Dean Cokinos Hired as Head Coach of New Orleans VooDoo Arena Football League Team

By: Ryan Marshall

It didn’t take very long for former Alabama Hammers Head Coach Dean Cokinos to find a new job.

The New Orleans Voodoo Arena Football League team announced this afternoon the team has hired him as their new Head Coach. The Arena Football League is considered the highest level professional indoor American football. The hire is step back up for Cokinos into a league he’s been a Head Coach previously.

He led the Hammers to the 2013 Professional Indoor Football League Championship. Many thought a repeat would have been in order this past season. But, the team missed the playoffs after a sub-par 4-8 season.

His last game coached with the Hammers was on June 27th, 2014 when the team defeated Harrisburg 42-24.

The Hammers released a press release earlier in the afternoon and cited “personal issues.”

“We were looking for a change in direction of our team after last season,” said team owner Jeff Knight, through the Hammers aforementioned press release.

“By mutual agreement, Dean will no longer hold both positions with the Hammers. We thank Dean and really appreciate his hard work and dedication to help bring PIFL Championship to Huntsville. We wish him the best,” Knight finishes.

Cokinos was with the Hammers for two season and posted a 15-10 record. Under his leadership, the Hammers won the Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) Championship in 2013 with an 11-2 record with Cokinos named PIFL Coach of the Year.

The release also states that a replacement will be named next week.

To view the New Orleans Voodoo press release unveiling Cokinos, click here

This post originally appeared on waaytv.com. Copyright 2014.

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