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Joe Moglia to Coach Omaha Nighthawks

Jan 12, 2011 – 1:05 PM
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Robert Karpeles

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Omaha fans aren't dancing in the streets Wednesday, but they're probably smiling upon hearing that news that ex-TD Ameritrade boss Joe Moglia is leaving the Virginia Destroyers to stay home as the head coach of the Nighthawks.

Moglia will also be named the team's president.

Moglia, who was originally installed as the head coach of the expansion team Virginia Destroyers in November, will remain in the city that is home to TD Ameritrade, of which he was the CEO for seven years and is chairman of the board. Moglia was executive advisor to Bo Pelini, the head football coach at the University of Nebraska in nearby Lincoln, NE for the past two years.

After Jeff Jagododzinski was fired last week, Nighthawks fans have been campaigning for Moglia to step into the coaching job.

"We became aware of a fan grassroots campaign to keep a very successful businessman who they feel is a great asset to the Omaha community in their city, which gathered pace and influenced our decision-making," said UFL commissioner Michael Huyghue. "I was bombarded by hundreds, almost thousands, of e-mails and felt I had to either name Joe head coach in Omaha or get extra bandwidth for my phone.
"I credit that viral social media campaign with Joe Moglia becoming the new head coach of the Omaha Nighthawks. We had not expected to move Joe, but as has become customary with the UFL, we listened to our fans."

Moglia, who expressed last week that it would be hard to turn down the Nighthawks gig, said he is excited about the change.

"Omaha and the state of Nebraska is my home," Moglia said. "I am flattered that Nighthawks fans campaigned to have me remain in Omaha and am excited to put a winning team on the field to reward the sellout crowds the team attracts to every game.

"The people I met in Virginia were very welcoming and I am sorry to say farewell, but perhaps this change will be the catalyst for a friendly rivalry between the Destroyers and Nighthawks."

Moglia will be officially introduced to the Nighthawks fans and media in the near future and he is also preparing to add an offensive coordinator to his staff.
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