Nighthawks’ Back named IFL Coach of the Year

By Times Record News

Lauren Roberts/Times Record News Nighthawks head coach Billy Back was named the IFL Coach of the Year this week after leading Wichita Falls to an 11-win season.

Lauren Roberts/Times Record News Nighthawks head coach Billy Back was named the IFL Coach of the Year this week after leading Wichita Falls to an 11-win season.

The Wichita Falls Nighthawks earned an Indoor Football League special honor this week when Billy Back was named the 2016 IFL Coach of the Year.

Under Back’s supervision the Nighthawks finished the season 11-5, earned their first playoff berth and sported the IFL’s top offense. Wichita Falls had gone 5-9 the previous year before Back was brought in.

An offensive guru, Back spearheaded a dynamic unit that led the IFL in the following offensive categories: points per game (62.6), yards per game (298.6) and passing yards per game (226.3). The Nighthawks ranked second in the IFL in rushing touchdowns (53) and became just the second team in IFL history to top 1,000 points scored on the season.

The Nighthawks had five players named to the All-IFL teams — quarterback Charles McCullum, receiver Jordan Jolly, kicker Rockne Belmonte, running back Tyler Williams and defensive lineman Walter Thomas.

The IFL’s Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year will be announced Monday and the league’s MVP will come out Tuesday.

This post originally appeared on Times Record News. Copyright 2016.

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