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At a press conference held in November 2017 Jawad Yatim, Founder, Owner, President, and General Manager of the Massachusetts Pirates announced his organization would begin its initial season in the spring of 2018. On April 7, 2018, the Pirates took the field at the DCU Center in Worcester, and arena football had returned to the city.

After winning its opener against the Maine Mammoths the Pirates hit the road for three straight games. When the team returned to the DCU Center, their record stood at 3-1 and the National Arena League knew it had a force on its hands.

The Pirates would only lose one regular-season home game and earned the top seed in the post-season playoffs with an 11 and 5 record. A late-season injury forced quarterback Sean Brackett to miss the postseason and the Pirates playoff run lasted only one game.

Despite missing almost three regular-season games, Brackett was named the league Most Valuable Player. Wide receiver Devonn Brown and offensive lineman Cornelius Lewis earned All-NAL first-team honors while lineman Fred Ruff and Brackett were named to the second team. Defensively, defensive back Kiante Northington, who led the league with 12 interceptions and the Pirates sack leader, defensive end JD Griggs, were All-League first-team honorees while linebacker Nick Haag and DB John Hardy-Tuliau were named to the second team.

Head Coach Ameer Ismail was the NAL Coach of the Year and even the team’s mascot, Arthur, was honored as the league’s best.

Patrick Pass was named Head Coach of the Massachusetts Pirates on November 9, 2019. Pass became the third Head Coach in the history of the franchise.

                       

Patrick Pass                                                                                           

Pass who served as the Pirates’ Director of Player Development last season, replaced Anthony Payton who departed at the end of the year to take the same position with the Carolina Cobras. Payton guided the team to an eight and six record in the regular season before losing to the Cobras 30 to 26 in the National Arena League playoffs.

The New England Patriots drafted Pass from the University of Georgia in the seventh round (239 overall) in 2000. Pass enjoyed an eight-year career in the NFL. In 79 games he rushed 128 times for 526 yards and three touchdowns and had 66 receptions for 570 yards and a score. During most of his career he was a blocking fullback, but he did see time at running back, wide receiver and kick returner.

In 2002 Pass earned his first Super Bowl ring as the Patriots defeated the St. Louis Rams 20-17 for the first title in franchise history. In 2004 his second ring was secured as the Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers 32-29. The following season (2005) was statistically his best in the NFL. Pass rushed for a career high 245 yards as a running back filling in for the injured Corey Dillion. That season Pass also set career marks with 54 carries, an average of 4.5 yards per carry, three touchdowns, 227 receiving yards and 10.3 yards per catch. He was the starting fullback in Super Bowl XXXIX as the Patriots defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21. In 2007, Pass also was a member of the Houston Texans and the New York Giants.

In year two, the Pirates got off to a slow 1 and 4 start, but when mid-season arrived, so did the Pirates as they ran off a six-game winning streak. The Pirates made the playoffs for the second consecutive season and lost in the semifinals to Carolina 30-26.

The year was highlighted by the in-season signing of Dexter McCluster, former All-Pro kick returner for the Kansas City Chiefs. As the season progressed, so did the accomplishments of several of the players. At season’s end, wide receiver Mardy Gilyard had set single-season National Arena League scoring records with 33 touchdowns (29 receiving and four rushing) and 198 points. Gilyard was named as a First Team All-NAL performer along with defensive end JD Griggs and defensive back Lawrence Austin. Four Pirates earned All-Second Team honors including quarterback Sean Brackett, kicker Mike Weaver, and offensive linemen Thomas Claiborne and Tre Jackson. Wide receiver Thomas Owens was also named the NAL Offensive Rookie of the Year. As an organization, the Pirates excelled off the field as they were recognized as having the Best Community Relations and Best Media Relations departments in the National Arena League.

 

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The team made a coaching change promoting Patrick Pass to team head coach. The team also overhauled the rest of their coaching staff, hiring arena football greats Reggie Gray and Rayshaun Kizer as offensive and defensive coordinators.

As a result of the canceled season due to COVID-19 pandemic, the front office got to work launching this brand new website and online pro shop widening the gap in terms of online quality with competing teams. The Pirates Cheer Squad also have a new leader with the hiring of Christie McPherson as head coach of the cheer team. McPherson has coached dancers who have gone on to work with the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans.

On August 19, 2020, the Pirates took a big step in their organization’s history as owner, founder, president, and general manager Jawad Yatim announced the team’s move to the Indoor Football League. The Pirates are the first east coast team in league history. The team also announced the same day that they had signed a three-year extension with the DCU Center to remain in Worcester for the foreseeable future.