Clint Dolezel, the 2019 Arena Football League Coach of the Year and three-time ArenaBowl champion, will be the first head coach of the Frisco Fighters, the team announced. The Robinson, TX, native has strong local roots, having previously starred as a quarterback for the Dallas Desperados before serving as head coach of the Dallas Vigilantes.
Dolezel most recently served as head coach of the AFL’s Philadelphia Soul, where he was a three-time AFL Coach of the Year. He is one of only two coaches to ever win that award three times. As head coach of the Soul, Dolezel accumulated a regular-season record of 76-32 (70.3% win percentage). In 2019, he led the Soul to the ArenaBowl, and in doing so passed Jay Gruden for seventh-most all-time coaching wins. The ArenaBowl appearance was the Soul’s fourth in seven seasons under Dolezel, who guided the Soul to two AFL ArenaBowl championships as the team’s head coach.
“It’s great to be back in Texas and coaching in Frisco,” Dolezel said. “I’m excited to get started and help build the Fighters into a championship organization. I realize there is a difference in the IFL game from the AFL game, but I’ve coached in the IFL before and I’m confident we can quickly make that transition.
“I’d like to thank Steve Germain and his family for giving me the opportunity to return to Texas and be closer to my family. We have a shared vision, and that is nothing short of bringing Frisco an IFL championship.”
In addition to his AFL championships, Dolezel added to his championship trophy collection in 2016 when, after guiding the Soul to the ArenaBowl championship, he joined the China Arena Football League as head coach of the Beijing Lions. The Lions went 6-0 in the inaugural season of the CAFL, winning the championship on a field goal on the last play of the game.
“In Clint we have been able to secure the best head coach in indoor football,” said Stephen Evans, President and General Manager of the Fighters. “He’s smart, he’s tactical, he understands the game from every angle, and he’s a Texan through and through. But the best part about it is he’s a better person than he is a coach, and that’s saying a lot given his significant list of accomplishments.”
In addition to being a successful head coach, Dolezel was a Hall of Fame player in the AFL. He put together a storied 13-year playing career with six teams. He won his first ArenaBowl championship ring as a player in Grand Rapids in 2001. Dolezel still ranks amongst the AFL’s all-time leaders in passing yards (No. 3 with 44,564), touchdown passes (No. 2 with 931), passing attempts (No. 4 with 5,698), and completions (No. 4 with 3,749). He was also named the No. 8 player in AFL history by the Silver Anniversary Committee in 2012.
Dolezel began his coaching career with the af2’s Florida Firecats as their Offensive Coordinator in 2009. In 2010, he landed his first professional head coaching position with the San Angelo Stampede of the IFL and guided them to the second round of the playoffs. In 2011, he was named head coach of the AFL’s Dallas Vigilantes and made the playoffs with an 11-7 regular-season record in his rookie head coaching season in the AFL.
Dolezel began his playing career at Cisco College, where he was a second-team All-Conference selection as a sophomore. He transferred to East Texas State where he finished his collegiate career. He was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame at his alma mater, now known as Texas A&M-Commerce.