Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Soul add Bogle to coaching staff

The Philadelphia Soul have named Phil Bogle line coach for the 2011 season.  Bogle will be joining the coaching staff of head coach Mike Hohensee and defensive coordinator/assistant head coach Netto Purnsley.

Bogle is no stranger to the Soul, having been a lineman on the team for two seasons (2007-08).  In his rookie season, Bogle was the first player in franchise history to be named to the All-Rookie Team and the First-Team All-Arena in the same season.  In 2008, he helped lead the Soul to their ArenaBowl XXII victory.  Over the season, he caught seven passes for 60 yards and six touchdowns, and recorded one tackle.  That year he was a First-Team All-Arena selection for his second consecutive year and was a finalist for the League’s Lineman of the Year award.

If we can't have him back as a player, we will gladly bring him in as a coach,” said Soul head coach Mike Hohensee.  “Coach Bogle was an elite lineman in our league and not only brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Soul, but also another championship ring. I am counting on him to develop our young linemen into a dominant unit. He loved his time with the Soul as a player, and is hungry to bring the Foster Trophy back to Philadelphia.”

In 2010, Bogle played for the Dallas Vigilantes as a guard/tight end.  While there, he recorded four receptions for 19 yards, one touchdown, and one tackle.  He has also spent time in the CFL with the Montreal Alouettes (2009), in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2006, ’08), Cleveland Browns (2005), San Diego Chargers (2003)  and in the NFL Europe with the Hamburg Sea Devils (2006).

Bogle spent his collegiate career at the University of New Haven (1999-2002) as an offensive tackle.  The two-season captain was a First-Team Division II All-Independent selection as a senior in 2002 and the winner of the Jim Langer Award.  He also received the 2003 New Haven Male Athlete of the Year and the 2002 Cactus Bowl MVP awards.

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