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New York Streets Head Coach Rick Marsilio Assembles His Coaching Staff

03/08/2019 12:28 PM -

By Peter Schwartz

As the New York Streets continue preparations for their inaugural season in the National Arena League, Head Coach Rick Marsilio has been busy constructing the roster but has also put the finishing touches on his coaching staff. Marsilio has named Jake Minnich Assistant Head Coach and Offensive and Defensive Line Coach, Archie Smith Jr. Defensive Coordinator, and Jerell “JJ” Jones Offensive Assistant and Special Teams Coach. Minnich, a nominee for the Semi-Pro Football Hall of Fame, has enjoyed a fifteen year career as either a coach or player with both outdoor and indoor regional football teams. He began his semi-pro coaching career in 2002 as the Offensive Coordinator of the Cumberland Valley Cardinals before becoming the Offensive Line Coach for the Central Penn Piranha in 2004. That year, the Piranha went 16-1 before losing in the National Championship Game. "Coach Minnich is a tremendous football asset and resource to have on my staff,” said Marsilio. “He has been around this game a long time and coached at many levels, most recently in the college ranks. I am excited Jake has decided to be a part of our staff and I am confident he will provide valuable insight to me.” Minnich became the Head Coach of the Chambersburg Cardinals in 2007 and would later go on to coach in Arena Football joining Marsilio with the Harrisburg Stampede and York Capitals. Both clubs would go on to win AIFA Championships. "Jake was part of our staff with the Stampede and the Capitals helping us win the championship in 2013 and 2015,” said Marsilio. “He has been part of multiple championship teams at all levels and I am happy he will be teaching and mentoring our "Big Guys" this year.”

Smith Jr. is a veteran indoor coach that has also played on both sides of the ball. He brings the experience of winning multiple championships to the Streets and is reunited with Marsilio as they have previously worked together in Arena Football. "Archie was the first athlete I met when I became involved in indoor football over twelve years ago,” said Marsilio. Smith Jr. joined the Harrisburg Stampede in 2007 and then after his players were over, he became part of Marsilio’s staff in 2015. After several games, Smith Jr. was promoted to Defensive Coordinator. He brought an energy that helped the Stampede to an undefeated championship season. "Coach Smith brought instant "fire" to our defense (in Harrisburg) and I expect the same here in New York.” Jones will lend a hand to the Streets offense while also heading up the Special Teams unit. He previously played for Marsilio and the former University of Rhode Island star also brings multiple championship rings to the table. He’s previously coached at the high school level and it should not come as a surprise that he is now part of Marsilio’s coaching staff. "I recall in 2015 talking about his life after football and I told him he would be a great coach some day,” said Marsilio. “He is a meticulous student of the game. In fact, as a player, many times he would have game film and tendencies broken down before our staff. JJ will bring an in depth knowledge of our schemes and his a brilliant teacher. I am excited to watch our wide receiver group grow under his tutelage.” The countdown continues towards kickoff for the New York Streets first season in the NAL as Head Coach Rick Marsilio has assembled a staff that can be characterized as experienced, battled-tested, and no stranger to winning championships. As the Streets roster continues to take shape, fans that pack the Westchester County Center will see a team that will be prepared to play by a top-notch coaching staff. The New York Streets begin play in the National Arena League in April 2019 and will play home games at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York. Season tickets are available now by visiting www.nystreetsfootball.com and clicking on the season tickets banner or by calling 1-833-697-8733 (extension one).