Ricky Bertz - Interim League Commissioner
Ricky Bertz is no stranger to the Champions Indoor Football League as he was one of the people personally responsible for helping create the league by assisting in facilitating the merger between the Lone Star Football League and the Champions Professional Indoor Football League in 2014.
During the 2015 season, Ricky Bertz served as the CIF league commissioner after Darlene Jones stepped down due to health concerns. Ricky, as well as his past organizations, have won several CIF league awards including Franchise of the Year, Executive of the Year, and Game Operations of the year to name a few.
Being a sportsman at heart, Ricky is very passionate about indoor football and considers many people within the league and industry to be close personal friends. Moving forward, he is excited to once again be a part of the CIF, and help guide the league along with its playing partners, for the 2017 season.
Sonny Clark - Director of Operations
Sonny Clark has been handling the play-by-play for the Texas Revolution and their counterpart, the Allen Wranglers since there inception into indoor football all the while building great relationship with a lot of players, coaches and owners of the CIF.
In spite of his busy schedule, He still finds the time to run a CIF board on Facebook. Sonny is eager to learn all aspects of the business as he has always expressed an interest in how the business of indoor football runs from the teams themselves to the front office. His undying passion and drive come from his love of the arena game, dating back to when the Arizona Rattlers joined the AFL.
Additionally, he has a popular weekly sports show on internet radio and calls local high school football and basketball games for his hometown Rowlett Eagles. Sonny also had the prestigious opportunity to be enshrined in the Minor League Football Hall of Fame in 2013 for broadcasting.
In addition to serving as the Director of Operations for the CIF, Sonny will also be hosting a weekly CIF podcast for the 2017 season highlighting teams, players, coaches and games throughout the season. Commissioner Bertz had this to say about the addition of Sonny, "It's a positive step for the league to not only have created a position that will assist with the growth of the league, but also fill it with such an energetic and capable person."
Emily Austen - CIF League Communication & Production
Emily Austen has more than 10 years of broadcast journalism on her resume, and has worked as a sideline reporter for the Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic of the NBA as well as with the Tampa Bay Rays of MLB. Emily is excited to bring her experience and passion to the CIF and the indoor football world. She will be the weekly host of the new "This Week in the CIF" video highlight production that will recap all of the weekends games, scores, highlights and stories within the league each week. The video production is a new venture that the CIF is implementing for the 2017 season that will be made available to all fans each week, so be on the look out for Emily on the sidelines at some of your teams games this season. "Emily is a very talented and experienced broadcast personality and we are all looking forward to having her assist the league in the need to have a growing internet and social media presence" stated Bertz.
Monte Tilgner – Head of Officials
Monte Tilgner returns for his second season as Head of Officials for the CIF.
Monte started in the world of college football, back in 2007. He handled his first ever D-1 games in 2010 as well as the Big Sky Conference in 2012 and 2013. As an official, he has handled a total of 23 D-1 games over a two year period.
After the Big Sky Conference he moved on to the Missouri Valley in 2014 and then onto the MAC in 2015. In 2016 he had the privilege to be one of the official in the Armed Forces Bowl game.
Since 2008, Monte has been handling indoor football games with great focus and dedication. He has handled indoor playoff games every year since 2008, and has worked multiple indoor championship games including last years game between the Wichita Force and Amarillo Venom.