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Bandits Name Head Coach & Assistant Coaches For the 2010 Season

November 4, 2009 - Indoor Football League (IFL) - Sioux City Bandits News Release

The Sioux City Bandits of the Indoor Football League are pleased to announce the hiring of Tommie Williams as the 8th Head Coach for the Bandits. He replaces Jarrod DeGeorgia who resigned at the end of last season after two seasons to take a job outside of coaching.

Coach Williams was the assistant head coach, offensive coordinator, and special teams coach for the 2008 and 2009 Omaha Beef. He has coached with the Omaha Beef Professional Indoor Football team for 4 years.

Williams will be inducted into the Minor League Football Hall of Fame on December 4th in Las Vegas, Nevada, as part of the Class of 2009 Hall of Fame inductees.

In 2009, the Beef offense averaged 50.3 points per game; 4th in the 19-team league. The special teams finished with the 2nd best average per return with 19.5; passing efficiency was 3rd best at 102.6. The Beef won the Central Division Championship with an 11-3 record in the toughest division in the IFL. They also made the 2009 IFL playoffs with a 1st round bye. The Beef were the only team to beat the IFL Champion, Billings Outlaws, in 2009. Overall, the Beef ended the season at 11-4, the 3rd overall best record in the IFL.

In 2008, the Beef's offense broke numerous team records in his first year as Offensive Coordinator. The rushing offense was first with 1,400 yards with an average of 93.3 yards a game. Omaha's quarterback was the UIF's "Most Improved Player of the Year". Four offensive players made the 2008 UIF All-Star team, with the leading receiver being named MVP at the 2008 UIF All-Star Game. The Beef made the 2008 UIF Playoffs with a 10-4 record.

Williams was a defensive back for the Omaha Beef in the IPFL (Indoor Professional Football League) from 2000-2001. He then played as a defensive back for the Nebraska Bears, a team in the NAFL (North American Football League) from 2002-2004, before being a coach for the Beef.

Williams holds the Omaha Beef record with three interceptions in a single game. He was named First Team IPFL Defensive Back with 24 breakups and 10 Interceptions. In addition, Williams was the IPFL league leader with 24 breakups.

Bob Scott, Bandits managing partner says, "We chose Tommie from a list of 12 very qualified candidates. I feel he brings a wealth of indoor coaching experience to our football team, from his time in Omaha. He is a good recruiter and has a good eye for the player that it takes to compete at our level. Our organization is thrilled to have Tommie on board as our 8th head coach. We hope he can duplicate his records from his Beef days."

Also today, Coach Williams named his assistant coaches for the upcoming season:

Mike Bonner, Wide Receiver/Offensive Assistant coach

Albert Brown, Defensive Back coach

Darren Sindelar, Defensive Assistant

Keith Workman, Special Teams Coordinator

Bandits' season tickets will go on sale within the next 30 days. Season ticket holders will be notified within the next two weeks of their option to renew their season tickets.

The Bandits' 10th season of indoor football will start earlier this year, with the first game of the season being played the first weekend in March. The 2010 IFL schedule will be released around December 1st.

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