Sportexe Names K.C. Brigade’s Porter Coach of the Year

Kevin Porter Earns Sportexe Arena Football Coach of the Year Honor

Round Rock, TX, July 24, 2007 --( Sportexe is proud to announce Kevin Porter, head coach of the Kansas City Brigade, as the winner of the 2007 Sportexe Arena Football Coach of the Year award. Porter joins previous Sportexe Coach of the Year winners such as the NFL’s John Fox and Sean Payton, CFL’s Tom Higgins and Wally Buono and the AFL’s Todd Shell and Kevin Guy.

Sportexe, a global leader in the synthetic turf industry, has become synonymous with excellence and the Sportexe Coach of the Year award has become a respected symbol that showcases coaching talent demonstrating the same quality, integrity and performance as the Sportexe brand.

Porter, a former NFL defensive back with the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets, led the second-year team to a 10-6 record after a 3-13 inaugural year, becoming one of only four teams in the AFL’s 21-year history to make a seven-game turnaround. The Brigade played for the Central Division title in the final week of the season and hosted a home playoff game as one of just 26 second-year franchises to reach the postseason among 62 franchises in the league’s history.

“It’s really an honor to receive this with all of the talented and successful coaches in our league,” said Porter, once the winningest coach in arenafootball2 history with a 45-27 record. “This award represents a lot of hard work by our coaches, players, and staff. The season wouldn’t have been such a success without their commitment. “Thank you to Sportexe for this recognition and their continued support of Arena Football,” he added.

What makes Porter’s accomplishment more significant is the fact that Kansas City was picked to finish the season last among the AFL’s 19 teams. “One cannot help but admire the fine job Coach Porter and the entire franchise did this season,” said Aaron S. Lee, football coaching insider and Sportexe spokesperson. “Coach Porter has always enjoyed tremendous success during his illustrious career, but no one expected the Brigade to accomplish such lofty goals in just its second year.”

“Coach Porter is definitely deserving of this award after a successful season,” said Neil Smith, co-owner and Porter’s former teammate with the Chiefs. Thanks to him, the Brigade will contend for the ArenaBowl every year. We’re proud to have a great teacher and leader as head coach.”

Sportexe continues to solidify its status as the top professional indoor synthetic turf provider in North America as it is an official or exclusive turf provider for not only the AFL and af2, but also the Major Indoor Soccer League and the National Lacrosse League. Sportexe synthetic turf system clients also include the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints, S.F. 49ers, and Buffalo Bills, along with the NCAA’s Cal-Berkeley, LSU, Alabama and Southern Miss.

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With offices in Ontario, Texas, and Georgia, Sportexe is dedicated to delivering top notch synthetic turf solutions to each and every client. As an acknowledged leader in the industry, the U.S Company prides itself on delivering products that feature the latest in innovation and superior engineering with an emphasis on research and development. Currently Sportexe is the exclusive or official turf system supplier for The Arena Football League, (AFL/AF2), National Lacrosse League (NLL), Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL), U.S. Indoor Soccer Association, and the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA). Additionally, Sportexe partners with the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA). Sportexe has also made tremendous progress in the international scene by securing relationships with both the International Hockey Fédération (FIH), and the Federation International de Football Association (FIFA).

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