The Wichita Wild Professional Indoor Football team has announced the official resignation of head coach Morris Lolar. Management has selected former offensive coordinator Paco Martinez as the Wild’s head coach for the upcoming 2014 season.
“One of our goals in putting together a successful team is staffing the right people the first time around. We like having the opportunity for people to advance within the organization and that’s what happened with Morris and now Paco. We’re excited to see what he will bring to the table as our head coach,” said Morrie Sheets, Vice President and Director of Operations for Hartman Group of Companies.
Martinez takes over the head position for the Wild after Lolar elected not to renew his contract with the Wild and instead accept a position at Northwest Mississippi Community College where he will serve as an assistant coach.
“I enjoyed my time with the Wild and I appreciate the opportunity the organization has given me over the last few years. I have invested a lot in the team and it’s difficult to leave, but this is a rare opportunity that I couldn’t pass up,” Lolar said.
Lolar ends his career with the Wild after coaching the team to its first championship win. Lolar began his career with the team in 2011 when he was promoted to the Interim Head Coach for the last nine games of the season. When he took over, Lolar inherited an 0-5 team but brought them to a 6-3 finish to earn the full time position. In 2012, Lolar led a young Wild team all the way to the IFL conference championship game, but they ultimately fell to the Tri-Cities Fever 51-30 to end their season. Lolar then returned for the 2013 season with a more experienced team heading into their inaugural season with the newly formed Champions Professional Indoor Football League, where they finished with a 12-2 record, a championship win against the Salina Bombers, and a 7-0 record at home to close out the season. Lolar’s leadership in the 2013 season also earned the team several league awards and himself an honorable mention as CPIFL Coach of the Year.
Lolar also spoke to the decision to place Martinez in the head position saying, “I think Paco will do a great job. He was a huge part of our success this season and I have no doubt he will continue that success in the coming season. I wish him and the team the best.”
Before his acceptance as the Wild’s new head coach, Martinez served as the offensive coordinator for Wichita in 2012 and as an offensive assistant for the 2011 season. He has also served as the wide receivers coach/pass game coordinator at Friends University for the last 8 years and one year as a Defensive Assistant working under Coach Lolar. Martinez began his coaching career at Heights High School. Martinez grew up in Park City, attended Valley Center High School and graduated from WSU with a BS in Sports Administration. He recently married Jennifer Cole and they live in west Wichita with their dog.
“Losing Morris is going to be tough. He has done an amazing job of leading this organization to where it is today and creating the family mentality our team has taken on. He’s challenged me to think about football differently than what was natural to me and that has made me a much better coach to help me get here today,” Martinez said. “I’m excited and thankful that I have been given this opportunity with such a first class organization and owner. Indoor football in the CPIFL is such an exciting game and I’m proud to be head coach of the Wichita Wild.”
When asked about his plans for the upcoming season Martinez stated, “My thoughts on next season are unchanged. We are the defending champions and will have to prepare as the hunted with all of the other teams gunning for us. Not having coach Lolar is a loss, but it just means myself, my coaching staff and all of our players will have to work that much harder in preparation to defend our title. I accept that challenge as will everyone in this football family. I’m excited and our fans should be too.”
The 2014 season will mark the seventh year of the Wild’s existence. Wichita heads into the 2014 season with a championship win on their resume and a 12 game win streak at home dating back to March 31, 2012. More information about Coach Martinez can be found at www.wichitawildfootball.com under the coaches’ tab. For information about the team and news about the upcoming season, follow the Wild on Facebook and Twitter.