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Shawn Liotta to Return as Head Coach for Erie Explosion

July 25, 2014 - Continental Indoor Football League (CIFL) - Erie Explosion News Release

Shawn Liotta will return as the Head Football Coach and Director of Football Operations for the Erie Explosion in 2015. The 2015 season will be Liotta's ninth as a Head Coach at the professional indoor level and his sixth consecutive season in Erie. A veteran coach of over 16 seasons at the professional, collegiate, and high school level, he has earned a reputation as a consistent winner, recruiter, and promoter of professional indoor football.

Liotta has served as a Head Coach at the professional indoor level over the past eight seasons including leading the Explosion to back to back CIFL Championships from (2013-2014) and an undefeated (12-0) season in 2013. Liotta has led the Explosion to a (20-2) record since joining the CIFL and from 2013-2014 Erie compiled a 15 game winning streak. Shawn holds a 76% win percentage during his tenure in Erie (58-18) and had led his teams to the playoffs in 7 out of 8 seasons as a Head Coach, while compiling a (35-5) record at the Erie Insurance Arena.

Twice named league Coach of the Year, his teams have established 26 league or national records, and several of his former players have advanced to opportunities in the AFL, CFL and NFL. His teams have set scoring records in 3 different leagues including the all-time record for points scored in a single game (138) during the 2011 season. From 2011-2012 the Explosion averaged over 70 points per game and Coach Liotta has directed the top ranked offense in the league for four consecutive seasons, had 2 different first year quarterbacks named league MVP, and has coached five different players to league MVP honors.

Coach Liotta has coached 5 different quarterbacks to first team All-League honors and has had 3 different quarterbacks named League MVP under his guidance. Liotta gained experience at the collegiate level at Duquesne University as the Running Backs coach from 2002-2004. During his tenure there the Dukes captured the 2002 and 2003 MAAC Championship and the 2003 NCAA Division IAA Mid-Major National Championship.

In 2012 Coach Liotta authored the book "Developing and Maintaining a Successful Professional Indoor Football Program". In 2013 Shawn Liotta was inducted into the Minor League Football Hall of Fame. Liotta is a 2002 graduate of Robert Morris University and resides in Lower Burrell, PA with his wife Allison and daughter Liliana.

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