Stingley picked to be Wildcats next coach - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Stingley picked to be Wildcats next coach

September 19, 2006

Albany -

The South Georgia Wildcats have a new head coach.

Derek Stingley, who has been the head coach in Macon for the last season and a half, was introduced today as the third coach in franchise history.

Stingley fits the qualifications that the Wildcats wanted in their next coach after consecutive 3-13 seasons.

One qualification is Stingley is already a winning head coach in arena football.

He took over the Macon Knights in week seven of the 2005 season when the team was 2-4.

The Knights won six of their final ten games and made the AF2 playoffs last year.

In 2006, Macon posted another 8-8 record but missed the playoffs by one game and the team's ownership ceased operations last month.

The second qualification the Wildcats wanted from their head coach is the ability to recruit top level players to south Georgia.

Besides bringing some of his top players from Macon, Stingley also has establised plenty of contacts as coach and player in arena football.

Derek Stingley "I will go to other teams and help with their training camp, AFL training camp. I will probably get some of the players they cannot use and they will try to filter a pipeline with the Wildcats."

Stingley is hoping to bring his coaching staff from Macon-- offensive coordinator Rickey Foggie who has been the AF2's assistant coach of the year for the last seasons and offensive line coach Randy Leindecker.

General manager Darren McPhail believes Stingley's hiring should be approved by the AF2 by the end of this week.

feedback: sports@walb.com?subject=stingley