Danger Coaching Staff
Coach Stoute comes to the Danger after a year with the Jacksonville Sharks and an impressive coaching career behind that as both an assistant and a head coach. Stoute’s coaching career began in 1995 with the Connecticut Coyotes as an assistant defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach. He moved on to be Director of Football Operations and Player Personnel for the New England Sea Wolves in 1999, and followed the franchise after the operation moved to Toronto and became the Phantoms. In Toronto, he became Head Coach and General Manager in 2001 and led the team to a 13-15 record over two seasons with an Eastern Division Championship in 2001. After his two-year tenure with Phantoms, he was named the head coach of the Manchester Wolves in 2003. In 2004, Stoute returned to the AFL with the Indiana Firebirds and moved on to be the fullback/linebackers coach and special teams coordinator for the Tampa Bay Storm in 2005. He became the Assistant Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel for the Green Bay Blizzard in 2006, leading the team to a trip to the Arena Cup. In 2007, he served as Head Coach of the Laredo Lobos then returned to the Blizzard in 2008. Stoute was also the Milwaukee Mustangs Assistant Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel as well, before moving on to the Indoor Football League. In the IFL, Stoute spent four seasons with the Cedar Rapids Titans, where he was named IFL Coach of the Year in 2013 and ended his three-year career there with an impressive 41-17 record.
ASSISTANT HEAD COACH / OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR
A veteran coach of indoor football and offensive guru, Adam Shackleford joins the Danger after more than a decade of coaching indoor teams on the west coast. Coach Shackleford brings a 125-58 record as head coach from his time with the Spokane Shock, Tri-Cities Fever, and Spokane Empire. From 2007-2017, “Coach Shack” led his teams to 5 league championship games with an AF2 championship victory in 2009.
“I’ve known Coach Shackleford for many years and we are really lucky to have him joining our staff,” said Stoute. “With Spokane ceasing operations this season, I just reached out to see what his plans were, from there it was able to just fall in place for him to come to Grand Island. Every season his offense has been one of the best in the league, so it will be really exciting for fans to see what we can do this year.”
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR / DEFENSIVE LINE COACH
Returning to the Nebraska Danger as Defensive Coordinator is Danger Hall of Fame linebacker, Pig Brown. Last season, Brown's hard-hitting defense led the league in sacks (27). Brown’s vocal leadership and high energy will combine with Coach Stoute’s defense to create what looks to be one of the top units in the IFL.
"Coach Brown is a great guy to have on a defensive coaching staff. He knows how to fire up a defense like nobody else, and I’m excited to work with him,” said Stoute. “I can still remember coaching against him when he was playing, he was the on-field general and we had to game-plan around him. He was able to transfer that leadership into coaching last season and I’m sure he will even better with a year of coaching under his belt.”
Offensive Line / Special Teams Coach
Hart spent the past two seasons coaching the offensive line of the Spokane Empire with Danger Assistant Head Coach Adam Shackleford. In both seasons, Hart’s offensive lines were in the top four of the IFL, on average rushing 80 yards per game. He also has spent five seasons coaching football at Northwest Christian high school in Colbert, Washington. Hart owns and operates Hart Lineman Academy, which trains offensive and defensive linemen of all ages.
“Coach Hart is a great young coach that has been in the IFL for a few years already,” said head coach Mark Stoute. “He has an established relationship with Coach Shackleford, and that will really get our offense up and rolling quickly. I’m excited for what our offense will be able to do this year. We are going to put up some points.”