Fever Hire New Head Coach
KENNEWICK, Wash. - The Tri-Cities Fever have a new coach to go along with their new league. KNDU learned on Wednesay that the Fever have hired Tony Wells to lead the team into their innagural AF2 season.
Wells coached in the AF2 last year, serving as the interim head coach for the Everett Hawks, a team now in the Fever's division. Prior to that he had coached in the NIFL for the Cincinnati Marshals. The 40 year-old played Arena League ball from 1991-1999 and played college ball at Kent State as a defensive back.
"I'm so psyhced up and ready to go," said Wells from his Cincinnati home. "I wish the season started tomorrow."
Prior to the Fever's switch from the NIFL to the AF2, former Fever quarterback Doug Coleman had been promisied the head coaching job. But AF2 rules require head coaches to have some AFL coaching experience, which made Coleman unable to retain the head coaching title. Owner Robert Moyer and Wells still want Coleman to serve as an assistant.
"I've met him, when the Marshals played the Fever," said Wells. "He's a great guy and I would love to have him on the staff. Assistant cocahes in this league don't make as much financially, but if he's willing to be a part of it, we want that."
Wells will arrive in town Wednesday and begin his new job. He believes he can win right away.
"In the AF2, at the end of this season, all the players are free agents," he explained. "That creates a level playing field. I want to win right away."