Clint Dolezel

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Clint Dolezel
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Dolezel in 2017
Philadelphia Soul
Position: Head coach
Personal information
Date of birth: (1970-03-25) March 25, 1970 (age 47)
Place of birth: Waco, Texas
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Robinson (TX)
College: East Texas State
Undrafted: 1994
Career history
As player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career Arena statistics
Comp. / Att.: 3,749 / 5,698
Passing yards: 44,564
TD-INT: 931-155
Passer rating: 117.75
Rushing touchdowns: 41
Head coaching record
Regular season: 60–28 (.682)
Postseason: 4–4 (.500)
Career: 50–29 (.633)
Player stats at ArenaFan.com

Clint Dolezel (born March 25, 1970) is an American football coach and former professional arena football player in the Arena Football League (AFL). Dolezel was a quarterback in the AFL, and currently the head coach of the AFL's Philadelphia Soul. He played college football at East Texas State, and was in the AFL for 13 seasons from 1995 to 2008. Dolezel first became a head coach in 2010 with the San Angelo Stampede Express of the Indoor Football League (IFL). After just a single season, Dolezel returned to the AFL as the head coach of the Dallas Vigilantes. After the Vigilantes franchise suspended operations, Dolezel joined the Philadelphia Soul as their offensive coordinator under head coach Doug Plank. Plank left the Soul following the 2012 season, and the Soul promoted Dolezel to head coach. As an AFL player, he was originally signed by the Milwaukee Mustangs. In his career, he has also played for the Texas Terror/Houston Thunderbears, Grand Rapids Rampage, Las Vegas Gladiators, and the Dallas Desperados. Dolezel is also a scout for the Dallas Cowboys.

Early life[edit]

Born in Waco, Texas, to Johnnie and Judy Dolezel, Clint attended Robinson High School in Robinson, Texas where he was a standout Quarterback and Golfer. After graduation from Robinson, Dolezel attended Cisco College. After committing to the University of Southern Mississippi, a coaching change landed Dolezel at East Texas State University to play for coach Eddie Vowell.

College career[edit]

Dolezel attended Cisco Junior College and was a student and a letterman in football. In football, he was a second team All-Conference selection as a sophomore. Dolezel attended East Texas State University upon his graduation from Cisco, and was a letterman in football and golf. Dolezel Quarterbacked the Lions in 1992 and 1993 and ended his career as a Lion throwing for 3,152 yards and 23 touchdowns over 2 seasons. The Lions finished 8-2 in Dolezel's Junior year and finished 2nd in the Lone Star Conference.

Professional career[edit]

After establishing himself as one of the best young quarterbacks in the AFL, Dolezel signed with the Chicago Bears in 2000.[1]

Dolezel, along with wide receiver Terrill Shaw, helped the Grand Rapids Rampage win the 2001 ArenaBowl. Dolezel and Shaw would eventually become teammates again playing for the Dallas Desperados in 2006.

In September, 2003, the Rampage traded Dolezel to the Las Vegas Gladiators for Sedrick Robinson, Paul LaQuerre and Hardy Mitchell.[2]

On March 12, 2006, Dolezel threw his 700th career touchdown, becoming just the third Quarterback in AFL history to do so. The Desperados won that game versus the Tampa Bay Storm 64–35.

On April 16, 2007, in a 51–41 home win against the Philadelphia Soul, Dolezel became the very first professional Quarterback to throw 800 touchdown passes.[3] In 2007, Dolezel became the first Quarterback in league history to lead his team to 15 wins in a season. Despite the 15–1 record, Dallas lost to the 7–9 Columbus Destroyers in the first round of the playoffs. In a 2008 game versus the Grand Rapids Rampage, Dolezel became the first quarterback in league history to throw for 900 touchdown passes in a career.

