Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Matthew Sauk To Return To Blaze in 2013

Offensive Coordinator Matthew Sauk will return to the Utah Blaze in 2013, as the team officially announced he has agreed to a new contract. Now entering his third season with the Blaze, Sauk was named the Arena Football League's Assistant Coach of the Year in each of his first two campaigns in Utah.
"Coach Sauk is an invaluable member of this organization," Head Coach Ron James said. "His track record of consistently producing high-powered offensive units is a testament to his level of dedication. We're excited to have him back on board."
"I would like to thank the Utah Blaze and Coach Ron James for allowing me the opportunity to continue what we have built here for a third season," said Sauk. "To be where we are from where we started in 2010 is truly a compliment not only to the coaching staff, but to the ownership group as well. I know that we will continue to build towards a championship team in 2013 and beyond."
Known for his cerebral approach, Sauk has achieved unparalleled on-field production throughout his career. In each of his first two seasons in Utah, the Blaze offense has led the Arena Football League in passing. Under Sauk's direction in 2012, Utah set regular season AFL records for passing touchdowns (142), passing yards (5,758), passing first downs (332), pass attempts (753) and pass completions (510).
Under Sauk's tutelage in 2012, Utah Blaze QB Tommy Grady shattered countless regular season records en route to winning the AFL's Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year awards. Grady surpassed previous all-time AFL marks for total touchdowns (149), total yards (5,932), passing yards (5,870), passing touchdowns (142), pass completions (507) and pass attempts (743). In two years working with Sauk, Grady has thrown for 11,002 yards and 264 touchdowns.
As a former Arena quarterback, Sauk is a 2009 af2 Hall of Fame inductee after playing career that saw him thrown for over 17,000 yards and 345 touchdowns. His coaching career began in 2008 as a member of the Spokane Shock. Sauk helped guide the Shock to an ArenaBowl title as the Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator in 2010 before joining the Utah Blaze prior to the 2011 season.

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