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Power close to naming new coach

The Pittsburgh Power entry in the Arena Football League has interviewed at least four candidates for the head coaching position and Jacksonville Sharks offensive coordinator Chris Siegfried has emerged as the frontrunner, according to sources close to the situation.

Power principal owner/general manager Matt Shaner said a news conference to name the franchise's inaugural coach is planned for Wednesday at Consol Energy Center. The Power will begin play as an expansion team in 2011.

"As a franchise, we wouldn't feel right discussing candidates until after there is a signed contract," Shaner said. "We expect a contract to be signed early (this) week."

Indications are that Siegfried, a former arenafootball2 coach of the year at Spokane, has been chosen over at least three other candidates. They are Pittsburgh native Rich Ingold, Tampa Bay storm assistant head coach Dave Ewart and former Arizona Rattlers coach Kevin Guy.

Siegfried could not be reached for comment Saturday.

Siegfried attended West Hazleton High School in eastern Pennsylvania and was a three-year starter at Division II Millersville. He coached the Spokane Shock to the 2006 af2 championship and was named the league's coach of the year. He also coached in the af2 with the Arkansas Twisters and the Cape Fear (N.C.) Wildcats.

Ingold is the former coach of the AFL's Dallas Vigilantes and twice was an arenafootball2 coach of the year at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Ingold said Friday he had withdrawn his name from consideration for the Power's job and has been weighing a coaching offer from another indoor team.

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