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Sunday, May 19, 2024

ECHL: Jared Nightingale Named South Carolina Head Coach

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – The South Carolina Stingrays, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Washington Capitals and AHL's Hershey Bears, announced today that Jared Nightingale has been hired as the team's new Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations. Nightingale becomes the 12th Head Coach in franchise history.

"I would like to thank Mark Bernard of the Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Blackhawks for allowing us the opportunity to speak with Jared. Jared's extensive resume as a player in the AHL and in the ECHL, coupled with the past three seasons as an assistant coach in Rockford, working with their top NHL prospects, made him a very intriguing candidate for this job," said Stingrays President Rob Concannon. "After spending a few days with him here in Charleston and getting to know each other, it became clear to me that he was a great fit as our new Head Coach. Jared is a natural leader with a high hockey IQ who understands the details of the game that make teams successful. He will do a great job recruiting and connecting with our players. I remember Jared from when he played in Charlotte and Toledo. He was always hard to play against, and I look forward to seeing those same characteristics on our team next season."

Nightingale, 41, played 13 seasons of professional hockey and has coached for six years, including most recently serving as an assistant coach for the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs for the past three seasons. Nightingale oversaw Rockford's defense and penalty kill and helped guide the IceHogs to a 111-84-14-7 record and three consecutive appearances in the Calder Cup Playoffs. During Nightingale's tenure as assistant coach with Rockford, five defensemen made their NHL debuts with the Chicago Blackhawks after spending time with the IceHogs.

"In Jared, we believe we have found a seasoned leader who is prepared to do what it takes to get the Stingrays back to a perennial playoff contender," said Stingrays Principal Owner Todd Halloran. "We are very excited he has decided to join us as we renew our quest to win another Kelly Cup Championship." 

Nightingale began his coaching career as an assistant coach with the Omaha Lancers of the USHL in 2017-18. The following season, he became an assistant coach at the U.S. National Team Development Program, coaching the top American-born U17 players. From 2019-2020, Nightingale served as the Associate Coach of the Ontario Hockey League's Saginaw Spirit and helped guide the team to a 41-16-5 record before COVID canceled the remainder of the OHL season. He started the 2021-22 season with the OHL's Flint Firebirds as an assistant coach before joining the Rockford IceHogs staff in November 2021.

"I'm very thankful, thrilled, and humbled for this opportunity to be the next Head Coach of the South Carolina Stingrays," said Nightingale. "I have always aspired to be a Head Coach and have enjoyed learning and growing at the junior level and in the American Hockey League. The ECHL is a league that springboarded my career, and I'm very familiar with the history of the Stingrays and the success that they've had. I want to thank Todd Halloran and Rob Concannon for giving me this opportunity, and I'm excited to get to work."

Before beginning his coaching career, the 6-3 205 lb defenseman skated in 472 American Hockey League games and suited up for 202 ECHL games, totaling 102 points (23 goals, 79 assists) and 1,534 penalty minutes.

Throughout his playing career, the Jackson, Michigan native assumed a leadership role as the captain of the AHL's Rockford IceHogs during the 2013-14 season and again with the ECHL's Toledo Walleye from 2014-2017. Nightingale was a member of the 2014-15 Toledo Walleye team that faced off against the Stingrays in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Nightingale played four seasons of college hockey for Michigan State University, where he tallied 22 points (2 goals, 20 assists) in 156 NCAA games from 2002-2006, playing alongside his brother, Adam, for two seasons. Adam currently serves as Michigan State's Men's Hockey Head Coach, while Nightingale's other brother, Jason, has spent the past 11 seasons with the Buffalo Sabres organization as an analyst and scout.

NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars Announce 2024 Preseason and Regular Season Schedules

 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars have revealed their 2024 preseason and regular season schedules.

NFL Kickoff Weekend begins on Thursday, Sept. 5 and the regular season ends on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2025. Super Bowl LIX will take place on Feb. 9, 2025, at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans.

 

2024 PRESEASON SCHEDULE

 

GAME

DATE

OPPONENT

ET

TV

1

Aug. 10

Kansas City Chiefs

7 p.m.

TBD

2

Aug. 17

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

7:30 p.m.

TBD

3

Aug. 23

at Atlanta Falcons

7 p.m.

TBD

 

2024 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE

 

WEEK

DATE

OPPONENT

ET

TV

1

Sept. 8

at Miami Dolphins

1 p.m.

CBS

2

Sept. 15

Cleveland Browns

1 p.m.

CBS

3

Sept. 23

at Buffalo Bills

7:30 p.m.

ESPN

4

Sept. 29

at Houston Texans

1 p.m.

