In The Beginning
The Muskego Hitmen football team was started for 3 reasons: fun, love of the game, and a reason to get back out on the field with my old friends again. At least, that was how it started we never thought the Hitmen would get as big as we are today, 7 years ago. It has been mind blowing to say the least. Two conference championships and One Ironbowl championship, franchise of the year, 6 playoff appearances, coach of the year, and multiple all-star awards in 6 years isn't to bad for a team that started off as the West Milwaukee Mean Machines. In its 2 years of existence compiled a total of two wins and eighteen loses
The Mean Machines had to have been the worst football team I have ever been around - if you could even call that a team. In its 2 years of existence compiled a total of two wins and eighteen loses. I started playing with the Mean Machines back in 2001. I was new to the Ironman Football league and with the Motley crew we had, I figured a 1-9 season wasn't all that bad. Until the following year where we went 1-9 for a second season.
- Jason Huckstorf
Before that year was even over I knew I had to do something and make a change. My cousin Nick Seliger and I confronted the owner (Jarod Sagorac) of the Mean Machines at the time and told him I was going to start my own team based out of my home city of Muskego.
Jarod Sagorac and I stated he could come with me if he wanted and I would be in charge of recruiting the players to fill the roster. Nick and I selected a handful of guys from the Mean Machines and set out to get the team running. We called everyone from Muskego that had football could play ball. We were pulling guys out of the college schedule to play for us- And they actually came. The Hitmen were born.
The beginning of the 2003 season started off very slow for us, but after newly acquired head coach Jason Blawat everything fell into place. After our 1-3 start we finished with a 6-5 record, a National Conference Championship, and a trip to Ironbowl XII where we were defeated by the Bay View Beast 19-0.
The 2004 season started off slow just like the last. We were defeated by the Beast in a rematch game. But after that it must have been a wake up call for us because we then posted a 4 game winning streak and finished off the season at 7-3, a conference championship, and A Ironbowl 8 Championship against the nationally rated, heavily favored Milwaukee Bulldogs 14-0. A sweet ending to a great season.
After our championship year the team and I figured to be on a role.
We started the 2005 season strong with a big rematch win over the Milwaukee Bulldogs. we saw nothing but repeat in our future.
We continued to dominate the competition finishing the season off perfect, 10-0. But the dream season ended abruptly with a 1st round playoff loss to our long standing rivals - the Madison Seminoles 22-7. We fell short, for a chance at a repeat season.
The 2006 season was not a lucky year for the Hitmen. Losing five games by a total of twelve points. The season was full of many injuries. Losing 3 defensive starters and 2 offensive starters posed to be a problem for the year. We finished the year in the 1st round of the playoffs again falling to Conference rival Madison for the second straight year 7-6. We finished the season with a 5-5 record.
After what we considered an embarrassing season, the 2007 season was dubbed - "The Comeback". It was our mission to regain our place a top of the IFL as one of the feared teams in the league. How does one do that? Run the table. In 2007 The Muskego Hitmen racked up yet another undefeated regular season
The legacy of dominant football lives on in Muskego. The Muskego Hitmen are a AAA Semi Professional football team, the highest level of unpaid football in the state. The Hitmen started with two Muskego High School football players who played on the Ironman Football Leagues West Milwaukee Mean Machines team. The team had a dismal 2-18 record in its first two years. Nick Seliger and Jason Huckstorf decided to start their own team and bring it back to Muskego to resurrect the winning attitude, and hard-nosed, smashmouth style of football that Muskego had been known for in the past. Since their inception in 2003 the Hitmen have racked up an impressive 42-17-1 record made six-playoff appearances, locked down three conference championships, two undefeated regular seasons, one Ironbowl Championship, Franchise of the Year, Coach of the Year, 2 players named Ironman of the Year, 2 League MVPs, and a roster full of league All-Stars.
The Hitmen are looking for athletes with post high school football experience. We hold open try-outs early in the new year to evaluate and select new talent to add to the roster. However before you go dusting off the pads, be warned - This Ain’t No Bar League! The Hitmen were built upon the smashmouth style of football that Muskego was known for in years past. We take this football stuff seriously, and so do the athletes you will be lining up against. Just being ‘Good Enough’ simply won’t cut it in the Ironman Football League. We are a workin’ man’s team in a workin’ man’s league. None of our players are paid athletes, and rarely get anything in the way of rewards. But that is what makes The Hitmen such a great team. Our players are here because they want to play the greatest game on earth, simply to entertain the fans and breathe life back into Muskego Football. If you are ready to make that sacrifice, then we want to hear from you!
The Muskego Hitmen are a non-profit organization who rely on the help of the Muskego community to thrive. From volunteer helpers at the games to generous donations and sponsorships,. The Hitmen have been able to grow as an organization and become a positive influence within the Muskego community. Every year we are eager to form new partnerships with Muskego based businesses who understand and support what we are trying to do for our community. Making a sporting event like a football game happen takes a lot of help. We have fans helping with anything from concessions, photography, filming, equipment help, tape jobs, and chain gang. If you are interested in getting your hands dirty, ask how you can get involved and you’ll find yourself with one of the best seats in the house for all of the hard hitting action!
|Team Owner||Nick Corgiat|
|Head Coach||Jason Blawat|
|Home Field||InPro Stadium|
|Carrer Record||71 - 25 - 1|
|Madison Mustangs||2 - 7|
|Roscoe Rush||3 - 1|
|Milwaukee Venom||8 - 3|
|Franklin Outlaws||0 - 1|
|Lake Co Cyclones||3 - 0|
|Verona Trojans||0 - 2|
|Milwaukee Bulldogs||3 - 1|
|Madison Seminoles||3 - 1|
|Waukesha Co Soldiers||1 - 1|
|New Berlin Lunatics||0 - 1|