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Alaska Wild Part Ways With Head Coach Floyd Johnson

June 5, 2009 - Indoor Football League (IFL) - Alaska Wild News Release

The Alaska Wild of the Indoor Football League have terminated the contract of head coach Floyd Johnson with six games remaining in the 2009 season. Wild quarterbacks coach Sonny Rodriguez was named the interim head coach.

Johnson brought an offensive mind to the Wild when hired in late February to replace Hans Deemer. With the Wild (0-8) last in the Pacific Division and next to last in the IFL in passing, the team decided to move in a different direction.

"This team is not where we should be at this point in the season," said Wild General Manager Abe Hernandez. "We felt a change needed to be made."

After Alaska's 73-18 loss to the Pacific Division leading Billings Outlaws, Wild management and ownership decided to make the change. The Wild still remain in the playoff chase, with a favorable schedule and a different philosophy, a postseason berth is still possible.

Interim head coach Sonny Rodriguez has been the Wild quarterbacks coach since 2008 and will assume all offensive duties for the Wild for the duration of the season. Rodriguez was also the head coach of the Ft. Walton Beach Blaze, a semi-pro team in Florida from 1994-1996, where he won a league championship.

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