The Baltimore-based Arena Football League hired Omarr Smith as their head coach Wednesday morning. Smith has seven ArenaBowl titles under his belt. He won four titles as a player and three as a coach.
“One thing I know about Baltimore, they are a serious sports town and they like to win. That’s what I’m here to do – win.” Smith said in a press conference Wednesday morning.
Smith was the head coach of the now defunct Los Angeles KISS last season. The KISS had their best season in franchise history last season before falling to the Cleveland Gladiators in the playoffs.
Before joining the KISS in 2015, Smith was the assistant head coach of the San Jose SaberCats. The SaberCats defeated the Jacksonville Sharks in ArenaBowl XXVIII in 2015 before folding operations.
He was also the defensive coordinator for the Arizona Rattlers from 2011-2013. The Rattlers won two consecutive ArenaBowl titles in 2012 and 2013. He was also part of the 2003 Tampa Bay Storm team that won the ArenaBowl that season.
The Baltimore team, which has not yet announced their name, will play their first season at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, MD. The Royal Farms Arena is the home of the Major Arena Soccer League‘s Baltimore Blast.
They are the second team to be created in the AFL this offseason. The Washington Valor were introduced shortly after the 2016 season ended. Both teams were founded by founder of Monumental Sports Entertainment Ted Leonsis.
As of right now, there are only five teams in the league for the 2017 season, the league’s 30th.