Nighthawks New Coach

Tuesday the Wichita Falls Nighthawks introduced their new head coach, Billy Back, to the Wichita Falls media and community.

Back has coached in the IFL and several other leagues, winning four championships in his five years with Cincinnati and Nashville.

Now he's coming to Wichita Falls, hoping to build the Nighthawks into a winner. He also played in several leagues, including the IFL, and called it the best league in terms of moving players on to the NFL and CFL, because unlike the wide-open Arena Football League, the IFL game is closer to the outdoor style, making it easier to project players to the next level.

"The IFL is the best league to be in, hands-down," Back said Tuesday. "The competition level, and the coaching staffs you go against every night, you know it's going to be a dogfight every night. Not going to be many blowouts, it's going to be an opportunity to get your butt kicked every night. So that's something we look forward to, and the game-planning aspect of it is pretty exciting for us."

He said while he understands he's building a new team, he expects to compete right away, and that begins at the Kay Yeager Coliseum.

"Our main goal is, win all our home games," Back said. "Next goal is, win on the road, then playoff wins, and a championship. And I don't think that's too far-fetched. I think the coaching staff I'm putting together has the caliber to win games, the knowledge to be in the games. They've been in those positions before, championships."

He also referenced his lone career playoff loss, which happened last season in his final game with Nashville. "My playoff record is 6-1," he said. "Stubbed our toe last year and that's just been a fire burning in me ever since the season ended."

The Nighthawks open their season with an exhibition game Monday, February 22nd at home against the Texas Stealth.