Atlantic Central
Montgomery 8 6 571
Rome 7 7 500
Fayetteville 7 7 500
Fayetteville Guard
450 Hay Street
Fayetteville, NC 28301
Mailing Address
PO Box 524
Fayetteville, NC 28302
Phone: (910) 482-HEAT(4328)
Fax:   (910) 860-HEAT(4328)
Team Website
Crown Coliseum
Head Coach
Terry Smith
  • Relocated to Fayetteville, NC from Florence , SC following the 2004 season. Renamed Fayetteville Heat
  • 2004 Record: 6-7
  • 2003 Record: 6-8
  • 2002 Record: 6-8
Mar. 26, 2005 Fayetteville Guard at RiverCity Rage
Apr. 2, 2005 Odessa Roughnecks at Fayetteville Guard
Apr. 9, 2005 Fayetteville Guard at Cincinnati Marshals
Apr. 16, 2005 Rome Renegades at Fayetteville Guard
Apr. 23, 2005 Fayetteville Guard at Montgomery Maulers
Apr. 30, 2005 Montgomery Maulers at Fayetteville Guard
May. 8, 2005 Fayetteville Guard at Rome Renegades
May. 13, 2005 Fayetteville Guard at Kissimmee Kreatures
May. 21, 2005 RiverCity Rage at Fayetteville Guard
May. 28, 2005 Cincinnati Marshals at Fayetteville Guard
Jun. 4, 2005 Kissimmee Kreatures at Fayetteville Guard
Jun. 11, 2005 Daytona Beach Hawgs at Fayetteville Guard
Jun. 18, 2005 Fayetteville Guard at SW Louisiana Swashbucklers
Jun. 25, 2005 Fayetteville Guard at Miami Morays
Fayetteville, North Carolina is a beautiful city in the Southeast part of North Carolina.  The city of Fayetteville, along with the entire surrounding area of Cumberland County and beyond, has a rich tradition of great Southern hospitality, and has some of the finest people anyone could ever meet anywhere in the entire world.
Fayetteville is famous for having Fort Bragg, the world's second-largest military base, along with the famous Pope Air Force Base, and so the city has made a very strong military contribution since as far back as the Revolutionary War.  This contribution still continues today.
Eastern North Carolina has always had a great love for the sport of football, and this is especially true in the city of Fayetteville.  There are three colleges that play football in the region, and all ten Cumberland County high school teams made it to the High School State Play-Offs this past season, including two who made it to the State Final.
The downtown part of the city is famous for its beautiful historic buildings and cobblestone streets where horse-drawn carriages can take visitors on moonlit rides.
The main street downtown is Hay Street, and on this street is the beautiful and historic Clarion Prince Charles Hotel, a hotel built in the 1920's that includes great lobbies with huge chandeliers, balconies, marble floors, and marble staircases.  The Clarion Prince Charles hotel has been at the center of everything involving the city of Fayetteville for the past 80 years.  The Fayetteville team have their front offices located in this beautiful hotel, just inside the main entrance, and so they are very fortunate to have such a great and beautiful corporate partner.
Fayetteville's majority owner is Richard King, the owner of many Fayetteville businesses, including King Electric, the major corporation that his father first began in the city more than 50 years ago.  Therefore, the team is very fortunate to have deep roots within the community, and very strong financial support. 
Fayetteville, North Carolina, from its great local history, to the tremendous character of its local people, to its 200-plus years of history protecting and guarding the freedom of America, there is no other place in the World that the owners, coaches, and players of the Heat would like to be. 
Fayetteville's Head Coach is Terry Smith.  Smith grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina, and played football, baseball, and ran track at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, being All-Southern Conference in two of them.  He went on to play free safety in the NFL before a serious knee injury in a game versus the Philadelphia Eagles ended his NFL career.  Smith played some professional baseball before he went on to play football professionally in Europe for 10 years, setting many playing records in the process.
Smith's coaching experience began in college for four seasons at Furman University, Lees-McRae College, and Newberry College, serving as Defensive Coordinator.  He went on to be a professional Head Coach in Europe for 8 seasons, winning 9 total Championships, including 2 European Championships, and compiling a total coaching record of 125 Wins and only 19 losses.  He was selected to the Minor Pro Football Hall Of Fame in the International Category in 1995.
Smith came to professional indoor football in mid-season of 2004 to take over the Carolina Rays team as Head Coach, winning his first three games and coming within one game of reaching the play-offs.  This season he looks forward to putting together a strong foundation of players at the start of his first full season, and the entire team has its sights set on trying to win the Championship.
Fayetteville plays in the beautiful Crown Coliseum, a state of the art facility built for Cumberland County.  Rick Reno is the Chief Executive of the Coliseum, and he does an outstanding job managing it.
The Crown Coliseum should be the most beautiful facility in the entire NIFL.  It seats more than 10,000 people, it has an outstanding lay-out design complete with 10 VIP Corporate Glass Boxes, escalators, a 200-foot ceiling, and a huge video scoreboard.
In addition, Fayetteville will be playing this season on a brand-new best quality artificial turf, complete with the highest-quality brand-new dasherboard pad system, thereby making the playing arena the best in the League.
The Crown Coliseum and Rick Reno are so dedicated to the success of the NIFL, that Rick attended the recent League meetings in Orlando, where they have offered to host the League All-Star Game.  They have also spoken with the NFL and offered to hold player combines at the Coliseum in order to display NIFL playing-talent to the NFL.
Fayetteville's coaching offices are located inside the Crown Coliseum, and the artificial turf will remain laid down for most of the NIFL season, thereby allowing the team to practice inside the Coliseum every day except when there are concerts being hosted.
Fayetteville is also teaming-up with the Crown Coliseum to bring concerts and other major events into the venue.  These concerts will take place both during the Fayetteville games, and also as separate concert events.
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