Wichita Force

Wild won't have McCoy back as GM

Mike McCoy, the one constant involving the tumultuous state of Wichita indoor football for the past 11 seasons, will not return as general manager of the Wild next year.

McCoy said on Monday afternoon that he and owner Wink Hartman no longer share the same "vision" for the Indoor Football League team. So on Thursday, McCoy left a meeting in Hartman's office without a contract extension.

McCoy and assistant general manager James Bain are the only full-time employees in the Wild's front office. McCoy said he requested a sales staff and an increased advertising budget but that Hartman declined.

"I thought if we could make those two changes we could really get this thing where it needed to be," McCoy said. "I guess he didn't want to give me the tools to take it to the next level.

"It's tough. This has been my love and my passion for 11 years."

Hartman did not return a message left on his cell phone.

The Wild recently completed a successful season, finishing 11-6 and coming one victory from reaching the IFL's championship game. The team averaged 3,303 fans in 4,850-seat Hartman Arena.

McCoy, who also served as general manager for the Stealth and Aviators and was a coach for the Warlords, said he is concerned about the future of indoor football in Wichita. He said Hartman discussed several possibilities for next season in the meeting, including shutting the team down.

Coach Ken Matous said he is confident the team will return; in fact, he said he has reached a verbal agreement with Hartman to come back next season.

"In my meeting with him, all he (Hartman) talked about was next year," Matous said. "I'm going out recruiting some kids and hope to sign a couple tomorrow, and he knows I'm doing that."

Bain, the assistant general manager, said he is interested in the GM opening.

"Obviously, the team on the field is very successful; and I think there's a lot of potential to improve on the corporate sponsorship side and to continue to build a fan base that has grown the past two seasons," Bain said.