JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonville Sharks have announced today that they have hired Siaha Burley as their third head coach in the franchise's history.
Burley brings 11 years of playing experience as well as 6 years of coaching, including most recently with the Cleveland Gladiators as their Offensive Coordinator. He was also the OC for the Arizona Rattlers (2016), Orlando Predators (2014-2015), Chicago Rush (2013), and was the Wide Receivers coach for Arizona Rattlers (2011).
“We are extremely excited to have an arena football legend lead our team in the coming years,” stated Operating Manager Jeff Bouchy, “We look forward to his offensive innovation and leadership of our team. I have known Siaha for many years going back to his playing days. I have watched his explosive offenses light up the Sharks over the years. It feels good that he’s finally on the good guy’s side. This is well deserved and we are lucky to have him.”
During his time as an Offensive Coordinator Burley has coached: the Cleveland Gladiators to an average of 51.8 points per game and placed them third in the division in offensive scoring so far in the 2017 season; In 2016, the Arizona Rattlers (15-4) made an appearance in the ArenaBowl, lead the conference in points (1,276) and averaged 67.1 ppg; In 2015, the Orlando Predators (12-7) were second in the division in points scored (1,056), and averaged 55.5 ppg; In 2014, the Predators (12-8) lead the division in points scored (1,107), and averaged 55.3 ppg; In 2013, the Chicago Rush lead the division in points scored (1,020) and averaged 53.6 ppg. Also, as the Wide Receivers coach, the 2011 Arizona Rattlers (18-3) made an appearance to the ArenaBowl, lead the division in points scored (1,300) and averaged 61.9 ppg.
“I am so fortunate to be given my first opportunity as the Head Coach of the Jacksonville Sharks. I have waited a long time for this moment,” stated Burley, “I would like to thank the Sharks Ownership Group for putting their trust in me. I cannot wait to meet all of the players on this talented roster and finish what has already been started this season.”
As a player Burley spent 11 years as a wide receiver in arena football. Ranks 11th in career receptions (843), 12th in career receiving yards (10,810), and 13th in career touchdowns (247).
All-Time Rank: Stat Category Stats
#11 Career Receptions 843
#12 Career Receiving Yard 10,810
#13 Career Touchdowns 247
About the Jacksonville Sharks
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