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Derek Stingly, head coach of Pittsburgh Power, directs his team during practice on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at the UPMC Sports Performance Complex in the Southside.

Derek Stingley

Born: April 9, 1971, in Chicago

Record as head coach: 42-41, 3-4 with the Power

Coaching stops: Macon Knights (af2), defensive coordinator and head coach, 2005-06; South Georgia Wilcats (af2), head coach, 2007-2008; New Orleans Voodoo (AFL), head coach, 2010; Power (AFL), defensive coordinator and head coach, 2012.

Did you know? Stingley was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies and was a minor league outfielder for three seasons before playing indoor football from 1996-2004.

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The Power's Derek Stingley, who was promoted from defensive coordinator to interim coach at midseason and kept the team from falling apart after a 2-8 start, will return next season.

“The (players) we want back, which is a lot of guys, want to play for him,” Power co-owner Matt Shaner said.

Stingley, 41, became interim coach May 21 after former coach Chris Siegfried was fired. Stingley led the Power to a 2-4 record on the field, not including a forfeit victory against the Cleveland Gladiators during the Arena Football League's labor dispute last month.

The Power (5-12) have won two of their past three games entering the season finale Friday at Consol Energy Center against the Jacksonville Sharks.

Shaner said the team's communication — on and off the field — improved under Stingley.

“There are a lot more (coaches) talking rather than one person making a decision,” Shaner said. “We went from no one wearing a headset during games to five or six guys miked up.”

Shaner said Stingley's coaching style is different from Siegfried's.

“Coach Siegfried was more of a take-a-lot-more-on-himself (coach). He ruled with a lot heavier hand. Sting is more into coaching meetings and asking other coaches their opinions. That speaks volumes.”

He added, “The team is more disciplined and playing better football.”

Stingley, who was head coach of the AFL's New Orleans Voodoo before he was fired last season, said he has forced players to be accountable.

“When I stop and yell at someone, that's borderline embarrassing,” he said. “I put ownership on everybody. They don't want to make those mistakes, knowing how quick I am to jump on their mistakes.”

Shaner noted that the Power have had the No. 1 defense in average yards allowed most of the season under Stingley.

“He was brought in to be the defensive coordinator under coach Siegfried,” Shaner said. “He started off with the No. 1 defense in the league and ended up as the No. 1 defense in the league. ”

Shaner said assistant coaches Mike Tomczak, Brian Basile and John Sikora also will be asked to return. He refused to reveal terms of Stingley's contract but said AFL teams set aside $120,000 for a coaching staff.

Jerry DiPaola is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can reached at jdipaola@tribweb.com or 412-320-7997.

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