Washington Valor

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Washington Valor
Current season
Established 2016
Play in Capital One Arena
in Washington, D.C.
Washington Valor helmet
Washington Valor logo
Helmet Logo
League/conference affiliations
Arena Football League (2017–present)
Team colors Red, navy blue, silver, white
Owner(s) Monumental Sports and Entertainment
Chairman Ted Leonsis
President Roger Mody
Head coach Dean Cokinos
Team history
  • Washington Valor (2017–present)
League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (0)

The Washington Valor are a professional arena football team based in Washington, D.C. that began play in the Arena Football League (AFL) in 2017. The team's home arena is the Capital One Arena. The Valor is owned by Monumental Sports and Entertainment (Ted Leonsis, chairman), which also owns the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA), Washington Mystics of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL) and fellow AFL team the Baltimore Brigade.

The initial announcement was made in February 2016 of being close to a deal. The official announcement was made in March 10, 2016. The team name Valor, and colors of red, white, blue and silver were announced in July 2016. The Valor were the first AFL franchise to play in the DC market since the Washington Commandos folded in 1990.

History of AFL in Washington, D.C.

The Verizon Center in 2017

Washington Commandos

In 1987, one of the charter teams to play in the new league was the Washington Commandos. The team played its home games during its first season at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland in 1987. The Commandos did not play in 1988, but returned as the Maryland Commandos the following season. The team moved to Virginia in 1990, again as the Washington Commandos and played at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia. The team was folded after the 1990 season.

Washington Warriors

In 1999, Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder announced his purchase of an expansion franchise to play in 2003. Snyder named the team the Washington Warriors. He attempted to trademark the name Warriors, but after legal battles, the trademarks were nullified.[1] After years of promising to put a franchise on the field, the Warriors expansion franchise never materialized and was abandoned.[2]

Washington Valor

On February 10, 2016, The Washington Post and radio station WTOP-FM first broke the story that Monumental Sports and Entertainment (Ted Leonsis, chairman), which also owns the NBA's Washington Wizards, WNBA's Washington Mystics, and NHL's Washington Capitals were "close to a deal" in bring a new Arena Football League expansion franchise to the Capital One Arena.[3][4] On March 10, 2016, AFL commissioner Scott Butera announced that the deal was finalized and that the new Washington, D.C., team would begin play in 2017.[5] The official website, Facebook and Twitter pages launched on March 15, 2016. On July 14, 2016, the teams name was announced as the Washington Valor with the teams colors being red, white and blue.[6] Jerseys and helmets designs were released on December 10, 2016. Valor owners Monument Sports and Entertainment also acquired a franchise in Baltimore on November 14, 2016.[7] The team's name was later revealed as the Baltimore Brigade. The Valor's first game was on April 7, 2017, in the Verizon Center against the Brigade. The Valor were the first AFL franchise to play in the DC market since the Commandos.[8]


The Valor playing the Philadelphia Soul in 2017
Washington Valor roster


Wide receivers

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs


Injured reserve

Other league exempt

  • Currently vacant

League suspension

Refused to report

Inactive reserve

Recallable reassignment

Rookies in italics
Roster updated August 3, 2017
24 Active, 21 Inactive

More rosters

Notable coaches

Head coaches

Name Term Regular season Playoffs Awards
W L Win% W L
Dean Cokinos 2017–present 3 11 .214 0 0


Washington Valor staff
Front Office   Coaches
  • Head Coach – Dean Cokinos
  • Offensive Coordinator – Steve Thonn
  • Assistant Coach – Benji McDowell
  • Player Coordinator – Cos Dematteo
  • Strength and Conditioning – Ben Jenkins

See also


  1. ^ Dave McKenna (April 29, 1995). "Warriors, Come In to Play!". Washington City Paper. 
  2. ^ Scott Allen (February 11, 2016). "'Washington Maul' and 12 other name ideas for D.C.'s future Arena Football League team". The Washington Post. 
  3. ^ Ted Leonsis close to securing Arena Football League team to play at Verizon Center, Jonathan O'Connell and Dan Steinberg, Washington Post, February 10, 2016
  4. ^ Ted Leonsis to announce D.C. is getting an Arena Football League team, Scott Allen, The Washington Post, March 10, 2016
  5. ^ AFL Lands New Team in Nation's Capital, ArenaFootball.com, March 10, 2016
  6. ^ Russell, Jake. "And the name of D.C.'s arena football team is … the Washington Valor". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-08-26. 
  7. ^ NEWSROOM MONUMENTAL SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT ACQUIRES AFL TEAM TO PLAY IN BALTIMORE, Monumental Sports and Entertainment website, November 14, 2016
  8. ^ Scott Allen (March 10, 2016). "Ted Leonsis to announce D.C. is getting an Arena Football League team". The Washington Post. 

External links

  • Official website
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