KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Fever Head Coach Adam Shackleford says when he came to the Tri-Cities in 2010, he told owner Teri Carr, he expected the Fever to be a three-year rebuilding project.
Fast forward just two years and Shackleford has the Fever in Saturday's IFL Championship Game.
This will be Shackleford's 3rd appearance in a championship game as a head coach. His first two were with the Spokane Shock. So far, he is 1-1 in title games.
'Shack' says when he came to the Tri-Cities, expectations weren't that great. But, now the team expects a title, like the Fever championship team of 2005.
"This was a complete rebuilding process," said Shackleford. "The expectations when I got here weren't to win a championship. I think we built those along the way and we told people that's what they need to expect."
"It's been an interesting season because there have been so many things that have happened this season that are almost a mirror image to our 2005 season," said owner Teri Carr. "I can see the heart that this team has, which is the same as the heart that our '05 guys had. It's not strange but it is déjà vu. There's a lot of déjà vu going on."