July 27, 2005 |
The Soul have hired Bret Munsey as their new head coach and given him a clear mission: Win now. Philadelphia's Arena Football League team will announce Munsey's appointment at a news conference this morning at the Tri State Sports complex in Aston, Delaware County, where the squad trains. The Soul signed Munsey to a three-year contract, according to Tim Farrell, a spokesman for the team. Farrell declined to reveal the financial details of the deal. Munsey said in a telephone interview yesterday that Soul officials had made it clear that they want immediate success.
July 28, 2005 |
Young, aggressive, enthusiastic and passionate. Those are the traits that Soul president Ron Jaworski said the organization valued most in hiring a new coach, as the Arena Football League franchise prepares for its third season. Bret Munsey appeared to be all that and more during his introductory news conference yesterday, held in the team's spartan locker room at the Tri-State Sports Complex in Aston, Delaware County. The youthful Munsey - three weeks shy of his 37th birthday - was dressed casually in a blue oxford shirt and khaki slacks, but his demeanor was all business.
May 28, 2006 |
Moments after the Soul defeated Austin, 52-35, in the Arena Football League wild-card playoff last Sunday, Patty Munsey, the mother of Soul head coach Bret Munsey, got some additional uplifting news. When Georgia upset New York, 72-69, that meant the Soul's second-round game would be in Orlando, Fla., against the Predators instead of in Dallas. In short, it meant a home game for the Munseys, who live in Orlando. "We've been going broke traveling the last few weeks," Patty Munsey said, laughing.
January 18, 2008 |
The Soul yesterday added Mickey Mays and Jerry Odom to head coach Bret Munsey's staff. Mays will serve as offensive/defensive line coordinator and head of player personnel. Odom will be the assistant head coach. Mays has more than 20 years of coaching experience. He comes to the Soul after coordinating the defensive line at Charleston Southern University the last two years. He has also coached for the Orlando Thunder of the World League of American Football, the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League, the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe, and the Orlando Rage of the XFL. Odom has coached and played football.
September 6, 2012
WHEN DOUG Plank resigned as Soul's coach after the team's ArenaBowl loss on Aug. 10, he cited the difficulties of balancing a job in Philadelphia with a home life based in Arizona. So it came as a bit of a surprise when word came down that Plank had accepted the head coaching job for the Orlando Predators. "It caught us off guard," Soul general manager Tom Goodhines said. "It wasn't something that we expected, but we respect him as a coach and wish him well - except when he plays us. " Plank did not immediately responded to a request for comment.
June 20, 2013 |
A Boston man found dead Tuesday morning in an industrial park about a mile from the home of Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was the victim of a homicide, officials in Massachusetts said Wednesday. Bristol District Attorney Samuel Sutter's office, however, did not elaborate on the details of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd's death. His family said Lloyd played for the Boston Bandits semipro football team and had connections to Hernandez, but did not provide details. "My son is a wonderful child," his mother, Ursula Ward, said, crying as she spoke outside the family's home.
January 23, 2006 |
Coming off a 6-10 finish, the Soul are getting ready to embark on their third Arena Football League season with a new coaching staff and renewed hopes of being a contender. "We come in as a new staff expecting to win this year," said Soul head coach Bret Munsey, the former assistant head coach of the Orlando Predators. "We're not here for two or three years of rebuilding. This is a critical year for the organization, and this community wants a winner and nothing less. " Munsey said the Soul would announce their roster today.
March 18, 2006 |
The Soul finally got rid of their road woes and, according to coach Bret Munsey, the secret was in the socks. After losing their first two road games, the Soul defeated the expansion Kansas City Brigade, 54-24, on Monday. "We made a change in sock colors, wearing black instead of light blues, and it was socks all along," Munsey said. "We're hoping that was the difference. " Actually, it helped that Kansas City is the worst team in the league, with a 1-6 record. The Soul didn't have much time to savor the win because they visit the Columbus Destroyers tonight for a 7 o'clock game.
February 26, 2006 |
Soul majority owner Jon Bon Jovi realizes that today's matchup against the Colorado Crush is getting special attention. It's not just because the Soul and Crush are 3-1 and in first place in their divisions, or that Colorado is the defending AFL champion, or that the Crush are 3-0 lifetime against the Soul. "There is intense focus on this because you have Jon against John," Bon Jovi said in a phone interview Thursday from Denver, where he was performing during his band's concert tour.
July 28, 2011 |
SOUL COACH Mike Hohensee has resigned after going 6-12 this season. Philadelphia lost a handful of close games early on and finished the year dropping five of the final six. Hohensee, however, held his head high. "I'm extremely proud to have been the coach of these guys," he said. "The expectations were high, maybe higher than they should be, and it's best that I move on. But I'll always remember my time here. I had a blast. " The Soul was essentially starting from scratch after a 2-year hiatus following a league stoppage.