This one is going on its own post.
The Spokane Shock brought an exciting, vibrant brand of football to Spokane this past spring and summer. And the man most responsible for the excitement and vibrancy was coach Chris Siegfried.
That's why Jim Meehan's story today about Siegfried leaving hits hard.
We knew he would be leaving sooner or later. Success is the father of demand, and Siegfried was in demand. Despite all the roadblocks in the way of an arenafootball2 coach – remember this is minor league sports and the guys have to make ends meet with other jobs, not to mention weddings – Siegfried had his team prepared each week.
The ArenaCup rout of Green Bay was just the pinnacle, the tip of the iceberg. It was the other 20-plus weeks of training, practice, games, that Siegfried laid the foundation for the final success.
And now he's leaving for an offensive coordinator position in the "big leagues" of arena football. That is what's so shocking. He showed here, and throughout his af2 career, he can be successful as a head coach. It's surprising no one had the temerity to reach out and make him the head man somewhere in the top arena league.
He earned it.