October 10, 2007
Albany - When the 2007 Arena 2 Football season ended for the South Georgia Wildcats, it looked like head coach Derek Stingley would not be back for a second season because of the great job he did.
Stingley says he had some opportunities to coach elsewhere next season but South Georgia is where he wants to be.
The South Georgia Wildcats announced Wednesday head coach Derek Stingley will be back for the 2008 season.
Stingley took over a South Georgia team that had posted consecutive three win seasons in 2005 adn 2006.
In his first year, Stingley led the Wildcats to ten wins, their first AF2 playoff appearance and their first playoff win in South Georgia.
Now that the tide has been turned in South Georgia, Coach Stingley wants to return and lead the Wildcats even farther in the AF2 playoffs next year.
South Georgia Wildcats head coach Derek Stingley said "We felt like we left a lot of unfinished business out there on the field. So, hopefully with this upcoming season with the guys that we are targeting and we got some commitments from we feel real strong about bringing a championship to the city of Albany."
Wildcats general manager Darren McPhail said "We left a lot of stuff on the field as well. Just bringing him back and that continuity and that stability of being able to get some of our players back. It is just a blessing for us really."
The South Georgia Wildcats won 10 games with a schedule that included 12 games against AF2 playoff teams.
Derek Stingley's career record as a head coach is 25-18 in two and a half seasons in the AF2.