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Bandits Announce Initial Player Signings and Coaching Staff for the 2009 Season

December 17, 2008 - Indoor Football League (IFL) - Sioux City Bandits News Release

(December 17, 2008-Sioux City, IA) The Sioux City Bandits of the Indoor Football League are pleased to announce their initial player signings and the coaching staff for the 2009 season announced today by Head Coach Jarrod DeGeorgia.

John Bentley (RB, 5'10, 220lbs) Bentley returns to the Bandits after playing for the Bandits in 2008, when he led the UIF league in rushing. He had 28 receptions for 181 yards and 4 touchdowns last season, as well as rushed for 820 yards and scored 22 touchdowns last season, which led him to be selected to the 2008 UIF All-Star game. Bentley played his college years at Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD.

Austin Jansen (LB, 5'11, 225lbs) Jansen played for the Sioux Falls Storm in the 2008 Season. He grew up in Orange City and graduated from Northwestern College in 2007. While at Northwestern, he was a captain his senior season, a 4-time NAIA All-American, 4-time Great Plains Athletic Conference 1st team selection, Great Plains Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2006, not to mention Jansen was the first true freshman to make the all GPAC 1st team. 2009 being Jansen's first year with the Bandits, he brings 77.5 tackles including 13 for a loss. He had 4.5 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries and 6 blocked kicks from his senior year.

Damon Mothershed (WR, 5'10, 190lbs) Mothershed comes back to the Bandits after playing in the 2008 season, with 14 receptions for 164 yards and 3 touchdowns last season. He graduated from Morningside College in 2007 and is an Assistant Football Coach at West High School here in Sioux City.

Freddie Mitchell (DL, 6'3, 255lbs) Mitchell played for the Bandits in 2008, where he had 8 tackles last season in 3 games played, including 3 tackles for a loss and one forced fumble. He played college football at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD.

Also today, the Bandits announce the Coaching Staff for the 2009 Season.

Jarrod DeGeorgia returns to the position of Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator. In 2008, DeGeorgia guided the team to the first round of the UIF playoffs with a 4-11 record. With a little luck, Coach would have had a better record in his first season as a 5 game stretch in the middle of the season ended in losses by 3-6 points per game. DeGeorgia is a former Bandits player and is still the leader in career passing yards for the team. He also is one of six players to have his jersey retired by the Bandits. He is a native of Southern California and graduated from Wayne State College in Wayne, NE where he still holds a number of school passing records. Jarrod and his wife, Melissa, and their two children reside in Dakota Dunes.

Mike Winklepleck has been named to the Defensive Coordinator position. Winklepleck has had coaching experience with the Briar Cliff Chargers as a Defensive Coach. Winklepleck had a superb college career with the Morningside Mustangs here in Sioux City. Before Morningside, he played his high school years at Bishop Heelan High School. Mike is a teacher in the Sioux City School System. Bob Scott quotes, "Winklepleck is an energetic, self-motivated individual. Although he has not coached a long time, we feel he is a good fit for the Bandits."

Andy Yost has been named to the Assistant Coach position in charge of the Wide Receivers, Defensive Backs, and Line Backers. Yost is currently the Head Coach for West High School football team, in Sioux City, IA. Previously, he coached at West Sioux High School in Hawarden, IA where his career record was 16-12. In 2006, they made the state playoffs for the 3rd time in school history under his guidance. In 2004-2005, he was a coach at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, PA, where they had a 12-1 overall record. In 2002-2004, Yost was the Assistant Varsity Head Coach at Nampa High School in Nampa, ID. From 2000-2002 he was a coach at Creighton Prep High School in Omaha, NE. From 1997-2000, he was the Head Coach at Dell Rapids St. Mary's High School in Dell Rapids, SD. Yost played college football at Dakota State University at Madison, SD, as a tight-end, where he was the team captain and SDIC All-Conference in 1993. In high school, Andy played in Beresford, SD.

Jason Walding has been named the Offensive Line & Special Teams coach. Walding returns for his 2nd consecutive season with the Bandits. Jason will be counted on to help develop the offensive and defensive lines. Under Yost, Walding is an assistant coach for Sioux City West. Walding is a Sioux City native and played his high school football for the Bishop Heelan Crusaders.

Andrew Mather is the returning Recruiting Coordinator/Running Back Coach for his 2nd season with the Bandits, but his 1st season as Bandits Recruiting Coordinator; he was an intern coach last season. He is currently an assistant coach at West High in Sioux City and was Director of Football Operations for Morningside College during the 2007 Season and before that was a Student Assistant Coach working with Running Backs and Defensive Line.

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