Monday, May 21, 2012

Pittsburgh Power Dismiss Head Coach Chris Siegfried

After dropping five consecutive games, the Pittsburgh Power dismissed Head Coach Chris Siegfried today.
In Siegfried’s second season as an AFL Head Coach, the Power were off to a 2-8 start. The decision came just two days after the team fell, 37-43, to the then-winless Kansas City Command. In 2011, the Power’s inaugural season, Siegfried coached Pittsburgh to a 9-9 record, missing the playoffs by one game.
Defensive Coordinator Derek Stingley will replace Siegfried as Interim Head Coach. Under Stingley, Pittsburgh’s defense ranks atop the League, only allowing 232.3 passing yards per game.
“We are confident (that) his strong leadership skills are what we need to get things moving in the right direction,” Power owner Matt Shaner said.
The team also added former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mike Tomczak to take over duties as Offensive Coordinator.
Stingley, a former Arena Football League player, served as the Head Coach for the struggling New Orleans VooDoo in 2011 before being released on June 26.
He began his coaching career in 2005 as the Defensive Coordinator of the Macon Knights of the af2. He was promoted to Head Coach during the season, turning the franchise around and leading them to the playoffs. After spending another year with the Knights, Stingley joined the South Georgia Wildcats (af2). Over three seasons with South Georgia, Stingley posted a 30-13 record and was named af2 Head Coach of the Year in 2008.

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