The Orlando Predators today announced the hiring of two-time Arena Football League Coach of the Year Doug Plank as the team's new head coach and President of Football Operations.
his first five years as an AFL head coach, Plank has won more games to
start his career than any previous coach in AFL history (64-29). He has
made two ArenaBowl trips, including leading the American Conference
Champion Philadelphia Soul to ArenaBowl XXV in 2012. He was also named
AFL's Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2007 when he was with the Georgia
are thrilled to have Doug Plank join the Orlando Predators
organization," said Predators Managing Partner Brett Bouchy. "With
Doug's work ethic and passion for the sport of football, I am confident
that he can bring the Predators back to our winning tradition and bring
an ArenaBowl title home to Orlando."
addition, the team announced that AFL Hall of Fame Coach Tim Marcum
will join the Predators as the team's Associate Head Coach and Offensive
Coordinator, marking his 25th year overall coaching in the AFL.
began his coaching career in 2001 as the Arizona Rattlers' defensive
coordinator for three seasons, under which the Rattlers made it to three
consecutive ArenaBowls. He was hired as head coach of the Georgia Force
in 2004, where he led the team to ArenaBowl XIX during his first year
with the team, as well as three playoff appearances.
native of Greensburg, PA, Plank spent eight years as a safety for the
NFL's Chicago Bears, where he was the team's first rookie to lead the
team in tackles. He was drafted out of Ohio State, where he made three
consecutive Rose Bowl appearances under Coach Woody Hayes.
has been an AFL fixture since the league's inception in 1987, holding a
211-99 career coaching mark, coupled with seven ArenaBowl Championships
in the 10 times his teams reached the big game.
couldn't be more pleased to welcome Tim to the team," said Bouchy. "He
is a legendary coach, and we are confident that he and Doug are going to
do great things in Orlando."
most recent AFL tour of duty took place in Tampa Bay, where he served
as the Storm's head coach from 1995 to 2010. With the Storm, Marcum had a
140-77 regular season record and a 16-10 postseason mark over 15
seasons, winning five of the seven ArenaBowls that he coached in during
prior stops before settling in with the Storm include stints with the
Detriot Drive from 1988 to 1993 and the Denver Dynamite in the League's
inaugural 1987 season.
Snyder, Texas native is a two-time AFL Coach of the Year recipient,
winning the award in 1987 and 1998. In 1998, he was also inducted into
the AFL Hall of Fame and still stands as the only coach in the League's
history to lead three different franchises to ArenaBowl appearances.
Arena Football League franchise since 1991, the Orlando Predators are
heading into their 22nd year in the AFL. In that time, the Predators
have advanced to the AFL Playoffs a league-leading 19 seasons and
appeared in the Arena Bowl seven times, winning AFL Championships in
1998 and 2000.