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Sugar Skulls already have high expectations for year number two

Posted at 10:09 PM, Jun 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-27 01:09:56-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — The Tucson Sugar Skulls inaugural season ended with a loss in the first round of the Indoor Football League playoffs.

Skulls Head Coach Marcus Coleman told KGUN 9 that he considers it a successful first season.

"To have the opportunity to go to the playoffs in our first year, even though our record was 7 and 7," said Coleman. "I think we laid a pretty good foundation in the first year and really we just look to improve all that going into next year."

Coleman said he enjoyed his first season as head coach, while he helped build the franchise from the ground up.

"I had a lot of fun, it's been fun every step of the way. Regardless of what was going down with wins and losses, it's been fun."

Coleman knows next year's team will look much different than this year's playoff team.

"You always got to flip the roaster, that's part of professional football. It happens at every level."

Coleman played 11 seasons in the NFL and has championship aspirations with the Sugar Skulls.

"Next year, yeah 10 or 11 wins. Something like that. And a longer run in the playoffs, and hopefully all the way to the United Bowl."

Coleman was the defensive coordinator when the Iowa Barnstormers won the United Bowl in 2018, as champions of the Indoor Football League.