The Indoor Football League announced the winners of the 2012 IFL Coach of the Year and IFL MVP awards. Green Bay Blizzard Head Coach Robert Fuller was named the 2012 IFL Coach of the Year.
In his first season in Green Bay, Fuller has led the Blizzard to an 11-3 regular season record and the #2 seed in the United Conference. The Blizzard won their first round playoff match-up last weekend and head to Sioux Falls Saturday for the United Conference Championship game. This is Fuller's second consecutive IFL Coach of the Year award. He was awarded IFL Coach of the Year in 2011 as Head Coach of the Fairbanks Grizzlies.
Under Fuller's leadership, the Blizzard had three players named All-IFL. As the offensive play caller, Fuller directed the IFL's top rushing offense with 1,458 yards and ranks third in points scored. Running back La'Ron Council accounted for 1,040 of the rushing yards and became the first Indoor Football League player to rush for 1,000 yards, an extreme rarity in indoor football.
Fuller has worked closely with Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator Chad Baldwin to form the IFL's top defense. Green Bay's defense allowed an IFL low 206.6 yards per game and also forced a league leading 40 turnovers. Seven of those turnovers directly resulted in defensive touchdowns.
The Blizzard's special teams unit was second in the IFL in kick return yards and managed to return five kickoffs for touchdowns, good for second in the League.
In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Fuller and the Blizzard players have been actively involved with various events in the Green Bay community.
"I would like to thank our young men, assistant coaches, and our support staff, in particular Assistant Head Coach Chad Baldwin, who is more deserving of the award than I am. Coach of the Year awards are awarded due to the effort of everyone involved in the program, not the efforts of one individual," Fuller stated.
Earlier this week, Fuller was named the recipient of the 2012 Adam Pringle Award. The Adam Pringle Award is given to the player or coach who exemplified outstanding service and dedication to their surrounding community. This is Fuller's second consecutive year of receiving this award.
All awards were determined through a coaches' vote.
In addition to the coach of the year, the league announced that Sioux Falls quarterback Chris Dixon had been named the 2012 IFL MVP. This is Dixon's third MVP award. He previously won the award in 2009 and 2011. Dixon led the Storm to an undefeated (14-0) regular season; a first in IFL history. He also set IFL records in pass efficiency (133.3), completion percentage (74) and passing yards (3,321). In addition, Dixon led the IFL in touchdown passes with 67. Dixon was also selected as the IFL Offensive Player of the Year on Tuesday.