The Sioux Falls Storm have re-signed head coach Kurtis Riggs to a three-year contract extension, the Argus Leader (SD) reports. Riggs has led the Storm to 10 United Bowl titles, including six consecutive from 2011-2016.
Sioux Falls Storm Extend Kurtis Riggs Contract
He has been the team’s head coach since 2003. He began his coaching career as the team’s offensive coordinator in 2002. Prior to becoming a coach, Riggs played with the team in 2000, when they were the Sioux Falls Cobras, and 2001.
Not only has he coached them to 10 titles in the Indoor Football League, but he has led them to two consecutive undefeated seasons in 2006 and 2007. Both season were capped off with United Bowl championships.
Riggs earned his 200th win over the Cedar Rapids Titans in the United Conference Championship game on July 16, 2016. He got win #201 when the Storm won their 10th title over the Spokane Empire on July 23.
“I’ve said from day one that the only team I ever have interest in owning and operating will be coached by Kurtis Riggs,” Storm president Todd Tyron said about his coach. “He’s helped build a culture that wins on and off the field and he should be proud of his accomplishments.”
The Storm will be looking to win their seventh consecutive United Bowl title in 2017. That road begins on Feb. 17. They will host the Arizona Rattlers, formerly of the Arena Football League.
They’ll be big favorites to win it all in 2017, as well. In the last six United Bowls, the Storm have won by an average of 21 points per game. Their closest win was a three-point win against a Nebraska Danger team that they would beat by 20+ points the next two United Bowls.
The Indoor Football League season runs from the end of February through the end of July. There are currently 10 teams in the league.