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Friday March 4, 2016

 Broussard, McBride, and Mulder round out Ron James’ staff.

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Steel have added wide receivers coach Kirk Broussard, offensive line coach Ron McBride, and defensive coordinator Will Mulder, head coach and general manager Ron James announced Friday.

“We have assembled a strong coaching staff, complete with good teachers of the Arena Football game,” James stated. “It will be my pleasure to coach alongside some of the hardest working, dedicated professionals in the business.”

Collectively, the trio bring over 70 years of professional and collegiate experience to their new positions with the Steel, with Mulder returning to the sidelines at Moda Center for the first time since serving in the same role during Portland’s inaugural season in 2014.

“I'm excited to see these coaches help our team to reach their fullest potential this season,” James continued. “Their guidance will be an integral part of our process, as we strive bring Portland a great brand of football."

Will Mulder will enter his fourth season as a coach in the AFL in 2016, and his second with the Portland organization. In 2014, Mulder led the Portland defense to become the League’s fourth best pass defense, limiting teams to just 238.9 yards per game. That unit also held opposing quarterbacks to a completion percentage of 57.1 (tied, 4th), while ranking third best in interceptions, with 31. Mulder’s defensive secondary was highlighted that season by then rookies Bryce Peila, and current Orlando Predators defensive back Varmah Sonie, who both were named to All-Arena defensive lists that year. Mulder spent the 2015 season as the defensive backs coach with the Spokane Shock, the same role in which he began his coaching career.

Ron McBride enters his 56th year in coaching, and his second in the AFL, as the offensive line coach for the Steel in 2016. McBride will reprise a role he held under Ron James in 2013, when both were with the Utah Blaze. A linebacker with San Jose State University from 1959-1962, McBride began his coaching career at his alma mater three years later, serving as a defensive assistant for the Spartans in 1965. McBride would go on to serve as an offensive assistant or coordinator with several major collegiate programs throughout the seventies and eighties, including stops at the University of Utah, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Arizona.

McBride is known best for his role in resurrecting the Utah football program during his tenure as head coach of the Utes from 1990 to 2002. McBride lead Utah out of a 28-year bowl game hiatus, winning the Copper Bowl in 1992, the first of six appearances the Utes would enjoy during his 13 seasons. McBride is the second-winningest head coach in Utah history, posting an 88-63 record from his time in Salt Lake City, including two conference championships (WAC, 1995; MWC, 1999). McBride would go on to coach Weber State University for seven seasons from 2005 to 2011, winning the Big Sky Conference Championship in 2008, and featuring several times against the local Portland State University, before joining up with Ron James and the Blaze.

Kirk Broussard enters his ninth year in coaching, and his first with the Steel, after spending 2015 as an offensive assistant with the Buffalo Bills, helping as a position coach with the tight-ends and running backs. Broussard served in a similar role with the Detroit Lions two years prior. Broussard boasts several seasons of indoor football experience, serving as both an executive and a coach with teams across the NIFL, PIFL, and AIF, while also adding a local flare to the Steel sidelines. Broussard, a New Orleans native, has called Portland suburbs Lake Oswego and Wilsonville his off-season ‘homes’ since 2013, where his wife and her family reside.

2016 Steel Training Camp begins Wednesday, March 9, with players reporting on that date. Physicals will be conducted at Sports Medicine Oregon the next day. Practices will begin at 10:00 a.m. on March 11 at the PDX Sports Center. All training camp practices are open to the public, and media availability will begin at noon (12:00 p.m.) on every practice day. Interested media and photographers may send credential requests via email to rboelke@arenafootball.com.

The Steel open their 2016 AFL season at home against the Arizona Rattlers on Friday, April 1. Kickoff at Moda Center is set for 7:00 p.m., and fans can watch the game nationally via the CBS Sports Network.

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