Pioneers Coach Gets Top Honor

Henry LaborantiContributor IFebruary 26, 2009

Wilkes Barre Scranton Pioneers head coach Rich Ingold has been named the AF2's top head coach of all time. As the AF2's all-time leader in wins as a coach, Ingold deserves the honor with no questions asked.

Rich Ingold began his AF2 coaching career in Quad City where he led the Steamwheelers to over 30 wins in three years, along with two division championships. After his stint in Quad City, Ingold headed to the Arena Football League as an assistant coach. But only after a short while in the AFL, Ingold felt the itch to take control of another team once again and headed to Wilkes Barre.

When Ingold landed in Wilkes Barre he had some pretty big shoes to fill. Former Pioneers coach Less Moss stepped aside to take an AFL assistant coaching position in Orlando and the open position was given to Ingold. In Moss's first season as the Pioneers head coach, he turned the Pioneers into something they never were, a winning team. That same year, he led the Pioneers to their first playoff berth and a trip to the American Conference championship.

Ingold had no problem taking over the winning Pioneers. In his first season he led the Pioneers to another winning season along with another trip to the postseason. But the next year proved why Ingold deserves these top honors. Before the season began, Coach Ingold was diagnosed with throat cancer. But the illness did nothing to slow him down. Not only did Ingold beat the cancer, but he led the Pioneers to a 14 and two record and a trip to their first ArenaCup championship game, only to lose by one touchdown to the Tulsa Talons.

Rich Ingold, cancer survivor. Rich Ingold, head coach. Rich Ingold, greatest Arena Football Two head coach of all time.