Barracudas building up to become the best
BELTON -- During the first two years of its existence, the CenTex Barracuda professional indoor football team's lightning fast, high impact brand of football has been one of the best kept secrets in Central Texas. While planning for the 2008 Intense Football League season, team owner Dr. Frederick Barnett knew he needed to make some moves to take the public's awareness to the next level - and he's done just that, in more ways than one.
After bringing in a new general manager and hiring a new coaching staff, the Barracudas have signed on former Temple Daily Telegram sports writer Brett Voss to the front office as the director of communications and media relations. Voss, 47, brings 25 years of print media and 17 years of broadcasting experience on board in hopes of broadening awareness of the exciting product the franchise has to offer area football fans.
"I would like to see the Barracudas become Central Texas' newest urban legend," said Voss, who will manage the team's internet broadcasts on the B2 network, oversee the redesign of the team website, and handle all of the team's media needs. "Until you've experienced the high-quality brand of indoor football the Intense Football League has to offer up close and personal, you will have no idea what you are missing. And it's my goal to bring this to everyone's attention."
The Barracudas opened their two-week training camp Saturday in preparation for a scrimmage in Odessa next Saturday before their season opener at Frisco March 21, and Voss can't wait for the season to begin.
"We are on the verge of something big here," Voss said. "Dr. Barnett has all the pieces in place. With the kind of support provided by the front office, I think the new coaching staff will put together a group of indoor football players that Central Texas will be proud to call 'our team.'"
In addition to working as a sports writer for the Dallas Morning News and the Temple Daily Telegram, Voss has operated his family owned video production company, Master Productions Telecommunications and Video, Ltd. (MPTV) since 1995. MPTV Sports produced local cable tape-delayed broadcasts of Temple Wildcat football from 1995-2002 before producing Copperas Cove Bulldawg football broadcasts from 2003-2006.
But his expertise in sports does not come from a journalists' perspective alone. After eight years as a fulltime journalist, Voss entered the teaching and coaching profession at Temple High School in 1991, teaching journalism while coaching baseball and football. He left the coaching profession in 2003 to focus on coaching his own children in youth sports, including football, baseball, basketball and softball in the Killeen-Copperas Cove area.
This past year, Voss has been working with newly-hired Barracuda head coach Chris Duliban at Hyde Park Baptist High School in Austin, serving as an assistant football coach and head softball coach.
"I'm excited about this new challenge and opportunity," Voss said. "Dr. Barnett and his staff have everything in place now to take this franchise to the next level. When you find yourself working with a group of highly motivated professionals who want to be a part of a winning team, it makes you feel proud of what you are doing. "The Barracudas will be a force to be reckoned with this season. And with the new approach, our chances of becoming the best are within sight."
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