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Wildcats make coaching change

June 14, 2005

Albany - When you are 2-8, it is not surprising to see a team change head coaches.

However, the South Georgia Wildcats move to fire Chris Siegfried was a bit stunning when you consider prior to this season, Siegfried had won 35 games in his first three years as a head coach and led the Cape Fear Wildcats to three straight appearances in the AF2 playoffs.

Wildcats managing partner Mike Storen believes the team can still turn their season around and make the playoffs.

However, Storen thinks a new coach is needed to make that happen.

The Wildcats are turning to former Georgia Tech quarterback Donnie Davis.

Davis had a stellar playing career in the Arena Football League where he led Arizona to the Arena Bowl title in 1997 where he was the game's most valuable player.

Davis' coaching experience consists of just four games as the offensive coordinator for the Georgia Force last year.

Davis said he had other opportunities but believes South Georgia is the place to begin his coaching career.

Donnie Davis said "Anytime you make a change such as this, if you have to start new, brand new. And the most important thing is getting the team to believe in that and buy into that."

Mike Storen said "He is interested in developing his resume and demonstrating that he can be a good coach. He is very bright. He is very hard-working and we are going to give him that opportunity."

Chris Siegfried told WALB News 10 Sports shortly after his firing that the team has not performed the way he expected it would when the season started but wishes he could have finished off the season.

Of the final six opponents this season, four have losing records and Siegfried says the Wildcats will more than likely finish the season with six straight wins which should earn them a postseason berth.

Chris Siegfried and Mike Storen are both confident that Siegfried will be coaching somewhere in the AF2 League next year and if so he will be waiting to play the South Georgia Wildcats.

The Wildcats next game is Saturday night at Arkansas.

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