Former Sharks star joins coaching staff for 2018
JACKSONVILLE- Head Coach Siaha Burley announced today the hiring of defensive backs coach William Alford who will join the team for the 2018 season effective immediately. As a player, Alford played professional football for the Denver Broncos with Champ Bailey, Dre Bly, and John Lynch. Alford also played for the Baltimore Ravens, where he learned from Deon Sanders, Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, and Chris McAlister. Finally, he also played for the Atlanta Falcons where he played alongside DeAngelo Hall and Lawyer Milloy. Alford, also played in NFL Europe. In 2006, Alford played for the Frankfurt Galaxy and won the World Bowl. In 2007, Alford also played for the Frankfurt Galaxy and helped lead his team to the World Bowl. In 2010, Alford transitioned to the Arena Football League where he played for the Jacksonville Sharks as a defensive back and linebacker from the 2010 Inaugural Season to the 2013 season, he was one of only four Sharks players to suit up for each of the team’s first four seasons. During his time with the Sharks he was a team captain and helped the team to their first ever championship victory in 2011 for Arena Bowl XXIV. Alford finished his career with the Sharks with 180 tackles, 26 pass breakups, two forced fumbles, six interceptions, two interceptions returns for a touchdown. One of Alford greatest moments with the Sharks came in the 2011 American Conference Championship game where he pulled down an interception in the final minute of the game to help send the Sharks to Arena Bowl XXIV.
Alford attended college at Middle Georgia College and then transferred to Vanderbilt University in 2003 where he finished his college career playing in 16 games for Vandy earning All-Big 12 Honorable Mention in 2007.
In 2013, Alford returned to the Sharks as the team’s defensive back coach where he served under Les Moss for two seasons. In 2016, Alford was the Defensive Backs coach for the National Team that competed in the Tropic Bowl in Daytona Beach, FL.
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