Coaching career[edit]

Dolezel had said that he would like to be a coach after his career is over.[4] It was announced that on January 19, Dolezel would become the offensive coordinator for the Florida Firecats' 2009 season (due to the Arena Football League suspending operations for 2009).[5] He was the head coach of the San Angelo Stampede Express of the Indoor Football League in 2010.

Dolezel was announced as the head coach for the Dallas Vigilantes for the 2011 season. The team did not play in 2012 for unknown reasons.

On August 21, 2012, Dolezel was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach of the Philadelphia Soul.[6]

On September 16, 2014, Dolezel re-signed with the Soul for two more seasons.[7]

In June 2016, Dolezel was announced as the first head coach of the China Arena Football League's Beijing Lions.[8] On November 6, 2016, the Lions won the first China Bowl and finished the season undefeated.

On August 25, 2016, Dolezel was named the 2016 Marcum-Moss Head Coach of the Year.[9] A day later, he won his first ArenaBowl championship as a coach when the Soul defeated the Arizona Rattlers, 56-42, in ArenaBowl XXIX in Glendale, Arizona.

AFL statistics[edit]

As a player[edit]

Year Comp. Att. Comp% Yards TD's INT's Rating
1995 10 12 83.3 121 2 1 113.5
1996 9 16 56.3 103 2 1 80.9
1997 259 388 66.8 3377 69 15 117.4
1998 343 558 61.5 4228 81 17 108.4
1999 374 556 67.3 4336 80 19 112.3
2001 364 574 63.4 3952 80 10 111.2
2002 339 505 67.1 3878 79 19 113.4
2003 361 545 66.2 4431 89 15 119.2
2004 381 585 65.1 4428 93 12 118.9
2005 302 465 64.9 3505 78 16 112.8
2006 375 573 65.4 4685 105 11 122.2
2007 375 533 70.4 4474 107 9 128.2
2008 257 388 66.2 3046 66 10 118.8
Career statistics 3749 5698 65.8 44564 931 155 117.8

As a head coach[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
DAL 2011 11 7 .611 2nd in AC Central 0 1 .000 Lost to Chicago Rush in Conference Semifinals.
DAL Total 11 7 .611 0 1 .000
PHI 2013 12 6 .667 2nd in AC Central 2 1 .667 Lost to Arizona Rattlers in ArenaBowl XXVI
PHI 2014 9 9 .500 3rd in AC Central 0 1 .000 Lost to Cleveland Gladiators in Conference Semifinals
PHI 2015 15 3 .833 1st in AC Central 1 1 .500 Lost to Jacksonville Sharks in AC Championship
PHI 2016 13 3 .813 1st in AC 3 0 1.000 Won ArenaBowl XXIX
PHI Total 49 21 .700 6 3 .667
Total[10] 60 28 .682 6 4 .600

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Dolezel Signs with Chicago Bears". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. March 22, 2000. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Rampage Acquire Three Veterans for Dolezel". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. September 2, 2003. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ Stephen Hawkins (July 5, 2007). "Record-setting Dallas QB Dolezel looking for 2nd AFL title". www.myplainview.com. My Plainview. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  4. ^ Adam Candee (September 24, 2004). "Dolezel ready to throw himself into new assignment". www.lasvegassun.com. Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ "af2: Florida Firecats name Dolezel as offensive coordinator". www.naplesnews.com. Naples Daily News. January 13, 2009. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Philadelphia Soul Promote Clint Dolezel to Head Coach". www.philadelphiasoul.com. Philadelphia Soul. August 21, 2012. Retrieved August 22, 2012. 
  7. ^ Ed Barkowitz (September 17, 2014). "Dolezel re-ups to coach the Soul". www.philly.com. Interstate General Media, LLC. Retrieved September 17, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Six-Shooters – China's First Coaches Set for Action". arenafan.com. June 3, 2016. Retrieved June 8, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Dolezel Awarded Marcum Moss Coach of the Year". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. August 25, 2016. Retrieved August 26, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Clint Dolezel Coaching Record". www.arenafan.com. ArenaFan. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 

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