Robert Fuller (Head Coach, Omaha Beef/Fairbanks Grizzlies/Green Bay Blizzard/Bemidji Axemen)Robert Fuller is the first coach to be selected for the IFL Hall of Fame. Highly regarded both on and off the field, Fuller gained the reputation as one of the most respected coaches in IFL history. His tenure in the IFL included coaching duties with the Omaha Beef, Fairbanks Grizzlies, Green Bay Blizzard, and Bemidji Axemen. In IFL play, Fuller's teams accumulate a combined 27-21 record during the regular season (1-2 in postseason play). In consecutive seasons, 2011 with Fairbanks and 2012 with Green Bay, Fuller was named IFL Coach of the Year and received the league's Adam Pringle Award (equivalent to the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award). He is only individual to receive these awards more than once. Fuller's most successful season came in 2012 with the Blizzard. He guided the team to an 11-3 regular season record and an appearance in the United Conference Championship Game. That season, Fuller coached fellow Hall of Famer RB LaRon Council to the most prolific rushing season in IFL history. Council set IFL single season records in rushing attempts (256), rushing yards (1,040), and rushing touchdowns (32). IFL Hall of Famer B.J. Hill was also a member of the 2012 Blizzard team.
Robert and his wife currently reside in Bismarck, ND. The University of Mary grad works for the Bismarck Public Schools.
Cory Johnsen (DL, Sioux Falls Storm)An All-Conference performer at St. Cloud State University, Johnsen began his indoor football career with the Sioux Falls Storm in 2006. He would spend the next ten seasons anchoring the defensive line of vaunted "Thunder Defense". Johnsen was a three-time All-League Selection (2008, 2009, 2015) and was a member of eight United Bowl Championship teams (2006-2008 UIF, 2011-2015 IFL). He is the Storm's career leader with 64.5 sacks. He ranks 5th all-time in IFL history with 29 sacks. In 2008, Johnsen founded "Sacks for Cash", a charitable foundation that uses the Storm platform to raise money for local non-profit and charitable organizations in the Sioux Falls community.
Cory, his wife Nikki, and daughter Marley Mae still call Sioux Falls home. He currently serves as an Assistant Coach for the Storm and is the Sale and Marketing Manager for the Sioux Falls Shopping News.
The three-member IFL Hall of Fame Class of 2017 will be present during festivities at the United Bowl weekend (July 7th-9th). They will be honored at the League's Awards Banquet as well as during ceremonies of the United Bowl.
IFL Commissioner Mike Allshouseadded, "With so many extremely qualified candidates, this was an exceptional year for the IFL Hall of Fame. The character traits and outstanding skills that Robert, Cory, and James possess epitomize what you look for when honoring members of the Hall of Fame. Congratulations to each of them, their families, and their respective teams for this great distinction. Their contributions to the IFL will forever be memorialized as the Hall of Fame Class of 2017."
The IFL is entering the final weeks of the 2017 regular season. All remaining games, and the IFL postseason can be viewed exclusively on the IFL's official YouTube page.