Dave Whinham

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Dave Whinham
Position:Head coach
Personal information
Born: (1957-01-02) January 2, 1957 (age 62)
Career history
As coach:
As administrator:
Career highlights and awards
Head coaching record
Regular season:7–43 (.140)
Postseason:0–1 (.000)
Career:7–44 (.137)

Dave Whinham (born January 2, 1957) is a sports and entertainment executive, filmmaker, and former American football coach and team executive. Whinham formed in 2002 and has since served as President of a consulting and production company now known as The TEAM Productions. Based in Columbus, OH, The TEAM focuses its efforts in four areas: (1) brokering of sports and entertainment opportunities and entities, (2) providing comprehensive consulting services to the sports and entertainment industry, (3) producing live sports and entertainment events, and (4) creating, producing, and placing media elements. Whinham resides in Columbus and is a native of Detroit.[1]

Coaching Career[edit]

Whinham coached college football for seven years, including two stints at his alma mater Grand Valley State University, one at Wayne State University and one at the University of Cincinnati. He began his coaching career as an assistant at Grand Valley State.[2] He was a graduate assistant at Cincinnati in 1984.[3]

He joined the Detroit Drive as an assistant coach in 1988, winning ArenaBowl II in 1988 and ArenaBowl IV in 1990.[2] He was the strength coach of the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League during the 1990–91 season.[1]

Whinham was head coach of the Columbus/Cleveland Thunderbolts from 1991 to 1993, compiling a regular season record of 6–26.[4] He was rehired by the Thunderbolts on March 12, 1992.[5] The Thunderbolts made the playoffs in 1992.

He was later an assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Storm from 1995 to 1997, winning ArenaBowl IX in 1995 and X in 1996.[2][6]

Whinham simultaneously served as Vice President of two arenafootball2 franchises, the Baton Rouge Blaze and the Lafayette Roughnecks, in 2001. He also took over as interim head coach of the Lafayette Roughnecks of the AF2 after Buford Jordan was fired following a 3–8 start to the 2001 season.[7]

Front Office and Administrative Career[edit]

Whinham was the general manager of the Columbus/Cleveland Thunderbolts from 1991 to 1992.[1][8][9] He was the director of player personnel of the Tampa Bay Storm from 1995 to 1997.[10][11][12][13] He served as Vice President of Operations and General Manager for the Buffalo Destroyers from 1998 to 2000, where he placed, trained, and directed a staff that produced record-setting sales numbers in all ticket sales categories, sponsorship sales, and merchandise sales. [2][14] He was vice president of the Lafayette Roughnecks of the af2 in 2001.[15] He served as vice president of the Baton Rouge Blaze of the af2 in 2001.[16] Whinham became president of the Columbus Destroyers in fall 2003 and left the team after the 2004 season.[17][2][18] He was president of the Dallas Vigilantes from 2010 to 2011.[19][20]

Executive Career[edit]

In 2002, he formed The Team Sales Company, which was later renamed The TEAM Productions.[2] The Team Sales Company managed the relocation of the Destroyers to Columbus in 2003 when the Whinham-led Destroyers again set league records in both ticket and sponsorship sales, boasting sell-out crowds throughout their inaugural season at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. With their service to the Destroyers completed, The TEAM went on to provide strong results for a wide variety of sports, entertainment, and collegiate clients across the United States. In 2009, Woody Kern, former owner of the AFL's Tampa Bay Storm, tapped Whinham and The TEAM to oversee the launch of the Dallas Vigilantes.[21][22] The Team has also produced several pieces of original television programming, including Going Pro, Cullen's Quest and Underground Vallie.[2] The Team later created the FreeForAll Concert Series, where all concerts are free.[23][24] Most recently Whinham produced two heralded feature films, Hang On Sloopy: The Movie, and "I'm A Buckeye: The Earle Bruce Story" which was released in November 2018. 'Sloopy' won film festival awards throughout the country, including Best Feature Musical Documentary from the Atlantic City Cinifest, Best Documentary from the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, and Honorable Mention Feature Documentary from the All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "1993 Thunderbolts outlook". The Des Moines Register. April 25, 1993. p. 234. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Dave Whinham". theteamllc.com. Archived from the original on November 29, 2011. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  3. ^ Ledbetter, D., Orlando (July 11, 1992). "It's Battle of Ohio, Arena style". The Cincinnati Enquirer. p. 31. Retrieved October 2, 2017.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "Dave Whinham". arenafan.com. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
  5. ^ "Transactions". Argus Leader. March 13, 1992. p. 34. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  6. ^ Cotey, John, C. (June 14, 2000). "Whinham's new role still up in air". Tampa Bay Times. p. 26. Retrieved October 4, 2017.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ "Week 12 arenafootball2 news & notes". oursportscentral.com. June 21, 2001. Archived from the original on May 26, 2015. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
  8. ^ Schneider, Russell (February 22, 1992). "Cleveland gets Arena Football franchise". The Plain Dealer.
  9. ^ Wolf, Barnet, D. (May 8, 2004). "Columbus, Ohio, Team Chief Destined to Be One-Term President". The Columbus Dispatch.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  10. ^ "Sports Digest". Tampa Bay Times. October 20, 1994. p. 46. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  11. ^ Mills, Roger (April 22, 1995). "Marcum on stage in Arena". Tampa Bay Times. p. 34. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  12. ^ Cotey, John, C. (June 4, 1996). "Marcum remembers 15 comes before 16". Tampa Bay Times. p. 51. Retrieved October 4, 2017.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  13. ^ Brown, Rick (January 8, 1997). "PREDS, STORM PLAN MEETING IN LAKELAND". The Ledger. pp. C1.
  14. ^ Wilson, Allen (March 28, 1998). "DESTROYERS SET TO DEPLOY FOR '99 SEASON". buffalonews.com. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  15. ^ "Week 12 arenafootball2 news & notes". oursportscentral.com. June 21, 2001. Archived from the original on May 26, 2015. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
  16. ^ "Baton Rouge af2 Team Folds After Debut Season". sportsbusinessdaily.com. January 9, 2002. Archived from the original on May 26, 2015. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
  17. ^ Bell, Jeff (October 6, 2003). "Jackets link iced deal". bizjournals.com. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  18. ^ "DESTROYERS INTRODUCE BUCKEYE LEGENDS". oursportscentral.com. October 1, 2003. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  19. ^ "MEET THE COMPETITION". blackwings.creativecombat.com. February 11, 2011. Archived from the original on May 25, 2015. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
  20. ^ "Clark Stadium to host Vigilantes' training camp". ntxe-news.com. March 12, 2010. Archived from the original on May 25, 2015. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
  21. ^ Cranmer, Lance (February 8, 2004). "Columbus an easy choice for AFL franchise". Lancaster Eagle-Gazette. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  22. ^ a b "The TEAM Staff Bios". theteamllc.com. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  23. ^ "Marysville Resident Completes Summer Internship". readme.readmedia.com. September 5, 2013. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  24. ^ "FREEFORALL CONCERT SERIES ANNOUNCES LINE-UP FOR FIRST SHOW". theremedybranding.com. July 25, 2013. Retrieved October 1, 2017.

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