Iowa Barnstormers Head Coach and Director of Football Operations Mike Hohensee has announced his coaching staff for the for the upcoming AFL 2013 season. The staff includes two familiar faces to Barnstormers fans along with one newcomer.
for a second season is Defensive Coordinator is Ernesto "Netto"
Purnsley. Purnsley has coached in the AFL for 13 seasons, beginning with
stops in Albany, Indiana and Colorado. As Defensive Coordinator in
Colorado, his defense led the team to 3 division titles and an ArenaBowl
XIX Championship in 2005. In 2008, Purnsley joined Hohensee in Chicago
as Defensive Coordinator for the Chicago Rush. In 2010, he was named
Head Coach of the AFL's Utah Blaze, however his tenure lasted just one
year. Purnsley reunited with Hohensee in Philadelphia for the 2011
season before following him to Iowa in 2012.
for a third season with the Barnstormers is Special Teams Coordinator
Trever Whiting. Whiting joined the Barnstormers staff in 2011 under John
Gregory and was the only holdover to continue with the club under
Hohensee in 2012. Whiting brings a tremendous amount of experience with
him, having coached at Central Methodist University, Campbellsville
University, Graceland University, and Kansas Wesleyan University. On the
pro level he has spent time with the Lincoln Capitols (NIFL) and the
Omaha Beef (IFL). In addition to special teams, Whiting will assist
Hohensee with the development of the team's Wide Receivers.
the Barnstormers coaching staff for 2013 is newcomer Kyle Moore-Brown.
Moore-Brown will focus on the development of the Barnstormers O
offensive and defensive line play. He spent the 2012 season as the Head
Coach of the Cedar Rapids Titans (IFL), leading them to a 4-10 record.
Moore-Brown has a wealth of experience as a player in the Arena Football
League. He spent 15 years playing Center for Albany (1995-2000),
Indiana (2001-03) and Colorado (2004-08). He is known as one of the
game's all-time ironmen, having made 236 consecutive starts.
couldn't be any happier with the coaching staff that we have assembled
for the 2013 season," stated Hohensee. "We have a group here that is
very experienced, and ready to pass along that knowledge to our young
players. I can't wait to see the results."