Wranglers name Brian Partlow head coach
AUSTIN-The Austin Wranglers named Brian Partlow as their new head coach and offensive coordinator. He signed a five-year contract with the team, through the 2011 season. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed per team policy.
"I am very excited to have this opportunity and I look forward to becoming an active member of the Austin community as we build a team that this region is proud of both on and off the field," said Partlow.
Prior to joining the Wranglers, Partlow spent the last three seasons with the Colorado Crush as the team's offensive coordinator. Partlow coached the Colorado Crush offense to an Arena Bowl XIX Championship in 2005. In total, he has seven years of AFL coaching experience, including five years as an offensive coordinator.
"We feel Brian Partlow can lead the Austin Wranglers to an Arena Bowl title," said Wranglers General Manager Glyn Milburn. "He comes from a winning tradition and we think Austin will be a great fit for him."
Over the last three seasons combined, the Colorado Crush have the best record in the AFL at 32-16. Partlow's offense, which ranked second in scoring in 2006, broke the 70+ point mark three times this season including a 77-point output against the Nashville Kats. For each of the last two seasons, Crush quarterback John Dutton has set new career highs in touchdowns, throwing for 95 in 2006. In addition, Colorado offensive specialist Damian Harrell was named the AFL's Offensive Player of the Year in 2005 and in 2006.
Partlow began his work as an offensive coordinator in the AFL with the Indiana Firebirds from 2002-03. He also served as a quarterbacks and receivers coach in 2001 with the Firebirds. Before the Firebirds moved to Indiana, Partlow was an offensive assistant with the Albany Firebirds during the 2000 season.
Beginning in 2000, Partlow coached in the college ranks as an offensive assistant at William & Mary. He coached at Randolph-Macon College as the offensive coordinator during the 2001 AFL off-season and served as the quarterbacks coach at Shenandoah University during the 2002 off-season.
The Wranglers will enter their fourth AFL season with Partlow as the second head coach in team history. He and his wife Courtney will reside in Austin beginning in mid-July.
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