With Brigade's first ArenaBowl around corner, Omarr Smith named AFL Coach of the Year

The Baltimore Brigade’s Omarr Smith was named Marcum-Moss Head Coach of the Year, the Arena Football League announced Thursday.

Just a year and a half after signing with the newborn Brigade in December 2017, Smith piloted Baltimore to a 7-5 regular-season mark and its first ArenaBowl, defeating the two-time defending champion Philadelphia Soul, 53-41, in the second game of a home-and-home aggregate series Friday.

The Brigade host the Washington Valor for the title Saturday at 7 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena.

Smith is the second coach in AFL history to earn both Head Coach of the Year and Assistant Coach of the Year honors.

An AFL Hall of Famer, Smith enters ArenaBowl XXXI seeking his eighth championship, having won four as a player (2002, 2003, 2004 and 2007) and three as an assistant (2012, 2013 and 2015).

If the Brigade win the title Saturday night, he’ll surpass AFL legend Tim Marcum, who won seven championships as a coach and for whom the Head Coach of the Year award is partly named after.

“Over the course of his entire AFL career, both as a player and a coach, Omarr has proven himself to be a winner and a championship caliber leader,” said Roger Mody, managing partner of Monumental Sports & Entertainment’s Arena Football League teams. “Omarr is one of the hardest workers in the AFL and one of the best representations of everything that makes this league special. He is incredibly deserving of this honor.”

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