Dolezel Returns as Head Coach of Philadelphia Soul
Tuesday September 16, 2014
After Three Consecutive Playoff Appearances, Dolezel Returns for Two More
PHILADELPHIA (September 16, 2014) – The Philadelphia Soul announce that head coach Clint Dolezel has agreed to return to lead the team for the next two seasons. This decision comes on the heels of another playoff appearance for the Soul in 2014. The signing keeps the AFL Hall of Famer in Philadelphia through the 2016 season.
“I’m excited to stay with the best organization in the Arena Football League,” Dolezel said. “I don’t think there is an organization or city that is more committed to winning a championship than the Soul and the city of Philadelphia. I am proud to be a part of it.”
“Clint is the right person for the job here in Philadelphia,” said Soul general manager Tom Goodhines. “He was a big part of our success over the last three seasons and will continue to a big reason why the Soul will remain a title contender year-in and year-out.”
“The city of Philadelphia demands a winner and Clint’s competitiveness and drive to succeed will help us deliver,” said Soul co-majority owner Ron Jaworski. “The foundation has been set for the Soul to remain a perennial title contender and we are all excited for what is ahead for this franchise.”
Under Dolezel, the Soul offense finished No. 2 in the AFL for scoring offense (56.7), No. 3 for rushing offense (31.3), No. 3 in passing efficiency (113.3) and No. 1 in third-down conversions (52.7). Philadelphia was able to clinch the fourth spot in the 2014 playoffs; this is the team’s third playoff appearance in a row.
Dolezel was named to the 2012 AFL Hall of Fame Class and was inducted during the 2013 Opening Weekend. He is No. 3 in career passing yards (44,564) and No. 2 in touchdown passes (931). Clint is also the first quarterback in AFL history to throw for over 400 yards in a game and first to do it six times. He matched one of the League’s most vaunted then-records by throwing for 11 touchdowns in a game three different times. He threw for over 100 touchdowns in a season twice (2006-07) and led his team to a 15-win season (15-1 in 2007). He also has a championship to his credit when he led the Grand Rapids Rampage to the title in 2001.
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