The Frisco Fighters added another championship coach to its coaching staff, retaining the services of long-time Arena Football League coach Dave Ewart. Ewart comes to Frisco on the heels of winning the ArenaBowl championship in 2019 with the Albany Empire.
The championship was Ewart’s third in a career that has spanned more than 20 years. Once one of the youngest head coaches ever in Arena Football, Ewart has become a sought-after coach in the indoor game for his abiilities to both coach and recognize young talent. He will serve as Assistant Head Coach, Line Coach, and Director of Player Personnel for the Fighters.
“Dave Ewart may well be the best line coach and talent evaluator in the game,” said Stephen Evans, President and General Manager of the Fighters. “I’ve known Dave a long time and worked with him in Tampa when we both won our first championship rings. Since then Dave has continued his heralded coaching career and was our No. 1 target to bring in and pair with Clint in building the best coaching staff in the league.”
The veteran coach began his professional coaching career as Defensive and Offensive Coordinator with the Cleveland Thunderbolts in 1994. Ewart was a member of the Tampa Bay Storm coaching staff in 2003 when he won his first ArenaBowl championship, with his second championship coming as the Defensive Coordinator of the Arizona Rattlers.
Prior to joining Albany in 2019, Ewart served as the Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator of the Jacksonville Sharks of the National Arena League during the 2018 season. He was named the league’s Assistant Coach of the Year as the Sharks finished the season with a 10-6 record and boasted multiple league awards. His defense produced five All-NAL players, including the Defensive Player of the Year and the league’s Most Improved Player.
During his college football coaching career, Ewart was the offensive line coach at East Tennesee State in 1991 and he was both the offensive and defensive line coach while serving as the Offensive & Defensive Coordinator for Glenville State College from 1992-93. As a player, Ewart started his college career at Salem International University where he was an offensive lineman. Ewart transferred to East Tennesee State where he was an All-Southern Conference selection and was a Division 1-AA All-American.