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Orlando hires ex-Shock coach Keefe

The Orlando Predators have named Rob Keefe the team’s new head coach for the upcoming season. Keefe has coached in the Arena Football League for five seasons, most recently as the defensive coordinator for the Utah Blaze. He was also the head coach of the Spokane Shock in 2010 when they won the AFL title. Keefe said in a statement Tuesday that he’s “excited to begin a new chapter and a renewed commitment to excellence that all Predator fans deserve.” The Predators finished with a 7-11 record last season.

– Associated Press


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Life without arena football: Faithful fans root for return of high-flying sport to Spokane

The season is winding down in arena football leagues across the country but not in Spokane. The franchise – known as the Shock for the first 10 seasons in arenafootball2 and the Arena Football League and the Empire for two seasons in the Indoor Football League – shuttered last July for financial reasons. The organization’s 12-year run was long by most arena franchise standards, but not long enough for its diehard fans.