Power fires head coach Siegfried
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Before the Power's most recent game, co-owner Matt Shaner praised coach Chris Siegfried for his work ethic and said the team's poor record didn't “reflect his abilities as a head coach.”Less than 48 hours later, Shaner lost patience with his last-place team Monday and fired Siegfried, who was 2-8 this year after missing the 2011 playoffs in the Power's expansion season. Siegfried, who was in his 11th season as an indoor football coach, was 11-17 with the Power.
“It just didn't work out,” Shaner said. “We aren't in a position I feel we need to be in.”Siegfried will be replaced by defensive coordinator Derek Stingley, who was 3-15 last season as head coach of the AFL's New Orleans VooDoo. In addition, the Power hired former Steelers quarterback Mike Tomczak as offensive coordinator. Siegfried had called all of the offensive plays for the Power.
Tomczak, 49, played 15 seasons in the NFL, retiring after the 2001 season, but his only coaching experience was in 2010 as a volunteer at Division II Ohio Dominican.
“I am pumped to get in front of the projector and break down some film, like in the old days,” said Tomczak, who lives in Sewickley.
But he admitted, “This will be all new to me.”
Before he fired Siegfried, Shaner said he was speaking to Tomczak about joining the staff as a consultant to help work on timing and recognition issues in the passing game. The team's losing streak reached five games Saturday in a 43-37 loss to the previously winless Kansas City Command.
“This is a quarterback-driven league and the defenses are at a disadvantage most of the time,” Tomczak said. “The bottom line is you have to make plays.”The Power has gone through nine quarterbacks in the first 28 games of its existence, thanks to injuries, ineffectiveness and labor-management strife.
Siegfried was eager to work with veteran Kyle Rowley, but he was fired March 9 along with the rest of the team when the players' union threatened to strike during the Power's opener in Orlando, Fla. Most players were asked to return, but Rowley, who was the Power's union representative, was not among them.
Subsequently, the Power lost quarterbacks Andrico Hines and Bill Stull to injuries and struggled with Derek Cassidy and Bryan Randall running the offense.
Jerry DiPaola is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-320-7997.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Storms knock out power to several hundred in Western Pa.
- Judge dismisses UPMC ‘data breach’ lawsuit
- Penn State lands 4-star offensive lineman from Reading
- Steelers’ defense unfazed by noise, believes in potential
- Police charge third man in fatal shooting of teenager in Monroeville
- Mind was ‘falling apart,’ Colorado theater killing suspect says
- Inmate assaults Westmoreland County sheriff’s deputy at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital
- Judge: UPMC must provide in-network access to Highmark Medicare members
- Brief lockdown lifted at Jeannette school after unfounded report of man with weapon
- Sources: Ex-House Speaker Hastert paid to conceal misconduct
- Gunmen hijack buses in Pakistan, kill passengers