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Head Coach

 Ryan Lingenfelder

Coach L spent the 2015 season in the AFL coaching the Linemen for the New Orleans Voodoo. He says, “I learned a lot from head coach Dean Cokinos and lucky to have been a part of that team and organization”, and “I really learned some good lessons that have made me a better coach moving forward”.

After departing the Fever in 2012 Ryan took on the job as the head coach for, then member of the IFL, Wyoming Cavalry. Even though Coach’s record does not speak for his abilities, there he was able to move on several of his players to the AFL and several others still are on IFL rosters. On the field, his second year, had an offense that had several players in the top 10 in a few statistical categories, including Sam Durley who moved on to play for IFL’s Cedar Rapids and then was given a contract with the Voodoo during the 2015 season. Coach was pleased to see several of his former players compete against and with him in the AFL who made rosters with the Spokane Shock, Orlando Predators and New Orleans Voodoo. “My time in Wyoming was both good and trying, but I still am very thankful for the Layton’s to give me to opportunity to be employed as a football coach”.

From 2009 – 2012 Coach L was a part of the Fever Organization. In ’09 he joined the staff as the “Big Man” coach during the final season of the AF2. Coach was retained when Pat O’Hara came aboard as the head coach and was part of a run that won 4 of the final 6 games.

2010, the inaugural season the Fever joined the IFL, Ryan was promoted to the Defensive Coordinator by then first year head coach Adam Shackleford. Both Ryan and Adam developed a coaching relationship that was full of prosperity, back-to-back conference championships and repeat United Bowl appearances. As the defensive coordinator Coach L had a defense that the Fever fans stood behind.  The 2011 and 2012 seasons the Fever defense ranked in the top of many statistical categories and also held eventual champion Sioux Falls offense to its lowest outputs in the championship games.

During his time in Tri-Cities coached developed a love for the area, fans, organization and the Fever brand. “I am so very excited to be back in my football home and take it as an honor to be the Fever’s head coach”, says L, who will also be making Tri-Cities his full-time home.

Before initially joining the Fever he spent the ’07 and ’08 seasons with the University of Idaho Vandals, just north in Moscow, ID as a coaches assistant. He worked with a college teammate as an assistant O-Line coach and the TE’s his second year. During his time with the Vandals he worked under his former head college coach Steve Axman and Rob Akey who was the Def. Cord at NAU while Lingenfelder ended his college-playing career. Working closely with these coaches is what gives him his solid understanding of fundamental football.

Ryan began his coaching career in Arizona in 1999 coaching his younger brothers grid-kid team while he was recovering from his career ending knee injury. After a hiatus from football, L became the offensive coordinator for Cortez HS in Glendale Arizona in 2002. The next season he took on the same task for Phoenix Jr. College in Phoenix Arizona.

Coach moved up to Idaho in 2005 to become the offensive coordinator for Idaho Falls HS in Idaho Falls. For two years he was part of a long storied program that was a play-off contender each year.

As a member of the NAU Football team he was a four-year starter and a four-time All-Big Sky honored player. Coach was a two-year captain and realized there that football was something he couldn’t be without. He graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies with and Emphasis in Athletic Coaching.He has also earned a Masters Degree in Education/Counseling.

Ryan grew up in Lake Havasu City, AZ and attended college in Flagstaff, AZ where he played center for the Lumberjacks. He spent one year playing professional football, 1998, in the AFL with the Portland Forrest Dragons in Portland, OR after attending camp with the Arizona Rattlers.


Defensive Backs & Special Teams

Shon King


Coach King was the Head Coach/Dir. Player Personnel/Offensive Coordinator for the Abilene Ruff Riders of the SIFL in 2011.  During Kings time at the helm, the Ruff Riders broke the team scoring record twice,
once in the first game with 83pts and later in the season with 88pts.. "My time in Abilene was a great learning experience".

From 2007-2009 Coach King coached for the Quad City Steamwheelers. In 2007, Coach King's first year coaching receivers, he played an important role in leading the third group of wide receivers in arena football 2 history to have 100+ catches and 1,000 yards receiving in a season. In 2008 Coach King was promoted to Offensive Coordinator/WR/QB coach and molded his offense into the #2 offense in the af2. The team’s top 3 receivers were 3 catches away from becoming the fourth trio to catch 100+ catches and 1000 yards in a season. Under Coach King's guidance Quarterback J.J Raterink and Jesse Schmidt would lead their respective positions statistically. In 2009, during the season, King was named the Head Coach and helped guide the Steamwheelers to #4 rated offense.

Prior to his coaching career Coach King enjoyed an illustrious playing career, which started professionally in 1999 with the Idaho Stallions. In Idaho King lead the IPFL with 90 receptions for 1,045 yards and 20 touchdowns, which earned him All-IPFL 1st team. In 2000, while playing for the Quad City
Steamwheelers King was nicknamed "Mr. Saturday Night".  He led the league in scoring and All-Purpose yards and finished second in catches and yards. While leading his team to a 19-0 record and being voted the "Greatest af2 team of all time", King also earned Arena Cup MVP, league Rookie of the year and All-af2 honors. King is the only player in Quad City Steamwheelers history to have his number retired by the organization and was voted the #3 Receiver and #3 Kick Returner in af2 history. He also holds the distinction of being the first player in af2 history to win a championship with 2 different teams: the Steamwheelers in '00 and the Tulsa Talons in '03.

 After spending a short time with the Kansas City Chiefs, King signed with the New York Dragons for the 2001-2002 seasons and earned team Rookie of the year honors in his rookie season. King spent 2003 with the Sioux City Bandits and the Tulsa Talons and then signed with the expansion Philadelphia Soul in 2004 and finished the season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers before retiring.

 A criminal justice major at Wayne State College in Wayne, NE, King enjoyed an incredibly successful collegiate career. He was 1st in the nation in receptions (77) and TDs (16) and 2nd in yards (1402) at San Diego Mesa College, where he was named 1st team All-American. King would go on to finish 3rd in the nation in receptions (72) as well as 3rd in yards (1166) as a senior at Wayne State and was named to the D-II All-American and the Little College All-American team.  He was also named to the Snow Bowl (D-II All Star game). He still holds numerous records at both San Diego Mesa and Wayne State.

Tri-Cities Fever Head Coach, Ryan Lingenfelder stated, “He brings arena football playing experience, on both sides of the ball. His offensive knowledge helps him translate into teaching the DBs and understanding of what WRs are trying to do. His role as a defensive coach will also help act as another set of eyes for the offense.  I made my switch to defense when I first came to Tri-Cities and feel comfortable about Shon being able to make a smooth transition as well.”

Currently King is an assistant coach at Helix Charter High school in San Diego and has been for the last two seasons. Before landing with the Scotties, King served as WR/KR coach for 5 years at Norfolk Senior High School in Norfolk, he and saw many of his guys go on to play college football.

He resides in San Diego, Ca during the off-season and is the proud father of 16 year old daughter Natani, 12 year old son Shon Jr.and 6 year old Ahkira

Strength and Conditioning

Steven Whitehead