Source: Vigilantes to hire Dolezel
Former Dallas Desperados quarterback Clint Dolezel will be named the next coach of the Dallas Vigilantes on Saturday, a team source said Friday.
Dolezel will replace interim head coach James Fuller at the end of the season.
Saturday already was going to be a big night for Dolezel. The Vigilantes are going to retire his jersey and hang his number in the rafters of American Airlines Center.
Dolezel, who played three seasons for Dallas, was the first quarterback in Arena Football League history to throw more than 900 touchdown passes in his career, and was the first quarterback to lead his team to a 15-win regular season, which he accomplished with the Desperados in 2007.
He most recently began his coaching career with the Indoor Football League's San Angelo Stampede Express. However, Dolezel said Thursday he was considering joining an AFL team as a starting quarterback for the playoffs up until last week.
Dolezel, an East Texas State graduate, would not confirm or deny he was accepting the Vigilantes' coaching job, but said he would have to look closely at any coaching position.
"Obviously, [my family and I] would like to be close to home," Dolezel said. "If there is an opportunity for me to step in and coach here next year, that would be a huge step for my family and myself. If it happens, great."
Vigilantes general manager Gene Nudo also would not discuss the coaching change, but he did say the club intends to make a major announcement during halftime of the team's game Saturday against the Utah Blaze.
Dolezel retired following the 2008 AFL season, when the league suspended operations indefinitely. Peter "Woody" Kern, who is in his 16th season as an AFL owner, brought the Vigilantes to Dallas in 2009 as part of a reincarnated league.
The Vigilantes have struggled to a 2-12 record this season with two games remaining. The team dismissed inaugural coach Rich Ingold after the sixth game this season following an on-field argument with players.
Fuller lost his first seven games as coach, but led Dallas to an upset over the Chicago Rush last week.
Notes: The Vigilantes (2-12) will face Utah (1-13) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the American Airlines Center, with Dolezel's jersey retirement taking place at halftime. The Vigilantes will be offering $5 general admission tickets, available through Ticketmaster and the Vigilantes' ticket office (972-378-5454).
Josh Davis is an ESPNDallas.com intern and a writer for TCU's student newspaper, the Daily Skiff.