Coaches

Derek Stingley (Head Coach *GM*)

 

Stingley began his coaching career with the Macon Knights as a Defensive coordinator, but was promoted to Head Coach midway through the season. He coached the Knights for two seasons and was able to turn around a losing 2-4 record, finishing the 2005 season at 8-8 and making the playoffs. In the 2006 season, the team again finished 8-8, just missing the playoffs by one game.

In 2007, his first season for the South Georgia wildcats, Stingley recorded a 10-6 record and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. In his second and final season with the Wildcats, he was named the 2008 Coach of the Year after the Wildcats finished with a 12-4 record, winning their final seven games to close out the regular season and captured first place in the league's South Division. The team also finished in the top ten in several statistical categories, including scoring defense, rushing defense and interceptions.

In 2013 as the head coach of Pittsburgh Power, his defensive unit surrendered a League-low 254.9 yards per game and ranked atop the AFL in pass defense. Prior to that he spent time with the New Orleans VooDoo as defensive coordinator and head coach. Stingley was announced as the first head coach of the Shanghai Skywalkers of the China Arena Football League(CAFL) in 2016.

Stingley played five seasons in the AFL as a player with the Albany Firebirds. There he was an All-Arena defensive back and helped lead the team to the Arena Bowl championship victory. Prior to being a player in the AFL, Stingley had brief stints with the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Jets.

 

dstingley@georgiadoom.com


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