Josh Victorian

Brigade reach ArenaBowl with 53-41 win as Omarr Smith has built AFL power 'brick by brick'

Brigade reach ArenaBowl with 53-41 win as Omarr Smith has built AFL power 'brick by brick'

Two winters ago, Omarr Smith had four months to build a football team from nothing. When he got the call letting him know he’d been made head coach, the team had a location — Baltimore — but no name. Even so, Smith, a longtime player himself, was confident something sustainable was finally brewing in the Arena Football League.

“It was, quite honestly, overwhelming. Moving across the country — never spent any significant time on the East Coast, I’m a West Coast guy — I really had a lot of belief in who I was working for. … That’s what I was excited about,” he said. “Getting to paint my own canvas, from scratch. I knew it'd be a daunting task, but I’m so grateful for the opportunity,”...

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