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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 or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.

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