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July 27, 2005 | By Michael Schaffer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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July 28, 2005 | By Pete Schnatz INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
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May 28, 2006 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 18, 2008 | INQUIRER STAFF
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.
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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.
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June 20, 2013 | Associated Press
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.
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January 23, 2006 | By Kevin Tatum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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March 18, 2006 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 26, 2006 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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July 28, 2011 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, barkowe@phillynews.com
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.
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June 20, 2013 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
IF IT is the goal of just about everybody in the Arena Football League to make it to the NFL, former Soul coach Bret Munsey sure took the long way. Munsey has been hired by the Eagles to be a college scout for the Mid-Atlantic region. For a football lifer like Munsey, this is a golden opportunity. "I left Philadelphia with a championship, and then to get the call to join an organization like the Eagles is the ultimate dream," Munsey said. Munsey was the Soul's coach from 2006-08.
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June 20, 2013 | Associated Press
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.
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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.
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June 5, 2012 | By Daniel Carp and Daily News Staff Writer
PLAYED ON a 50-yard field, Arena Football is typically a game dominated by passing offenses. Although there was no shortage of offense in the Soul's 79-48 win over the Orlando Predators Saturday night, it was the Soul's ground attack and defense that gave them the spark they needed to cruise to victory. Soul fullback Derrick Ross rushed for a franchise-record 84 yards on nine carries and tied an AFL record with five touchdowns. Ross has now rushed for more touchdowns than any player in Soul history and his 84 rushing yards were most by any AFL player in 2012.
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June 2, 2012 | By Ed Barkowitz, Daily News Staff Writer
As glorious as 2008 was for Bret Munsey, 2012 has been a disaster. It started with a player walkout hours before the season opener and hasn't gotten much better. Munsey was the head coach when the Soul won the 2008 Arena Football League title. He is currently in his first season as the head coach of the Orlando Predators. "It's been an uphill battle since Day 1," he said. "We just haven't gotten the quarterback play you have to get to win games in this league. We haven't gotten consistency at that position and the offense has struggled because of it. " The Predators, who visit the Soul at the Wells Fargo Center at 7:05 Saturday night, have been prey for the rest of the AFL. They are 1-9 and their only win was a 27-24 victory over the Georgia Force.
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June 1, 2012 | BY ED BARKOWITZ and Daily News Staff Writer
AS GLORIOUS as 2008 was for Bret Munsey, 2012 has been a disaster. It started with a player walkout hours before the season opener and hasn't gotten much better.   Munsey was the head coach when the Soul won the 2008 Arena Football League title. He is currently in his first season as the head coach of Orlando. "It's been an uphill battle since Day 1," he said. "We just haven't gotten the quarterback play you have to get to win games in this league. We haven't gotten consistency at that position and the offense has struggled because of it. " The Predators have been prey for the rest of the AFL. They are 1-9 and their only win was a 27-24 victory over Georgia.
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April 28, 2012
Who: Soul (5-1) at Orlando (1-5) When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Where: Amway Center (15,203). TV: CSN (tape-delayed until approximately 10:30 p.m.) Radio: ESPN-AM (950). About the Soul: They rolled up 83 points against Tampa Bay last week and average an AFL-best 74.2 points per game. San Jose is a distant second at 63.2. . . . Wide receiver Donovan Morgan said Thursday that the pin placed in his fractured wrist is due to come out Tuesday.
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July 28, 2011 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, barkowe@phillynews.com
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.
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March 10, 2011 | By Kevin Tatum, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the reborn Soul held media day on Wednesday at the Coliseum in Voorhees, team co-owner Ron Jaworski said he never had any doubts about whether the organization would again field an Arena Football League team. The league disbanded after the Soul won the AFL title in 2008, and the defending champs were not among the squads that returned to the fold last season to give it another go. Now, the Soul are back, and nobody is happier than the ever-enthusiastic Jaworski. The former Eagles quarterback ran the team for former owner Jon Bon Jovi before the league took a hiatus.
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March 10, 2011 | By ED BARKOWITZ, barkowe@phillynews.com
Right after they decided to create indoor football a quarter of a century ago, they created Mike Hohensee. That's an exaggeration, of course, but Hohensee is the only person who has been around as a player or a coach for the entire existence of this goofy experiment known as the Arena Football League. He was there in 1987 when the league that began with a drawing on a beverage napkin took flight in four cities (Chicago, Denver, Pittsburgh and Washington). Hohensee was no superstar, but he did throw the first touchdown pass in AFL history.
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