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Johnson Extended As Edge Head Coach

Bloomington, IL​ – The Bloomington Edge is pleased to announce that Head Coach John Johnson has signed an extension for the 2019 season. Coach Johnson is a veteran in the indoor coaching ranks and is also a former assistant coach with the Green Bay Packers. “Coach Johnson has proven to be a winner on and off the field. His return, along with a talented young roster that went undefeated last year, puts us in a great position going forward,” said General Manager Charles Welde, who was primarily responsible for assembling the roster. In other news, the team announced that CEO Omar Khokhar will be stepping down from his position with the team. “It has been an unbelievable experience to own the Edge for the last three years, but with additional professional obligations, it has become difficult to operate the team single-handedly. The team is an asset to the community and I hope someone within the community can carry forward our proud tradition,” commented Dr. Khokhar. The Edge, a provisional member of the Indoor Football League, has been in continuous operation since 2006, making it one of the longest tenured indoor football teams in the country. To date, all of the team’s home games have taken place in downtown Bloomington, but that could change depending on a new ownership group. A relocation is something Welde is working to avoid. “I’m doing everything I can to keep the team here in Bloomington-Normal,” commented Welde who is in his second year as G.M. of the Edge and relocated from Las Vegas to assume his current position. “We have a passionate fan base and do as much as we can to serve our community and improve the quality of life in Blono. It would be a loss to see the team move away.” While no specific location was mentioned for possible relocation, Welde said several options have presented themselves including in and out of state. The final decision to move the team would be made by the new ownership which is why it is so important to find local investors. “With the Edge being a provisional member of the IFL, we have attracted a lot of attention this off-season. An ownership group looking to start their own IFL expansion team would have to pay a sizable franchise fee to join that league. On the other hand, if they bought the controlling interest in the Edge, they could save that money,” Welde added.
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