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Gladiators to Hold Tryout in Grand Rapids on October 30

Randy Snow
Saturday October 22, 2011

Steve Thonn is returning to Grand Rapids! At least for one day, that is.

Thonn, who is the head coach of the Cleveland Gladiators, will hold an open player tryout on Sunday, October 30 at the Soccer Spot, the former training facility of the Grand Rapids Rampage.

Thonn coached the Rampage in 2008 and led the team to the American Conference championship game. Grand Rapids beat the Arizona Rattlers and the Chicago Rush in the playoffs that year, both on the road, before losing to the San Jose SaberCats.  He became the head coach in Cleveland in 2010 and this past season, the Gladiators won the Eastern Division championship.

Registration for the Grand Rapids tryout begins at 10:00AM and the cost is $60 for participants. The Soccer Spot is located at 3701 32nd Street SE in Kentwood.

For more information, contact Steve Thonn at, or you can call the team offices at (216) 685-9000.

You can also visit the Gladiators website at

Training camp for the 2012 Cleveland Gladiators season opens in February.

Randy Snow covered the Grand Rapids Rampage of the Arena Football League for ArenaFan from 2003-2008. He also covered the Fort Wayne Fusion of arenafootball2 in 2007. From 2004-2008 and in 2010, he was a member of the Arena Football League Writer’s Association and, since 2011, has been a member of the Professional Football Researchers Association. Randy lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan but will travel just about anywhere for a football game or a great football story. He runs the web site and hosts a podcast with his son, Adam, called “This Week in The World of Football.”
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