Command Set 2012 Coaching Staff

The 2012 Kansas City Command season kicks off March 16 and Danton Barto will be on the sidelines for his second year as head coach.  Barto spent the offseason making improvements to the roster and also made several changes to his coaching staff.

Returning for a second season in Kansas City is Brian Hug who will add coaching the team’s defensive line to his assistant head coach duties.  This will be Hug’s sixth season working for Barto.  The two have coached together in the Arena Football League, af2, and the IFL.  Hug has over 17 years of coaching experience in high school, college and professional football.

Richard McCleskey is back for a second season coaching the Command’s offensive line.  Under McCleskey’s leadership last year, the Command claimed the 2011 Spalding Offensive Lineman of the Year in Rich Ranglin.  McCleskey previously coached for the Omaha Beef of the IFL.  He played for three different AFL teams as a running back, defensive lineman and linebacker.

Barto added two new assistants to his 2012 staff.  Tod Devoe is entering his first season as a coach after concluding his playing career last year in Kansas City.  Devoe caught 25 passes for 309 yards and four touchdowns in just six games for the Command in 2011.  He joined the team in a mid-season trade with Chicago and then had his season cut short by a back injury.  Devoe played a total of three AFL seasons and ended up with over 1,000 career receiving yards.  He spent four years in the NFL, including playing in 14 games for Denver in 2005.

“I just got done playing last year, so it’s still kind of a transition,” Devoe said.  “But hopefully I can use all those years of playing experience and help somebody take their game to the next level.”

Also new to the 2012 Command staff is Eldrick Hill who will coach defensive backs.  Hill played indoor football for five seasons from 2001 to 2005 and coached one in 2007.  He then spent time coaching high school football and track before spending last year in college football withGeorgiaStateas a graduate assistant.

“These guys are everything I was told they were,” said Hill.  “Coach Barto told me a lot of good things about the situation inKansas Cityand they’ve all been true.”

“I’m excited about our staff,” said Barto.  “I think each coach brings something different to the table.  They’ve already added a lot to training camp.  I’m excited to see how they get individual improvement out of the guys they coach.”

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