Big Names join Burley for Sharks 10th Year And Team Adds Players
As March is ending and the National Arena League is gearing up for the 2019 Season, the Jacksonville Sharks, quiet for the last few weeks, make some major announcements leading up to camp. Sharks Head Coach Siaha Burley looks to make big moves not only on the Sharks roster for 2019 but on the Sharks coaching staff as well. Currently at 15-8 record as the head coach of the Jacksonville Sharks and looks to reclaim the NAL title in 2019.
In order to do that he will need a supporting staff of arena league professionals to support his 2019 Sharks campaign. And today the team announced the following staffing moves:
Assistant Head Coach/Lineman Coach: Lee Johnson – Johnson is no rookie to coaching, as he’s been coaching football for over 20 years in the Canadian Football League and arena leagues. Johnson was also a player for the Washington Redskins, BC Lions (CFL), Tampa Bay Storm, Shreveport Pirates, and the Charlotte Rage. As a coach, he started his career with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 1997 to 1998. In 2000, he was the defensive coordinator for the Carolina Cobras in the AFL. In the AFL, he helped out defenses all over, ranging from the Colorado Crush, Cleveland Gladiators, Orlando Predators, San Antonio Talons, and Portland Thunder.
Defensive Coordinator: James Fuller – Coach Fuller knows the game of arena football very well, and has actually been in the NAL before. Last season, Fuller was the Head Coach for the Maine Mammoths. They had a 1-7 start, knocking them out of the playoffs, but were arguably the most dangerous team after their 6-1 finish to the season. Fuller and the Mammoths defeated the Sharks, Cobras, Pirates, and Lions, who all made it to the playoffs, and of course, the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks. Not only is Fuller aware of how arena football works, he is also reuniting with Quarterback Jonathan Bane and Wide Receiver Devin Wilson, who played for the Mammoths last season.
Player of Personnel / Special Teams Coach: Charlie Hunt – Hunt started his Sharks career in 2011 and played all the way through the 2012 season and rejoined the Sharks in 2014. After a hiatus from the game, Hunt returned for the 2017 championship season and stuck with the team for the 2018 season as well. Over his time at playing Jack Linebacker, Hunt won two championships with Jacksonville and earned First Team All-NAL in 2017. In addition, he was named the NAL Defensive Player of the Year in 2017.
The Sharks also announced today that Lisa Green will be named the new Attack Dance Team Coordinator for the 2019 season. Lisa is excited to be bringing with her Cayla Kurtz and Stephanie Hillin as Assistant Dance Coordinators. Lisa Green is no stranger to the Sharks family, her and her husband Jason Green joined the Sharks Ownership group and have been dedicated to the organization for many years. Lisa, is a native of Jacksonville, who loves spending time with her husband, 6 children and 5 grandchildren. She is a FL alumni of Florida State College of Jacksonville. Where after graduation, she went on to work in the Nursing field for 14 years at Nemours Specialty Clinic, with special needs children. In the dance world, Lisa has danced and cheered her entire life, coached many years for Pop Warner, as well as judged many dance and cheer competitions. For the upcoming Attack season, Lisa is focused on creating great new additions, traditions, and improvements both on the field and in the local Jacksonville community.
The Sharks finally added Quarterback Mike Fafaul (6’2,1205) for his second season of arena football. Fafaul attended UCLA and played for the Bruins in 2013, and 2015-2016. In his college career, he totaled 265 attempts, completing 141 of them for 1,670 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. Fafaul is a native of Cockeysville, MD and attended Loyola Blakefield High School in Towson, MD. In his senior season, he was 121-of-202 (59.90%) for 1,803 yards, 22 touchdowns, and seven interceptions.