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Storm Announce 2020 Coaching Staff

February 10, 2020 - Indoor Football League (IFL) - Sioux Falls Storm News Release

Sioux Falls, SD - Head Coach Kurtiss Riggs and the Sioux Falls Storm announce today the hiring of Vince Benedetto. In addition, coaches Brian Hermanson, Andre Fields, Cory Johnsen, Terrance Bryant, Blake Wilson and Jose Jefferson have also signed on for the 2020 season.

"We are fortunate to have our staff back again for the 2020 season with the addition of Vince Benedetto. Hermanson, Fields, Johnsen, Bryant, Wilson and Jefferson have all been a part of the organization for many years, but Vince is the new addition," said Head Coach Kurtiss Riggs. "Vince has worked at the Academy for many years and is currently the Head Coach at West Central High School. Before that, Vince was an assistant at Roosevelt High School and assisted at South Dakota State."

Offensive Line Coach - Vince Benedetto

Vince enters his first season as the Offensive Line Coach. He played collegiately at South Dakota State University as a tight end had 24 receptions for 182 yards and a pair of touchdowns; primarily used as a blocker, Benedetto earned Second-Team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors as a fullback during his senior season. Vince started coaching as a student coach with the offensive line before moving into the role of offensive quality control at his alma mater. He then became the offensive line coach at Roosevelt High School. Vince was named the Head Football Coach at West Central High School in 2019.

Defensive Coordinator - Brian Hermanson

A veteran of indoor football, Brian will be returning for his ninth season as the Defensive Coordinator. Early in his coaching career, he served as the Defensive Coordinator at Roosevelt High School. He is best known for his remarkable success as the Head Coach at Washington High School from 2005-2012, compiling a 47-3 record during his tenure. He was recognized by South Dakota State University as the 2013 recipient of the Ralph Ginn Award for Coaching Excellence.

Defensive Backs/Special Teams Coach - Andre Fields

Andre returns for his ninth season to coach defensive Backs and Special Teams. Fields was a defensive back for the Storm from 2003-09. He started 108 consecutive games and assisted in four Storm championships. In 2005, Andre earned First Team All-UIF honors at the cornerback position.

Defensive Line Coach - Cory Johnsen

Cory will be entering his fifth season as the Defensive Line Coach. He boasts 10 years of indoor playing experience. He originally came to the Sioux Falls Storm in 2006 and served as the nose tackle for eight championship seasons. During Cory's 10-year career with the Storm, he has numerous All-League honors and is the Storm's All-Time Sack leader, tied for second for Career TFL's, tied for first for Career Forced Fumbles, ranks fourth for Career Blocked Kicks and holds a career win-loss record of 150-16.

Quarterbacks/Running Backs Coach - Terrance Bryant

Terrance will return for his sixth season as Quarterbacks/Running Backs Coach. During his six year career with the Storm, Bryant led the Sioux Falls Storm to four straight championships in 2005-08, along with a 40-game winning streak. He is a two-time United Bowl MVP (2006 and 2013) and the UIF League MVP in 2006. In 2007, Bryant earned a UIF Conference All-Star selection. Bryant became the first player inducted into the IFL Hall of Fame in 2014.

Wide Receivers Coach - Blake Wilson

Blake will be entering his sixth season as the Wide Receivers Coach. He played wide receiver for the Storm from 2011-14. Blake played at Southwest Minnesota State University where he found tremendous success as a wide receiver. During his junior and senior years, he tallied over 1,700 receiving yards and scored 24 touchdowns. He was named to the Daktronics All-Region team as a wide receiver and was also a two-time NSIC All-Conference performer as both a wide receiver and a return specialist.

Player Personnel Director - Jose Jefferson

Jefferson will be entering his second season on the Storm coaching staff. He has spent over 25 years in the coaching professional. Jose has coaching experience on all three levels; high school, college and professional. He played five years in the AFL, two with the Arizona Rattlers (1993-94) and three with the Iowa Barnstormers (1995-97). Jose is the Executive Director/Founder of the College Gridiron Showcase (CGS).

The Storm kickoff the season at home on March 15 against the Bismarck Bucks. Season tickets are on sale, call the office at 605.838.9009 to purchase your tickets. Payment plans are available for season tickets.

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