Les Moss (American football)

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Les Moss
Northern Arizona Wranglers
Position:Head coach
Career information
High school: Poca (WV)
College: UCF
Career history
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Head coaching record
Regular season:70–50 (.583)
Postseason:7–4 (.636)
Career:77–54 (.588)

Les Moss is an American football coach and current head coach of the Northern Arizona Wranglers in the Indoor Football League (IFL). He was the head coach of the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena Football League (AFL) from 2010 to 2016 and the assistant head coach of the Albany Empire of the AFL from 2018 to 2019. He was the head coach of the IFL's Iowa Barnstormers for the 2021 season. He is the son of former NFL, AFL, CFL and NCAA head football coach Perry Moss, who is enshrined in the AFL Hall of Fame.

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Early life

Moss grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, until he was in eighth grade when his family moved to Poca, West Virginia, where he attended Poca High School. He was a member of the football team playing offensive end. [1]

Career

Moss was head coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers of Af2, where he was Coach of the year. In 2010, Moss was named AFL Coach of the Year after compiling a 12–4 record with the Jacksonville Sharks in their inaugural season. [2] On October 4, 2012, The Sharks announced that Moss had been re-signed through the 2014 season. [3] He was fired by the Sharks on July 18, 2016 after a 5-9 start to the season. [4] He was tight ends coach for the XFL's Orlando Rage.

On November 28, 2017, Moss was named the assistant head coach of the AFL 2018 expansion team, the Albany Empire. [5] He was with the Empire in their 2019 season when they won ArenaBowl XXXII. The entire league ceased operations after that season.

In 2021, he was named the head coach of the Iowa Barnstormers of the Indoor Football League. [6] The Barnstormers finished 6–6 and were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. Moss was released in September 2021. [7] He was then hired by the IFL's Northern Arizona Wranglers as head coach for the 2022 season. [8]

AFL head coaching record

TeamYearRegular seasonPostseason
WonLostWin %FinishWonLostWin %Result
JAX 2010 124.7501st in AC South01.000Lost to Orlando Predators in AC First Round
JAX 2011 144.7781st in AC South301.000 ArenaBowl XXIV Champions
JAX 2012 108.5561st in AC South11.500Lost to Philadelphia Soul in AC Championship
JAX 2013 126.6671st in AC South11.500Lost to Philadelphia Soul in AC Championship
JAX 2014 711.3893rd in AC South
JAX 2015 108.5562nd in AC South21.666Lost to San Jose Sabercats in ArenaBowl XXVIII
JAX 2016 59.357Fired
Total [9] 7050.58374.636

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