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Billy Black Named PIFL Coach of the Year

July 23, 2014 - Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) News Release

NASHVILLE, TN (July 23, 2014) - Voted upon by opposing coaches as well as league officials, the Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) is proud to announce Nashville Venom Head Coach Billy Back as the 2014 Coach of the Year.

Improving his all-time record to 52-14 along with a perfect 8-0 post-season record, Coach Back needed just one season to lead the expansion Venom to the PIFL's top regular-season record ultimately capturing the 2014 PIFL Champions Cup in a 64-43 victory over Lehigh Valley.

Supported by the league's top scoring offense at 57 points per game, Nashville is the first team in PIFL history to have four different starting quarterbacks during the regular-season and still reach the post-season. With Charles McCullum getting the majority of the starts, Nashville QB's combined to throw for a league-high 3,128 yards averaging 6.8 yards/pass along and a PIFL-high 89 pass TD's.

Combined with closing out the regular-season winning seven straight, with their two playoff wins the Venom own the longest winning streak in league history. The club also earned a league-high nine All-PIFL 1st and 2nd Team recipients in addition to WR Phillip Barnett being named the 2014 Offensive Player of the Year.

Defensively, Nashville intercepted a league-high 26 passes during the regular-season and either tied or won the turnover battle in every game except one (vs. Fire 5/3) helping them earn the PIFL's top turnover margin (+17). Allowing the fewest points during the regular season (505) opponents scored a league-low 42.1 points/game crossing the fifty point threshold just twice.

Previous PIFL Coach of the Year selections includes Richmond's James Fuller (2012) and Alabama's Dean Cokinos (2013).

Stay tuned to for the announcement of the 2014 League MVP recipient.

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