The 'Shack Story'Posted: Updated:
KENNEWICK, Wash. -- In sports, coaches that win usually have a pretty good chance of keeping their job. Not so for Fever Head Coach Adam Shackleford. Shack led the 2009 Spokane Shock to a championship, then got the axe.
Just call him a winner because that was what he was from 2007 through 2009 as the Spokane Shock's head coach. He won 50 games in the af2 and brought home a championship. After winning the league's ultimate prize last year, he got canned.
"I won 50 games in three years and got fired in my last job," said Shackleford. "I think even if you might see some signs, you feel like what you've done will maybe get you by those sign."
Another man's loss is anothers gain. The Fever welcomed Shack with open arms, providing him the one thing he did not have in Spokane, a sense of security.
"I feel comfortable here," said Shackleford. "I trust the ownership. I feel like they trust me. I definitely feel like I have the full backing here."
With the drama in Spokane behind him, his new mission is to rebuild a franchise that has not won a championship since 2005.
"Here there's a rebuilding," said Shackleford. "There's a process. It's not going to happen overnight. Terri Carr, [the owner], [she is] working as hard if not harder than anyone else is working. It is comforting for a head coach to know the money people in the organization are in here trying to make sure this thing goes off smoothly too."
The Tri-Cities Fever are currently 1-3 in the Indoor Football League, picking up a huge win in front of their home crowd this past Saturday. That is something Shack hopes the team can build on.