Pro indoor football team receives name and hires coach


The American Indoor Football league, or AIF, is “the culmination of teams from other existing indoor leagues and new expansion markets,” with a mission to offer “community family football.” Photo via

The region’s new pro indoor football team has a name and a head coach.

Muskegon’s American Indoor Football team, the West Michigan Ironmen, will begin their tenure next March, playing home games at L.C. Walker Arena.

Ironmen was one of five names given to the public for a vote.

“West Michigan boasts a strong history of football success,” team co-founder Terrence Williams said. “Now, the area will shine on the national stage with the launch of West Michigan's only professional football team. We strive to provide the highest level of competition and entertainment at an affordable price for the whole family.”

Head coach

Tyrese Lynk has been named the Ironmen’s head coach.

Lynk is a 1985 graduate of Orchard View High School and a two-sport athlete at Western Michigan University.

Most recently, Lynk was on the football team staff at Kalamazoo College, where five wide receivers under his tutelage received national accolades.

“My goal is to put a product on the field that will be very competitive and families can come out and see a great football team,” Lynk said. “Muskegon is a great city, and the L.C. Walker arena is a great venue — and I’m excited to return to my roots.”

AIF league

The Ironmen's schedule, slated to be released later this month, will feature six home games.

The American Indoor Football, or AIF, is made up of eight-man teams with a “high energy, go, go, go style of play.”

It says it’s largest and second-longest continuously running arena football league in the nation, with 21 teams across the country.

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