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Kansas City Arena Football Team Names New Head Coach

He knew what he wanted in a new head coach. General Manager Kevin Porter had been The Brigade’s (the team’s former name) head coach for three seasons, so in finding his successor he looked for someone with both experience and success at the arena football league level. He believes that in Danton Barto he has found that someone. “We are extremely excited to have Danton Barto as the new Head Coach here in Kansas City. He is a proven winner and brings with him the values and intangibles we are looking for to represent Kansas City in the new AFL. We are lucky to have him,” Porter said.

Barto, who is legendary as both a coach and a player in arena football, has established himself as one of the top coaches in the history of the af2. Prior to the 2009 season, he was voted the fourth best head coach of all time by his peers, the media and the fans nationwide. Barto capped his second season with the Manchester Wolves in 2009 with a second consecutive trip to the arenafootball2 league playoffs. In 2008, he led the team to its most successful campaign in franchise history, when the Wolves advanced all the way to the American Conference championship game as the seventh-seeded wild card team. He entered 2009 as the fourth-winningest coach in the league and by season’s end he was the third most successful of all time. Barto joined the Wolves after serving as the head coach of the Arena Football League’s Las Vegas Gladiators in 2007. Over the previous five years, he was the head coach of the af2 Memphis Xplorers and crowned his tenure there with honors as the af2 Coach of the Year and the ArenaCup Championship in 2005. During the 2004-05 season, Barto had the highest winning percentage of any coach in the af2. In each of his first four years with the Xplorers, his teams improved their number of victories with each successive season. On the way to af2 Coach of the Year honors and the ArenaCup Championship in 2005, he led the team to its best season in franchise history with a 13-3 regular season mark and the Midwest division title. As a professional player, Barto enjoyed a five-year career in both the AFL and the Canadian Football Leagues. In the AFL, he played for the Connecticut Coyotes , Shreveport Pirates, Memphis Mad Dogs, Hamilton Tiger Cats and the Ottawa Rough Riders. During a stand-out collegiate career from 1990 to 1993, he became a legend at the University of
Memphis.

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Barto is the only player in Tigers history to be named to the All-America team in three different seasons, and he still holds the record for career tackles with 473 hits. Moreover, he was nominated twice for the prestigious Dick Butkus Award given annually to the nation’s most outstanding linebacker The Memphis Tigers recognized his accomplishments in 2008 by granting him the high honor of induction into the university’s Hall of Fame. Barto, who is a native of Niceville, Florida, maintains a residence in Collierville, TN with his wife, Rachel, and their 11-year-old son, Will.“I am excited about the opportunity to coach in Kansas City. I believe that the Kansas City fans are the best in football, and we will win some games with their help,” said Barto.

After an absence for arena league football in Kansas City, the team will begin their season at Sprint Center in early March next year. The 2011 season schedule is being finalized by the league at this time, and season ticket information can be found at

www.sprintcenter.com/arenafootball.

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