In the 2017 inaugural season of the National Arena League (NAL), the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks were one of eight teams in the NAL.
They finished second in the League with a 9-1 record and a spot in the four-team playoff format. In the first round of the postseason, the Steelehawks were defeated by the Columbus Lions, falling one game short of the title game.
Now, as the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks prepare for the 2018 season, the team adds one major key piece that could help them win a championship.
Today, the Steelhawks resigned quarterback Warren Smith Jr. Smith was the quarterback who led the team to the impressive 9-1 start in year number one.
Lehigh Valley Steelhawks Sign Big Name Player
In his debut as starting quarterback for the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks, Smith had 56 passing touchdowns, 61 total touchdowns, 2,053 total offense, 169 total completions, and 100 rushing yards. All categories mentioned are National Arena League records.
In a press release about the big addition, Smith said “I’m excited to announce that I have signed back with the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks. I can’t say enough about our ownership, coaching staff, and front office.
It is honestly first class and there is a reason they have been around so long and have had continued success. We are looking to build off of our great season last year and finish it off with a championship this time.
Also, I can’t say enough about our Fan Base, who in my opinion are the most loyal fans in the league, and it’s a great community that supports us.”
As for their head coach Chris Tompson, he is equallly excited about this major transaction. Also in the press release, here is what coach had to say.
“Reigning NAL MVP, Warren Smith, is BACK in the Black and Vegas Gold for 2018,” stated Thompson. “Our awesome fans will love this and I am thrilled to work with Warren again and try to pick up right where we left off this past season and bring home the 2018 NAL Championship. Warren exemplifies all the characteristics and qualities you look for in a triggerman and it’s exciting to get the opportunity to coach him again. I have had the pleasure of working with a lot of great players over the years but Warren is arguably one of the best at his position and it’s great to have such a rapport with him. March can’t get here soon enough.”