Ingold Earns Sportexe Coach of the Year for arenafootball2

All-Time Winningest af2 Coach Wins League’s Top Coaching Honor

Ingold Earns Sportexe Coach of the Year for arenafootball2
Chicago, IL, August 23, 2007 --( Sportexe® is proud to announce Rich Ingold, head coach of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers, as the winner of the 2007 Sportexe af2 Coach of the Year award for his efforts this season en route to capturing the top slot on the league’s all time win list (59) and leading his team to ArenaCup8. Ingold was selected by a vote of his fellow arenafootball2 head coaches and media members.

Ingold, in his second season at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, guided the Pioneers to a 14-2 regular season record and an East Division title in 2007. He has also led the team to two playoff victories and an appearance in the American Conference Championship game, which will take place later on today.

Earlier this season Ingold became only the fourth head coach in af2 history to collect 50 wins in his career. In addition to his current job in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Ingold spent 2002-2004 as the head coach of the Quad City Steamwheelers.

“I feel extremely honored to win this award. This is the best group of guys I’ve been around in all my years of coaching,” stated Ingold upon hearing the announcement. “I also want to give many thanks to Big Win Ventures, Cosmo and Janet DeNicola, Dave Berryman, and my assistant coaches. When things got tough they stood in the fire with me.”

Ingold 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 NFL Europa’s Doug Graber and Vince Martino and Arena Football’s Kevin Guy.

"We’re excited about this new addition to our already existing relationship with Sportexe," af2 President Jerry Kurz said. "We’re very fortunate to now have a top-notch, year-end award to recognize our league’s best of the best."

“This season is a perfect example of the fine job Coach Ingold has done during his tenure in af2,” said Aaron S. Lee, football coaching insider and Sportexe spokesperson. “It is only fitting that Coach Ingold capture the industry’s top award during a season where he has captured the most career wins, conference championship and possible league title. Sportexe is very proud of the hard work given by both Coach Ingold and af2 this season.”

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 recognizes football coaching talent from all over the world that demonstrates the same quality, integrity and performance that has become synonymous with the Sportexe brand.

Sportexe continues to solidify its status as the top professional indoor synthetic turf provider in North America as the official and exclusive synthetic turf supplier and game system provider for the af2 and its big brother the Arena Football League, as well as the Major Indoor Soccer League and National Lacrosse League. Sportexe synthetic turf system clients also include the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints, S.F. 49ers, Buffalo Bills, along with the NCAA’s Cal-Berkeley, Indiana, Pitt , LSU, Alabama and Southern Miss.

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