 0-2

** = Won by forfeit *** = Forfeited

Single season records

Date Name Record Result
2009 Alber, Marty Season Passing Leader 917 yds
2009 Alber, Marty Season Passing TD Leader 15
2009 Bady, Starry Season Receiving TD Leader 4
2009 Harvey, Stephanie Season Receiving Leader 210 yrds
2009 Suttles, Marsheka Season Rushing TD Leader 6
2009 White, Katie Field Goal Leader 2
2009 White, Katie Extra Point Completed 16
2009 Bady, Starry Interception Yards 55 yrds
2009 Hendrix, Danielle Leading Tackler 41
2009 Team Offense Most Points in a Single Game 68
2009 Team Defense Most shutouts in a season 4
2010 White, Katie Longest Kickoff Return for TD 70 yrds
2010 Eatman, Dionne Season Rushing Yards Leader 496 yrds
2010 Eatman, Dionne Single Game Rushing Yards 174 yrds

2011 Roster

Player Position Number
Carmela Sullivan DB 22
Carmelesia Sullivan DB 23
Carson Wakefield OL 84
Cheronda "Rock" Phillips RB 50
Christina Whitney DB/K 51
Lauren "LC" Coleman DB 9
Sharessa "TJ" Allen DB 82
Sonia Leggs RB/WR 34
Franchesca Atkins QB/WR/CB
Nina Cook RB/WR TBA
Shelley Drake DE TBA
Chasity Herron WR/LB TBA
Becky Hensel QB/WR TBA
Hayley Howard LB 55
Monique Jefferson OL/DT TBA
Shana Levett CB TBA
Heidi McQuire DL/OL/FB TBA
Mosheda Pettus TE/DE TBA
Yvette Price TBA TBA
Aisha Robinson C/OL TBA
Jayme Truitt WR/CB TBA
Liz Wilson QB/WR/CB TBA


  • Official website of the WSFL
  • Tennessee Valley Tigers official website (obsolete)
  • Tennessee Valley Tigers official website (new)
  • Pretty
  • Our Sports Central-Weekly Sports League and Franchise Report
  • Boo's Unofficial Guide to Women's Tackle Football
  • Who's Who in Huntsville Jan/Feb 2009 Newsletter
  • Visitor's Bureau

External links

  • Tennessee Valley Tigers official website
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