Coach Kenton Carr guided the Bloomington Edge to a 10-5 season in 2011, matching the franchise record for regular-season wins. (WJBC file photo)
By WJBC Staff
BLOOMINGTON - The Bloomington Edge have announced two familiar names will lead the seventh season of indoor football in U.S. Cellular Coliseum as Kenton Carr returns as head coach and Ted Schmitz is back as assistant coach and director of recruiting.
Carr guided the Edge to their sixth straight post-season berth last year in what was arguably his finest coaching job. Despite a late start to prepare for the season, the Edge finished 10-5, tying a Bloomington record for single season wins, and also won a team-record seven straight games and were 6-1 at home.
He is a native of Washington, Ill. and was a quarterback at Illinois Valley Community College and Eureka College. After his college career concluded in 1992, Carr continued playing in the Arena Football League, af2, the original Indoor Football League and United Indoor Football, concluding in Bloomington in 2006 before taking on head coaching duties here in 2008.
“I’m very excited to be back,” said Carr. “It’s a new beginning with new ownership and a new league. Right now we’re doing a lot of recruiting to hopefully carry over what we did during an outstanding season last year. I’m getting fired up to get back at it.”
Schmitz has been a part of indoor football since its Bloomington beginnings in 2006, serving as head coach for the first two seasons. The Streator, Ill. native and Eastern Illinois University graduate has been involved in coaching at the collegiate and professional level for four decades, including time on the staffs of Illinois State and Illinois Wesleyan. Schmitz coached in the Canadian Football League from 1981 to 1990, mostly with the Hamilton Tiger Cats including a Grey Cup championship and a stint as head coach, and continued his association with the CFL as a scout. He has been the analyst on Illinois State University radio network football broadcasts for 12 seasons.
“We can sell this place as Number One in our league, and we’re working on keeping the players who have made us successful,” said Schmitz. “We love indoor football because it’s truer to the outdoor game. We’re anxious for people to check us out as we move forward in a new league.”
The Edge will play in the new Champions Professional Indoor Football League, which includes teams in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma. The league is planning a 12-game regular season from March through June.