Corpus Christi
Pacific East
SW Louisiana 5 2 714
Corpus Christi 4 3 571
Beaumont 4 3 571
Corpus Christi Hammerheads
5858 South Padre Island Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78412
Phone: 361-814-7277
Team Website
American Bank Center
Capacity: 7100
Head Coach
Jason McKinley
  • NIFL expansion team 2005
Mar. 21, 2005 Lubbock GunSlingers at Corpus Christi Hammerheads
Mar. 26, 2005 Corpus Christi Hammerheads at Tri-Cities Fever
Apr. 3, 2005 San Angelo Stampede at Corpus Christi Hammerheads
Apr. 9, 2005 Corpus Christi Hammerheads at Kissimmee Kreatures
Apr. 18, 2005 Odessa Roughnecks at Corpus Christi Hammerheads
Apr. 23, 2005 Corpus Christi Hammerheads at SW Louisiana Swashbucklers
May. 1, 2005 Beaumont Drillers at Corpus Christi Hammerheads
May. 7, 2005 Corpus Christi Hammerheads at Lubbock GunSlingers
May. 14, 2005 Corpus Christi Hammerheads at Odessa Roughnecks
May. 22, 2005 Tri-Cities Fever at Corpus Christi Hammerheads
Jun. 4, 2005 SW Louisiana Swashbucklers at Corpus Christi Hammerheads
Jun. 11, 2005 Corpus Christi Hammerheads at Beaumont Drillers
Jun. 18, 2005 Corpus Christi Hammerheads at San Angelo Stampede
Jun. 25, 2005 Kissimmee Kreatures at Corpus Christi Hammerheads
On the Roman Catholic Holiday “The Feast Day of Corpus Christi,” in 1519, Spanish Explorer Alonzo Alvarez de Pineda came ashore on a hot and desolate semi-tropical bay and in commemoration of this day he called it, Corpus Christi Bay.  Then, for about the next 300 years Native Americans mainly inhabited the land around Corpus Christi Bay until 1838, when Col. Henry Lawrence Kinney established a trading post there.  Needless to say, the city, incorporated on September 9, 1852, has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a Frontier Trading Post started by Col. Kinney in the 1830’s.  Used twice as a military camp, once during the Mexican-American war and again during the Civil War, Corpus Christi, TX, dubbed the “Sparking City By the Sea”, grew from a stop and go trading post to a regional hub for marketing, processing, packaging, and distributing agricultural commodities.  Corpus Christi, whose first city ordinance back in 1879 made it illegal to let hogs and goats run loose, has boomed to become a national leader in agriculture, oil refining, and tourism.

Nestled on the West Coast of the Gulf of Mexico, Corpus Christi, TX is the largest city on the Texas coast and 7th largest city in the state.  Corpus Christi has a population of nearly 300,000 and is known as the home of the sixth largest port in the nation and is identified by it’s tropical climate and rich Hispanic culture, covers approximately 452 sq. mi. on the south side of Corpus Christi Bay.  The city also serves as the seat of Nueces County and has established itself as the regional headquarters for everything from shopping centers to fine dining.  The city has also proven it’s prowess as a community with a rich sports tradition that now boasts a professional indoor football team, two minor league baseball teams, a professional hockey team, and an NCAA Division I Basketball team. 

With major tourist attractions such as the WWII aircraft carrier, converted to floating museum, USS Lexington, the Texas State Aquarium, the beaches of North Padre Island, the Padre Island National Seashore, a science and history museum, and many more, the Corpus Christi Area plays host to about 5 million visitors throughout the year.  Corpus Christi is also a top family travel destination during Spring Break each year. 

If not just to take in a Hammerheads game, Corpus Christi is definitely a great place to visit for all young and old alike.
Jason McKinley was a commanding leader with his frequent displays of pinpoint precision and was a figure of resiliency as a four year starter at the University of Houston.   He became the 29th quarterback in NCAA history to start at least 40 games in a career.  He also holds the school’s record with 786 completions of 1388 passes, and ranks third in the schools history with 46 touchdown passes.  McKinley also racked up 8694 yards passing and 8277 yards in total offense, which places him second all-time in school history just behind Heisman Trophy winner Andre Ware.

Besides his incredible college career, McKinley also had an exceptional All-Star and Professional career.  Jason showed flashes of his brilliant accuracy when he played in the Blue-Grey All-Star game where he set the record for completions going 27 of 36, and he also played in the Hula Bowl and led all quarterbacks in completions and touchdowns.  After the collegiate all-star game success, McKinley then played professional indoor football for two years (AF2, IFL).  In 2004, he showed his true potential as an offensive strategist while Offensive Coordinator, Director of Player Personnel, and quarterback for the San Angelo Stampede.  He would prove to be the primary force that drove one of the most potent offenses in the Intense Football League. 

When asked what he thought about coaching in Corpus Christi and the new arena Jason says, “…with the best owner, and the best venue in the league; I have the opportunity to put a championship team on the field.”  He’s also excited about being the first Hammerhead Coach to play in the American Bank Center.  He says, “The city has built an incredible stadium that’s a perfect fit for indoor football.  The layout is in favor of the spectators view and we hope that everyone will come out and support the team.”

As the Hammerheads embark on a season full of firsts, this first time coach has some football knowledge that baffled even the most seasoned of defensive coaches last year and looks to improve a Hammerheads offense that seemed to be missing just one or two pieces to complete the puzzle.  The Hammerheads believe they have the right car; they just needed the right driver to take them down victory lane.  It promises to be a great season full of hard-hitting in your face action, so strap on your seat belts and hold on, because it’s going to be a wild ride.
In it’s first year of existence the American Bank Center has already nestled itself squarely into the everyday culture of the City of Corpus Christi.  A state of the art facility that is home to a CHL hockey team, an NCAA Division I Basketball team, the Corpus Christi Hammerheads, and many conventions and concerts, the American Bank Center has not only placed itself onto the skyline of the “Sparkling City by the Sea,” but also in the hearts and imaginations of the people of this city as well. 

The American Bank Center, a multipurpose arena, replaces the venerable Memorial Coliseum, which served as the city’s multipurpose arena for more than 50 years.   The Memorial Coliseum served as last year’s home for the Corpus Christi Hammerheads.  The Hammerheads look to the American Bank Center to serve as a suitable first class home, for a first class organization.

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