The New Orleans VooDoo will open the 2015 Arena Football season with a three-game home stretch, starting with a March 28 against the Jacksonville Sharks at the Smoothie King Center.
First-year coach Dean Cokinos will try to lead the VoDoo to its first winning season since 2005 (9-7), and first playoff appearance in three seasons.
The VooDoo finished 3-15 last season.
“For us, we’re rebuilding this team, and it’s almost like starting fresh,” said Cokinos, who has won league championships in Arenafootball2 with Tennessee Valley in 2008 and the PIFL with Huntsville in 2013.
He replaced former VooDoo coach Pat O’Hara in the offseason.
“We’re looking for depth,” he said. “We want to create competition at every position. We’re looking for players that are available that are going to fit.”
ArenaBowl XXVIII will take place Aug. 29.
New Orleans is expected to start training camp with at least three quarterbacks, including Adam Kennedy, a late-season addition this summer. In seven games as a rookie with the VooDoo last season, Kennedy passed for 1,535 yards and 26 touchdowns with seven interceptions.
Kurt Rocco, who led the VooDoo to its last playoff appearance, and former LSU standout Ryan Perrilloux, a product of East St. John, were not retained.
The VooDoo also signed rookie receiver A.C. Leonard out of Tennessee State.
Leonard transferred from Florida to Tennessee State, finishing his career at TSU with 93 catches for 1,273 yards and 11 TDs. Earlier this year, Leonard signed as a rookie free agent with the Minnesota Vikings.
Other offseason moves for the VooDoo included retaining All-Arena defensive back Cameron McGlenn, who enters his fifth season in the league and third with the franchise.
In 2014, McGlenn earned second-team honors with 961/2 tackles and 11 interceptions.
The new-look VooDoo will include new uniforms — sort of. The team will don the original uniform and color scheme this season, which includes a snake emblem on the sleeves... The VooDoo Dolls will hold audition clinics on Jan. 6-8 in preparation for preliminary auditions on Jan. 10. The audition clinics, which includes a boot camp, will be held nightly 7-9 p.m. The cost is $75 and includes all audition events. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.