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Shock Planning Move to the IFL, Intend to Hire Shackleford as Head Coach

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The Spokane Shock are planning to bring back former head coach Adam Shackleford. The Spokane Shock are planning to bring back former head coach Adam Shackleford.

Barring a last-second Hail Mary from the Arena Football League, the Spokane Shock are planning a move to the Indoor Football League after six years in the AFL.

Along with the change in leagues, the team is also planning on bringing in a new head coach who knows Spokane well: former Shock coach Adam Shackleford.

Multiple sources have confirmed to SWX that if the Shock submit official paperwork to join the IFL as expected, the team will introduce Shackleford as their new head coach on September 1. He is currently under contract with the Tri-Cities Fever of the IFL but has an option to leave by that September 1 deadline.

Shackleford coached the Shock in the team's final three seasons in the af2, compiling a 49-8 overall record and leading the team to an Arena Cup title in 2009. He was eventually replaced by Rob Keefe when the team jumped to the AFL after the 2009 season.
     
The Shock have never played in the Indoor Football League, which has different rules than the AFL, but Shackleford went 51-33 as the head coach of the Fever and took the team to two IFL championship games.
     
A move to the IFL would also spell the end of the Andy Olson era in Spokane. Olson has been the team's head coach for four years, leading the Shock to playoff appearances in each of the last three seasons. Olson told SWX on Monday that "nothing is for sure, but it's looking like I'm going to be looking for another job here soon."

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