Clint Dolezel (born March 25, 1970) is an American football coach and former professional arena football player in the Arena Football League (AFL). He was named the inaugural head coach of the Frisco Fighters in the Indoor Football League before the 2020 season.
Dolezel in 2017
|Born:||March 25, 1970|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||205 lb (93 kg)|
|High school:||Robinson (TX)|
|College:||East Texas State|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career Arena statistics|
|Head coaching record|
|Regular season:||102–43 (.703)|
|Player stats at ArenaFan.com|
Dolezel was a quarterback in the AFL before becoming the head coach of the AFL's Philadelphia Soul from 2013 until the league folded in 2019. He played college football at East Texas State, and was in the AFL for 13 seasons from 1995 to 2008. Dolezel first became a head coach in 2010 with the San Angelo Stampede Express of the Indoor Football League (IFL). After just a single season, Dolezel returned to the AFL as the head coach of the Dallas Vigilantes. After the Vigilantes franchise suspended operations, Dolezel joined the Philadelphia Soul as their offensive coordinator under head coach Doug Plank. Plank left the Soul following the 2012 season, and the Soul promoted Dolezel to head coach. As an AFL player, he was originally signed by the Milwaukee Mustangs. In his career, he also played for the Texas Terror/Houston Thunderbears, Grand Rapids Rampage, Las Vegas Gladiators, and the Dallas Desperados. Dolezel was also a scout for the Dallas Cowboys 2007.
After graduating from Robinson, Dolezel attended Cisco College and was a student and a letterman in football. In football, he was a second team All-Conference selection as a sophomore. After graduating from Cisco, he committed to the University of Southern Mississippi. However, a coaching change landed Dolezel at East Texas State University to play for coach Eddie Vowell. Dolezel was a letterman in football and golf at East Texas State. He quarterbacked the Lions in 1992 and 1993 and ended his career as a Lion throwing for 3,152 yards and 23 touchdowns over 2 seasons. The Lions finished 8-2 during his junior year and finished second in the Lone Star Conference.
On March 12, 2006, Dolezel threw his 700th career touchdown, becoming just the third quarterback in AFL history to do so. The Desperados won that game versus the Tampa Bay Storm 64–35.
On April 16, 2007, in a 51–41 home win against the Philadelphia Soul, Dolezel became the first professional quarterback to throw 800 touchdown passes. In 2007, Dolezel became the first quarterback in league history to lead his team to 15 wins in a season. Despite the 15–1 record, Dallas lost to the 7–9 Columbus Destroyers in the first round of the playoffs. In a 2008 game versus the Grand Rapids Rampage, Dolezel became the first quarterback in league history to throw for 900 touchdown passes in a career.
Stats from ArenaFan:
Dolezel had said that he would like to be a coach after his career is over. It was announced that on January 19, Dolezel would become the offensive coordinator for the Florida Firecats' 2009 season (due to the Arena Football League suspending operations for 2009). He was the head coach of the San Angelo Stampede Express of the Indoor Football League in 2010.
Dolezel was announced as the head coach for the Dallas Vigilantes for the 2011 season. The team did not play in 2012 for unknown reasons.
On September 16, 2014, Dolezel re-signed with the Soul for two more seasons.
In June 2016, Dolezel was announced as the first head coach of the China Arena Football League's Beijing Lions. He was named an All-Pro North Division All-Star as a head coach. On November 6, 2016, the Lions won the first China Bowl and finished the season undefeated.
On August 25, 2016, Dolezel was named the 2016 Marcum-Moss Head Coach of the Year. A day later, he won his first ArenaBowl championship as a coach when the Soul defeated the Arizona Rattlers, 56–42, in ArenaBowl XXIX in Glendale, Arizona.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Won||Lost||Win %||Finish||Won||Lost||Win %||Result|
|SAS||2010||10||4||.714||2nd in Intense Lonestar East||1||1||.500||Lost Divisionals II (Billings)|
|DAL||2011||11||7||.611||2nd in AC Central||0||1||.000||Lost to Chicago Rush in Conference Semifinals.|
|PHI||2013||12||6||.667||2nd in AC Central||2||1||.667||Lost to Arizona Rattlers in ArenaBowl XXVI|
|PHI||2014||9||9||.500||3rd in AC Central||0||1||.000||Lost to Cleveland Gladiators in Conference Semifinals|
|PHI||2015||15||3||.833||1st in AC Central||1||1||.500||Lost to Jacksonville Sharks in AC Championship|
|PHI||2016||13||3||.813||1st in AC||3||0||1.000||Won ArenaBowl XXIX|
|PHI||2017||13||1||.929||1st in AFL||2||0||1.000||Won ArenaBowl XXX|
|PHI||2018||7||5||.583||3rd in AFL||0||2||.000||Lost to Baltimore Brigade in Semifinals|
|PHI||2019||7||5||.583||3rd in AFL||2||1||.667||Lost to Albany Empire in ArenaBowl XXXII|
|BEI||2016||5||0||1.000||1st in CAFL||1||0||1.000||Won China Bowl|
- "Dolezel Signs with Chicago Bears". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. March 22, 2000. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
- "Rampage Acquire Three Veterans for Dolezel". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. September 2, 2003. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
- Stephen Hawkins (July 5, 2007). "Record-setting Dallas QB Dolezel looking for 2nd AFL title". www.myplainview.com. My Plainview. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
- "Clint Dolezel". arenafan.com. Retrieved August 26, 2017.
- Adam Candee (September 24, 2004). "Dolezel ready to throw himself into new assignment". www.lasvegassun.com. Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
- "af2: Florida Firecats name Dolezel as offensive coordinator". www.naplesnews.com. Naples Daily News. January 13, 2009. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
- "Philadelphia Soul Promote Clint Dolezel to Head Coach". www.philadelphiasoul.com. Philadelphia Soul. August 21, 2012. Archived from the original on April 10, 2012. Retrieved August 22, 2012.
- Ed Barkowitz (September 17, 2014). "Dolezel re-ups to coach the Soul". www.philly.com. Interstate General Media, LLC. Retrieved September 17, 2014.
- "Six-Shooters – China's First Coaches Set for Action". arenafan.com. June 3, 2016. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
- "The CAFL has announced their 2016 All-Pro North division All-Stars". caflfootball.com. November 4, 2016. Archived from the original on November 7, 2016. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
- "Dolezel Awarded Marcum Moss Coach of the Year". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. August 25, 2016. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
- "Soul Defeat Rattlers, 56-42, to Claim AFL Crown". arenafootball.com. August 26, 2016. Archived from the original on August 28, 2016. Retrieved August 28, 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
- "Soul Snare Second Straight Foster Trophy in ArenaBowl XXX". arenafootball.com. Archived from the original on August 27, 2017. Retrieved August 27, 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
- "'Frisco Fighters' named Indoor Football League team for the city". Community Impact Newspaper. December 11, 2019.