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Carolina Cobras Name Chris McKinney Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator

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The Carolina Cobras announce the hiring of Chris McKinney as Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator

Coach McKinney grew up in Apex, NC.  He attended Apex High, Guilford College and NC State while playing football here in the Tar Heel State.  A seven-year veteran WR in the arena football leagues and seven years coaching in arena football.  Coach McKinney has helped his franchises to five Championship games in seven years of coaching professional indoor football and hopes to help bring another to his home state and city where he played collegiate football.

Coach McKinney has coached in the AFL for the Philadelphia Soul (2013, Special Teams and WR Coach), St. Louis Attack (2014-15 Head Coach), Triangle Torch (2016-18 Offensive Coordinator and Head Coach), Atlanta Havoc (2018 Assistant Coach), Cape Fear Heroes (2019 Head Coach).

Coach McKinney had this to say “I lived in Greensboro while attending Guilford College and still visit frequently and have family and friends who live in Greensboro and it is exciting to be coming back home to Greensboro, which I consider my second home, and be able to coach one of the best professional teams in front of where it all started for me and my football career.”

Head Coach Resignalo said “Coach McKinney coached on my staff in 2016 and in 2018 with the Havoc where we won a championship.  I am excited to get Coach McKinney back to his second home of Greensboro where he played college ball at Guilford College.  So, he is a local guy in a sense and has a lot of ties to local businesses and family and friends in the Triad.  So as much as it is exciting for us to have him, I know it is pretty cool for him to be back here coaching the game he loves, in front of the people he cares about!”


The Carolina Cobras are members of the National Arena League (NAL). Founded in 2017, the Carolina Cobras are starting their third season in 2020 and were the 2018 National Arena League Champions. The Cobras play their home games at the Greensboro Coliseum. Cobra Season Ticket Memberships are on sale now call (336) 445-7232 or visit carcobras.com. Follow the Cobras on Facebook at facebook.com/carcobras, twitter.com/carcobras and instagram.com/carcobras.


The National Arena League was founded in 2016 and hosted its inaugural season in 2017 as the premier league in arena football. The National Arena League will kick off its fourth season in 2020. For more information regarding expansion opportunities or partnerships, contact Commissioner Chris Siegfried at chris@nationalarenaleague.com . For more information about the NAL visit www.nationalarenaleague.com, facebook.com/nationalarenaleauge, twitter.com/NALfootball, Instagram.com/nationalarenaleague.

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