Massachusetts Pirates Hire Rayshaun Kizer as DC

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Rayshaun Kizer
CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 08: Cleveland Gladiators DB Rayshaun Kizer (7) makes an interception during the first quarter of the Arena League Football game between the Tampa Bay Storm and Cleveland Gladiators on April 8, 2017, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH. Tampa Bay defeated Cleveland 46-40. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

There’s not much going on right now in the sports world in the United States as well as worldwide, but the didn’t stop the Massachusetts Pirates from making a big splash on Tuesday.

The National Arena League (NAL) team announced it has signed form Arena Football League (AFL) great Rayshaun Kizer as its defensive coordinator for the 2020 season.

Massachusetts Pirates Hire Rayshaun Kizer as DC

“First and foremost we would like thank Tim Shelley for all his contributions to the Pirates and we wish him the best moving forward,” the team’s president and general manager Jawad Yatim said in a release. “I’m glad to have Rayshaun on board, he has a long history in this game and has accomplished a lot including being the all-time interception leader in AFL history. I was familiar with him from the time we spent together in China. He’s a high character individual and I think he’ll be a reliable and informative outlet for our players moving forward.”

Kizer spent time in the NFL with the New York Jets organization and made his claim to fame indoors during eight seasons with the AFL.

Starting his career in Orlando with the now NAL Predators, Kizer set the league’s interception record with 16 takeaways during his second sophomore season in 2011.

“I gained so much knowledge from this game and I just want to give it back to the up and coming football players,” Kizer said in the release.

Just one season removed from the end of his AFL career, Kizer began his coaching experience with the Bismarck Bucks of the Indoor Football League (IFL).

“I had my first coaching job with the Bismarck Bucks in the IFL,” Kizer said. “Coaching is definitely different from playing and it’s something that we have to adjust to.”

The NAL recently put out a statement regarding the possibility and intent of playing the 2020 season out, but obviously, concerns of the COVID-19 outbreak have delayed things until further notice.

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