At a press conference at Tony’s Pizza Events Center Thursday afternoon, the Salina Liberty named Ricky Bertz as their new Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately.
Bertz, who is also currently serving as the Champions Indoor Football (CIF) league commissioner, said that Salina is now his home. Bertz comes to the Liberty with ten years of previous experience in indoor football. Prior to being named league commissioner, Bertz was the general manager and part owner of the Dodge City Law.
Liberty General Manager Francis Flax reaffirmed the team’s commitment to Salina by telling those the team’s intentions for the future. “We will back the following season,” he said.
Flax said Bertz will be hired as a full-time COO. He also said a full-time head coach would be hired in a couple months time.
Interim head coach Mike Bonner announced the addition of some new faces to the Liberty’s roster. Among them was quarterback Michael German, a 6’3″, 240 lbs rookie out of Tennessee State University. Bonner said German spent time in camp this year with the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League. Bonner said German threw for more than 8,000 yards during his time at Tennessee State.
Also signed were offensive lineman Terry Ewell, a 6’2″, 318 lbs. rookie out of Abilene Christian University, defensive back Brandon Green, who has previous indoor football experience in the National Arena League, linebacker/defensive end Arrington Jenkins, Jr., a 6’3″, 230 lbs. rookie out of Florida State University, and defensive end Aaron Adeoye, a 6’7″, 255 lbs. rookie out of Southeastern Missouri State University.
Flax said other changes could come with the roster until the organization feels they have it right. “Surely you’ve gotten the message that we are moving forward,” he said.
Bonner said that as the team prepares for this Saturday’s road game against the Duke City Gladiators in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that changes to the offense were being made. “We will have a much faster offense,” he said.
Bertz introduced team’s new motto: “today begins excellence”, which means that regardless of what happens on the field, the team will be winner’s off the field. “Win or lose on the field, we will be undefeated off the field,” he said.