Philadelphia Soul Press Release
PHILADELPHIA (August 27, 2015) – The Arena Football League today announced the Marcum-Moss Coach of the Year award to Soul Head Coach Clint Dolezel. The coach has been recognized, across the league, for his hard work and dedication all season.
“Without of question, Clint is one of the best offensive minds in AFL history,” said Soul General Manager Tom Goodhines. “This is a well deserved award and the entire Soul organization could not be any more proud of him.”
2015 marks Dolezel’s third year as Head Coach of the Philadelphia Soul where he is 39-21 (.650). This season, Dolezel produced a successful 16-4 record, an East Division Championship and clinched the top seed in the American Conference. Also serving as the team’s offensive coordinator, Dolezel’s offense ranked No.1 in the League in touchdowns (151) and No. 2 in total offense (299.8 yards per game) and in scoring (58.9 points per game). Key off-season moves included: re-signing Dan Raudabaugh, Ryan McDaniel and Bryan Robinson, while signing free agents Marco Thomas, Beau Bell and Shaun Kauleinamoku. He has led the Soul to the playoffs in all three seasons with the Soul and one trip to ArenaBowl in 2013. During his first season with the team, the fourth-year AFL head coach led the team to an ArenaBowl appearance, a 14-7 record and an American Conference Championship and was the Soul’s Offensive Coordinator for the Soul when they made it to the ArenaBowl after a 17-4 season in 2012.
Dolezel landed his first professional head coaching position with the San Angelo Stampede (IFL) and guided them to the second round of the playoffs. In 2011, Dolezel was tabbed as head coach of the AFL’s Dallas Vigilantes and made the playoffs with an 11-7 regular-season record and a playoff appearance in his rookie head-coaching season.
The 2012 AFL Hall of Fame inductee had a storied 13-year playing career where he still finds himself amongst the all-time leaders in passing yards (No. 3 with 44,564), touchdown passes (No. 2 with 931), passing attempts (No. 4 with 5,698), and completions (No. 4 with 3,749). He was also named the No. 8 top player in AFL history by the Silver Anniversary Committee in 2012. Dolezel began his playing career in 1995 when he was signed by the Milwaukee Mustangs (1995-97), Texas Terror (1997), Houston ThunderBears (1998-99), Grand Rapids Rampage (2001-03) and led the Rampage to an ArenaBowl XV title. He later signed with the Las Vegas Gladiators (2004-05) before ending his playing days with the Dallas Desperados (2006-08).