Buy Wilkes Barre Scranton Pioneers Tickets
Wilkes Barre Scranton Pioneers Tickets
Wilkes Barre Scranton Pioneers
Playing in the af2 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers play for the Eastern Division in the American Conference. The team became a member of the league in 2002 as an expansion team. As of today, Pioneers hold the title of American Conference Championship.
Wilkes Barre Scranton Pioneers
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Pioneers made an official announcement, on July 24, 2001, of their expansion in to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area. The team is co-owned by former NFL player Johnny Unitas and Smith Sports International.
The team plays their home games at Wachovia Arena which was formerly known as the First Union Arena at Casey Plaza. The team debuted in 2002 season as they played for Northeast Division of the league. After team's formation Terry Karg took the charge as the team's very first head coach.
Like most of the expansion teams, the name of the team was also chosen through a public contest, on September 20. Out of 1500 entries that were submitted during the contest, Pioneers was chosen as the name of the team referring to the early settlers of Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Pioneers didn't get a successful start as they lost their first game at their home ground, while they were facing Greensboro Prowlers who took the 42-28 win over the Pioneers, registering Pioneers loss on their home ground.
After their loss at their first game, Pioneers further lost 5 more games in a row, until they finally met with their very first success as they went toe to toe with New Haven Ninja's, at Ninja's home ground.
After their first win, Pioneers started off their hunt for the berth in the playoffs, but unfortunately team wasn't able to do so, as their season warped with a 6-10 record. The next season brought a new head coach for the team as Karg resigned as the head coach of the team and his place was taken by Larry Kuharich, who was the former player of Tampa Bay Storm.
Pioneer's 2003 kick off the same way their first season did, that was with a losing start. The Pioneers lost their opening game again to Greensboro Prowlers like they did in their previous season.
Their loss was followed by the resignation of Kuharich as the head of the team, who place later, was taken by Dean Cokinos. Pioneers lived their previous season yet again as they finished their 2003 again with a 6-10 record, with out making it to the playoffs.
2003 season didn't even bring them loss on the field but also on the part of their attendance, as their attendance dropped more than thousand as compared to their previous season.
By the end of another not-so-well season, team's head coach Cokinos resigned as well along with the General Manager of the team. The spot of new head coach of the team was taken by Les Moss this time.
Pioneers 2004 started off way better than their previous seasons, as in their opening game against Columbus Wardogs; Pioneers were able to get a victory. Unlike their previous seasons, Pioneers went on to win 5 more consecutive game until they met their first loss of the season on their sixth game.
The Pioneers ended with a 13-3 record while making it to the playoffs for the first time. Their first playoff game was against Cape Fear Wildcats, which they won making their way to the Conference Championship where they lost to Florida Firecats.