Promotions at the Cleveland Fusion
The Cleveland Fusion is pleased to announce the promotion of two familiar faces within the organization. Sam Jackson is formally moving into the role of Director of Football Operations and Assistant Head Coach. Erik Keister is returning to the role of Head Coach.
As Director of Football Operations, Sam will be responsible for player development and all athlete-related team activities. In addition to directing our player recruitment efforts, Sam will also work on our marketing and community outreach efforts. On the field, Coach Jackson will work directly with Coach Keister on player accountability, eligibility and compliance with league by-laws. He will also run the strength and conditioning program. Sam will also have an advisory role with the women’s sports teams affiliated with the Cleveland Fusion.
After stepping back for a year to recharge his batteries and devote more time to his family and business, Coach Keister has returned to the hot seat and resumed the role of Head Coach. Erik has a long a winning history with the Fusion, coaching the only undefeated regular season in team history in 2013. His teams made the playoffs in his last 5 seasons as head coach. Erik was chosen head coach for the WFA all-star team twice and won both games. For the 2019 season, Coach Keister is excited to “build the Fusion back into one of the top women’s football teams in the country.”
We are fortunate to have within our organization two men who possess not only the talent, but the love for the Fusion and commitment to its success. The synergistic talents that Erik and Sam bring to the Fusion will make that elusive WFL Championship a reality for our players, our fans and the City of Cleveland.
Tom Monachino, General Manager
Cleveland Fusion Football
Director of Football Operations
Assistant Head Coach
The Cleveland Fusion women’s tackle football team is proud to announce a new formal partnership with the Cleveland Iron Maidens
Women’s Rugby Football team starting this 2019 preseason. These two historic franchises are joining forces to promote and grow women’s professional sports in Northeast Ohio, raise awareness of both sports, and expand opportunities for women to compete in both rugby and football at high levels. The teams will train together on the field and at the Fusion’s new dedicated strength and conditioning facility, utilizing coaches from both teams. Marketing teams from both entities will work together to recruit players, engage in community outreach, and further expand local fan bases for full contact American football and rugby.
Beginning with the 2019 spring season, rugby-football doubleheaders will be played with the Iron Maidens headlining the early game and the Fusion taking the field at 7 pm. Both teams are thrilled to combine their resources to continue their joint mission of becoming dominant teams in their respective leagues, while bringing accessible, family-friendly game experiences to players and fans throughout Northeast Ohio.
We are teaming up with Northeast Ohio SPCA to bring you football AND dogs! Northeast Ohio SPCA will be bringing some dogs that are currently looking for their furever homes to the game!
Northeast Ohio SPCA is a non-profit no-kill shelter and have saved more than 30,000 animals since our inception in 2004.
They are located here:
9555 Brookpark Rd
Parma, OH 44129
During halftime, one of the dog handlers will speak on behalf of the shelter and let us know a little bit about some of their animals that are up for adoption and tell us about the dogs they brought to the game!
This will be a pet friendly event. If your pup can handle a crowd, we’d love to meet them!
Pressure Life Issue 18 | Sports
By Lex Watson April 14, 2018
“In this last century, football has been an physical spectacle pitting man against man in a competitive turf war. While men’s-only leagues dominate public awareness, the Cleveland Fusion are a part of the next step in that evolution: breaking down social constructs through women’s football.”
Read the full article: Cleveland’s New Football Revolution