Canadian Football League

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Former Canadian Football League player new AFL2 Coach

The Manchester Wolves have called a 10 a.m. press conference for tomorrow to introduce Danton Barto as the arenafootball2 team's fifth head coach.
Barto, a former af2 championship winner and coach of the year with the Memphis Xplorers, comes to Manchester after one season in the Arena Football League as head coach of the Las Vegas Gladiators, with whom he went 2-14.
He succeeds Ben Bennett, who went 32-20 over three seasons and left the Wolves last week with his contract about to expire.
Bennett had brought stability to a position previously occupied by three different head coaches during the team's first year in New Hampshire, 2004.
After firing Rik Richards during the middle of the Wolves' first season and replacing him with Ron Hill for the remainder of the schedule, Manchester replaced Hill with Mark Stoute, who promptly resigned to take an assistant's position in the AFL.
With Bennett at the helm, the Wolves made three straight playoff appearances but won only one postseason game.
Barto won all his postseason games in 2005, including the af2 championship contest. Overall in Memphis, his teams went 46-36, with a 4-2 playoff record.
His brief stint in Las Vegas wasn't nearly as successful, as he struggled with a young team. After the Gladiators' record fell to 1-10, general manager Sam Jankovich announced the entire coaching staff would be replaced after the season.
Before a five-year professional playing career in the AFL and the Canadian Football League, Barto played college football at the University of Memphis, where he still holds the team record for career tackles (473).


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