Charles Gunnings will return as Cape Fear Heroes coach
By Sammy Batten / Staff writer 5 Dec 2012
Charles Gunnings has coached arena football champions, but never back-to-back title winners.
So, instead of stepping away after leading the Cape Fear Heroes to the 2012 American Indoor Football crown in June, Gunnings has re-signed to lead the Heroes for the 2013 season.
"I think what it boils down to is Fayetteville is in my blood,'' Gunnings said Tuesday. "I had some opportunities to do some other things. But the one thing I've never done in my coaching career is coach a repeat champion. I may not get a better opportunity to try that than this year.''
The Heroes finished 9-0 last season, including a 79-27 victory against the California EaglesReplacement Team in the AIF title game.
Gunnings will begin forming the 2013 version of the Heroes on Sunday with the team's first tryout for the professional indoor franchise.
Gunnings said he hopes to find "six or seven'' players to sign at Sunday's tryout.
"What I'm trying to do this year is make the team look more attractive to local players,'' he said. "If it was up to me, I'd have all local players. About 80 percent of our roster last year was local talent. It's my goal to continue that.''
The AIF is expected to release its 2013 schedule later this week. The season is scheduled to open in late March.
Last Edit: Dec 5, 2012 11:39:17 GMT -5 by Banana Cat
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