The Frisco Fighters finalized their inaugural season coaching staff by adding a pair of assistant coaches who will both be entering their first seasons as coaches. However, both rookie coaches have had prolific playing careers in indoor football and are making a natural transition into the coaching ranks.
Added to the staff are Offensive Coordinator Dan Raudabaugh and Defensive Backs/Special Teams Coach James Romain. Both coaches played for Fighters head coach Clint Dolezel with the Arena Football League’s Philadelphia Soul. Raudabaugh and Romain join Dave Ewart to complete the 2020 Fighters coaching staff.
Raudabaugh has been one of the most prolific quarterbacks in the past decade of Arena Football, winning two ArenaBowl championships under Dolezel as the starting quarterback of the Philadelphia Soul. He won numerous All-Arena accolades and was named AFL MVP and Offensive Player of the Year in 2015 when he threw 119 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions for the Soul.
Raudabaugh is a native of the Dallas suburb of Coppell, TX. From Coppell High School he went on to play at Miami (OH) University, where he followed Ben Roethlisberger under center for the Redhawks. Raudabaugh began his professional career as a member of the AFL’s Dallas Vigilantes in 2010, when he signed mid-year and started the final game of the season. The next season he was the Vigilantes’ starting quarterback under head coach Clint Dolezel, leading the team to its first playoff appearance.
Romain began his playing career in the IFL with the Fairbanks Grizzlies where he recorded 10 interceptions during his rookie year and earned All-IFL honors. The following season he played in Green Bay before Dolzel’s Soul signed him in 2013. Romain’s AFL career included four First Team All-Arena selections, and he was twice named the AFL Defensive Back of the Year, including in 2019 when he was also named the league’s Defenisve Player of the Year. In 2019 Romain led the AFL with eight interceptions, 136 interception return yards, and three interceptions returned for touchdowns. The eight interceptions were the most recorded in an AFL season since 2016. Romain also ranked fourth in the AFL in total tackles (55 total, 51 solo).
“The quality of our coaching staff is but one example of our commitment to the Frisco market,” said Stephen Evans, President and General Manager of the Fighters. “In Clint we were able to secure the best head coach in indoor football, and we are thankful to the Germain family for allowing us to go out and build the best coaching staff possible, and we believe we achieved that.”
In all, the Fighters’ coaching staff has a combined 10 ArenaBowl championship rings.