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Wranglers Add Braggs and Cowdrey to Coaching Team

November 9, 2006 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I) - Austin Wranglers News Release

AUSTIN-The Austin Wranglers announce the addition of Stephen Braggs and Bruce Cowdrey to the coaching team for the 2007 season. Braggs will coach the Wranglers secondary while Cowdrey will work with the offensive line. These men join Defensive Coordinator Lee Johnson and Special Teams Coordinator/Receivers Coach Chris MacKeown, who were hired earlier by Head Coach Brian Partlow.

"I'm very excited that we have finally completed our coaching team," said Partlow. "We have the people in place to help us be a complete unit from the coaches down through the players."

Braggs, a former Texas Longhorn defensive back (1983-87), earned All-Southwest Conference honors in 1986. Following seven years in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns (1987-1991) and Miami Dolphins (1992-93), Braggs pursued opportunities in business consulting and coaching. Most notably, he coached the secondary for the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe (2000-01). Having worked previously with Coach Johnson in Berlin, they coached the Thunder to the World Bowl Championship in 2001.

Currently, he is the founder and president of All Pro Strategies Football Camps, Inc., which executes camps and leagues for ages 8-21. The company focuses on skill enhancement, speed development, college and professional sports transition and coaching clinics. Braggs also founded the Stephen Braggs Youth Foundation, committed to offering a variety of education, career and personal growth components that will embrace today's youth.

"Stephen Braggs brings a local connection to our coaching team, as he was a tremendous player at Texas and during his time in the NFL. Although he is new to coaching in the AFL, he has always reinforced to his players the importance of being technically sound in the secondary, which is something we value on our coaching team."

Cowdrey brings over 30 years of coaching experience to the Wranglers coaching team. Coming to Austin following an ArenaBowl XX Championship with the Chicago Rush this past season, he has won championships at almost every level of football he has coached. Prior to joining the Rush, he was the head coach of the Peoria Pirates of the Indoor Football League (1999-2000) and of the af2 (2002-04). The team then became known as the Peoria Rough Riders of the af2 in 2005. He coached the Pirates to an IFL Gold Cup title in 2000 and an af2 ArenaCup Championship in 2002.

Before moving to the professional ranks, he served as a college assistant for 21 years, making stops at Missouri, South Carolina, Arizona Western Junior College, Northwest Missouri State, Oklahoma State, Northwestern, Purdue, Fort Hays State and Indiana State. Cowdrey played football at Missouri Western State University (1971-74) and graduated in 1975.

"Bruce Cowdrey has extensive football coaching experience at the collegiate and professional levels. Teams that he has coached have been consistently in the playoffs and have competed for the championship. We feel his ability to win will truly benefit the Wranglers."

Don't wait to get your season tickets to Ambush Arena in 2007. Coming off their most successful season in franchise history, the Wranglers are geared up for a run at ArenaBowl XXI. To reserve your season tickets, call the Wranglers ticket office at (512) 339.3939 or for ticket information log on to www.austinwranglers.com.

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