Nighthawks Release HC James Kerwin, Trade DB Ackel

The Wichita Falls Nighthawks released the following statement on Monday afternoon:

The Wichita Falls Nighthawks released Head Coach James Kerwin on August 26th and began searching for a replacement immediately thereafter. Nighthawks Owner Drew Carnes said, "We feel Coach Kerwin did a great job in the expansion season for the Nighthawks, but felt that we needed a coach that could be committed to Wichita Falls on more of a full-time basis. Necessary family obligations limited the amount of time and focus he could give to the organization and unfortunately the team required a higher level of involvement.  James is a highly skilled coach and his track record speaks for itself. We wish him the best of luck in his bright future."

There's no time frame on announcing Kerwin's replacement, but a highly qualified list of candidates is currently being compiled and the Nighthawks plan to act quickly in preparation for the 2016 IFL season. Individuals interested in the position should submit resumes to

Other News - The Wichita Falls Nighthawks have acquired kicker Rockne Belmont from the Cedar Rapids Titans in exchange for James Ackel. Ackel had stated that he did not plan to return to the field to play for the Nighthawks. Belmonte is an extremely talented kicker and has recently married and moved to Lawton,Oklahoma.

The 2016 season is set to start in February. Belmonte was the 2014 IFL Special Teams Player of the Year.