Omaha Beef, Head Coach Bruce Cowdrey Part Ways

May 3, 2012 - Indoor Football League (IFL) - Omaha Beef News Release

OMAHA - The Omaha Beef organization announced on Thursday that they have reached a mutual agreement to part ways with head coach Bruce Cowdrey.

"In the world of professional indoor football, sometimes you are forced to make business based decisions rather than football based decisions, this is one of those times," Director of Football Operations Todd Walkenhorst said. "Bruce is a great coach, great person and the ultimate professional. Unfortunately for the Beef, this was strictly a budgetary decision and in no way reflects on Bruce's coaching abilities. We have the greatest respect for coach Cowdrey."

"Omaha is a great city, and the Beef organization has a lot of tradition, a great fan base, a dedicated staff and most importantly, a lot of great athletes with a lot of heart who never quit during a challenging season" Cowdrey said. "I'm proud of these players and what they have accomplished so far this season, and expect continued great things from them for the rest of the season and beyond."

Cowdrey is a 36 year coaching veteran who won championships in the inaugural IFL, going 17-0 in 2000, as well as winning the 2002 AF2 title with the Peoria Pirates. He also won conference championships in 1999 (IFL) and 2004 (AF2). The two-time IFL coach of the year also has championship rings as an assistant coach with the CFL's Toronto rgonauts and the FL's Chicago Rush. Cowdrey also posted a 17-3 post season record as a head coach and assistant, to go along with the most playoff wins in AF2 history (7).

Omaha is one game back in the fight for the fourth playoff spot in the United Conference. The Beef (3-5) will visit the Wichita Wild (3-5) on Saturday night.

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