11/17/2016 3:46 PM -
JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonville Sharks announced today that Sharks assistant coach Mark Stoute will be the Sharks’ head coach for the 2017 season and the second head coach in team history.
During his time with the Sharks, Stoute assisted former interim head coach Landsee to an overall record of 3-1. The Sharks finished the regular season with two consecutive wins at home, holding opponents to a 33.5 point average. The Sharks then took down the Orlando Predators in a classic 69-68 overtime win on the road to open the postseason. Stoute helped the Sharks come back from an early 21-7 deficit, as the team battled back to win in overtime on a two-point conversion by fullback Derrick Ross.
Stoute and the Sharks came just a few seconds short of an appearance in ArenaBowl XXIX, as the team fell to the Philadelphia Soul 55-50 in a nailbiter for the American Conference Championship. In that game, Jacksonville fought back from a 42-27 deficit to lead 50-49 late in the fourth quarter, but the Soul scored the game-winning touchdown to advance Philadelphia to Arena Bowl XXIX, robbing the Sharks of a back to back ArenaBowl Appearance. “I came in at the end of last season and was immediately struck by the passion and energy of the fans, said Coach Stoute, the atmosphere from the fans here in Jacksonville is one of the best that I have ever experienced in my over 20 years of coaching indoor football.”
Stoute began his AFL career in 2004 with the Indiana Firebirds and in 2005, served as the fullback/linebacker coach and special team’s coordinator with the Tampa Bay Storm before moving on to coach for the Green Bay Blizzard in 2006, ultimately sending them to the Arena Cup. He spent a year with the Laredo Lobos before returning to the Blizzard in 2008. Stoute also spent the next two seasons with the Milwaukee Mustangs as the assistant coach and director of player personnel.
Stoute also served as head coach for the Cedar Rapids Titans for three seasons. During his time with the Titans, Stoute was named the IFL’s Head Coach of the Year in 2013 and ended his three-year reign in Cedar Rapids with an impressive 41-17 record. Stoute stated “With the strong support of the ownership group & their vision for the Sharks future, I am very excited to become the head coach and lead our team into a new chapter of Jacksonville Sharks Football."
About the Jacksonville Sharks
The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the National Arena League (NAL). The ArenaBowl XXIV and four-time South Division Champions are presented by Sea Best Seafood and play all home games on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Sharks Nation Memberships for the 2017 season are now available. Shark Nation Memberships start as low as $99. To become a Shark Nation member or for more information please call (904) 621-0700. Follow the Sharks on facebook at facebook.com/jaxsharks and on Twitter @jaxsharks, as well as the Attack Dance Team at facebook.com/sharkattackdance and Chum at facebook.com/chumsharks.