October 14, 2008
Albany - Former South Georgia Wildcats head coach Derek Stingley and the rest of the New Orleans Voodoo are still dealing with the shock that owner Tom Benson shut down the AFL team on Monday.
The terrible news for coach Stingley could be good news for his former team that still has not filled his job.
The 2008 AF2 head coach of the year made the move to the AFL when he was hired by the Voodoo as their defensive coordinator last month.
Reached at his home in Baton Rouge Tuesday, a understandably disappointed Stingley would not discuss his coaching future and a possible return to the South Georgia Wildcats.
Stingley says he is still under contract with the New Orleans Saints and would not comment on his coaching future until his legal status with the Saints is settled.
Wildcats general manager Darren McPhail would love to have Stingley back for a third season.
McPhail says he has talked with several coaching candidates but the job is still open.
In two seasons, Derek Stingley won 23 games, a division title and took the Wildcats to the playoffs in his two seasons in South Georgia.