Nashville Kats Arena Football Starts in April

The Kats will play 10 regular-season games with five at the Municipal Auditorium in downtown Nashville.

Are you ready for some football?! The Nashville Kats are returning to Music City’s Arena Football League! The Kats will play 10 regular-season games this season with five home games at the Municipal Auditorium in downtown Nashville. The season opener versus the Minnesota Myth is slated for Saturday, April 27. Moreover, the Kats play the Georgia Force on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 18 at the new F&M Bank Arena in downtown Clarksville.

Jeff Fisher is the Kats’ President of Operations

The Kats ownership group includes Tamara Dadd Alan, Founding Partner & CEO; Nancy Eckert, Founding Partner and COO/General Counsel. In addition, former Tennessee Titans Head Coach Jeff Fisher, is Partner & President of Football Operations; and Greg Pogue, Partner & VP for Community Relations.  

To help lead the return of the Kats to Music City, the Kats tapped coach Dean Cokinos as Head Coach and vice president of football operations.

“As we went through the process, it became clear quite early that Dean was the right person for the job,” says Fisher. “He has coached and worked in front offices on a variety of levels from college football to international football and, especially, a championship-winning pedigree in arena football. His experiences and knowledge will be invaluable,” he adds.

Cokinos was an assistant coach from 2005 – 07 for the prior Kats’ team under head coach Pat Sperduto. After the Kats, Cokinos coached the Georgia Force, New Orleans VooDoo, Alabama Vipers and the Alabama Hammers. He boasts two League Championships and five Conference Championships. Additionally, he has seven Semi-Final appearances and 13 playoff appearances.

“With Nashville being home and knowing how popular the Kats were and will be again, I am excited to be part of returning the Arena Football League to Nashville,” Cokinos said. “Obviously, getting to work with Jeff Fisher in launching the new Nashville Kats will be so much fun. I can’t wait to get started.”

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