Power's new coach gives team boost
By Jerry DiPaola
Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 11:35 p.m.
Power owner Matt Shaner vowed to give his team whatever it needs, even if that means one coach for every five players.
With the Power last in the Arena Football League with 32 points per game, coach Derek Stingley hired a fifth coach — former coaching colleague Jon Lyles — to help with offensive play-calling. Lyles' first game last week resulted in the Power's best effort of the season, a 46-43 victory in New Orleans.
Offensive coordinator Mike Tomczak, who played quarterback for 15 years in the NFL, relinquished on-field coaching duties to Stingley and will focus on tutoring Jordan Jefferson and backup Shane Austin.
“We had a problem with our offense,” said Shaner, who refused to allow reporters to speak to Tomczak or Lyles. “With (Jefferson) getting better and better each week but still being basically a rookie, we thought it would be better (for Tomczak) to focus his efforts on Jordan and also Austin and get some assistance in running the rest of the offense.”
Stingley said coaches share play-calling duties. Duties for defensive coaches Brian Basile and John Sikora are unchanged.
“Coach Tomczak is a great quarterback coach who understands quarterback play and he understands the makeup of the offense, and Coach Lyles understands how the offense flows within this game,” Stingley said.
Lyles worked with Stingley in the af2 League in Bossier City, La., in 2009.
“I always told him when I become a head coach, I need you to be my guy,” Stingley said. “I have a guy (Tomczak) here, but Jon is just here to help out.”
Jerry DiPaola is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.
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.
- Gorman: WPIAL recruits send message to Pitt
- Penguins sign Zatkoff to new 2-year contract
- NASA astronauts tackle urgent spacewalking repairs
- Steelers’ cornerback Allen learns valuable lessons
- Swedish Christmas goat engulfed in flames — again
- Westmoreland dumps HR director
- On anniversary of Pan Am plane crash over Scotland, victim’s family reflects on path they took to heal
- Penguins’ Orpik: Thornton was ‘apologetic’
- Allegheny County database catalogs plumbers
- Company to provide refreshments at lawmaker’s open house
- Penguins notebook: Glass, Scuderi close to returning to lineup