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Raiders hire Siani as Head Coach

September 15, 2009 - American Indoor Football Association (AIFA) - Richmond Raiders News Release

The Richmond Raiders are pleased to announce the hiring of head coach Mike Siani. Mike is a veteran coach with a strong resume who has coached in both the collegiate and professional ranks. As a former player for the Oakland Raiders and a Superbowl ring bearer he knows what takes to win. During his indoor coaching career he has taken his teams to the playoffs in three of his five years. Mike will be a great asset to the organization having most recently come from the New Orleans Saints where here was a scout evaluating future NFL talent, Mike currently is on the staff at Princeton University where he is currently the quarterbacks and receivers coach.

Former Oakland Raider Mike Siani was born and raised in Staten Island, NY. While in high school, Siani competed and excelled in football, baseball and basketball. An All-City All-Star in three sports and an All-American All-Star in football, Siani received a scholarship to attend Villanova University and continued to play both football and baseball. While at Villanova, Siani set every receiving and scoring record for the Wildcat football team and still holds many of those records. He was named to many All-Star teams including being named All-American in both his junior and senior years.

In addition, Siani was named to several All-American baseball teams and was drafted in baseball by the NY Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and the Texas Rangers. In 1972 Siani was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the first round of the NFL draft and immediately became one of the bright spots on an already powerful Raiders team. Siani was named to every All-Rookie NFL team and finished second in voting for rookie of the year honors behind Franco Harris in 1972. Siani played seven seasons for the Raiders, getting to the Pro-Bowl in 1973 and the Superbowl in 1977 where the Raiders defeated the Minnesota Vikings in Superbowl XI. Siani was traded to the then Baltimore Colts and finished his career with three years in Baltimore in 1981. Mike Siani - Bio

Coaching Experience:

2003 Mike was promoted from an assistant coach to head coach at mid season for the Myrtle Beach Stingrays of the National Indoor Football League where he greatly improved the performance of the team.

2004 He was Head coach and general manager of the expansion Atlantic City CardSharks, of the NIFL and took them to the NIFL playoffs with a 9-5 record in his first season.

2005 Mike took over a winless Fayetteville Guard team (0-5) and took them to the second round of the NIFL playoffs. After his arrival the Guard went on a 7 win 2 loss run.

2006 In his second year as head coach of the Fayetteville Guard of the National Indoor Football League he lead the team to a 13 and 1 regular season record and a berth in the NIFL championship game where they lost to the eventual champion Billing Outlaws.

2007 Mike was hired as head coach of the Florence Phantoms (AIFA) at mid season and made strong improvements to the team.

2007 - 2008 After the completion of the 2007 season with the Phantoms Mike was hired as college scout for the New Orleans Saints of the NFL.

2009 At the time of this announcement Mike is at Princeton University as a quarterbacks and wide receivers coach.

Broadcast Experience:

Big East Football, Color commentator for ESPN Television covering Big East Football Games.

2007 AIFA All-Star and Championship Games did color commentary on the leagues two nationally televised games

Was a television personality for the Myrtle Beach Stingrays indoor football weekly coaches show.

Was on the Myrtle Beach Stingrays Radio Network as a color commentator for Myrtle Beach Stingrays games.

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