The Albany Empire have hired the man that will replace Rob Keefe as head coach, Thomas Menas will be the man looking to lead the Empire to another championship. Menas, leaves the New Jersey Flight where he was the Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Line Coach and will now face his former team with the Empire.
The Albany Empire has reportedly received assurances that they will be able to move forward with their home opener against the Ontario Bandits on Saturday, May 22nd at the Times Union Center. It came down to the wire but indoor football is returning to the Capital Region this season.
It's here! The day Capital Region Arena Football fans have been waiting for, the 2021 National Arena League schedule is here and The Empire will be home in week 1. The season is currently scheduled to kick off on April 3rd and will feature a seven team 14 game schedule with each team getting 3 bye weeks over a 17 week regular season.
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK or at least they will. The long awaited name announcement of the new team that will play football inside the Times Union Center in downtown Albany is here and it's The Albany Empire.
Here's what we know about the return of Arena Football to the Times Union Center here in the Capital Region. We know that Head Coach Rob Keefe and Assistant Head Coach Les Moss will be back. We know the team will be part of the NAL - National Arena League. We do not know the name of the team yet but thanks to Liana Bonavita from News 10 we know when we'll know the name.
The Albany Empire left the Times Union Center field as champions of the 32nd AFL Arena Bowl on August 11th 2019 for what looked like the last time. We now know that the National Arena League is bringing indoor football back to the Times Union Center and the Albany team (Which I'm hoping will be called the Empire) just got one step closer to putting that championship team back together. Head Coach Rob Keefe will be joined by Assistant Head Coach Les Moss putting back together two of the key pieces that brought a championship to Albany with the Empire.
The Albany Empire left some big shoes to fill for whatever Arena Football team calls the Times Union Center home next (even if it's the Albany Empire) but a familiar face might make that a lot easier. Head Coach of the Albany Empire Rob Keefe is returning to the Capital Region and will coach the Albany Arena team from the National Arena League as early as next year.