In the NFL, the New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is the winningest head coach in the NFL with a 261–123 regular season record and a 33-11 record in the postseason that includes 6 victories in the Super Bowl.
So it got me thinking, which head coaches in the AFL and IFL have that Bill Belichick coaching mentality. Those coaches are Kevin Guy and Clint Dolezel.
Client Dolzel – AFL, Philadelphia Soul
When the Dallas Desperados suspended play in 2008, Dolzel retired from the indoor game and began his coaching career in the Indoor Football League with the San Angelo Stampede Express. During that season, the Stampede Express finished 2010 10-4 and a first round bye in the playoffs. They lost in the second round to the Bloomington Extreme.
In 2011, he made the jump to the Arena Football League (AFL). Since he returned to the AFL, he has lead all of his teams to the playoffs. First the Dallas Vigilantes and then the Philadelphia Soul from 2013-2018. In 2016 and 2017 Client Dolzel and the Philadelphia Soul to back-to-back ArenaBowl titles. Also in 2016, Client lead the Beijing Lions of the CAFL to their first China Bowl title.
In his coaching career, he has a 73-29 regular season record and a 8-4 postseason record with two AFL titles and one CAFL title.
Kevin Guy – IFL, Arizona Rattlers
For Kevin Guy, he is probably the hardest coach to face in the sport. First, he was coaching the New Jersey Devils in 2000. He missed the playoffs with a 4-10 regular season record. After several assistant coaching jobs, he returned to the head coaching ranks with the Arizona Rattlers. Since taking over, he has lead the Rattlers to the playoffs every season. From 2008-2016-2018, the Arizona Rattlers won three Arena Bowls from 2012-2014.
After the 2016 season, the Rattlers jumped leagues joining the Indoor Football League. In their first first season, they went 12-4 and defeated the Sioux Falls Storm. Now in their third season in the IFL, they are back in the playoffs this time having home-field throughout including the United Bowl if they get there.
In the 12 seasons of Kevin Guy’s coaching career, he has a 128-44 regular season record, 16-6 postseason record, and a record of 144-50 overall.