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Tri-Cities Fever Sign Coach Shackleford to 2-year Extension; Add Two New Players

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by Tri-Cities Fever Media Relations

KENNEWICK, WA - The Tri-Cities Fever announced Wednesday that head coach Adam Shackleford has signed a 2-year contract extension with the team that will keep him in the Tri-Cities through the 2016 season.  Shackleford's career coaching record stands at 99-36, and he hopes to pick up his 100th career win in the season opener at home against the Billings Wolves on February 28th, 2015.

"I look forward to continuing my efforts to win football games with high character young men.  My hope is that we can continue to be a positive influence in our community and most importantly in our schools with the Tri-Cities youth.  I am very fortunate to work for the Carr family and a wonderful organization.  I look forward to seeing all of our loyal fans on the 28th of February," Shackleford said. 

The Fever also announced the signings of IFL veteran defensive back Brian Smith (5‘11”, 185 lbs.) from Virginia Union, and rookie defensive back Lorenzo White Jr. (6'0”, 186 lbs.) from Central Michigan University on Wednesday.

Smith got a chance to play in the Tri-Cities last season as a member of the Wyoming Cavalry. In 10 games for the Cavalry, Smith racked up 56 tackles and broke up 6 passes. Brian became available when the Wyoming Cavalry ceased operations last week and the Fever was quick to acquire his services. Prior to playing in the IFL, Smith was in camp with the New York Jets and played college football at Virginia Union, where he was a 4 year starter and defensive captain for his final three years.

Football fans may recognize the name of new IFL rookie defensive back Lorenzo White Jr.  His father was a first round pick of the Houston Oilers and played for 8 seasons in the NFL.  Hailing from Ft. Lauderdale Florida, White Jr. attended school at Central Michigan University where he started his junior and senior seasons. He amassed 65 tackles, 9 passes broken up and 1 interception in that time frame. Prior to joining the Fever, White played for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. 

Additionally; in other transactions, kicker Brady Beeson, who was just re-signed by the Fever, has subsequently been released by the team so that he can join the Portland Thunder of the AFL.  Center Lloyd Morrison Jr. was also released from his contract.  Morrison has been signed by the Philadelphia Soul of the AFL.  Lloyd joined the Fever as a rookie last season and had planned on returning to the team in 2015.