Arena Football League Tampa Bay Storm

Storm, Laurence Samuels Mutually Part Ways

The Tampa Bay Storm and head coach Laurence Samuels have mutually agreed to part ways. The Storm finished the season 2-14 in 2016. It was their worst season in franchise history.

Samuels was named the sixth head coach in franchise history back in 2013. He joined the team in 2012 as an assistant coach and their offensive coordinator. Not only was he a coach, but he was a player in Tampa, as well.

He won three ArenaBowls with the Storm as a player. When he finished his career, he was the Storm’s all-time leading receiver in receptions (967), receiving yards (11,078) receiving touchdowns (160) and even forced fumbles (32). He also reached 1,000 receptions in his career. He was the first player to do so in AFL history and the sixth in pro football history to reach the mark.

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