By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Philadelphia Soul are going to have their third head coach in as many seasons since returning to the Arena Football League in time for the 2010 season.
Doug Plank, who was the head coach for the Soul during this past season, has decided to resign from his position. In the team’s press release, it said that Plank needed to take a break from coaching after the long season.
“I would like to thank the entire organization and the city of Philadelphia for how they embraced me and this team. It was an incredible run,” said Plank. “I was blessed to have so many players, coaches, individuals within the organization, and most importantly – the fans – that made my job easy. In the last few days, my job description has changed. Coach Plank has now become Doug, Dad and Grandpa.”
He guided the Soul to become the best scoring team in the Arena Football League at 68.2 points per game. They also led the AFL in rushing offense with 44.2 yards per game, and a +23 turnover margin.
In addition, the Soul were the only team to reach 15 regular season wins, which helped the Soul to have home field advantage in the first two rounds of the playoffs. They won both games, but lost to the Arizona Rattlers in the ArenaBowl in New Orleans.
The team will begin a search immediately for a new head coach. There’s already speculation that the team will promote offensive coordinator Clint Dolezel to head coach.
Dolezel, who is one of the best Arena Football quarterbacks of all-time, has previous head coaching experience. He was the Dallas Vigilantes head coach in 2011, where the team went 11-7 and placed second in the National Conference.
The team lost in the Conference semifinals to the Chicago Rush, 54-51.
In 2009, he also served as the Florida Firecats offensive coordinator.