Peach State Cats
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|Peach State Cats|
Play in Athens, Georgia
|Team colors||Red, white|
|General manager||Gerald "Boo" Mitchel|
|Head coach||Mareno Philyaw|
|League championships (0)|
|Conference championships (0)|
|Division championships (0)|
The Peach State Cats are a professional indoor football team based in Athens, Georgia. They are current members of the American Arena League. They originally announced to play home games at Dalton Convention Center in Dalton, Georgia, for the 2018 season but were eventually made a travel-only team. They moved to Athens the following season. Their owner is Tim Freeman and they are coached by Mareno Philyaw.
The Cats were founded in 2017, originally announced as members of the regional semi-professional Elite Indoor Football. However, after the American Arena League (AAL) lost the Vermont Bucks, the league add the Cats to fill in for the lost away games. They were scheduled to play at least two home games at Dalton Convention Center in Dalton, Georgia, but were forced to be a road team due to constant schedule changes causing the team to be unable to secure the arena. Their first game was at the Georgia Doom on March 30, 2018. They finished the season with a 0–6 record.
For the 2019 season, owner Tim Freeman announced it had hired former Atlanta Havoc head coach Boo Mitchell as the new general manager and that the team had secured a new home arena at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia, for the 2019 season.
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- "2018 American Arena League Final Regular Season Standings and Playoff Pairings". AAL. June 12, 2018. Archived from the original on June 13, 2018.
- Blake Aued (August 21, 2018). "Arena Football Team Will Move to Athens Next Year". Flagpole.com.