CBS

5

Oct. 6

Indianapolis Colts

1 p.m.

CBS

6

Oct. 13

at Chicago Bears (Tottenham Hotspur Stadium)

9:30 a.m.

NFLN

7

Oct. 20

New England Patriots (Wembley Stadium)

9:30 a.m.

NFLN

8

Oct. 27

Green Bay Packers

1 p.m.

FOX

9

Nov. 3

at Philadelphia Eagles

8:20 p.m.

NBC

10

Nov. 10

Minnesota Vikings

1 p.m.

FOX

11

Nov. 17

at Detroit Lions

1 p.m.

CBS

12

--

BYE

--

--

13

Dec. 1

Houston Texans

1 p.m.

FOX

14

Dec. 8

at Tennessee Titans

1 p.m.

CBS

15

Dec. 15

New York Jets

1 p.m.

FOX

16

Dec. 22

at Las Vegas Raiders

4:25 p.m.

CBS

17

Dec. 29

Tennessee Titans

1 p.m.

CBS

18

TBD

at Indianapolis Colts

TBD

TBD

 

TICKET INFORMATION: The Jaguars schedule is here! See the matchups, pick your favorite games and get 100% verified tickets at Ticketmaster, the official Ticket Marketplace of the Jacksonville Jaguars and the NFL. Season ticket memberships, including suites and premium seats, group and single-game tickets for the 2024 season are now available for purchase by visiting www.jaguars.com/tickets/. Members of the Jaguars sales team are available at (904) 633-2000 or via email at ticketing@jaguars.com following the schedule announcement to assist with fan questions.

 

THIRTY AND THRIVING: In 2024, the Jaguars will celebrate their 30th season in the NFL. Tom Coughlin, the franchise’s first head coach was selected as the seventh member of the PRIDE OF THE JAGUARS last fall. As the team’s all-time winningest coach, the franchise will induct Coughlin at a game to be determined this season. The Jaguars unveiled their 30th season logo last month. 

 

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MILES TRAVELED: The Jaguars will travel the eleventh-most miles in the NFL during the 18-week regular season, logging 22,075 miles and 20 time zone changes. The farthest west the team will travel is Las Vegas. The trip to London will be the longest trip of the year at 4,250 miles.

 

WINNING WEATHER: The 2024 schedule has just one home game for Jacksonville in the month of September but features three home games in December. Since 2000, the average temperature in Jacksonville at kickoff has been a sweltering 83.5 degrees in September and a comfortable 62 degrees in the month of December (courtesy of TruMedia). Jacksonville closes its season with an indoor matchup against Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium.

 

HEADING SOUTH FOR THE OPENER: Jacksonville will head south to kick off their 2024 regular season campaign against the Miami Dolphins in Week 1. The game will be the Jaguars shortest road trip of the season at just 327 miles. The Jaguars have faced the Dolphins 10 times in franchise history with each team winning five games. The last time the two played was at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London in Week 6 of the 2021 season. QB Trevor Lawrence led a game winning drive, the first of his career, in a 23-20 win. Jacksonville has never played Miami to open a regular season and has played an AFC East opponent in Week 1 once, a 13-10 victory against Buffalo in 2004. This will be the third consecutive year the Jaguars begin the regular season on the road.

 

BROWNS AT THE BANK: The Jaguars will kick off their home slate of games with a matchup against the Cleveland Browns at EverBank Stadium in Week 2. The 2024 season marks the second time the Jaguars have played against the Browns at home in the month of September. Jacksonville is 12-7 all-time against Cleveland, 5-4 at home.

 

BACK IN THE BRIGHT LIGHTS: Jacksonville returns to Monday Night Football in 2024 when they visit the Buffalo Bills in Week 3. Head Coach Doug Pederson is 5-3 in his career on Monday Night Football. Jacksonville will play on Monday night in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2010 and 2011. The Jaguars have won two consecutive games against the Bills dating to 2021.

 

Doug Pederson will return to Philadelphia for the second time as an opposing head coach in a Sunday Night prime-time matchup against the Eagles in Week 9. Pederson carries a 26-14-1 record at Lincoln Financial Field into the game. The Jaguars are 3-3 all-time against NFC opponents on Sunday Night. In their last matchup versus an NFC team on Sunday night, they defeated the Tampa Buccaneers 17-10 on Nov. 30, 2003.

 

FAMILIAR FOES: Jacksonville begins their 2024 divisional slate with a visit to Houston in Week 4. The Jaguars have faced the Texans in Week 4 once before, in 2008, when they came out victorious with a 30-27 overtime win on Sept. 28.  The two teams conclude their season series in Jacksonville on Dec. 1st in Week 13. With a win in Houston, Jacksonville would secure the first three-game road winning streak against the Texans in franchise history. 

