by Robert Hydrick
November 11, 2008
Albany - When the AFL's New Orleans Voodoo folded last month, it looked like their newly hired defensive coordinator Derek Stingley would be back for a third season as head coach of the South Georgia Wildcats.
Stingley though told team owners over the weekend that he does not want to coach the Wildcats in 2009.
Wildcats general manger Darren McPhail said "He was set in his mind that it looked like he was going to be at home with his family. I think that is where it is at. He wants to be at home with his family.
Reached by telephone, Derek Stingley did say that being close to his Baton Rouge home was a reason in his decision to turn down the Wildcats job.
He says he does have several coaching options but would not comment on speculation that he would take a coaching job with Bossier-Shreveport.
Derek Stingley was the 2008 AF2 coach of the year after leading the Wildcats to the south division title and a second straight playoff berth.
Stingley's record in South Georgia is 23-12.
Back in Albany, Darren McPhail knows he needs to move quickly to fill a job that has been open for almost two months.
McPhail believes he can still fit his criteria of finding someone who has had success as a head coach in indoor football.
McPhail said "We realize we have got to get somebody in here very quickly. We have a few guys we are talking to and we feel like we can fill it quickly.
Just how quick a new coach can be hired is a guess Darren McPhail does not want to make at this point.