Indy Crash players are a diverse, strong group of women with a love for football.
#20 – Trisha "Crunch" Morgan
Trisha eats, sleeps and breathes football. She also shouts out to her team and thanks them for "taking me in and letting me play this wonderful game of football with them."
#17 – Brittany Langley, "Lang Bang"
Brittany loves the game, her teammates, her family's support and the outside support of her community. Her father, Coach Kenny Hawarth, is her mentor and she credits him for teaching her on and off the field. She would like to thank all of our Indy Crash sponsors, particularly Outer Limits Construction for their continuing support.
#81 – Shelby Hulse
RUNNING BACK AND RECEIVER
Shelby grew up watching her brothers play football and she loves everything about the game. She believes Indy Crash is challenged to overcome society's stereotypes about women in sports, specifically football. Shelby is very down to Earth and has a great philosophy on life: "Everybody puts his or her pants on the same way: one leg before the other. Remember who you are and love your life."
#7 – Lea Kaszas
QUARTERBACK & LINEBACKER
Lea has been playing women's tackle football for eight years and this will be her seventh season playing for the Indy Crash. "Football pushes me to my limits; it makes me want to be better every year. I love the physicality, the necessity of teamwork, the camaraderie, and being a student of the game." Lea believes the team's biggest challenge is recruiting players and getting the team's name out there to potential fans and sponsors.
#34 – Tauanna "Tee" Sanders
Tee was easily convinced to play football by fellow teammate, Katrina. After all, Tee likes to hit people, so what's not to love about football (she has a tender heart if you know her though)! She's learned to avoid taking those hard hits by keeping her head up and says that her mother, her biggest supporter, hits the hardest.
#33 – Courtney Powell
Courtney has always been involved with football and had a love for the game. After all, she says, "I've got brothers." She thrives on the adrenaline rush, the excitement of the game and, of course, the hitting. Courtney struggles with knowing that women play and train as hard as men at football, but do not receive the same respect and recognition. She feels this is a common challenge among women athletes.
#42 – Angelita "Pepper" Furman
Angelita played coed football growing up and loves the thrill of the tackle. Her mentor is her Grandmother, because according to her, "She took care of me all my life and loved me for what I wanted to be and not what she wanted me to be." Pepper loves playing with her fellow athletes on the Indy Crash team and appreciates all they have done for her.
#52 – Ellen Beisel "Taz"
Ellen was first interested in football while playing in grade school with the boys at recess. The is her tenth season and her favorite thing about playing is the contact. She thanks her mother for being her biggest fan, not only in football but in life. Ellen has a Bachelor's in Biology and is a lab supervisor for an industrial company, where she oversees the day to day operations.
#11 – Jenessa Anderson
Jenessa started playing football as a kid, on a pop warner team with the boys. When a girl from her military ROTC program mentioned a women's team, Jenessa jumped all over the opportunity and has been playing ever since. For her, it's the adrenaline rush that comes with every play of involvement and the connections built with the team that keep her coming back every season. "It's a lifelong chance to have that second family bond that most lose after school, once they get their own careers and families." Her athleticism shines on the field; she is small but powerful and they call her mighty as she tackles players five times her size.
#15 – Christy Fox
WIDE RECEIVER AND WIDE RECEIVER COACH
Christy played NCAA Div III College Softball at Anderson University from 2002 - 2007. She then discovered the Indy Crash and became part of the team. She has played and coached since 2008. In her second year of coaching, Christy loves being able to provide the same experience for women who are new to the team and to football. She is able to teach the sport and see the effort come to life through her players and that is very rewarding. For Coach Fox, being a part of this team is like being a part of an extended family; not only do they share the love of playing, but develop a bond that creates a unique, strong family dynamic. She helps develop that family dynamic and it is very exciting to her to influence the lives of so many women. She hopes the community will see Indy Crash as a respectable team - here to empower, uplift and support women, as well as give back in a big way!
#22 – Kiva Thomas
Kiva has been playing pro football for thirteen years. She grew up surrounded by boys and always played football in the neighborhood (and she could beat all the boys). She grew up in a time when women were not football players - they were cheerleaders. Her dad wouldn't let play, because… girls just didn't play football. Kiva got stuck being a cheerleader and she hated every minute of it. She loves the camaraderie with her teammates, regardless of varying skill level, background or a society that may still struggle with women in pads and helmets. Aside from Kiva's love of football, she played basketball at the University of Louisville while majoring in computer engineering. She currently works as a web developer and business analyst. Kiva thanks her family and friends for standing by her.
#79 – Marie "Rie" Harris
Marie has always loved the game of football. She played a lot of flag football as a kid and grew up watching her older brothers play the game. This will be her second year playing for Indy Crash. She values the unity of the team and how they work together to accomplish a common goal. Marie feels the team's biggest challenge is "getting people to come out and support this great movement in the history of women's full contact football." She works as an Interventional Radiology Technologist and is currently a Traveling Radiology Tech, but took the summer off to come back and play football with her team. Rie wants to give a special shout out to her mom and family, who have always been supportive in her life decisions.
#4 – Kara Fultz
After college sports, Kara played in many intramural leagues, but none of them were very competitive; she was looking for something to fill the gap. It was recommended she try pro women’s football. Kara loves how it feels when she shows improvement, and she thrives on learning more and more about the game. The pace and challenge of football is what keeps her coming back every year. The biggest challenge is the time commitment to come to practice, especially since it is a 2 hour drive one way for her to get to Indianapolis.
Kara’s biggest mentor in football has been owner, head coach and former player, April Priest. Kara started with Indy Crash, after playing one season in Fort Wayne, and April was the captain of the defense at the time. Kara says that, “April really helped me improve my game and, throughout the last 6 seasons, has always been there to push and guide me to be better.”
#67 – Nicole Heinrich
Nikki has always been interested in playing football and has always wanted to wear the uniform and equipment. She said that it just always looked really cool and fun to her. Most of all, she loves the fact that she is a part of something that's bigger than her. Nikki believes the biggest challenge in the game is how fast everything moves and keeping track of everything going on all at once. Football is certainly a game of fast paced strategy. Nikki’s grandmother was definitely a mentor for her; she believed in Nikki no matter what. Nikki’s grandmother has passed, and may she rest in peace, knowing the impact she had.
Nikki graduated from Broad Ripple High School, where she played track, softball and basketball. She works for Pepsi, on the inventory team, as a cycle counter. Her teammates are her family, and she is thankful to her roommate and her children for their support.