Axemen can’t go wrong with Chris Kokalis

Axemen can’t go wrong with Chris KokalisDuring the season break, all squads in the Indoor Football League are frantically trying to improve the depth of their team by adding new players to their rotation. Strengthening the defenses, while bolstering the offensive is their main priority, but past performance proved us time after time that performance can only be achieved if the team is led by a versatile coach. This is exactly why the Axemen chose Chris Kokalis for the job, as this coach has one of the most impressive resumes in football.

Twice in his career, he won the Indoor Football League coach of the year trophy, something that says a great deal about his ability to lead or source of teams to success. The Axemen are hardly the best in the league, but under his guidance they have a good chance of setting new records and seeking new milestones in the upcoming season. Before joining them, Chris coached Green Bay Blizzard and much to his credit he led the team to United Conference Championship one year ago.

Everyone remembers his performance with the Fairbanks Grizzlies before that, and the fact that his team won 10/15 games is also a great achievement. It is this kind of experience and confidence in his ability to transform pretty much any team overnight that recommends Kokalis for this job. Rebellious players tend to comply much easier when Chris is in charge and that’s why there are plenty of reasons for optimism.

This season will mark a personal milestone for Chris who started coaching back in 2004 and will be celebrating a decade in this line of work. He can be proud of his achievement, because over that span he emerged as one of the most reliable coaches and one of the few who often exceeds expectations. Among his achievements is the one of training no less than seven players who eventually got to put their skills to the test in the National Football League.

Chris Kokalis is nothing short of an artist when it comes to training indoor football teams, but he has plenty of experience outdoors. He helped the team at University of Mary in Bismarck, as this was the University he graduated from and it comes as no surprise that the players under his command have only good things to say. The Axemen plan to attract plenty of fans at their games this season, with discounted prices and attractive packages for families.

Nebraska Danger strengthens is squad for 2014

Nebraska Danger strengthens is squad for 2014The upcoming season promises to be a very difficult one for ambitious team such as Nebraska Danger, as their opponents have greatly strengthened their squads. In order to stand a chance in 2014, Nebraska had to respond in similar fashion and that’s exactly what they did by acquiring four new players. Mon Williams, Chancey Aghayere, Vondrell McGee and Ian Symonette are going to play for the Danger, one season after playing a central role for their teams.

Arguably the most important acquisition is Chancey Aghayere who played for the Tigers in the past and it comes as no surprise that he was the main priority for Coach Mike Davis. He counts on Chancey to provide the extra experience that Nebraska needs to stay competitive, and to improve their otherwise shaky defensive. Vondrell McGee used to play for Texas and he also featured in the Longhorns’ starting formation for three years, being one of the most successful players in terms of rushing.

He can brag about 14 touchdowns and 976 yards, so if he can keep up these numbers while playing for the Danger, Nebraska should emerge as a strong candidate for the United Bowl. Mon Williams made a name for himself while playing for Eastern Illinois University and the Gators rushing for more than 1000 yards in consecutive seasons and scoring a total of 12 touchdowns. They would find a home in Nebraska, as the team was in dire need of strong yet speedy players and this is exactly what Vondrell and Moe are.

In 2013, the Danger lacked that offensive spark that was necessary for winning the United Bowl. As a result, the offensive had to be strengthened as well, with Mike Davis considering that Symonette is exactly what the team needs. If past performance serves as a reliable indicator for the future, his record at University of Miami suggests that Nebraska will benefit from these acquisitions in 2014.

With these recent transfers, as well as the addition of Darius Savage, Nebraska has everything it needs to meet the increasingly high expectations. The fact that they were nominated as IFL franchise of the year in 2013 was a nice recognition for their efforts and performance, but it also sets a higher standard that the team needs to meet. It won’t be easy to keep the fans happy, but there are no reasons to expect Nebraska to fail. For more information about what the Danger is up to check out

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