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Ruff Riders Announce Gerald Dockery to be Head Coach

November 11, 2008 - Indoor Football League (IFL) - Abilene Ruff Riders News Release

ABILENE, TX. : The Abilene Ruff Riders Indoor Football League organization announced on Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 from Chick-fil-A in Abilene, that Gerald Dockery has been named the Head Coach for the 2009 season. Coach Dockery (38) attended Arizona Western College from 1989-1990 where he still holds the record for most yards and touchdowns in a single game at the wide receiver position (245 yards / 4 touchdowns). He graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in 1994 and played at the wide receiver position during the 1991-1992 seasons. He helped the program win the Lone Star Conference championship in ‘91.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to be the Head Coach of the Abilene Ruff Riders. I'm excited to be involved with an Abilene community that has welcomed our professional football organization with open arms. I look forward to getting to work on developing this team for the 2009 season." stated Head Coach Gerald Dockery.

Following college, Dockery moved on to the higher ranks of professional football, playing for the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL in 1995, an organization that has featured NFL greats such as QB Jeff Garcia, and QB Doug Flutie. Dockery then moved on to the Arena Football League in 1996 as a WR/DB playing for the Houston based franchise, the Texas Terror. He began his coaching career with the Houston Gunners police department football club as the Offensive Coordinator in 2002. In a three year span he led his team to a 24-2 record, including a undefeated campaign in just his second season with the Gunners.

"Gerald is a very successful coach who understands the indoor football game. We are very excited to see what he has in store for the Ruff Riders, and we are confident that he will bring many great things to the table for the 2009 season." stated Allegiance Pro Sports President and Ruff Riders Team Owner, Brandon Smith.

Dockery began his coaching career with the Katy Ruff Riders, of the former Intense Football League, in their 2007 inaugural season as a Defensive Backs Coach. He moved to Defensive Coordinator after the first game of the season, and led a defense that helped collect 5 straight wins for the team and finish the regular season at 7-7. In 2008, Dockery was named the Head Coach of the Katy Ruff Riders and assumed the role of Assistant General Manager, overseeing football operations. In ‘08 he led Katy to a 5-9 regular season record, including a 4-4 home record. Coach Dockery finds himself living by one simple quote, "I'll go anywhere, as long as it's forward."

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