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.
SHAMAR GRAVES, Jersey Flight Football Wide Receiver (WR)
Trenton, NJ –The Jersey Flight presented by Primepoint announced that they have been assigned WR Shamar Graves. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Graves (6’3", 225 lb) is a Veteran in the NAL. Graves amassed a 12.4 yards per catch in 2012 with seven touchdowns. He totals 11 touchdowns in his arena career. Graves is an extremely versatile player has rushed for two touchdowns in his career. He also has taken snaps on defense and has been a force on Special Teams.
Before beginning his professional career, Graves played at Rutgers University (2006-2009). During his four-year career with the Scarlet Knights, Graves worked at Tight End, totaling 33 receptions for 407 yards and five touchdowns. Graves is a native of Woodbridge, New Jersey.
Graves had this to say about becoming a member of Jersey Flight: “I couldn’t be more excited about joining [the] Jersey Flight. I am Jersey native and to have my home state to have a first class organization like the Flight, it’s a dream come true. I look forward to working hard on building a winning tradition in New Jersey. We did it when I was at Rutgers and I know we can do it here.”
Graves also has his own personal training group “Legit Team Training” for young athletes and adults. Graves has a passion for healthy living and fitness. He can be reached via email for any questions about his services at: Teamgraves3@gmail.com
About the Jersey Flight: Jersey Flight is a member of the National Arena League (NAL). Jersey Flight Football is presented by Primepoint and play all home games on Primepoint Field at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, New Jersey. Season Tickets for the 2018 season are now available. To reserve your season tickets or for more information, please call (1-877-339-2338) or visit jerseyflightfootball.com. Follow Jersey Flight on Facebook at facebook.com/jerseyflightfootball and on Twitter @jerseyflightfootball.
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