Oct. 11, 2013
Pittsburgh Power Press Release
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Power and Head Coach Derek Stingley have announced the additions of Kyle Moore-Brown, Leroy Thompson and Damian Harrell as assistant coaches for the 2014 season. The three collectively bring more than 40 years of AFL playing and coaching experience to the Power.
“I cannot be more thrilled to announce the addition of these three outstanding coaches to our staff,” said Stingley. “Their winning pedigree, success, and first-hand knowledge of our league and players from top to bottom will be tremendous assets to our organization.”
A 15-year AFL veteran, Moore-Brown will coach Pittsburgh’s offensive line. In 2013, he served as offensive and defensive line coach for the Iowa Barnstormers. Prior to coaching, Moore-Brown played center in the Arena Football League for 15 seasons, starting in 236 consecutive games and earning AFL All-Ironman Team accolades three times. He began his AFL career with the Albany Firebirds in 1995 and played for the Indiana Firebirds and Colorado Crush before retiring as an active player in 2008. In Albany, he was teammate of Derek Stingley and Leroy Thompson for four seasons and was a member of the ArenaBowl XIII Champion Firebirds.
Thompson will coach the Power’s defensive line. In 2012, Leroy was an assistant coach with the American Conference champion Philadelphia Soul. Thompson is a 13-year AFL veteran and played for the Albany/Indiana Firebirds (1996-2004), New Orleans VooDoo (2005), and Columbus Destroyers (2006-08). In 2002, he earned First Team All-Arena honors and the AFL’s “Ford Tough Man of the Year” award. When he retired in 2008, he was one of only six AFL players in history to rush for more than 1,000 career yards. Thompson made two ArenaBowl appearances in 1999 and 2007, winning ArenaBowl XIII in 1999 with Albany. Prior to his AFL coaching experience with Philadelphia, Thompson was an assistant coach at both Wesley College and Lincoln University. For three NFL training camps, he was a member of the NFL Coaching Fellowship Internship Program, serving as the assistant defensive line coach with the Philadelphia Eagles (2011) and Indianapolis Colts (2012-13).
Harrell, the Arena Football League’s all-time leading receiver, will coach Pittsburgh’s wide receivers. In his 12-year playing career, he recorded 1,164 receptions for 15,128 yards and 357 receiving touchdowns. He began his AFL career in 1999 with the New England Sea Wolves (1999-2000) and also played for the Toronto Phantoms (2001-02), Colorado Crush (2003-07), Chicago Rush (2008) and Milwaukee Mustangs (2010-11). In 2012, Harrell coached Milwaukee’s wide receivers. As a player, Harrell set seven AFL records and earned the AFL Offensive Player of the Year award twice (2005 and 2006). In 2012, during the League’s 25th Anniversary celebration, the five-time All-Arena selection was named the 10th Greatest Player in AFL History. He will be eligible for the Arena Football Hall of Fame in 2014.
The Power kick off their fourth Arena Football League season in March, 2014 at CONSOL Energy Center.