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Cedar Rapids' indoor football franchise solicits fan submissions for new team name, logo, colors

After seven seasons, new ownership seeks to rebrand franchise and 'give it a fresh start'

Cedar Rapids Titans quarterback Jake Medlock (5) hands the ball to running back Tyler Thomas (22) after faking a hand off to wide receiver Jordan Smith (17) during the first half of an indoor football game against the Iowa Barnstormers at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
Cedar Rapids Titans quarterback Jake Medlock (5) hands the ball to running back Tyler Thomas (22) after faking a hand off to wide receiver Jordan Smith (17) during the first half of an indoor football game against the Iowa Barnstormers at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, March 24, 2018. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — The name “Cedar Rapids Titans” will soon be a thing of the past.

After seven years, the city’s Indoor Football League franchise is under new ownership and new management. As part of the change in direction, fans are encouraged to visit the team website and submit ideas for a new team name, logo and colors.

“New direction of the franchise is an important thing,” General Manager Ryan Eucker told The Gazette. “Certainly, when (owners) Roy (Choi) and Matt (Stone) came in to take over the organization and saw the changes and the updates that they wanted to make, I think it became apparent to them — despite the team’s past in terms of on the field success and being here in the community — they wanted to give it a fresh start. … That’s going to help out a lot when you have the opportunity to rename the team and certainly allow fans to get involved in that process, as well.”

Submissions can be made online now through Sept. 5. The final selection will be made on Sept. 14, with a logo unveiling slated for mid-October.

Eucker, 32, arrived in Cedar Rapids two weeks ago and has been meeting with local businesses, media, volunteers and resident players in an effort to familiarize himself with the community and, in turn, introduce interested parties to the new leadership of the franchise.

“Appreciate everybody’s willingness and eagerness to work with us here that I’ve met with so far,” Eucker said. “I think it speaks volumes to what I’m looking forward to most here in Cedar Rapids in 2019 and that is getting a winning football team back on the field and getting this organization back to the level that I believe it can be and should be presented to fans, sponsors and the community itself.”

The immediate order of business for Eucker is selecting a head coach. He has narrowed a list down to his top four candidates, each of whom interviewed at length on Monday. Once the interviews are evaluated, Eucker will confer with Choi and Stone and expects to have a final decision made by the end of the week.

“I want a guy who can win some football games,” Eucker said. “That’s definitely going to be a big element and winning certainly helps in multiple areas beyond just ticket sales, sponsorships and getting everything out there as well. I’m looking for a good character guy. It’s important to me to have someone that is going to represent this organization and represent the ownership in a good light, someone that does well in the community, that interacts with fans and really wants to get out there.”

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Eucker also seeks an immediate applicant for Director of Ticket Sales, while he expects positions in sponsorship sales, game operations, community relations and communications/sports information to be posted in the near future.

“Looking to get those spots filled here sooner than later so we can get organized and off and running as quickly as possible with all of these other pieces that are clearly falling into place right now,” Eucker said.

The 2019 IFL season begins in February.

l Comments: douglas.miles@thegazette.com

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