The Jersey Flight have hired Jake Grande as their first ever head coach. Grande brings much experience as an arena football coach to the garden state.
“His positive and varied football experience fosters a winning attitude wherever he coaches,” Flight co-owner Sam Davis, Jr. said on his new coach.
He was the assistant coach and defensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Sharks from their first season in the Arena Football League in 2010 until 2013. Grande helped lead them to the playoffs in 2010. Under Grande, the Sharks would go on to win Arena Bowl XXIV by defeating the Arizona Rattlers on a touchdown with no time left.
Grande would also help set some Arena Football League records in his time with the Sharks. In 2013, the Sharks finished with 46 sacks, a record that still stands today. He also coached Michaeux Robinson the year he recorded a record 46 pass breakups.
He also had another football job in Jacksonville. He served as the defensive coordinator at Jacksonville University from 2011-2015. In his final two seasons, the Dolphins led the FCS in interceptions (24 in 2014, 20 in 2015).
The Flight will play their first season in the National Arena League in 2018. Their home games will be played at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, NJ. The NAL is currently in their first ever season. The championship game is scheduled to be played during the second week of a July.