Lehigh Valley Adds New and Familiar Faces
Allentown, PA: The Lehigh Valley Steelhawks are excited to announce their coaching staff for the 2018 season. The Steelhawks are welcoming back some familiar faces tot eh fold, while also adding some new talent to the ranks. Returning to the coaching staff is Dan Kelly, and Lori ‘Lo’ Locust. New to the Valley is James Sadler. Also joining the staff is James Parham, who was a part of the coaching staff in 2011.
Coach Kelly will assume the role of Offensive Assistant, Wide Receivers/Quarterbacks Coach in his third season with the franchise. After playing arena football for five years, he began his foray into coaching. He currently resides in the Lehigh Valley area. Prior to joining the Steelhawks organization, he has coached at Allentown Central Catholic, Dieruff and William Allen.
Coach Locust takes on more responsibility this year as Defensive Assistant, Defensive Lineman/Linebackers Coach, and Co-Special Teams Coordinator. As the only female coach in the NAL, she returns to the Steelhawks staff to work with the defensive line and linebackers in her second season with the ’Hawks. Locust was born in Philadelphia and raised in Harrisburg. She graduated from Susquehanna Township School District, where she is entering her ninth season of coaching. Locust has also been a part of the Central Penn Piranha staff that won a semi-pro National Championship; working with their offensive and defensive lines. Locust turned to coaching after playing four years of women’s semi-pro and suffering a career ending injury.
Locust has helped coach the DMV Elite men’s semi-pro team to a championship season as a defensive line coach. She also assists the Keystone Assault women’s semi-pro team as defensive line coach when time allows around the Steelhawks schedule.
In addition, Locust is affiliated with East Preps and has been working with their Team America and FCS Bowl games as Defensive Line and/or Linebackers coach to showcase talent from around the country to scouts at various levels. She currently works as an Account Executive with PA Media Group.
Coach James Sadler comes on board as the new Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Backfield Coach. He began his coaching career with the Trenton Freedom indoor football team, members of the PIFL, in 2014 – 2016 where he was the WRs coach. In his second season he split time between the WRs and the the Defensive Backs. During the off-season he would coach in the National Bowl 2014 – 2016 (D2 College Football All-Star Game) down in Miami as the Defensive Coordinator/DB Coach.
Coach Sadler brings a lot of arena football experience to the Steelhawks staff. He last played in 2012 as a member of the San Jose Sabercats of the Arena Football League as a Defensive Back. Before joining the Sabercats he played for the Philadelphia Soul (AFL) for the 2011 season when the team returned to the league after two years off. Before the AFL took a hiatus leading into the 2009 season, Sadler played for the Chicago Rush for two seasons as a two-way player – playing both WR and DB for the 2006 Arena Bowl Champs.
Prior to making the jump to the AFL, he spent a season in the AF2 with the Tulsa Talons where he was runner up to Rob Keefe for Defensive Player of the Year. Before a career in Arena Football, Sadler worked out for some NFL teams including the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts and also spent time in the Canadian Football League (CFL) with the Montreal Alouettes before being released in camp.
Coach Sadler finished his college career at South Western Oklahoma State after transferring from Delta College in Stockton, Ca. He has a degree in child psychology/special education.
Coach Parham returns to the coaching staff as Offensive Assistant, Line Coach, and Co-Special Teams Coordinator. He previously coached with the Steelhawks in their inaugural 2011 season. He moved on to coach with the Trenton Freedom as the OL/DL coach and is the current OL coach at Bethlehem Catholic.
Parham hails from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and graduated from Bethlehem Catholic in 1996 with a full Athletic scholarship to the University of Akron. In high school and college, Parham was All Area, All District, All League, All State, All Conference, and All American Offensive lineman playing for Grossmont College (JC), and then Texas A&M University Kingsville. Coach Parham’s playing experience expands o multiple years in the AFL and AF2.
Thomas Bartholomew was also named the teams Equipment Manager for the 2018 season.
These four coaches join first year Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator Bob Kohler to fill out the staff of the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks for the 2018 season. The ’Hawks are well on their way in preparations for the upcoming season that is just weeks away.
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