Dayton Warbirds Name Brian Wells New Head Coach
BEAVERCREEK - For Brian Wells, a passion for football has driven him to desire to be a Head Coach. On Oct. 13 that passion became a reality as he was introduced as the second Head Coach in the history of the Dayton Warbirds.
"I have had a passion for football since junior high," Wells said, adding that growing up in northern Cincinnati gave him a deep appreciation for sports, and football.
"When I was growing up as a kid I was playing football or baseball or something else in the back yard," Wells said. "I always dreamed of becoming a National Football League player."
The 6-feet, 215 pound Wells did play football in high school at Mason High School from 1988 through 1990, then played one season at Tiffin University in 1991 before being injured.
From that point he joined the ranks of semi-professional football players and played for the Miami Valley Dolphins in 1994, as well as the Northern Kentucky Raiders in 1994 and was with the Raiders through the 1997 season.
He played for the Kentucky Stallions in 2002.
Wells has a vast coaching resume including stints as a visiting training camp coach with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2001, 2003, and 2005.
His special teams with the Cincinnati Swarm of the Arena Football League 2 in 2003 tied an indoor professional football record with eight kick returns for touchdowns in one season.
As tight ends coach with Thomas More College near Cincinnati in 2001 the school's football team was undefeated in the regular season at 10-0, and overall went 11-1 making it into the NCAA Division III round of 16.
Wells said that he fits into the category of late developer when it comes to his football playing skills.
"I was two small to be a lineman and to slow to be skills position player, some players like me just develop their skills a little bit later in life," Wells said.
He said that he is looking for guys who are bit like him, and maybe have not been given fair assessments by professional football scouts.
"We're looking for the guy who is a bit smaller, and is a fast runner," Said Wells. "Everything in the indoor game is a bit quicker, and the player has to be quick."
Wells said that the skills of an indoor football player involves making his "reads" or adjustments to defensive schemes alignments and the subsequent adjustments in offensive movements has to be faster than in outdoors football.
"Everything has to be done much quicker indoors, the reads have to be done quicker, the adjustments have to be done quicker," Wells said.
Play along the line of scrimmage is the same indoors as in outdoor football, Wells said.
"Play along both lines (offense and defense) is the same indoors and outdoors, the techniques to be fundamentally sound are the same, it is still football," said Wells.
The current student at Miami University at Oxford said that offenses could get much creative indoors rather than outdoors.
But it comes down to sound special teams play that will win ball games, and that is not so surprising a statement, coming from a former special teams coach.
"Special teams will win or lose one-half of your ball games," said Wells, who said sound fundamentals on defense along with sound execution and some innovative play making on offense will win games as well.
This isn't Wells' first head coaching position.
For four years now, including in 1995, Wells has been head coach of the Kings Comets, an outdoor semi-professional team he helped form in 1998. All four years he has been head coach of the Comets his teams have made the playoffs for the league they have played in.
Wells now resides in Liberty Township near Cincinnati, and is the father of three, Bryson (7), Cameron (6) and Madalyn (4).
He began his duties with the Warbirds immediately after the press conference announcing his hiring.
The Dayton Warbirds will once again play their home contests in the 9,500-seat Ervin J. Nutter Center at Wright State University.
For season ticket information contact Warbirds office at (937) 458-0223.
For information on team sponsorship packages for the 2006 season contact Hector Gonzalez Doug Worm at (937) 458-0223.
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