Salt Lake City - SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah News) - Two games into their inaugural season, the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles are looking for a new head coach.
The fan-run Indoor Football League "Fanchise" relieved Head Coach William McCarthy of his duties Wednesday, three days after their first victory, a 42-41 overtime win versus the Colorado Crush Sunday in Loveland, Colorado.
Team president Thom Carter explained the move to ABC4 Utah's Rick Aaron Wednesday afternoon.
"We're a unique Fanchise," Carter said. "And we are constantly looking for people who have bought into this idea that the fans are going to run this organization and make all the decisions. We are always looking for and evaluating if people are fully bought in to this model and it really boiled down to having someone who was part of that culture and we got to a point where we needed to make a change."
Carter said that Screaming Eagles Director of Team Operations Ray Austin will take over head coaching duties on an interim basis while the team conducts a national search.
In a statement on the Indoor Football League website, Carter said: "While we remain confident that we have built a championship-contending team, solidified by Sunday's exciting win, philosophical differences pertaining to the management of the team have led us to the decision to part ways with Coach McCarthy. As an organization, we are committed to finding a head coach that is fully supportive of Project FANchise's model and who is excited at the opportunity to work alongside the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles impassioned fans worldwide in delivering against a winning inaugural season. We wish Coach William McCarthy the best of luck in all future endeavors."
The Screaming Eagles (1-1) next game in Monday, March 13th versus the Spokane Empire at the Maverik Center.
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