JAKE GRANDE, Jersey Flight Football HEAD COACH
Jake Grande, New Jersey native and former assistant head coach of the Jacksonville Sharks, is returning home to lead the newest National Arena League (NAL) team, the Jersey Flight. Grande has over 8 plus years of experience in coaching Arena Football. From 2010 to 2013, Grande served as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Sharks. During his time with the Sharks, Grande was responsible for developing the defensive game plan and all special teams units. He also handled football operations for the entire Jacksonville franchise.
Upon joining the Sharks in 2010 as defensive coordinator, Grande helped lead the Sharks to the playoffs in their first season as an expansion team in the Arena Football League (AFL) and did not stop there. In the years to come, Grande would help lead the Sharks to an ArenaBowl Championships including a 73-70 victory over the Arizona Rattlers in ArenaBowl XXIV. Grande also coached a league top-5 defense in each of his 4 seasons with the team.
In 2011, Grande led the Sharks to victory in ArenaBowl XXIV with the #1 scoring defense for the second year in a row. It was during this championship season that Grande coached defensive back and arena football legend Micheaux Robinson to his AFL record-breaking 46 pass breakups. Grande’s Defensive continued its record breaking ways in 2013 when they broke the AFL Sack Record with 45.
Prior to the Sharks, Grande worked with the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Pioneers of the Arena Football 2 League where he was a part of two Conference Titles and Two Arena Bowl Appearances.
In addition to coaching future NFL and CFL players, Grande is also no stranger to coaching the outdoor game.
After four seasons with the Jacksonville Sharks, Grande served as defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Jacksonville University from 2011-2015, coaching the Dolphins into back-to-back interception leaders in the FCS. In 2014 and 2015, JU recorded 24 and 20 interceptions respectively, #1 in the FCS in each season.
Grande most recently served as the special team’s coordinator and wide receivers coach at Valdosta State University, coaching the Blazers to the playoffs in his first season with the program with the #8 passing offense in Division II.
He graduated from Wilkes University in 2008. He is married to his wife Kim and has a 6 month old boy name Jax.