Brigade announce coaching staff for 2017 season

March 07, 2017 | WNST Staff

PRESS RELEASE

BALTIMORE –Baltimore Brigade head coach Omarr Smith announced today that Walt Housman, Virgil Gray, James Roe and Scott Bailey will serve as his assistants for the Brigade’s inaugural season presented by MedStar Health. The Brigade coaching staff has a combined 15 Arena Bowl Championships. Smith alone has earned a combined seven AFL championships as a player and coach.

“We are enthusiastic with the addition of these talented coaches to our staff,” stated Smith. “I am excited that we have a staff that is committed to winning, teaching, and building a team. It is important for us to have championship pedigrees on our staff and we have been able to do that. Our staff will exemplify the standards we set for the Baltimore Brigade.”

Housman will serve as Smith’s top assistant and has over 15 years of coaching experience in the Arena football League. He most recently was on the staff of the L.A. KISS. As the defensive coordinator for the Chicago Rush, he helped the team win the ArenaBowl Championship in 2006. Prior to moving to the coaching ranks, Housman played for the AFL’s New York Knights, Denver Dynamite and New Orleans Nights.

Gray who has won three ArenaBowl Championships (2012, 2013, 2015) as a player will serve as defensive backs and special teams coordinator. Gray has played for the AFL’s Milwaukee Iron, Arizona Rattlers, Pittsburg Powers and San Jose SaberCats. He was named First Team All-Arena in 2013.

Roe joins the Brigade after an illustrious career in the AFL. He has won three ArenaBowl Championships (2002, 2004, 2007), all with the San Jose SaberCats. He earned All-Ironman Team honors in 2003, 2004, and 2005 and was named Ironman of the Game following San Jose’s ArenaBowl win in 2004. Roe spent three years as a member of the Baltimore Ravens.

Bailey brings extensive player personnel experience to the Brigade. He helped the Chicago Rush win the ArenaBowl Championship in 2006. Bailey was later promoted as the team’s assistant special teams coach. Bailey was recently on the staff of the L.A. KISS.