John Busby to lead Renegades in 2nd season

03/26/02 Renegades Press release
Former St. Louis Ram, Area Prep Coaches To Assist

March 26, 2002 - With the start of the 2002 National Indoor Football League season just days away, the RiverCity Renegades introduced Head Coach John Busby, Assistant Head Coach Mark Fowler and their coaching staff today.  Joining Busby and Fowler on the staff are former NFL wide receiver Alexander Wright (Offensive Coordinator), University City High School Head Coach Lafayette Gatewood (Defensive Coordinator), former Lafayette High School assistant coach John Fortney (Special Teams Coach).

"I'm very optimistic about the upcoming season," said Busby.  "We have several bright spots returning from last years' team, including quarterback Rick Little and defensive stars Mike Armstrong and Cornelius Smith.  We have also added a few more players that I expect to make an immediate impact to our squad."

The Renegades open the season Saturday night (7:30 p.m.) in Bismarck, North Dakota against the Roughriders.  After traveling to Wheeling, West Virginia (Ohio Valley Greyhounds) for Game Two on April 5, the Renegades open the home schedule against the Lake Charles LandSharks on April 13 (7:30 p.m.) at the St. Charles Family Arena.

Busby's coaching experience features collegiate and prep coaching stints along with a record-breaking stretch as a player at Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State).  At Northeast in the early 1980s, he set several school and Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association records as a wide receiver.  He still holds the school record for most receptions in a game (16) and ranks second in career touchdown by a receiver.  In 1989, he joined the coaching staff at University City High School and coordinated the team's passing game.  In 1992, he returned to Northeast and helped the squad to two NCAA playoff appearances as the wide receivers coach.

Fowler will assist the development of the offensive attack and has been associated with offensive line play for more than 14 years as a player and coach  His coaching career began in 1996 where he served as Offensive Line Coach and Freshman Team Head Coach in Warsaw, Missouri.  He then moved on to Troy High School, where he was the Defensive Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach.  Last year, he returned to his alma mater (Hazelwood West High School) to work as the team's Offensive Line Coach.

Wright played for six seasons as a wide receiver with the Dallas Cowboys (1990-92), Los Angeles Raiders (1992-95) and St. Louis Rams (1995-96) and won the NFL Fastest Man competition.  After retiring from the playing ranks, Wright began his coaching career in 1999 at Lindenwood University, where he oversaw the squad's wide receivers.  In Spring 2000, he worked with the Rams as a coaching intern - focusing on the team's wide receivers.  During the 2000 NFL season, he worked as a scout for the New England Patriots and assisted with the team's wide receivers.  Last season, he directed the secondary, running backs, tight ends and receivers for Hazelwood West.

Gatewood offers ten years of coaching experience.  He is currently the Head Football Coach at University City High School and led the Lions to their first playoff berth in eight seasons in 1999.  He began his coaching career by leading the school's freshman and junior varsity teams from 1992-96.  In 1997, he was promoted to the offensive coordinator for the varsity team and took over as head coach in 1998.  In addition to his high school coaching experience, Gatewood served as quarterbacks coach for the St. Louis Bulldogs Minor League Football franchise.

Fortney entered the coaching fraternity in 1992 after playing for two seasons at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York.  He served as line coach and special teams coach for Sherburne-Earlville High School in Sherburne, New York from 1992-95 and led the Marauders to back-to-back state titles in 1992 and 1993.  In 1997, he moved to Lafayette High School and helped lead the Lancers defensive line and special teams squad to the 1999 district title.

The Renegades are a member of the NIFL and play their home games at the St. Charles Family Arena from April through July.  Season ticket packages are now on sale along with individual and group ticket sales available for any game during the season.  Season ticket packages range from $32-$160, while single-game tickets are $5, $8, $16, $18 or $22.  Most ticket prices have been lowered from last season and a family of four can enjoy Renegades football for just $20.  For information or to purchase Renegades tickets, please call (314) 216-2000 or check out

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