Soul in talks to hire Clint Dolezel as its new head coach

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By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer

The Philadelphia Soul have their new head coach in mind.

Dolezel talking to Dan Raudabaugh (Credit: J&D Photography)

The Soul have begun negotiating a contract with Clint Dolezel, according to Soul General Manager Tom Goodhines. He was the Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator for the Soul during the 2012 season.

The Soul have an opening in the head coaching position after Doug Plank decided to leave the franchise to spend more time with his wife in Arizona. Dolezel was a head coach of the Dallas Vigilantes during the 2011 season, where he guided the team to an 8-7 mark. He lost in the first round the playoffs in 2011.

Many of the Soul players previously played for Dolezel in Dallas. There were 10 former Vigilantes on the Soul roster when the season ended. It was the Dallas of the East Coast, and those guys had more success this past season than they did in Dallas.

In addition, there were a number of teams that inquired about potentially hiring Dolezel away from the Soul. That’s why the team is moving so quickly in trying to keep him to lead the 2013 squad into action.

Plank and Dolezel guided several players to franchise and league single-season records. Those individuals included quarterback Dan Raudabaugh, fullback Derrick Ross, and wide receiver Tiger Jones, who is currently in training camp with the Philadelphia Eagles, and all of which were with Dolezel in Dallas during the 2011 season.

Dolezel is no stranger to the Arena Football League, or the indoor game in general. After a long playing career, he joined the Florida Firecats in 2009 in the af2, as their offensive coordinator. Then, he was with the Vigilantes in 2011 and the Soul this past season.

Dolezel came into the Arena Football League during the 1995 season with the Milwaukee Mustangs. Then, after two seasons with the team, he signed with the Texas Terror in 1997.

In 1998 and 1999, he was apart of the Houston ThunderBears, before moving onto the Grand Rapids Rampage, where he played from 2001 to 2003.

He joined the Las Vegas Gladiators (now the Cleveland Gladiators) in 2004 and stayed with them until the end of the 2005 season. He ended his career with the Dallas Desperadoes, where he played from 2006 to 2008.

He was named the 8th of the 25 greatest players to ever play in the AFL. In addition, during the ArenaBowl, he was named to the latest AFL Hall of Fame class.

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