The Miami Morays and Team Owner Oronde Gadsden are pleased to announce the naming of Hall of Fame Miami Dolphin Offensive Lineman Larry Little as the first head coach in franchise history.
“We had to go out and find somebody to lead us to where we want to go, which ultimately is a championship football team. We have a native of Miami who we think will make an immediate impact in the football community. We wanted someone who was well-respected, loved in the community, who has experience coaching football, and played for the Dolphins. I think this is a good start for the Miami Morays.” said Oronde Gadsden.
“This is an honor to be named the first coach of the Miami Morays. We are going to put together an exciting franchise. We are going to play exciting football and throw it all over the place with a solid quarterback, and we are going to run it too. This town will be talking about us because we are going to be a good football team.” Coach Little said.
“We have an advantage because of the amount of talent in this area. With the local nationally recognized programs in South Florida who may not have had the opportunity to play in the NFL, the Morays will provide them their opportunity to allow them to hone their skills and maybe one day play in the NFL.
“Another thing I am proud of is that I am from right here in Overtown. I went to high school at Booker T. Washington, and I lived about four miles from here, so this is home for me. I am going to do everything I can to make the City of Miami proud of what we are going to accomplish on the football field.”
Little announced that the Morays will immediately start the process of filling their roster with local talent by announcing open tryouts at the Miami Arena on Dec 18th. Players with college experience who are interested in trying to earn a spot on the Morays can get more information by visiting the Morays website or by calling the Moray’s office at 305-530-4400.
Larry Little comes to the Morays with a total of 16 years of head coaching experience and 14 years of NFL playing experience with the San Diego Chargers and Miami Dolphins.
Little is best known to Miami fans as a 12-year member of the Miami Dolphins. Little was a member of the Super Bowl Champion 1972 squad, which to this day remains the only team in NFL history to have a perfect undefeated season. The Dolphins also repeated as Super Bowl champions in 1973, establishing themselves as one of the early NFL dynasties.
Little led the awesome Dolphins running machine, and his efforts got him selected to the All-Pro Teams for five years straight from 1971 to 1975, and again in 1977. He also was selected to play in the Pro Bowl in 1970 and from 1972 to 1975. Little also was the first player in league history to be named as AFC Offensive Lineman of the Year for three straight seasons (70-72) by the NFLPA. Little ended his distinguished playing career when he retired in 1980.
In recognition to his contributions to the community and his home state of Florida athletics, Little was inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame in 1978. In 1990, he was named a member of the Dolphin’s Silver Anniversary all-time team. 1993 was also a big year for Little, as he earned the ultimate honors of being inducted in the NFL Hall of Fame and into the Dolphins Honor Roll at Pro Player Stadium.
Little first entered the coaching field when he served as the Head Coach of the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats from 1983 to 1991. In nine years, Little compiled a record of 43-49-1 (.468) and led B-CC to the school’s only two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in 1984 and 1988. He was named the Division 1-AA Coach of the Year in 1984. In 1992, Little coached the Ohio Glory in the World League in their inaugural season.
From 1993 to 1998, Little served as the Head Coach of the Division II North Carolina Central Eagles, compiling a record of 33 wins and 32 losses. In 1996, Little’s Eagles were ranked as high as 5th in the nation on the strength of winning seven games in a row and finishing the season with an overall record of 8-3.
The Miami Morays will play in the National Indoor Football League, entering its fifth season with 22 teams located across the United States. The NIFL provides players with an opportunity to develop their skills and continue their careers in professional football.
Florida will be home to four new NIFL teams located in Lakeland, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach and Miami, providing natural geographical rivalries, as well as draw from the vast pool of football talent available in the state.
For additional information about the Miami Morays, please call Mark Fischel at 305-349-4466 or visit our upcoming webpage at www.miamimoraysfootball.com.
Additional information about the NIFL can be found at nationalindoorfootballleague.net or by calling 888-422-9682.