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Coaches At Heart Of Wolves

February 13, 2008 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Manchester Wolves News Release

MILFORD, NH - At the heart of every team is the coach, or in the case of the Manchester Wolves, four coaches.

The Wolves today announced that a new assistant head coach will join two returning assistant coaches and head coach Danton Barto to lead the team to what it hopes is one of its most successful seasons yet.

Brian Hug enters his first season as the Assistant Head Coach for the Wolves. In 2007, Hug was an Assistant Line Coach with the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena Football League. In 2006, he was the Head Coach for the Port Huron Pirates of the Great Lakes Indoor Football League (GLIFL) where his team went 12-0 in route to winning the 2006 Great Lakes Bowl Championship. He was also named the GLIFL Coach of the Year and led the West All-Stars to victory in the GLIFL All-Star Game. Hug brings over 13 years of coaching experience in high school, college, and professional football. He has a Master of Arts in Sports Administration from Wayne State University and a Bachelors of Arts in Biology from Olivet College, and resides in Clawson, Michigan during the off-season.

Ryan Ray enters his fourth season with the Manchester Wolves as Line Coach, working with the offensive and defensive lines. Ray's 2006 offensive line led the arenafootball2 league in least sacks allowed with a near record-low of five. He has spent the last 10 years as a high school coach in New Hampshire. He is currently the new head coach for Central High School "Little Green," where he led them to an impressive 8-4 record and a 31-14 Turkey Bowl victory over Manchester rival West High School during his first year. Ray played for the University of Maine from 1992-1996 where he was a three-year starter on the offensive line. He played his local high school football at Manchester Memorial High School. Ray graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in Kinesiology, and for the past nine years has been a P.E. teacher at Highland Goffe's Falls Elementary School in Manchester. He currently resides in Auburn, N.H.

Mark Page begins his fifth season as an Assistant Coach with the Wolves. Page works with the offensive and defensive lines and is in charge of player personnel. Page is also a decorated police officer for his hometown of Londonderry, having started his career in law enforcement in 1982. Page, his wife Patti, and their four children, currently reside in Londonderry, where he played high school football.

"We feel very fortunate to have such a strong coaching staff," said Barto. "I know they will have the utmost respect of our players and will be an integral part of our success."

The Manchester Wolves are a Manchester-based professional football team whose players are recruited from some of the top colleges and football programs across the nation.

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