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Kuharich Leaves Behind Talent

February 27, 2003 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers News Release

First, the BIG News: The New York Dragons (AFL) fired their coaching staff this week following Sunday's fourth-straight loss (Dragon's current record: 0-4). When it came to finding qualified AFL coaches, the Pioneers are proud to report that New York turned to head coach Lary Kuharich. On Monday, the Dragons offered Coach Kuharich a full-time position. As a minor-league/developmental team, it is the Pioneers policy to support any player or coach that wishes to work/play at a top level (AFL/NFL). In honoring this policy, the Pioneers released Kuharich from his contract.

What does this mean for the Pioneers? Here's a few bullet-points for your review:

* In his short time with the team, Coach Kuharich signed a lot of talent to the Pioneers training camp roster including: QB Chris Boden, WR/DB Terry Owens, WR/LB John Kotarsky, OL/DL Jon Churchill and Kicker Stefan Schroffner. These players, and all players signed to training camp, remain secured for the Pioneers camp which begins in mid-March.

* With Kuharich in New York, the Pioneers are able to provide even more opportunities to players regarding moving to the next level. When faced with open roster spots, Kuharich is likely to look first to the Pioneers players, many of whom he scouted and signed.

* Fans have the opportunity to watch Lary LIVE during his first game with New York. The New York Dragons vs. Orlando Predators game is being televised on WBRE-TV 28 this Sunday, March 2nd at 3PM.

* Kuharich's promotion leaves the Pioneers without a head coach only three weeks before the start of training camp. But rest assured, Pioneers Assistant Coaches are busy finalizing the remaining players for the Pioneers 2003 camp (more announcements to come in the next week).

* The Pioneers are speaking with multiple head coaching candidates, many of whom were top candidates during the Pioneers Coaching recruitment in October. The AFL/NFL experienced Lary Kuharich won the position in October. Upon his being named as head coach, Kuharich named Former German League Head Coach Dean Cokinos as an assistant. Cokinos is currently considered a front-runner for the Pioneers head coaching position.

Player News: The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers have been reassigned wide receiver/linebacker Terrell Johnson by the arenafootball2 league office. Johnson appeared in twelve games for the Pioneers in 2002, catching 29 passes for 355 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Johnson recorded 32 tackles (12 solo) and returned one interception for nine yards.

More on Denise Hudson: Last week local talent Denise Hudson, who sang the National Anthem during a Pioneers game in 2002, competed in Star Search (CBS). 15-year-old Denise wowed both the judges and the national audience and beat her competition in the Adult Singer category. Tomorrow, Friday, February 28, 2003, please support Denise as she takes on new competition in the Semi-Final Star Search round. The Pioneers support Denise and all of the future stars who lend their talents to the team!

Merchandise News: You have one more day to order your replica jersey while it is on sale at the Pioneers on-line store at www.wbspioneers.com. The jerseys are currently the featured sale item with 25% off. Next week's featured sale item: Pioneers mini-helmets.

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