AFL Press Release

LAS VEGAS (August 22, 2016) – The Arena Football League Office announces the winners of the Front Office/Support Staff of the Year, Sports Medicine Team of the Year, Equipment Manager of the Year and Fox40 Official of the Year.


Front Office/Support Staff of the Year: Tampa Bay Storm


The Front Office/Support Staff of the Year award was given to the Tampa Bay Storm for the second consecutive year.  This award recognizes the entirety of the front office support including public relations, sponsorship, ticketing, football operations and management.  The Storm were led by Chairman Jeff Vinik, CEO Steve Griggs and President Derrick Brooks.  The staff includes: Vice President of Football Operations Jeff Gooch, Director of Player Personnel Dave Wilson, Administrative Coordinator Bryanna Reveiz, Media Relations Manager Ben Shotten, Football Operations Coordinator Brandon Lang, Head Athletic Trainer Leigh Baker, Head Equipment Manager Paul Brace, Director of Storm Cheerleaders Kindra Ebanks, Medical Director Michele Pescasio, MD, and Chiropractor Dr. Susan Welsh.


Sports Medicine Team of the Year: Cleveland Gladiators


The Sports Medicine Team of the Year recognizes the team’s head athletic trainer, Jeff Lambert-Schemo, along with team physician Dr. Scott Singer.  Several other medical staffs garnered consideration as well, including Philadelphia’s trainer Kevin Sze and Dr. David Rubenstein and Dr. Demetri Menegos, Arizona’s trainer Sean McMannes and Dr. Shelden Martin, and Tampa Bay’s trainer Leigh Baker and Dr. Johnathan Phillips.


Equipment Manager of the Year: Todd Conner, Arizona Rattlers


Todd Conner, a seven-year veteran to the Rattlers staff, earned his second consecutive yearly honor.  Philadelphia Soul equipment manager Tyler Newhart was a finalist for the award after his second season with the team, as well as Los Angeles’ Jay Rosario.


Fox40 Official of the Year: Tom McCabe


Tom McCabe has been officiating in the AFL for 16 years.  In 15 of those 16 years, he has worked the playoffs including five Conference Championship games.  McCabe will be officiating his first ArenaBowl.

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