The news broke Tuesday afternoon that Jacksonville Sharks head coach Mark Stoute has finalized his coaching staff ahead of the upcoming 2017 season.
Starting with a familiar name, Bob Landsee is returning to the team this season as the offensive consultant. Landsee has a lot of football experience, including earning All-American honors as a center at Wisconsin and getting drafted in 1986 by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Landsee has been coaching in the indoor game since 1999, and has made it to numerous playoffs, including last year. Landsee was on the Sharks’ staff last year, and filled in as interim head coach leading the Sharks to an American Conference Championship game against the Philadelphia Soul.
Joey Smith remained on the staff after being the Sharks’ Defensive Coordinator and Defensive backs in November of last year. Smith and Stoute do have a working history together, the duo worked in the Indoor Football League as coaches for the Cedar Rapids Titans. Smith boasts coaching the No. 1 ranked defense in the IFL in 2016 and his defense pitched only the third shutout in league history in 2015.
BJ Cohen is returning as well this season as the Defensive Line and Linebackers coach. Cohen is entering his fifth year of coaching dating back to 2013 when he was Offensive and Defensive line coach for the New Orleans Voodoo.
Stan Wrubluski joins the Sharks for the 2017 season as the team’s fullbacks and offensive line coach. Wrubluski has worked in almost every single indoor league during his coaching career.
In 2014, he made his coaching debut in the Arena Football League with the Iowa Barnstormers. Since then he has coached with the Orlando Predators, Jacksonville Tomcats in the af2, as well as the Eastern Kentucky Drillers.