The West Michigan ThunderHawks is an inactive member of the Indoor Football League. Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, starting in 2010 the ThunderHawks will play their home games at the DeltaPlex Arena in nearby Walker From their inception in 2007 until 2009, the ThunderHawks were known as the Muskegon Thunder and played at L.C. Walker Arena (in their first two seasons they played in the Continental Indoor Football League).
For their first season, the Thunder had Shane Fairfield as head coach. A well-respected figure in local high school football, he took the Holton Red Devils to a conference championship as well as two back to back district championships against Muskegon Catholic. Prior to that he coached his alma mater Muskegon Catholic Central, and Muskegon High School.
For their first season with their brand-new identity the Head Coach and defensive coordinator will be Detroit native Terry Foster, once a star for the Grand Valley State University team. Foster played in the AFL for the Grand Rapids Rampage and last year was assistant coach there. Offensive coordinator Brent White almost mirrored Fairfield's path from Muskegon to Holton, playing for the Big Reds from 1999 to 2002 and then stepping off the field as assistant JV coach at Holton. He quickly became offensive coordinator for the Holton Red Devils where he led his team to some record-breaking performances.
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