Cedar Rapids, IA — Two days before the Cedar Rapids Titans kick off their sixth season in eastern Iowa, the team has hired five assistants to work alongside first year head coach and former Iowa Hawkeye Marvin McNutt.
McNutt takes the helm in place of a departing Mark Stoute, who left the team to take a position with the Jacksonville Sharks of the National Arena League (NAL).
While this is McNutt's first position as a head coach, it's apparent he knows the game of football inside and out. The University of Iowa's all-time leading receiver had an illustrious college career, grabbing 170 passes for over 2,700 yards and 28 touchdowns in his four years as a Hawkeye. After his time at Iowa, McNutt was drafted in the sixth round of the 2012 by the Philadelphia Eagles and split time over the course of three seasons between the Eagles, Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins, and Washington Redskins.
Joining McNutt's staff this year include offensive coordinator Adrian Arrington, defensive coordinator Mitch Madland, offensive line coach Maurice "Moe" Robinson, offensive assistant Zen Bliss, and director of player personnel Scott Porter.
Arrington, a native of Cedar Rapids and alumnus of Washington High School, joins the Titans coaching staff as offensive coordinator after a standout career at the University of Michigan. The Super Bowl-winning wide receiver nabbed 109 receptions for 1,438 yards and 16 touchdowns in three years for the Wolverines prior to forgoing his final year of college eligibility to enter the 2008 NFL Draft. Arrington was drafted in the seventh round by the New Orleans Saints and spent five seasons in the bayou, including the Saints' Super Bowl XLIV championship-winning season.
Madland is no stranger to indoor football, or Cedar Rapids for that matter. 2017 marks Madland's second stint with the team after previously serving as an assistant in the team's inaugural season in 2011. Also a defensive back at Iowa Central Community College, historically one of the best junior colleges in the upper Midwest, Madland also served as associate head coach and defensive coordinator for the La Crosse Spartans in 2010.
"Moe" Robinson makes Titans history as becoming the first Titans player to join the coaching staff after previously playing for the team. Lining up as an offensive lineman from 2013 to 2015, Robinson primarily played center for the team. The Titans' lines will be in good hands as Robinson comes aboard as line coach.
Rounding out the coaching staff are offensive assistant Zen Bliss and director of player personnel Scott Porter. Bliss had previously served as a scout for the now-defunct Billings Wolves last season and prior to that served as a coach for the Buffalo Lightning of American Indoor Football. Porter joins the team after serving as a scout for several teams in the past. Highly-regarded across the industry as one of the best player agents in the game, Porter's main role with the team is to work alongside Titans GM/Co-Owner Chris Kokalis to recruit talented players to bring into Cedar Rapids.