Walker Completes Hawks Coaching Staff
EVERETT - 33 years. 33 years of Arena Football League playing and coaching experience. That's a pretty big number, especially when you consider the league has only been around for 20. But that's how much experience the Everett Hawks coaching staff has, now that Steve Papin and Madison Johnson have joined the team.
Hawks Head Coach Cedric Walker has tapped into his most valuable resource - his experience - to round out his 2007 coaching staff. During his 10 years in the AFL, Walker had occasion to meet (and match up against) Papin, the stellar WR/DB who played for the San Jose SaberCats (1997-2001) and the New York Dragons (2002-2003). During his playing career, Papin torched opposing D's for an amazing 15,413 all-purpose yards and 152 TDs.
In addition to all his on-the-field accomplishments, Papin was most notably the inspiration for the AFL's "Don't Blink" Player of the Year Award, given annually to the player who displays the most skill, speed and agility while handling the ball.
As a coach, new Hawks Offensive Coordinator Papin joined the San Diego Riptide in 2005, and spent the 2006 season as the Offensive Coordinator for the Central Valley Coyotes in. He installed the "San Jose" offense in Central Valley, which propelled QB Scott Rislov into the af2 record books as the league's single-season TD pass leader, with 106 scoring throws. Rislov was signed by the SaberCats, and Coach Papin brings his high-octane offense to the high-flying Hawks.
Walker also added Madison Johnson as the Hawks new OL/DL Coach, and his resume is as impressive as Papin's. Johnson played for the Florida Bobcats (1999-2001) and the Grand Rapids Rampage (2002-2003), anchoring an OL that led the Rampage to the playoffs in both his seasons in Grand Rapids. Johnson spent the 2005 season as the OL/DL Coach of the Rampage.
Johnson, whose nickname is "Mad Dog," will install an aggressive blocking scheme that will complement Papin's high-scoring passing game. He will make the most of the tough-as-nails FB/LB Vai Notoa, who was the first player to join the Hawks this off-season. Notoa is a natural fit for Johnson's scheme, which puts a premium on mobility and versatility in blockers.
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