ATLANTA, GEORGIA – In an announcement made today by the National Arena League, John Gregory has stepped down as the Commissioner of the league. Gregory, whose football acumen spans many years of faithful service to the sport, leaves a legacy in the league by being its first ever Commissioner, and serving with dedication and honor. He will be succeeded by Chris Siegfried, whose resume in the business side of professional sports and arena football in particular is among the best in his field.
“I have been proud to be the Commissioner of the NAL and am proud of the accomplishments made by the League in its Inaugural Season,” stated Gregory. “This was accomplished because of the dedication and commitment made by the owners, managers, coaches and players. Thank you for allowing me to have been a part of it.”
Chris Siegfried now steps into the role as League Commissioner after serving as the NAL’s Director of Football Operations in its inaugural campaign. He has a long history in the sport having over 12 years of coaching experience in the Arena Football League and arenafootball2 league. As a Head Coach, Chris compiled a 90-59 win-loss record over nine seasons, and received the honor of 2006 af2 Coach of the Year as well as being named the 2006 Inland Northwest Coach of the Year while guiding the Spokane Shock to the ArenaCup Championship. Additionally, he coached the only expansion team to play in the ArenaCup in af2 League history.
In addition, Siegfried spent three seasons as an Offensive Coordinator helping his teams to a combined 32-19 win-loss record. Siegfried was the Offensive Coordinator for the expansion Jacksonville Sharks in 2010, a team that went 12-4 in the regular season and earned top seed in the American Conference playoffs. He joined the Sharks following a stint as Head Coach of the af2’s Arkansas Twisters. Siegfried was the second most “winningest” coach in the league’s ten year history. As the first former af2 player to be named Head Coach in the league, Chris tasted coaching success immediately when named Head Coach of Cape Fear for the 2002 season and guided the Wildcats to a 12-4 regular season record. He finished 38-16 over three years at Cape Fear, and lead the franchise to three playoff appearances and two division titles.
Siegfried played his college football at Division II Millersville University (PA) and earned a degree in Business Administration.
“I am thrilled to be named as the new Commissioner of the National Arena League,” stated Siegfried. “We started something great in 2017, and look to take the league to new heights in our second season of play. There should be some exciting announcements made here over the course of the next couple weeks that are made possible by the efforts of all our league members and staff.”
The league is in its final stages of expansion for the 2018 season, with new team announcements to be made in the coming weeks, followed by a league schedule. Fans can learn more about each team in the NAL, follow league news, and stay tuned for all player transactions by visiting its website at www.NationalArenaLeague.com
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The National Arena League is set for kick off of its second season in March of 2018. With a playing style resembling traditional arena rules, the NAL will be announcing additional member league teams in the coming weeks. For more information regarding expansion opportunities or partnerships, contact Commissioner Chris Siegfried at 407-307-7922 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.NationalArenaLeague.com.