Joe Pendry Named General Manager of Alliance Birmingham

July 9, 2018 - Alliance of American Football (AAF) - Birmingham Iron News Release

BIRMINGHAM, AL. - Today, The Alliance of American Football announced Joe Pendry as general manager, Alliance Birmingham. Pendry most recently served in an advisory role with the Alabama Crimson Tide after three season as assistant head coach and offensive line coach. Trey Brown has been named EVP of Football Operations, Alliance Birmingham. Brown had served in the Philadelphia Eagles front office since 2013.

"We have placed an emphasis on bringing in front office staff with the experience needed to identify top talent and build a highly competitive team, and that's reflected in Alliance Birmingham," said J.K. McKay, head of football operations, The Alliance. "Joe has spent over forty years on college and NFL sidelines working closely with players and knows what it takes to build a strong team and compete at a high level. With Joe Pendry, Trey Brown and Tim Lewis at the helm, we look forward to seeing what Alliance Birmingham can achieve on and off the field.."

Pendry spent the first decade of his career (1971-1981) in the college ranks, holding various position coach roles on the offensive side of the ball at West Virginia, Kansas State, Pittsburgh and Michigan State. In his second season as quarterback coach for the Pittsburgh Panthers, Pendry coached freshman Dan Marino, guiding the Panthers to an 11-1 record and a #6 national ranking in the Coaches Poll. In 1982, Pendry joined the USFL, serving as offensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Stars for two years and head coach of the Pittsburgh Maulers for the 1984 season. Pendry spent the next 21 years in the NFL, including stints as offensive coordinator with the Cleveland Browns (1985), Kansas City Chiefs (1989-92), Carolina Panthers (1995-97) and Buffalo Bills (1998-2000). As offensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills, the franchise would make the playoffs two out of the three seasons. In 2005, Pendry joined the Houston Texans as offensive line coach before holding the same role on Nick Saban's staff at Alabama in 2007, winning a National Championship in 2009.

"This is an amazing opportunity to build something special here in Birmingham, Alabama, and the work is already underway," said Joe Pendry, general manager, Alliance Birmingham. "Football is king in Alabama and we know when it comes time for our first snap, we'll have a loyal and energetic fanbase behind us. We are committed to putting a product on the field that they will be proud to support."

Trey Brown is the former Director of College Scouting and Player Personnel Executive for the Philadelphia Eagles. Brown held both positions since 2016 and won a Super Bowl with the Eagles in 2018. Brown joined the Eagles franchise in 2013 as an area scout after three seasons in the scouting department of the New England Patriots. Brown played four years as cornerback at UCLA before signing with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2008.

Fans looking to secure tickets early for the inaugural season can purchase season ticket seat deposits for $50 on a first-come, first-served basis on AAF.com or by calling (833) AAF-2019. Ticket pricing and seat locations for Alliance Birmingham home games will be released later this summer. The Alliance has committed to making a limited number of $35 sideline seats available for purchase. These will be among the best seats in the house but will not be the least or most expensive available, as there will be tickets with pricing to accommodate every budget.

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