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Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings
Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings logo
Founded 2001
League af2 (2001-2009)
AF1 (2010-future)
Team History Bossier City Battle Wings (2001-2003)
Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings (2004-present)
Arena CenturyTel Center
Based in Bossier City, Louisiana
Team colors Black, Teal, Silver, White
President Dan Newman
Head Coach Jon Norris
Championships 0
Division Titles 2 (af2: 2008, 2009)
Dancers Fly Girls
Mascot Winger

The Bossier Shreveport Battle Wings are an Arena Football 1 team based in Bossier City, Louisiana. They play at the CenturyTel Center in Bossier City and represent both Bossier City and Shreveport. Playing in the defunct af2 from their inception in 2001 until the league's folding in 2009 (and called the Bossier City Battle Wings from 2001-2003, the team had its best seasons in 2002, 2007, 2008, and 2009 having clinched division titles in the latter 2 years. They were also the only seasons in which the team had more wins than losses. In 2007, the Battle Wings clinched their first ever playoff berth, beating the Arkansas Twisters and Rio Grande Valley Dorados before being beaten by the eventual Arena Cup champion Tulsa Talons. Despite having little success in their earlier days, the Battle Wings have turned out some players that have gone on to the Canadian Football League, and Arena Football League.


Front Office


Dan Newman

Dan Newman bought the Battle Wings from previous owner Michael Plaman at the end of the 2003 Season. Newman has lived in the Shreveport-Bossier City area since 1970 and graduated from C. E. Byrd High School in 1971. While Attending Louisiana Tech University, Dan met his future wife of 31 years, Mary Ann. Dan started his career at Louisiana Tech as a sports Journalist. For ten years, Dan served as a Play-by-Play analyst for the Louisiana Tech University Football Network. Dan also worked as an analyst for ESPN, doing the Play-by-Play for College Basketball games. Dan retired his Journalism career when he bought the Battle Wings. Dan currently serves on the AF2 Board of Directors Executive Committee, the AF2 Broadcast Committee, and the AF2 Insurance Committee.[1]

Butch Bellah

Butch Bellah is the current General Manager of the Battle Wings. Butch has expertise and 20 years of experience in Advertising, Sales, and Marketing. Before joining the Battle wings in 2006, Butch served as Executive Vice President of Harrison Company. Butch currently lives in Bossier City. Butch Bellah resigned on November 17th, 2009[2][3] Butch was introduced as the new General Manager of the Ring Media Group on December 29,2009.

Coaching Staff

Jon Norris

Jon Norris was born in Wales and received his Master's degree at Adams State College in Alamosa CO. He also received a Bachelor's degree from American International College. He is the current Head Coach of the Battle Wings. Norris has much experience in the football community, playing for the NFL Chicago Bears, the NFL New England Patriots, the Arena Football League's Denver Dynamite. After retiring from Football, Jon Norris began his coaching career. He was Head Coach for the AF2 Tulsa Talons, leading them all the way to the playoffs in their inaugural season. Norris later became a Defensive Line Coach in the AFL, but after his first season with the Oklahoma Wranglers, the team collapsed. After having minor coaching roles with two other AFL teams, Jon Norris signed with the Shreveport-Bossier Battle Wings as Head Coach. In 2007 Jon guided the Battle Wings to their first playoff berth in team history.[4]

Jon Lyles

Jon Lyles is the current Offensive Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach of the Battle Wings. Lyles, who is from Eastern Texas, recently lead the Dusters to a Championship in the Intense Football League as an Offensive Coordinator. Lyles also played for in the AF2 for the Shreveport-Bossier Battle Wings in 2001.[5]

Other coaches

John Lewis serves as an assistant for the Battle Wings. He serves as an offensive assistant and Special Teams coach. He has spent six seasons with Battle Wings. Martino Theus coaches the Defensive Backs.[6][7]

Notable Players

Current Roster

Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings roster


  • Currently vacant

Wide Receivers

  • Currently vacant
Offensive Linemen
  • Currently vacant

Defensive Linemen

  • Currently vacant


  • Currently vacant
Defensive Backs
  • Currently vacant


  • Currently vacant

Multiple Positions

  • -- Johnnie Butler WR/LB
  • -- Lanler Coleman OL/DL
  • -- Larry Harrison OL/DL
  • -- David Hicks FB/LB
  • -- Randy Hymes WR/DB
Injured Reserve
  • Currently vacant

Exempt List

  • Currently vacant

Practice Squad

  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
Roster updated January 2, 2010
6 Active, 0 Inactive, 0 PS

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External links

[[Image:|32x28px|link=|alt=]] Shreveport portal


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