The Ironmen, a Muskegon-based professional indoor football team, recently announced that they will be playing in the American Arena League (AAL) this spring. It will be the team’s fourth league in its four seasons of existence.
West Michigan will open the 2019 season at home on March 9 against the Illinois Renegades in an out-of-league game.
The Ironmen will play another eight games after their opener, with four games at home at L.C. Walker Arena, and four away.
The AAF has 12 other teams, forming three other four-team divisions.
- The New Jersey Flight, West Virginia Roughriders, Burgh Defenders and New England Bobcats make up the Northern Division.
- The High Country Grizzles, Cape Fear Heroes, Carolina Havoc and Carolina Predators are part of the Mid-Atlantic Division.
- The Georgia Doom, Carolina Energy, Peach State Cats and Carolina Cowboyz comprise the Southern Division.
This is the second year of existence for the AAL. The Carolina Havoc won the inaugural league title last June.
The Ironmen will have a new head coach leading the team this year. General Manager Nate Smith will replace Ty Lynk on the sidelines. Lynk was the team’s only head coach through its first four seasons.
Several familiar players are expected to return to the West Michigan lineup, including quarterback Alex Carder, running back Dakota Smith, wide receiver Carrington Thompson and defensive lineman Nick Dekrakker