 

The Jaguars will face a second consecutive AFC South rival when the Colts visit Jacksonville in Week 5. If the Jaguars win, it will be the ninth straight home victory against the Colts dating back to 2015. The Jaguars finish their regular season series with the Colts in Week 18 on a date to be determined. The 2024 campaign will be the first time Jacksonville has closed its regular season against the Colts since 2021, a 26-11 home victory. If the Jaguars can sweep the Colts, it would be the first four-game winning streak against Indianapolis in franchise history.

 

The Jaguars matchup with the Titans for the first time in Week 14 on Dec. 8th and again four weeks later in Week 17 on Dec. 29. This season marks the first time since 1997 that Jacksonville has matched up with Tennessee twice in the same month.

 

EURO STEPPING: The Jaguars are once again slated to play two games in London in 2024. The first game, against the Chicago Bears, will take place in Week 6 on Oct. 13 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Jacksonville will take on the New England Patriots the following Sunday at Wembley Stadium on Oct. 20. Last season, the Jaguars became the first NFL franchise to win consecutive games not played on American soil after they defeated the Atlanta Falcons and Buffalo Bills across the pond. OLB Josh Allen posted 3.0 sacks against Atlanta and became the first player in NFL history to record at least 3.0 sacks outside of the United States. RB Travis Etienne Jr. set a Tottenham-Hotspur Stadium record with 184 scrimmage yards in the Jaguars Week 5 victory against Buffalo.

 

 

JAGUARS RESULTS IN LONDON

 

Week

Date

Opponent

Score

Site

8

10/27/13

San Francisco 49ers

L, 42-10

Wembley Stadium

10

11/9/14

Dallas Cowboys

L, 31-17

Wembley Stadium

7

10/25/15

Buffalo Bills

W, 34-31

Wembley Stadium

4

10/2/16

Indianapolis Colts

W, 30-27

Wembley Stadium

3

9/24/17

Baltimore Ravens

W, 44-7

Wembley Stadium

8

10/28/18

Philadelphia Eagles

L, 24-18

Wembley Stadium

9

11/3/19

Houston Texans

L, 26-3

Wembley Stadium

6

10/17/21

Miami Dolphins

W, 23-20

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

8

10/30/22

Denver Broncos

L, 21-17

Wembley Stadium

4

10/1/23

Atlanta Falcons

W, 23-7

Wembley Stadium

5

10/8/23

Buffalo Bills

W, 25-20

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

 

TRAVEL WITH THE TEAM: On Location, the Official Hospitality Provider of the NFL, is providing Jaguars fans with unrivaled access to the NFL International Series game versus the Chicago Bears on Oct. 13 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, as well as the game at Wembley Stadium on Oct. 20 versus the New England Patriots. On Location’s exclusive packages can include airfare, opportunities to enjoy the sights, sounds and culture of London, VIP pregame hospitality, premium seating, luxury accommodations and one-of-a-kind experiences that will create lifelong memories. To secure a seat at these historic games, along with a choice of bespoke experiences, Jaguars fans can sign up to be the first to know when ticket packages by clicking here.

 

JAM-PACKED JAX: Jacksonville will face Green Bay at home for the first time since 2016 in Week 8 on Oct. 27. The Jaguars are looking for their first win against the Packers since 2008.  In the seven-game series, six have been decided by less than 10 points. Including two straight by less than five.

 

LOOKING NORTH: The Jaguars are set to face two NFC North teams consecutively in Week 10 (Minnesota Vikings) and 11 (Detroit Lions). This marks the first time since 2012 the Jaguars matchup against consecutive NFC North opponents.

 

Minnesota is one-of-six teams the Jaguars have faced seven times or fewer in franchise history. In Week 11, the Jaguars travel to Detroit for the fifth time in franchise history. Jacksonville is looking for its first win against Detroit since 2008.

 

FIVE-YEAR HIATUS:  In Week 15, the New York Jets return to EverBank Stadium for the first time since 2019. The Jaguars are 5-1 all-time against the Jets at home and have won two straight on their home turf since 2018. They have outscored New York 160-64 in six home contests, including a 41-0 victory in Week 5 of the 2006 season.

 

GONE FOR THE WEEK: The Jaguars have their latest Bye in team history, as they will not play in Week 12 for the first time.

 

FIRST TIME VISITOR: The Jaguars will visit Allegiant Stadium—which opened in 2020—for the first time to take on the Raiders in Week 16. The last time the Jaguars played the Raiders on the road was in 2019, the Raiders’ final game in Oakland, a 20-16 Jacksonville victory.