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O'Hara Officially Welcomed Back to Tri-Cities

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Tri-Cities Fever head coach Pat O'Hara signed on the dotted line Monday, making him the official coach of the Fever in 2010.

It is the second time he's been introduced in less than a calendar year. O'Hara says while a lot is still unknown about the new Arena Football One, he has already started working on bringing back a corps of players who played on the team last year.

O'Hara pointed to the dedicated fans in the Tri-Cities as one of the top reasons he came back.

"You guys suffered through a lot the last couple years, especially last year," said O'Hara. "But, the resiliency of the fans is what really makes it neat."

"I have been anxious to see whether the Fever would come back," said Fever Defensive Back Ray Little. "I love playing here, it's a new home for me here so I'm really excited that everybody is going to be coming back."

Also today, O'Hara confirmed that his defensive secondary from last year: Jaimie Hattley, Ray Little, and DeVon Walker will be back next year.

Walker says he has already talked to wide receivers Chris Hemphill and Tremayne Kirkland about returning to the team.