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Albany adds 2017 NAL Coach of the Year to staff

November 14, 2017 03:19 pm

ALBANY — Chris Thompson has been named Director of Football Operations for the new Albany AFL team and will also serve as the Offensive Coordinator during the season.

Per league and team rules, terms are not disclosed.

Thompson is coming to Albany from the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks of the NAL where he was the team’s Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator and won the 2017 NAL Coach of the Year Award.

In his seven seasons as head coach, he has posted a 54-35 overall record, including seven straight playoff berths. Lehigh Valley also won the 2017 Franchise of the Year Award, where Thompson served as the team’s Assistant General Manager as well.

Prior to being promoted to head coach, Thompson was an assistant general manager and offensive coordinator in the IFL, PIFL and AIFL.

During his full coaching career, Thompson has a 122-60 record including 11 playoff berths in 12 seasons.

“Chris has a tremendous record of success in the indoor game,” Albany head coach Rob Keefe said. “He has proven to be a consistent winner in every role and situation he has been in. He has a brilliant football mind along with an energy that is consistent with this organization. Chris has all the tools to run a championship football operations department as well as high-powered offense.”

“I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to coach in the Arena Football League for a long time,” Thompson said. “The opportunity to work with the ownership group in Philadelphia that I have gotten to know so well over the years, along with new ownership group in Albany and with a proven leader in coach Keefe, is a dream come true. I can’t wait to help put together a championship caliber team and offense.”

Fans can secure their season tickets for the new Albany arena football team now by placing a $50 deposit per seat ($75 for VIP seats) by calling 518-533-2200 or by going to A team representative will contact those that have submitted a deposit in the upcoming 1-2 weeks to select their specific seats, which will be done in order in which deposits were received.