08/27/2018 10:41 AM
GREENSBORO, NC - The Jacksonville Sharks had yet another great season in the NAL in 2018. We had four First Team All-NAL players and three Second Team All-NAL Players, totaling seven players on an All-NAL Team. The NAL released their league awards last night and the Sharks looked to take home some important awards.
Defensive Player of the Year: Defensive Lineman Jermiah Price - Jermiah Price is a veteran as a defensive lineman. He entered his eighth season in arena football and second with the Sharks. In 2018, Price had incredible games that lead up to this exciting award. That game, he had 6.5 tackles and four sacks alone. In the entire season, Price totaled 29 tackles (18 solo) (22 assists) (18.5 for a loss), 16.5 sacks, one interception, three pass breakups, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and an outstanding five blocked kicks! Price made First Team All-NAL and has appeared as the NAL Defensive Player of the Week in Week Eight.
Most Improved Player: Defensive Lineman Damien Jacobs - Damien Jacobs entered his second season with the Jacksonville Sharks and had a much improved season. This year, Jacobs recorded 15.5 total tackles (nine solo) (13 assists) (four for a loss), five sacks, two pass breakups, two interceptions and one touchdown, one forced fumble, four fumble recoveries, one blocked kick, and one forced safety. All of these stats from Jacobs gave the Sharks eight points in the 2018 season.
Assistant Coach of the Year: Dave Ewart - Dave Ewart entered the 2018 season with the Sharks as a veteran coach. He previously coached for two different colleges and eight different arena football teams in a span of 27 years. This year as an assistant, Ewart helped lead the Sharks to an impressive 10-6 record after a slow 1-3 start to the season. Throughout the year, the Sharks were on many win streaks, which helped them become the number one team in Week 17 of the regular season. Under Ewart’s defense the Sharks earned Defensive of Player of the Year awarded to defensive lineman Jermiah Price and the league’s Most Improved Player which went to defensive lineman Damien Jacobs. In addition, the Sharks defense boasted three First Team All-NAL Players and two Second Team All-NAL players.
Best Fans: The Jacksonville Sharks fans have done it yet again! We are the number one fans in the league, which means that there is nobody better than Shark Nation. We averaged 7,192 fans per game this season, which is the highest average in the entire league.
Best Game Operations: Led by Director of Operations Kayla Sharp, the Sharks won two-straight “Best Game Operations Awards” and have by far the best game operations in the league and boasts putting on the best show in arena football during every Sharks home game. Whether it’s setting up the field and making sure it’s perfect for the game, scripting a unique and fun list of entertainment that Sharks have consistently created the best experience for the fans. The key for the Sharks has always been it’s incredible use of fan involvement which includes activities on the field during a timeout or a commercial break. Under Kayla’s leadership the Sharks game flow and entertainment value has been top tier since she took on the role in 2017.
Best Media Relations: The Sharks took home “Best Media” again for the second year in row. Led by Multimedia Director Steven Shotola the Shark Media Department has continued to grow to bring the Sharks fans the best and most up to date news stories, live interviews, and superior creative content year-round. “It’s an honor to be recognized again as the league’s best.” said Multimedia Director Steven Shotola, “We have the best staff and interns in the league that covered the team for every home & away game and they work with me tirelessly to give our fan base the best content that we can create so that no one misses a beat of Sharks football.”
Best Dance Team: The Jacksonville Sharks Attack Dance Team earned this award for the second season in a row. Led by Director Laura Bouchy and Assistant Director April Cooper the Attack Dance Team continues to be the premiere dance team in the NAL. Despite having a larger class of rookies this season and their decision to bring on a new style to their dance routine by combining more influences of hip-hop the Attack didn’t miss a beat. From the first game to the last the Dance Team flourished and stole the hearts and league on the field during each Sharks home game in 2018. The Sharks also made headlines by bringing on their youngest dancer in team history “Lily” a former patient of Wolfson’s Children Hospital who not made a performance impact on the field but made an im
About the Jacksonville Sharks
The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the National Arena League (NAL). The 2017 NAL Champions and ArenaBowl XXIV Champions and play all home games at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Sharks Nation Memberships for the 2019 season are now available. Shark Nation Memberships start as low as $75. To become a Shark Nation member or for more information please call (904) 621-0700. Follow the Sharks on facebook at facebook.com/jaxsharks and on Twitter and Instagram @jaxsharks, as well as the Attack Dance Team at facebook.com/sharkattackdance and Chum at facebook.com/chumsharks.