Fuller named Vigilantes' interim coach
Less than a week after he guaranteed the Dallas Vigilantes would win their division, head coach Rich Ingold was fired Monday by the Arena Football League team.
Team owner Peter C. "Woody" Kern said defensive coordinator James Fuller will be promoted to interim head coach.
"As an organization, we are extremely frustrated with our results on the field through six games this season," Kern said. "Our goals have been and will continue to be focused on winning championships."
The Vigilantes (1-5) lost their third straight game Saturday to the Chicago Rush, 63-56.
In the final moments of the game, wide receiver Derek Lee and defensive back Eddie Moten were yelling at coaches on the field and around the bench. After the game, both players said the argument arose from frustration over losing.
"We are all disappointed and frustrated, but professionalism dictates being able to handle those situations with dignity and class," Kern said. "That was not demonstrated Saturday night and I personally apologize to our fans for the incident that occurred. Obviously, that type of behavior now and in the future will not be accepted."
Ingold was hired as the first coach of the Vigilantes franchise after great success in arenafootball2, where Ingold had a 92-38 overall record. He was a two-time AF2 coach of the year and was inducted into the now-defunct league's inaugural Hall of Fame class.
Fuller formerly served as head coach on an interim basis with the Philadelphia Soul in 2005 and is in his 12th season as an arena football coach.
Josh Davis is an ESPNDallas.com intern and a writer for TCU's student newspaper, the Daily Skiff.