Pittsburgh Power Add 40 Years of AFL Experience to Coaching Staff
PITTSBURGH, PA (October 10, 2013) - The Pittsburgh Power and Head Coach Derek Stingley have announced the additions of Kyle Moore-Brown, Leroy Thompson and Damian Harrell as Assistant Coaches for the 2014 season. The three collectively bring more than 40 years of AFL playing and coaching experience to the Power.
A 15-year AFL veteran, Moore-Brown will coach Pittsburgh's offensive line. In 2013, he served as Offensive and Defensive Line Coach for the Iowa Barnstormers. Prior to coaching in the AFL, he spent three seasons in the Indoor Football League (IFL) with the La Crosse Spartans and the Cedar Rapids Titans.
Moore-Brown played center in the Arena Football League for 15 seasons, starting in 236 consecutive games and earning AFL All-Ironman Team accolades three times. He started his AFL career with the Albany Firebirds in 1995 and played for the Indiana Firebirds and Colorado Crush before retiring as an active player in 2008. In Albany, he was teammate of Derek Stingley and Leroy Thompson for four seasons and was a member of the ArenaBowl XIII Champion Firebirds.
Thompson will coach the Power's defensive line. In 2012, Leroy was an Assistant Coach with the AFL American Conference Champion Philadelphia Soul. Thompson is a 13-year AFL veteran and played for the Albany/Indiana Firebirds (1996-2004), New Orleans VooDoo (2005), and Columbus Destroyers (2006-08). In 2002, he earned First Team All-AFL honors and the AFL's "Ford Tough Man of the Year". When he retired in 2008, he was one of only six AFL players to rush for over 1,000 career yards. Thompson made two ArenaBowl appearances in 1999 and in 2007, winning ArenaBowl XIII in 1999 with Albany.
Prior to his AFL coaching experience with Philadelphia, Thompson was an Assistant Coach at both Wesley College and Lincoln (PA) University. For three NFL training camps, he was a member of the NFL Coaching Fellowship Internship Program, serving as the Assistant Defensive Line Coach with the Philadelphia Eagles (2011) and Indianapolis Colts (2012-13).
Harrell, the Arena Football League's all-time leading receiver, will coach Pittsburgh's wide receivers. In Damian's 12-year playing career, he recorded 1,164 receptions for 15,128 yards and 357 receiving touchdowns. He began his AFL career in 1999 with the New England Sea Wolves (1999-2000) and also played for the Toronto Phantoms (2001-02), Colorado Crush (2003-07), Chicago Rush (2008) and Milwaukee Mustangs (2010-11). In 2012, Harrell coached Milwaukee's wide receivers.
Harrell set seven AFL records and earned the AFL Offensive Player of the Year award twice (2005 and 2006). In 2012, during the League's 25th Anniversary celebration, the five-time All-AFL selection was named the 10th Greatest Player in AFL History. He will be eligible for the AFL Hall of Fame in 2014.
Harrell's AFL Records:
#1 Most Points (non-kicking), Season - 366 (2006, Colorado)
#2 Most Points (non-kicking), Career - 2,172
#1 Most Touchdowns, Season - 60 (2006, Colorado)
#1 Most Seasons, 1,000+ Receiving Yards - 9
#1 Most Receiving Touchdowns, Career - 357
#1 Most Receiving Touchdowns, Season - 60 (2006, Colorado)
#1 Most Consecutive Games, 1+ Receiving Touchdowns- 78
"I cannot be more thrilled to announce the addition of these three outstanding coaches to our staff," said Stingley. "Their winning pedigree, success, and first-hand knowledge of our league and players from top to bottom will be tremendous assets to our organization," Stingley exclaimed.
The Power kick off their fourth Arena Football League season in March, 2014 at CONSOL Energy Center.
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