Ho-Chunk, Inc. together with partners, Justin Hayes and Brad Lindgren, has formed the Lincoln Haymakers, who will be part of the new Champions Professional Indoor Football League (CPIFL), a league that also includes the Sioux City Bandits.
The new team has already signed two former Cornhusker standouts, Cory Ross and Marlon Lucky.
"We are excited to bring this new franchise to Lincoln and plan on building a championship team beginning with these two great former UNL players," said partner Justin Hayes.
The team is majority-owned by Ho-Chunk, Inc., with minority ownership held by Hayes and Lindgren. Lance Morgan, Chief Executive Officer of Ho-Chunk, Inc. launched the company in 1994 as the economic development corporation for the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. Headquartered in Winnebago, the company maintains offices in Bellevue and Elkhorn, Nebraska.
"The Winnebago Tribe has been in Nebraska for 150 years and Ho-Chunk, Inc. is a Nebraska corporation. We are committed to economic development in our region and in the state," says Morgan. "This is an opportunity for us to provide both an entertainment venue and a sports franchise for Lincoln, and it is an opportunity to be associated with a game that all Nebraskans love."
The Haymaker name was derived from reference to the very popular Lincoln Haymarket and from the common term used for a knock out punch in boxing.
Justin Hayes, a Lincoln native, will be the Director of Football Operations & Player Personnel for the Lincoln Haymakers. Most recently, as Offensive Coordinator he assisted the Council Bluffs Express in getting to the championship game.
Brad Lindgren, Lincoln resident, will take on the role of General Manager for the Lincoln Haymakers. Having served as General Manager of the Council Bluffs Express, Lindgren brings extensive business experience to the team.
Lincoln resident Dave Brumagen will serve as Head Coach for the team. While serving as Council Bluffs Express Interim Head Coach for the last 10 games of the 2012 season, Brumagen led the team to play in the APFL Championship game.
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