NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Arena Football League (AFL) announced its 2012 AFL Hall of Fame Class during halftime of the AVITAE ArenaBowl XXV on Friday. Commissioner Jerry B. Kurz announced that current McDaniel defensive coordinator Mike Dailey will forever be enshrined in AFL history.
Dailey coached in the league from 1997-2008 before joining the Green Terror staff in 2009 in his current role.
While roaming the sidelines of the indoor league, he compiled a record of 115-83 in his 12 years as a head coach. He coached in the league for a total of 19 seasons.
Dailey spent seven years at the helm of the Firebirds organization that included leading Albany to the 1999 title. He also was named Coach of the Year that same season.
His final five seasons in the AFL were at the helm of the Colorado Crush, where he guided the squad owned by John Elway to the 2005 championship.
Dailey ranks fourth all-time in the AFL in games coached, fifth in overall wins and fifth in postseason victories.
The AFL also culminated its silver anniversary by naming the 25 Greatest Teams in AFL History. Dailey had the honor of coaching two of the top-five teams. His 1999 Albany Firebirds championship team was voted the greatest in AFL history while his 2005 Colorado Crush championship team was selected fifth.
The AFL Office received ballots from the Hall of Fame Advisory Board, which consisted of a rich list of journalists and executives with a long-time involvement in the game, on Wednesday, June 20.
Each member selected ten candidates based on AFL contribution in the categories of players, coaches, administrators, officials and "at-large."
In order to be nominated for the 2012 Hall of Fame Class, candidates must meet four criteria. If a player was active before 1989, he must have played for two seasons. For players after 1989, three seasons of service are required. All players must be retired for three complete seasons. Coaches must have been active for a minimum of five seasons and need not be retired.
Fans and current Hall of Fame members voted on the finalists beginning throughout the months of June and July. Votes were then turned into the Hall of Fame Operating Board of Directors, who officially selected the 2012 AFL Hall of Fame Class.
Inductions will be held during the league's 2013 opening weekend.
In his first three seasons at McDaniel, Dailey – who also has collegiate experience at George Mason, Towson and Montgomery College – his scheme has put pressure on opposing quarterbacks game-in and game-out, recording 81 sacks and 36 interceptions. He has helped produce four first-team All-Centennial Conference selections in the last three seasons.
McDaniel opens its 2012 football season at Catholic on Friday, Aug. 31 at 7 p.m.