Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Soul names Adams VP/COO

PHILADELPHIA (October 5, 2010) – The Philadelphia Soul today announced longtime Arena Football League executive John Adams as the team’s Vice President/Chief Operating Officer.  Adams will be responsible for overall business and team operations of the organization, which begins play in the Spring of 2011.

Adams joins Soul general manager, Tom Goodhines, who will oversee all football operations, communications and assist with overall operations, in the Soul front office. The two have a combined 16 years of Arena Football League experience.

“John played a crucial role in growing the Soul into a championship organization when he was with us previously,” said Soul co-majority owner, Craig A. Spencer.  “With his prior experiences with the Soul and experience and knowledge with Arena Football in the new model, he will be a huge asset in putting together a championship organization.”

“John has been recognized as one of the best in the League,” said co-majority owner and current ESPN Monday Night Footballbroadcaster, Ron Jaworski. “Combined with Tom (Goodhines), I am positive that we will have the deepest and most talented front office in the League.”

Adams, who previously served as the Soul’s director of operations and assistant general manager, re-joins the team after stints with the Lancaster Barnstormers Professional Baseball Club of the Atlantic League (assistant general manager, business development) and Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League (COO/General Manager).

“I am excited to be back in Philadelphia with the Soul organization,” Adams said.  “There is a lot of work ahead to get us back to where we left off in 2008, but I look forward to the challenge.  Our ownership group and city accepts nothing less than being the best in everything we do and I intend to keep our organization operating up to those expectations.”

In 2003, while with the Thunder Professional Baseball Club, the AA Affiliate of the New York Yankees, Adams played a crucial part in helping the Thunder win the Larry MacPhail Trophy, which recognizes one team in Minor League Baseball (over 180 teams) for having the top promotional effort, both on and off of the field.  Adams started with the Soul before their inaugural year and each of his years in the Arena Football League resulted in him being selected by the league to head the game operations for the ArenaBowl Championship game.

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