By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: September 16th, 2014 at 2:43 pm EST
Head coach Clint Dolezel and the Philadelphia Soul have agreed to a new contract. Dolezel, who had his contract expire at the end of the Soul’s playoff loss to the Cleveland Gladiators, signed a two year extension 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.”
Dolezel completed his second season at the helm of the team in 2014. He was previously the offensive coordinator in 2012 under then-head coach Doug Plank.
During the 2014 season, the Soul finished second in scoring offense at 56.7 points, third in rushing offense at 31.3, third in passing efficiency at 113.3, and first in third-down conversions at 52.7. This was even after the offense took a major hit mid-season when wide receiver Ryan McDaniel went down with an Achilles injury.
“Clint is the right person for the job here in Philadelphia,” added Soul general manager Tom Goodhines. “He was a big part of our success over the last three seasons and will continue to (be) a big reason why the Soul will remain a title contender year-in and year-out.”
The 44-year-old was previously the San Angelo Stampede Express head coach and the Dallas Vigilantes head coaches in 2010 and 2011, respectively. He is 32-22 in his Arena Football League coaching career, and last season was the first time that he did not win 10 games in a season.
He is also 2-3 in the playoffs, and has guided the Soul to back-to-back playoff appearances. He was an assistant coach when the Soul went to the ArenaBowl in 2012, then coached to the ArenaBowl last year.
“The city of Philadelphia demands a winner and Clint’s competitiveness and drive to succeed will help us deliver,” acknowledged 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.”