The Austin Wranglers lasted 4 years in arena football before fading into the oblivion that is arena football history. It seems to be a hard business, with many teams coming and going with each new season. 2004 – 2008 was the era of the Wranglers, and they succeeded in making two playoff appearances during their tenure. One was in 2006 for the Arena Football League (AFL), and the other was for the AF2 arena football league. Unfortunately, financial difficulties could not be avoided, and the team finally wrangled their last game in the Frank Erwin Center.Additional information can be found at http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2012/apr/19/lely-alum-eloi-signs-arena-football-league-team/?partner=RSS.
Three different head coaches took the helm during the Austin Wrangler’s time of glory. The first two (Skip Foster and Brian Partlow) never got above a .500 winning percentage. The last coach was Ben Bennett, who had been an impressive college quarterback, and also had had previous success with the Florida Firecats. Nevertheless, 6-5 proved to be the best record that the Austin team could post before the team dissolved after 2008. Many people were disheartened to see the Austin Wranglers franchise disintegrate like it did, but fortunately, there is plenty of college and professional football to take up the slack in the surrounding area.
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