Mulder returns to Shock coaching staff
Friday January 2, 2015
Former Shock DB Coach returns to Spokane after season in Portland
SPOKANE, WA (January 2, 2015) – The Spokane Shock announced today the return of William Mulder to the Shock coaching staff as the defensive backs coach for the 2015 season.
Mulder will rejoin the Shock for his third season as a coach in the Arena Football League. During the 2014 season as the defensive coordinator of Portland, Mulder led the Thunder to the fourth best pass defense in the AFL as they limited opposing teams to only 238.9 yards per game. His defensive unit held opposing quarterbacks to a completion percentage of 57.1 (tied 4th), efficiency rating of 97.2 (6th overall), and tied for third in the league in interceptions (31) behind only the Pittsburgh Power (36) and Shock (32). Mulder’s defensive secondary was highlighted by First Team All-Arena rookie defensive back Varmah Sonie and Second Team All-Arena rookie jack linebacker Bryce Peila.
In his coaching debut in 2013 Mulder assisted with the defensive backs for Spokane and helped lead a Shock secondary that finished third in the AFL with 31 interceptions, ten of which were returned for touchdowns. Shock defensive back Paul Stephens tied for third in the league with 12 interceptions, which included a single-game AFL record five in a 69-47 win over the San Jose SaberCats.
“Will was a great player and has proven that he has the rare ability to translate those skills to the coaching ranks,” said Shock Head Coach Andy Olson. “We were fortunate to have Will on our staff in 2013 and saw first-hand as a division rival in 2014 his ability to develop great players in the defensive secondary. His growth over the past two season as a coach have been tremendous and we’re very excited to welcome him back to Spokane in 2015.”
Mulder spent his final two seasons as a player with the Utah Blaze in 2011-2012 where he started 16 games on his way to recording 86.5 total tackles, six interceptions and 13 pass break-ups. Mulder began his AFL career when he joined the Shock in 2010 where he recorded 82 tackles, 19 pass break-ups, three interceptions, three fumble recoveries and a forced fumble on the season; as a part of the 2010 ArenaBowl XXIII championship team.
In 2009 Mulder earned second-team all af2 honors after recording 11 interceptions, 24 pass break-ups, and 65.5 tackles. He added 1,770 yards on special teams. During his af2 rookie season in 2008, Mulder led the Horsemen with 57.5 tackles, three inceptions, and 19 pass break-ups. He also added 1,895 all-purpose yards as a kick returner.
Mulder spent five seasons as a member of the Lexington Horsemen of the United Indoor Football League and af2 (UIFL from 2005-2007). Mulder is a native of Versailles, KY and a graduate of Campbellsville University where he set multiple records punt returns and interceptions as a defensive back from 2001-2003.
The Shock’s 2015 AFL regular season will officially kick off on Saturday, March 28, 2015 against the ArenaBowl champion Arizona Rattlers in Phoenix, AZ. Spokane’s first home game will come on Saturday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m. PT at Spokane Veteran’s Memorial Arena against the Philadelphia Soul. To view the Shock’s 2015 schedule (PDF), click here.
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