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Milwaukee Mustangs


Milwaukee Mustangs

Milwaukee Mustangs
Founded 2009
Folded 2013
League af2 (2009)
AFL (2010–2012)
Team history Milwaukee Iron
Milwaukee Mustangs
Based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Arena BMO Harris Bradley Center
U.S. Cellular Arena
2010 (1 playoff game)
Colors Black, Orange & Chrome
President Unknown
Head coach Bob Landsee
Championships 0
Division titles 1: (AFL Midwest 2010)
Dancers Fillies
Mascot Stang
Local media WAUK (540 ESPN MILWAUKEE)
Time Warner Cable Sports 32

The Milwaukee Mustangs were a professional arena football team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They were members of the Arena Football League (AFL), which they joined in 2010 during the league's restructuring. They played their home games at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in downtown Milwaukee.

The team began play in 2009 as the Milwaukee Iron, and competed in af2, the AFL's developmental league. They joined the AFL after the league's restructuring in 2010. On January 27, 2011, the team officially changed its name to the Mustangs, after an older team that had played in the AFL from 1994 to 2001.[1] Their final head coach was Bob Landsee. The Mustangs were dormant for the 2013 season. In October 2013, the rights to the franchise were sold to Terry Emmert, who subsequently started the Portland Thunder in Portland, Oregon.


  • History 1
    • Milwaukee Iron 1.1
    • Milwaukee Mustangs 1.2
    • Season-by-season 1.3
  • Players of note 2
    • Roster upon completion of the 2012 season 2.1
    • Retired uniform numbers 2.2
    • Individual awards 2.3
    • All-Arena players 2.4
    • All-Ironman players 2.5
  • Coaches of note 3
    • Head coaches 3.1
    • Final staff 3.2
  • Notes 4
  • External links 5


Milwaukee Iron

The BMO Harris Bradley Center setup for a game in 2009.
The Milwaukee Iron were announced as an af2 expansion team in March 2008 when the team's ownership group announced a three-year lease agreement to play at the Bradley Center beginning with the 2009 season. The announcement came the day before the Milwaukee Bonecrushers kicked off play in the Continental Indoor Football League at Milwaukee's US Cellular Arena.

Milwaukee had been without an arena football team since the Milwaukee Mustangs of the Arena Football League folded in 2001 after not being allowed to play at the Bradley Center.[2]

The Iron played its first game on Thursday, March 12, 2009, a 69-0 exhibition shutout of the New Zealand Overstayers at the Bradley Center. They opened the regular season on Friday, March 27, 2009 when they played host to the Iowa Barnstormers. The Iron lost 60-38.[3]

The Iron entered the Arena Football League in 2010.[4] The team finished the year 11-5 and won the Midwest Division.

Milwaukee Mustangs

The team changed its name to the Mustangs on January 27, 2011. The name "Mustangs" was chosen as it was the name of the original franchise that existed from 1994 to 2001.[1]

On October 2nd, 2013 the AFL announced that an ownership group led by Portland businessman Terry W. Emmert has been approved by the AFL’s Board of Directors to purchase a majority of the Milwaukee Mustangs and relocate the team to Portland, Ore. The team will begin regular season play in 2014 at the Moda Center (20,636), home of the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers[5]


The team's logo when they were known as the Milwaukee Iron.
ArenaBowl Champions ArenaBowl Appearance Division Champions Playoff Berth
Season League Conference Division Regular season Postseason results
Finish Wins Losses
Milwaukee Iron
2009 AF2 American Midwest 5th 5 11
2010 AFL National Midwest 1st 11 5 Won Conference Semifinal (Chicago) 64–54
Lost Conference Championship (Spokane) 57–60
Milwaukee Mustangs
2011 AFL American East 3rd 7 11
2012 AFL American East 3rd 5 13
Total 28 40 (includes only regular season)
1 1 (includes only the postseason)
29 41 (includes both regular season and postseason)

Players of note

Roster upon completion of the 2012 season

Retired uniform numbers

Milwaukee Mustangs retired numbers
Player Position Seasons Ref.
2 Gary Compton WR 1994−2001 [6]
5 Todd Hammel QB 1994−99 [6]
8 Kenny Stucker K 1994−99 [6]

Individual awards

All-Arena players

The following Mustangs players have been named to All-Arena Teams:

All-Ironman players

The following Mustangs players have been named to All-Ironman Teams:

Coaches of note

Head coaches

Head coach Tenure Regular season
record (W–L)
Post season
record (W–L)
Gary Compton 2009 5–11 0–0 2001 AFL Ironman of the Year
Also Director of Football Operations
Bob Landsee 2010–2012 18–16 1–1 All-Big Ten & All-American Offensive Lineman at the University of Wisconsin
Sixth round draft choice of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1986

Final staff


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External links

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