Extreme announces assistant coaches
First-year Bloomington Extreme indoor football coach Kenton Carr announced his staff Tuesday for the 2008 season.
Frank West, who coached the Extreme defensive backs the past two seasons, is the only returning assistant coach and has been promoted to defensive coordinator for the upcoming season. He also will continue as defensive backs coach.
West will be joined on the staff by former NFL and University of Illinois offensive lineman Tim Simpson, former Illinois State defensive lineman Mike Lawrence and former Twin City Storm coach Niel Magsombol.
Simpson will be in charge of the offensive line, while Lawrence will handle the defensive line and Magsombol will coach special teams and receivers. He also will serve as the team's strength and conditioning coach. Carr will be the offensive coordinator.
West, who was the starting cornerback on the 1999 Canadian Football League Grey Cup championship Hamilton Tiger Cats' team, will be in his third year of coaching on the professional level.
He began his career with the Peoria Pirates of the af2 as a defensive backs coach in 2005.
As a player with the Pirates, West won a championship in the af2 in 2002. He also was voted to the all-af2 defensive team in 2004, the same year he was named the team's most valuable player.
West is a graduate of Illinois State and ranks fourth in school history in pass interceptions with 12, having played for the Redbirds from 1991-94.
Simpson, a native of East Peoria and a graduate of the University of Illinois, was a first-team all-Big Ten Conference and Kodak All-American selection in 1991. He owns the record for most career starts all-time in University of Illinois history with 48.
He was a 12th round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns in 1992 and spent four years in the NFL with the Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets.
Simpson also played one season with the London Monarchs in NFL Europe and five years with indoor football teams in Colorado and Peoria. He played in Peoria from 1999-2001, winning two championships.
Lawrence was a three-year varsity letterman as a defensive end at Illinois State and has been coaching in the high school and college ranks since 1997. He has coached at Hinsdale and Fenwick high schools and Aurora University.
Magsombol brings five years of coaching experience to the staff, including two seasons as head coach of the semi-pro Twin City Storm. He was voted the Midwest Football League's Coach of the Year in 2004.
The Extreme opens its season Feb. 29 with a 7:05 p.m. exhibition game against Rock River at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum. Tickets, ranging from $10 to $32, are on sale at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum box office, 101 S. Madison Street, Bloomington. The box office hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Season tickets for the eight-game home schedule, ranging from $80 to $216, also are on sale at the box office or by calling 309-434-2664 or on-line at www.uscellularcoliseum.
The Extreme recently announced a program that allows season ticket-holders to maximize the use of their tickets. Ticket-holders will be allowed to purchase additional tickets to any game for only $2 per ticket by exchanging unused tickets from a previously played game.
Also, in addition to a 10 percent discount on Extreme apparel, each season ticket-holder will receive a free gift as well as different discounts throughout the season.
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