Arena Football League
Hollis Thomas Joins Soul Coaching Staff
2012 American Conference Champion Philadelphia Soul, presented by Parx
Casino, name former Philadelphia Eagle and 14-year NFL defensive tackle,
Hollis Thomas, to the coaching staff as an assistant line coach for the
2013 season. Along with Thomas, Chris McKinney, Steve Criswell and Don
Malloy join the coaching staff as assistant coaches to complete the Soul
staff for the 2013 season.
am excited about this year's staff," said Soul head coach Clint
Dolezel. "Each one of our coaches has a strong football background and
will bring a wealth of knowledge that will get us closer to winning a
starting his first stint of coaching experience, played 10 seasons for
the Philadelphia Eagles where he is third in Eagles History for games
played as a defensive lineman (124). He played three seasons for the New
Orleans Saints, and the 2009 season between the St. Louis Rams and
Carolina Panthers during his tenure in the NFL. Thomas, who played
football at Northern Illinois, finished his career with 512 combined
tackles and 20 sacks.
from Guilford College, begins the start to his first coaching
experience at the AFL level. On his resume, McKinney spent the 2012-13
season as an offensive coordinator with the Georgia Rampage (UIFL).
Prior to that, McKinney spent seven seasons as a wide receiver coach at
the high school level.
a player, McKinney played wide receiver and kick returner in the af2
and AFL leagues. McKinney finished No.7 for all-time career touchdowns
(171) with the af2, and in college with four All-Conference awards and
three All-American selections.
joins the Soul coaching staff with over 25 years of coaching experience
at both the high school and indoor levels. As a member of the coaching
staff with indoor leagues, Criswell's team's record stands at 109-35;
qualifying eight out of nine seasons for the post season. In 2010,
Criswell was named head coach for the Richmond Revolution (IFL)
finishing 13-2. Criswell won the IFL Coach of the Year award.
will be entering his first year of coaching. Malloy played in the NFL
as a defensive back for the Detroit Lions from 2001-03. He played in the
AFL for the Chicago Rush (2003-04) and for the Las Vegas Gladiators
(2004-05), where Dolezel was quarterback at the time. At New Mexico
State, he was a candidate for the Jim Thorpe Award and was First Team
All-Conference for two consecutive seasons.
four coaches will join the coaching staff along with Phil Bogle, who
was named assistant head coach last week. Bogle, a former NFL and AFL
offensive lineman, is making his third stint with Philadelphia: twice as
a member of the coaching staff and once as a player.
SaberCats, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area Announce 2013 Television Schedule
San Jose SaberCats and Comcast SportsNet Bay Area announced that the
network will be the television home for seven SaberCats football games
during the 2013 season. The majority of telecasts will be broadcast by
the voice of the SaberCats, Bob Fitzgerald and former SaberCats wide
receiver Steve Papin.
SportsNet is the premier home for all Bay Area sports on television and
we look forward to our renewed partnership this season," said
Owner/Head Coach Darren Arbet. "We are focused as an organization in
providing our fans with the best broadcasts of our games possible as we
continue our quest for our fourth ArenaBowl championship."
SaberCats open the 2013 slate on the road on Saturday, March 23 against
the defending Central Division champion San Antonio Talons at the
AlamoDome at 5:30 p.m. PT. San Jose's home opener is in Week 2 against
the Orlando Predators on Friday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. PT at the HP
Pavilion. Season ticket packages start as low as $85 and are on sale
now. Contact (408) 673-3400 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more
partnership also includes a wide range of SaberCats programming
separate from the televised games, including a 30-minute show, SaberCats
Weekly. The show will delve into the latest action in SaberCats
football both on and off the field, including game recaps, previews,
interviews with Owner/Head Coach Darren Arbet as well as a number of key
players throughout the season.
SportsNet Bay Area President Ted Griggs added, "Comcast SportsNet is
committed to providing the region's most comprehensive coverage of one
of the Arena Football League's most illustrious franchises. As the
SaberCats make a run at their fourth ArenaBowl Championship, we are
pleased to provide our viewers a robust telecast schedule along with
season-long news and analysis on SportsNet Central and Chronicle Live."
2013 San Jose SaberCats on Comcast SportsNet:
Date Opponent Time______ Network___________
Saturday, March 23 @ San Antonio Talons 5:30 p.m. PT CSN Plus
Friday, March 29 Orlando Predators 7:30 p.m. PT CSN Bay Area
Saturday, April 27 @ New Orleans VooDoo 5:00 p.m. PT CSN Plus
Saturday, May 18 @ Jacksonville Sharks 4:00 p.m. PT CSN Plus
Saturday, June 15 @ Iowa Barnstormers 5:05 p.m. PT CSN Bay Area
Saturday, June 29 @ Utah Blaze 6:00 p.m. PT CSN Bay Area
Saturday, July 27 @ Chicago Rush 5:00 p.m. PT CSN Bay Area
New Orleans VooDoo Training Camp to Begin Friday, March 1
The New Orleans VooDoo will start its 2013 training camp on Friday, March1.
team will report for physicals on March 1, and then go through a
three-day acclimation period before working out in full pads for the
first time on Monday, March 4. After only 5 days together, the VooDoo
will travel to San Antonio to face off against the Talons for their only
preseason game of the 2013 season.
am looking forward to getting our guys into camp and getting them ready
for our season," said VooDoo Head Coach Pat O'Hara. "There will be a
lot of heated competition at every position, which will bring out the
best in these guys we bring to camp."
VooDoo has its 35 training camp roster spots filled. All training camp
practices are set to be held at Tad Gormley Stadium in City Park, unless
otherwise specified and are open to the public.
Lone Star Football League
Amarillo Venom to Open up Amarillo's First Ever Arena Flag Football League
Amarillo Venom will be hosting an Arena Flag Football League that will
be played parallel to Venom home games. The Amarillo Venom will have a
registration form on our website in which participants can fill out at www.govenom.com.
team will be composed of maximum of 14 members (minimum 11 members),
seven of which will be on the field at one time. The league will be
broken up into age groups depending on the amount of participants. Flag
rules will apply with some changes to account for the indoor football
field. All games will be scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and be played
at the Amarillo Civic Center. The schedule of the games will be as
o Saturday, March 23rd
o Saturday, April 20th
o Saturday, May 4th
o Saturday, May 18th
o Saturday, June 1st
o Saturday, June 22nd
o Saturday, July 7th - PLAYOFF
cost will be $400 per team, or $30 per person for individuals that will
be assigned to a team. Teams will preferably need to provide their own
more information contact Coach Julian Reese and/or Andrew Sanders at
the Venom office, located at 901 S. Buchanan, by phone at (806) 350-7277
or by fax (806) 242-0079. Coach Reese can also be reached by email at email@example.com.
Those interested can visit our website at www.govenom.com . Also be sure to "Like" our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/amarillovenom.