SaberCats announce coaching hires


SaberCats announce coaching hires


SAN JOSE The SaberCats today announced Hall of Fame and ArenaCup champion coach Skip Foster, former SaberCats DefensiveSpecial Teams Coordinator Jeff Jarnigan, former SaberCat Tyrone Peace and Jasper Harvey will be joining San Joses coaching staff. Skip has been one of the greatest offensive minds since he joined Arena Football, said OwnerHead Coach Darren Arbet. He has a wealth of experience in football along with Jeff Jarnigan who has been a large reason for our success since 2007 and we couldnt be more excited that they are going to help lead our franchise heading into 2011 along with Tyrone and Jasper.OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR SKIP FOSTER
Overall, Foster has 27 years of coaching experience and eight years in Arena Football. He joins the SaberCats after serving as offensive coordinator with the Arizona Rattlers (2008) and the Columbus Destroyers (2007), who he helped lead to ArenaBowl XXI against San Jose.Prior to his time with the Destroyers, Foster was the head coach of the expansion Austin Wranglers. He led the Wranglers to a 24-24 record in his three seasons, including a 10-6 mark during his final year in 2006. Foster served as the head coach of the Tulsa Talons in af2 from 2001-03. He finished with a record of 44-10, an average of almost 15 wins a season, leading the Talons to victory in the 2003 ArenaCup. Foster made history when he became the only af2 coach to go undefeated at home with 26 consecutive victories over three seasons. In the collegiate ranks, Foster compiled an 82-39-2 record as head coach of Coffeyville Community College in Kansas before shifting to Arena Football. He coached the Red Ravens to six conference championships during his 12 seasons (1989-2000) as head coach. In 1990, Foster led Coffeyville to a National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship and an undefeated season. He was selected Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Coach of the Year in both 1990 and 1991. Foster took over head coaching duties from his father Dick, who won a national championship with Coffeyville in 1983. They are the only father and son pair in the NJCAA to win a national championship at the same school. Foster was inducted into the Coffeyville Hall of Fame in 2001. A graduate of Missouri Western State College, Foster played for his father at Coffeyville from 1979-80.DEFENSIVESPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR JEFF JARNIGAN
Jarnigan rejoins the SaberCats where he served in the same capacity from 2007-08, helping the team to their third ArenaBowl Championship in franchise history in his first season with the team. Jarnigan has 19 years of football coaching experience with eight coming in arenaindoor football.Prior to joining San Jose, Jarnigan served as head coach of the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz from 2005-06. Before joining the Yard Dawgz, he was defensive coordinator for the Austin Wranglers during their inaugural season in 2004. In Austin, Jarnigan led a unit that held opposing teams to fewer than 40 points in a game five times and ranked third in sacks.Jarnigan joined the Tulsa Talons in 2001 where he served as defensive coordinatordefensive backs coach for three seasons, helping them to an ArenaCup in 2003, after spending a year with the Minnesota Purple Rage of the Indoor Football League in 2000. He spent 11 years as a coach in the college football ranks prior to joining arenaindoor football. An all-conference offensive lineman and three-year starter at Southwestern College, he helped the team finish ranked third in the nation in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.DEFENSIVE BACKS COACH TYRONE PEACE
Peace joins the SaberCats after spending three seasons in the same capacity for Foothill College. A former SaberCat, he played five seasons in the AFL, playing wide receiver and defensive back for San Jose from 1997-99. Peace totaled 52 receptions for 550 yards and seven touchdowns to along with 56 tackles, 12 passes defensed and three interceptions during his AFL career.A native of Richmond, CA, Peace played collegiately at Foothill College before transferring to Chico State where he was a defensive back and returner. OFFENSIVE LINE COACH JASPER HARVEY
Harvey joins the SaberCats for his first coaching stint in the AFL. A two-year starter at guard and center for San Diego State, Harvey served stints with the Washington Redskins (2006), Philadelphia Eagles (2006-07), Orlando Predators (2008) of the AFL, Arizona Cardinals (2008) and Hartford Colonials (2009) of the UFL.A native of New Orleans, LA, Harvey played at Archbishop Shaw (LA) High School where he was a two-year starter at left tackle. He earned all-district and honorable mention All-New Orleans metro as a senior.
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AFL announces SaberCats ownership pulling out of league


AFL announces SaberCats ownership pulling out of league

LAS VEGAS -– Arena Football League Commissioner Scott Butera announced today that, for reasons unrelated to League operations, the owners of the San Jose Sabercats have notified him that they will no longer continue as members of the AFL.

Butera said that the League is working to secure a new long-term owner for the storied franchise, which played its first Arena game in 1995. He also extended the AFL’s deep appreciation to the SaberCats ownership group for all the contributions they have made to Arena Football.

“We have a remarkably loyal fan base in the San Jose area and we are working aggressively to secure new ownership for the franchise as soon as possible,” Butera said. “In the process of rebuilding, there is an evolution that brings change and growth. In the coming months, we will reveal a strategic growth plan for the AFL, including completion of agreements with a number of expansion opportunities.”

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SaberCats return 2012 leading receiver Samora Goodson


SaberCats return 2012 leading receiver Samora Goodson

SAN JOSE -- The SaberCats announced today that they have been assigned 2012s leading wide receiver Samora Goodson on a two-year contract. Goodson had a breakout season last year, his third in San Jose. The Arena Football Leagues free agency period for exclusive negotiations with players from a teams 2012 roster opened on Monday, Oct. 15 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 4.

"Bringing our leading receiver back from a year ago certainly bolsters our receiving corps," OwnerHead Coach Darren Arbet stated regarding the addition. "Samora is a very talented, proven receiver who has exhibited big-play ability at this level.

Goodson (6-3, 205, SE Missouri State) appeared in all 18 games for the SaberCats in 2012, where he led the team in all receiving statistical categories but touchdowns. He caught a career-high 114 passes for 1,471 yards and 27 scores as he paced a deep stable of SaberCats receivers on the way to a 12-6 season and playoff berth. Goodson also proved his worth on special teams, as he recorded 12 total tackles (ten solo) on kickoff coverage.

The Hayward, Calif. native appeared in seven games for San Jose in 2011, after his season was cut short due to injury. He posted 46 receptions for 630 yards and 12 touchdowns in the teams first season back since 2008. Goodson was a member of the SaberCats practice squad in the 2008 regular season and made the postseason roster in a year that saw San Jose fall in ArenaBowl XXII to the Philadelphia Soul. In between these two stints, Goodson played for the San Jose Wolves of the AIFA (Arena Football Indoor Association) in 2010.

Prior to his professional career the Californian played two seasons at Southeast Missouri State, where he tallied 37 receptions for 439 yards and four touchdowns in 22 appearances for the Redhawks. He transferred to Southeast Missouri State from Citrus Community College (Glendora, Calif.), where he earned All-Western State Conference and all-state honors.

Transaction: SaberCats are assigned WR Samora Goodson on a two-year contract.

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