The New Orleans VooDoo on Wednesday morning announced the hiring of new head coach Dean Cokinos.
Cokinos is entering his sixth season in the Arena Football League. His task is to turn around a franchise which has gone 8-28 during the last two seasons under former coach Pat O’Hara, whose contract was not renewed.
“Our fans and supporters in New Orleans expect a winning football team in the Smoothie King Center,” said VooDoo managing partner Dan Newman in a statement.
“We’ve not made that happen. Dean knows how to win. And it starts with the players on the field. He has been known for years as being exceptional at identifying good football talent, bringing that talent to his team, and leading his teams to wins. He is committed to doing that in NOLA.”
From 2005-07, Cokinos worked as the assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and director of personnel for the AFL’s Nashville Kats. The following season, he led the Tennessee Valley Vipers to the Arenafootball2 Championship.
During his three years with the Vipers, Cokinos posted 32 wins.
Cokinos then led the Georgia Force to consecutive AFL playoff appearances (2011-12) before the franchise ceased operations. In 2013, he guided the Alabama Hammers to a Professional Indoor Football League Championship.
The Hammers won just four games last season, causing Cokinos to lose his post, according to a report in the Madison Weekly News (Alabama).
Cokinos has also served as a head coach and general manager for two teams in the German Football League (Munich, Berlin).