Mike Wilpolt (born January 4, 1968) is a former American football wide receiver/defensive back for the Charlotte Rage (1992–1993), the Las Vegas Sting (1994–1995), and the Anaheim Piranhas (1996) in the Arena Football League (AFL). He also coached for 10 years in the AFL with the Indiana Firebirds, Los Angeles Avengers and Cleveland Gladiators.

Mike Wilpolt
Position:Wide Receiver/Defensive Back
Defensive Coordinator/Head Coach
Personal information
Born: (1968-01-04) January 4, 1968 (age 51)
Broomfield, Colorado
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:165 lb (75 kg)
Career information
College:Mesa State (CO)
Undrafted:1992
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career Arena statistics
Tackles:179
Interceptions:6
Receptions:33
Receiving yards:315
Receiving TDs:2
Head coaching record
Regular season:17-10 (.630)
Postseason:2-1 (.667)
Career:19-11 (.633)
Player stats at ArenaFan.com

Professional careerEdit

Key: Rec - receptions; Yards - Yards gained through receptions; TD - receiving touchdowns

Year Team Rec Yards TD
1992 Charlotte Rage 11 119 1
1994 Las Vegas Sting 19 170 1
1996 Anaheim Piranhas 3 26 0
Career 33 315 2

Coaching careerEdit

Albany FirebirdsEdit

Wilpolt was the Special Teams Coordinator for the Albany Firebirds, helping them win Back-to-Back Eastern Division Titles in 1999-2000. Wilpolt helped lead the Firebirds to the 1999 AFL World Championship, winning Arena Bowl XIII.

Indiana FirebirdsEdit

Wilpolt was the head coach in 2004 for the Indiana Firebirds. He took over the Firebirds after Steve DeBerg was fired after an 0-5 start to the season. Wilpolt led the Firebirds to eight wins in their last 11 games and were favored by many to win the 2005 championship, but the Firebirds folded before the 2005 season started due to an ownership dispute.

Los Angeles AvengersEdit

Wilpolt was signed by the Los Angeles Avengers as the team's defensive coordinator in 2005. Over the course of the next 3 seasons, Wilpolt's defense has been in the top 5 twice and the top 10 all three years. He left the Avengers on October 10, 2007 when he was named the new head coach of the Las Vegas Gladiators who then relocated to Cleveland, Ohio.[1]

Cleveland GladiatorsEdit

In week 1, Wilpolt coached the Gladiators to a 61-49 victory against the New York Dragons in his first game as the team's head coach. After their stunning victory over New York, Wilpolt led his team to a 66-63 victory over the Utah Blaze. The following week, the Gladiators defeated the defending National Conference Champion Columbus Destroyers 66-63. After losing three consecutive games, the Gladiators defeated the Los Angeles Avengers 83-69. In just seven games, Wilpolt had doubled the number of wins the Gladiators had in 2007. Wilpolt finished the regular season with a 9-7 record, and a 2-1 record in the playoffs, helping them reached the AFL National Conference Championship Game.

Career win-loss recordEdit

Key: W: Wins; L: Losses; Div: Division W-L; Conf: Conference W-L; N/C: Non-conference W-L; Home: Home W-L; Road: Road W-L; PS: Points for; PA: Points against

Year Team W L Div Conf N/C Home Road PF PA
2004 Indiana 8 3 5-1 5-3 3-0 5-1 3-2 604 515
2008 Cleveland 9 7 4-4 2-2 1-1 2-1 1-2 327 359
Career 17 10 9-5 7-5 4-1 7-2 4-4 931 874

PersonalEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "New Gladiators coach Wilpolt excited about opportunity". ww.reviewjournal.com. Stephens Media LLC. September 7, 2007. Retrieved June 12, 2014.