ALBANY — Rob Keefe is coming back to Albany.
The new National Arena football franchise named Keefe its new head coach on Tuesday. The team will begin play in 2021.
Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Keefe coached the Arena Football League’s Albany Empire for two seasons. Last year, he guided the Empire to the ArenaBowl 32 title over the Philadelphia Soul. A couple of months later, the AFL declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy and folded.
“I am very excited to return to Albany,” Keefe said in a press release. “I am looking forward to renewing our great team and continuing the wonderful relationships with our fans and sponsors in the community. There is a lot of work to do and I am most certainly up for the challenge. My passion and heart will be on full display as we strive to win both on and off the field for the Capital Region.”
In the same press release, Times Union general manager Bob Belber said: “The Times Union Center is excited to welcome Rob back. Coach Keefe is a stand-up guy both on and off the field, and we can’t wait to see his energy back on the field.”