Doug Kay

Doug Kay is a retired American football coach who was most recently assistant head coach for the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League (AFL), which league ceased operations after the 2017 season. He has more than 55 years of football experience, including 12 seasons in the AFL. He was the head coach of the Charlotte Rage, Carolina Cobras and Columbus Destroyers. He was also the head football coach at Olivet College from 1971 to 1975.

Doug Kay
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Kay in 2017
Biographical details
BornChicago, Iillinois
Alma mater
Playing career
?–1959Western Illinois
?–?Western Illinois
Position(s)Quarterback, defensive back, tight end, punter
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1960Western Illinois (QB/WR)
1961–1966Deerfield HS (IL)
1967–1969Indiana State (DC)
1976San Jose State (OC)
1977–1979UCLA (DL/LB)
1980–1982Hawaii (AHC/DC)
1983-1985Portland Breakers
1986Tampa Bay Bandits
1991Raleigh–Durham Skyhawks (DC)
1993Tampa Bay Storm (DC)
1994Tampa Bay Storm (DC)
1995Charlotte Rage
1997Arizona Rattlers (Assistant)
2000–2001Carolina Cobras
2002Tampa Bay Storm (Asst)
2006–2008Columbus Destroyers
2013–2014Tampa Bay Storm (AHC)
2017Tampa Bay Storm (AHC)
Head coaching record
Overall23–20–1 (college)
36–55 (AFL)
Accomplishments and honors
1 MIAA (1974)
2 ArenaBowl (1993, 1997)

College careerEdit

Kay played college football under the tutelage of Lou Saban as a quarterback, defensive back, tight end and punter at Western Illinois University. He also played baseball at Western Illinois. He received a bachelor's degree in physical education from Western Illinois in 1961.

Coaching careerEdit

Kay directing the Storm defense during a timeout.

Kay's coaching career began in 1960 at his alma mater, Western Illinois University, as the quarterbacks and wide receivers coach. In 1961, Kay took over at Deerfield High School in Illinois, and coached there through the 1966 season; he was replaced by Paul Adams when he decided to return to college football.

From 1967–1969 Kay served as the defensive coordinator at Indiana State University. Kay was then named the head coach of Olivet College in 1970. He spent the next six seasons with Olivet before taking over as the offensive coordinator at San José State University in 1976.

Kay moved to UCLA in 1977 where he was an assistant coach, working mainly with the linebackers and defensive line. In 1980, he took over at the University of Hawaii as the associate head coach and defensive coordinator for three seasons. Kay spent four seasons in the United States Football League with the Boston/New Orleans Breakers and Tampa Bay Bandits.

His AFL experience began in 1993 as defensive coordinator of the ArenaBowl VII champion Tampa Bay Storm. Four years later, Kay was once again defensive coordinator of a championship team, helping the Arizona Rattlers capture ArenaBowl XI in 1997.

Kay was head coach of the Charlotte Rage in 1995 and returned to Charlotte as the head coach of the Carolina Cobras in 2000 and 2001. In 2001, Kay led the Cobras to their first non-losing season in their five-year franchise at a 7–7 record. He was head coach of the Columbus Destroyers from 2006 to 2008. In 2006, Kay led the Destroyers to their first non-losing season in the eight-year history of the franchise with an 8–8 record, setting franchise records for most wins and most road wins. He also tied a franchise record for most home wins with four. In 2007, despite a 7–9 regular season record, he won three playoff games and led the Destroyers to an appearance in ArenaBowl XXI, where they lost to the San Jose SaberCats.[1][2] A 3–13 season in 2008 led to his dismissal.[3] He later became an assistant for the Storm, where he was working when the league folded in 2017.

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Olivet Comets (Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1971–1975)
1971 Olivet 3–4–1 2–2–1 3rd
1972 Olivet 3–6 2–3 4th
1973 Olivet 6–3 3–2 T–2nd
1974 Olivet 7–2 5–0 1st
1975 Olivet 4–5 2–3 T–4th
Olivet: 23–20–1 14–10–1
Total: 23–20–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
CHA 1995 5 7 .417 2nd in NC East 0 0 .000
CAR 2000 3 11 .214 5th in NC South 0 0 .000
CAR 2001 7 6 .538 Resigned 0 0 .000
CAR total 10 17 .370 0 0 .000
COL 2006 8 8 .500 4th in NC East 0 0 .000
COL 2007 7 9 .438 3rd in NC East 3 1 .750 Lost to San Jose SaberCats in ArenaBowl XXI
COL 2008 3 13 .188 5th in NC East 0 0 .000
COL total 18 30 .375 3 1 .750
Total[4] 33 54 .379 3 1 .750


  1. ^ "SaberCats crush Destroyers in ArenaBowl". Associated Press. July 29, 2007. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  2. ^ Associated Press (July 29, 2007). "Upstart vs. juggernaut in showdown". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved February 20, 2019 – via
  3. ^ Rabinowitz, Bill (June 23, 2008). "Kay won't be back as coach of Destroyers". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  4. ^ "Doug Kay Coaching Record". Retrieved July 31, 2017.

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