By: Matthew Hester
Professional Indoor Football League
KNOXVILLE, TN (July 16, 2012) – The Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) is proud to announce Richmond Raiders Head Coach James Fuller as the 2012 Coach of the Year.
The award will be Fuller’s first Coach of the Year honor embarking a true embodiment of the tremendous 2012 Richmond Raiders season in which the club experienced a four-game turnaround from the previous season, the biggest improvement of any club in the PIFL.
In just his second season at the helm, Fuller led Richmond to a 10-2 regular-season record tying them with the first-place Albany Panthers. It was the first winning season in Raiders franchise and was good enough to land the club a home playoff game, another first. On May 5th and extending all the way to PIFL Conference Semi-Finals Richmond won a team-high eight games in a row.
Behind Fuller, the Raiders finished the regular-season tops in the PIFL in scoring offense (60 points/game), rush offense (49 yards/game), rush defense (15 yards allowed/game), and total defense (241 yards allowed/game). Coupled with the best turnover margin (+23), Richmond scored a league-high 10 defensive touchdowns.
In 2012, eight members from Richmond received All-PIFL honors with QB Antwon Young, K T.C. Stevens, OL Kynneth Moses, and DL Michael Woodhouse earning 1st Team honors. In addition to landing 1st Team honors, QB Antwon Young was named the PIFL 2012 League MVP.
On August 27th, the Professional Indoor Football League will hold its annual Winter Meetings in Atlanta, GA with discussions expected to be held in area’s such as expansion, rule changes, while looking forward to the upcoming 2013 season.
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