Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Soul to hire Plank as head coach

The Soul have hired Doug Plank as their new head coach, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

A formal announcement is expected Wednesday.

Plank replaces Mike Hohensee, who went a dismal 6-12 in his first and only season as the Soul's mentor.

Plank was the head coach of the AFL's Georgia franchise from 2005-08 and led the Force to the ArenaBowl championship in his first season. He was also the league's coach of the year twice in that four-year span, compiling an impressive 47-25 record.

After leaving the Force due to the AFL shutdown, Plank, a former Bears safety from 1975-82,  was an assistant for the Atlanta Falcons, New York Jets and at his alma mater, Ohio State.

Former Eagles coach Buddy Ryan named his legendary defensive scheme after Plank's uniform number, 46, in Chicago.

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