by Matt Lincoln
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - New uniforms, new coach, new players, new league - there's not a lot that's the same about the Richmond Raiders as they enter year number two.
The Raiders unveiled their new uniforms this weekend at the Richmond Coliseum - where they play their road games. The new unis are mostly blue, and then keep silver and black (the two main colors from last season).
They've also brought in a new coach. Chris Simpson takes over the team. He has been coaching arena football for six years, including stints with the Baltimore Mariners, the Lincoln Capitals and the San Angelo Stampede. He played college ball at the University of Arizona and had a short NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys.
The biggest new addition player-wise for the Raiders is quarterback Bryan Randall. The Williamsburg product was a star at Virginia Tech, and spent last season as the quarterback for the cross-town Richmond Revolution. In fact, Randall brings a handful of other Revolution players with him to the Raiders.
Finally, the Raiders will be playing in a new league. They move over from the AIFL, to the Southern Indoor Football League. This new league allows them to play some closer teams, and also allow for some more wide open offense.
The first game for the Raiders is March 19th at the Richmond Coliseum.