|March 23||vs Jacksonville||
|March 30||vs Cleveland||W 69-37|
|April 6||AT Utah||
|April 12||vs San Antonio||L 36-52|
|April 20||AT Orlando||
|April 27||AT Spokane||W 70-62|
|May 4||vs New Orleans||
|May 10||AT San Jose||L 34-64|
|May 18||AT Pittsburgh||
|May 25||vs Philadelphia||L 55-73|
|June 1||AT Iowa||
|June 8||vs Orlando||L 48-55|
|June 15||AT New Orleans||
|June 22||vs Chicago||L 49-50|
|July 6||vs Spokane||
|July 13||AT San Antonio||L 42-68|
|July 20||vs Pittsburgh||
|July 27||AT Jacksonville||7:00pm|
TAMPA, FL (Tampa Bay Storm Press Release) – The Tampa Bay Storm has named Storm great and Arena Football League Hall of Fame member Lawrence Samuels the sixth head coach in franchise history, team president Derrick Brooks announced.
“We are happy to introduce Lawrence as our head coach,” said Brooks. “Lawrence has been a staple of the Storm franchise since joining the team in 1994. He has spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator. We believe that he is ready to make the next step and take the reins as the team’s head coach.”
“I cannot imagine being the head coach of any other team,” said Samuels. “I want to thank Derrick Brooks, Jeff Vinik, and the Storm organization for giving me this opportunity. I look forward to getting to work and helping the Storm win its sixth ArenaBowl Championship.”
This will be Samuels’s first season as the head coach of the Storm. He spent the previous two seasons as the team’s assistant coach and offensive coordinator. Under his direction the team saw a vast improvement on the offensive end, finishing the 2013 season in the top-5 of several offensive categories including total offense and rushing offense.
Prior to joining the Storm coaching staff in 2011, Samuels spent two seasons as the wide receivers coach for Central State University (Wilberforce, OH). He was also a wide receivers coach for the USA Football summer camps sponsored by the National Football League, where he helped teach the fundamentals and skills necessary to be an effective wide receiver and defensive back. Samuels served two stints as the wide receivers coach for his alma mater, the University of West Alabama.
He spent 15 seasons with the Storm as a player and was a member of three ArenaBowl Championship teams. The legendary AFL Ironman starred at both the wide receiver and linebacker positions, and finished his career as the franchise leader in receptions (967), receiving yards (11,078), receiving touchdowns (160), points scored (1,076), fumble recoveries (32), forced fumbles (20) and tackles (455.5). He was the first player in AFL history to record 1,000 receptions; the sixth player ever in professional football history to reach that milestone.
Samuels was elected to the 2013 Arena Football Hall of Fame Class this past season.
In a league filled with offense, Storm receiver Joe Hills was deemed one of the best performers.
On Thursday the Arena Football League announced its All-Arena Offensive Teams and Hills made First Team alongside stars Tiger Jones of Philadelphia and Adron Tonnell of Spokane.
Hills set all of the Tampa Bay franchise marks this season. He finished with 133 catches for 1,861 yards and 42 touchdowns.
The Palmetto nativethreatened league marks when he went for 16-259-5 at Utah.
For the entire Offensive team head HERE to the official AFL website.
(via Tampa Bay Storm Media Relations) - The Tampa Bay Storm has elected not to retain head coach Dave Ewart, team president Derrick Brooks announced Tuesday morning.
Brooks will begin a search for a new head coach immediately. The Storm season ended this past Saturday with a 69-62 loss at Jacksonville in the first round of the Arena Football League’s 2013 playoffs.
“We appreciate the hard work and selfless dedication that Dave Ewart has given to the Tampa Bay Storm as our head coach these past three seasons,” said Brooks.
“Unfortunately, our results have not met expectations and I believe a coaching change is in the best interest of the organization. We wish coach Ewart all the best in his future endeavors and thank him for all he has given to the Storm organization and our players during his tenure with us.”
Named head coach on February 17, 2011, the 2013 season was Ewart’s third at the helm and his 10th overall with the organization. He served as director of player personnel and assistant coach from 2002-10. During his tenure as head coach, Ewart held a regular season record of 22-32, with the lone playoff loss coming this year. The Storm finished the 2013 season with a regular season record of 7-11.