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AFL Spotlight: Assistant Coaches to Watch

Updated at Mar 11, 2024

Here are a few AFL Assistant Coaches to keep an eye on as the 2024 Arena Football League season approaches.

Oftentimes assistant coaches get overlooked but are key cogs to team and player success. Many of the coaches have had NFL, CFL, AFL, USFL, XFL, high level college and more. We are going to deep dive into a few coaches who deserve their roses.

Donovan Morgan

Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers Coach - Iowa Rampage

The Iowa Rampage are fortunate to have one of the coaches with many years of playing experience, Donovan Morgan. Morgan will be the offensive coordinator this season. Donovan (41) played college ball at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. After college, Morgan continued on to play for 15 years in various professional leagues. He went undrafted but has been signed by the Jets, Chiefs, Texans, and Bills. Morgan collected 4 catches and 42 yards while in the NFL.

In 2005, with the Tulsa Talons in the af2, Donovan set multiple af2 records. He scored 346 points (57 total touchdowns/54 were receiving). This catapulted him to being the af2 Rookie of the Year. In 2008, with the Chicago Rush, Donovan Morgan won AFL Rookie of the Year. This was highlighted by 111 receptions, 1284 yards, and 24 touchdowns. After the 2008 season, the AFL did not play, and Morgan moved to the CIFL (Continental Indoor Football League), where he joined the Chicago Slaughter with his Quarterback Rush Michna from the Rush. The duo went on to win the Championship, and Morgan was named Championship MVP. Over the next six years, Donovan played for six AFL teams, Tulsa Talons, Philadelphia Soul, New Orleans VooDoo, Los Angeles KISS, and Las Vegas Outlaw.

In 2016, Morgan announced his retirement. In 2019, Donovan came out of retirement for one final year. Morgan collected 12,732 yards, hauling in 907 catches, adding 290 receiving touchdowns and another 6 rushing. Donovan ended his career with two First Team All-Arena (2010, 2015) and three Second Team All-Arena (2011, 2014, 2016).

Sherdrick Bonner

Offensive Coordinator - Billings Outlaws

The Billings Outlaws offense will be coached by former NFL and quarterback standout Sherdrick Bonner. Bonner went undrafted out of Cal State Northridge in 1991. Bonner played 16 years of professional football, three of which he made practice squads for the Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers, and Atlanta Falcons. Sherdrick played all but his final season with the Arizona Rattlers while retiring after his final year with the Chicago Rush. Bonner accumulated 42,246 passing yards at quarterback, 855 touchdowns, and a rating of 115.72. Sherdrick won the ArenaBowl MVP in 1994, 2x All-Arena First Team, and 3x All-Arena Second Team. He ranked Top 25 ALL AFL Greatest Players (2012) #7 and Top 20 ALL AFL Greatest Players (2006) #6. Sherdrick Bonner was also in the 2012 AFL HoF class. The Outlaws will trust his expertise to lead their attack in 2024.

Bobby Sippio

Offensive Coordinator - Orlando Predators

Bobby Sippio will be spearheading the Orlando Predators offense this year. Sippio has an 11-year professional football career, playing in the NFL, USFL, AFL, and af2. In Sippio’s first year in the AFL, he excelled, chalking up 75 catches, 1217 yards, and 32 touchdowns. He was signed by three NFL teams, Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs, and Detroit Lions. Bobby ended up making both the Chiefs and Lions 53-man rosters. However, he never recorded a stat. In the AFL, Sippio collected 350 receptions, 5097 yards, and 140 touchdowns. His ability was seen on the Dallas Desperados, Tampa Bay Storm, Chicago Rush, and the Orlando Predators. In the USL, Bobby suited up for the California Redwoods and Florida Tuskers. Bobby spent one year in the CIFL with the Chicago Slaughter.

Sippio was a Division 1-AA All-American. Bobby also collected af2 Ironman(2003), and First Team All-Arena (2007).

Jeff Loots

Defensive Coordinator - Minnesota Myth

Of the assistant coaches, Jeff Loots might be the most well-known. Jeff Loots, most known for his quarterback play, will be calling the defense for the Minnesota Myth. With 11 years of playing experience, Jeff will offer plenty to the Myth to take advantage of. Jeff Loots went undrafted in the NFL draft coming out of Southwest Minnesota State. There he garnered a First Team All-American(1992), Second Team All-American(1992), Honorable Mention All-American(1990), and Second Team AP Little All-American(1992).

Though he never played in the CFL, he was signed by the Toronto Argonauts and later traded to the Las Vegas Posse. He signed with his first arena team, the Milwaukee Mustangs. Collecting stops at stops between IFL and AFL, he played for Iowa Barnstormers, Florida Bobcats, Minnesota Fighting Pike, Arizona Rattlers, Albany Firebirds, Carolina Cobras, Oklahoma Wranglers, Buffalo Destroyers, Grand Rapid Rampage. In his AFL career, he threw for 5,873 yards, 100 touchdowns, and posted a career average rating of 93.98. Loots will offer great knowledge to the defense on how to stop prolific offenses.

Brandon Sesay

Defensive Assistant - Albany Firebirds

Brandon Sesay will be assisting the defense of the Albany Firebirds this year. Sesay was a 4-star recruit out of Atlanta, Georgia. Brandon bounced around in college before landing 3 years at Texas Tech, where he was a starter each year. Brandon went undrafted in the NFL and ended up playing 12 years in AFL and IFL. Sesay’s teams included Iowa Barnstormers, West Texas Roughnecks, San Antonio Talons, Tampa Bay Storm, Portland Steel, Washington Valor, and his final years with the Albany Empire.

Sesay was a Second Team All-Arena (2018). Brandon tallied a total of 77 tackles, 17 sacks, and 3 fumble recoveries.

C.J. Johnson

Wide Receivers/Kick Return Coach - Nashville Kats

C.J. Johnson will help the Nashville Kats get their offense going this year. C.J. played at Georgia Southern University, where he won back-to-back D1-AA National Championships. He went on to play seven seasons with the Carolina Cobras, Dallas Desperados, Georgia Force, Grand Rapids Rampage, and the Cleveland Gladiators. Johnson hauled in 236 receptions, 2759 yards, and 57 total touchdowns. C.J. was involved on both sides of the ball as well as kickoffs. He will add a wide range of knowledge for the Kats this year. Head over to YouTube to catch one of the best kickoff returns in league history.

Stay tuned for more Arena Football League news and articles. The season kicks off in less than a month.

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