Pirates Bring Back Bagaunte As Assistant Coach

By: Oliver Nissi
Pirates Insider
March 22, 2021

WORCESTER, MA. — A familiar face is being brought back to the Massachusetts Pirates this season. Bones Bagaunte, a former wide receiver for the organization in 2018, has agreed to become the team’s assistant offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.

“I am extremely excited to rejoin the Pirate family and ready to help bring the first championship to the organization,” Bagaunte told masspiratesfootball.com. “I thank the Yatim family and Jawad for this opportunity.”

Bagaunte’s (center with football) most recent coaching position was as a defensive backs coach in the Fan Controlled Football League in March 2021.

Bagaunte enjoyed a lengthy and successful career as a player. He last suited up as a player in 2019 for the Columbus Lions in the NAL. That season, he was named First-Team All-NAL. In 2018 with the Pirates, Bagaunte appeared in 9 games and was a part of the wide receiving core that helped quarterback Sean Brackett capture the league MVP award that season. He holds several Pirates single-season records, including most touchdowns scored in a game (6) and the highest average of all-purpose yards per game (100.4). In the two years prior (2016-17), Bagaunte played in the IFL for the Cedar Rapids Titans and Billings Wolves. Bagaunte’s other professional football experience includes stints with the Nebraska Danger and Kansas City Command.

Bagaunte served in coaching and front office roles for several teams during his professional football career. These roles included wide receivers coach, special teams coach, assistant offensive coordinator, and assistant to the director of football operations with the Columbus Lions. From 2014-2016, Bagaunte was the assistant wide receivers coach for Frederick Douglas High School (MD) and helped guide the school’s football program to its first championship in 2014.

Pirates president and general manager Jawad Yatim believes Bagaunte’s IFL experience will help the Pirates as they enter their new league.

“Bones brings a wealth of knowledge of the indoor game to Massachusetts and he’s familiar with the setting here and our environment. Having played as long as he did in the IFL, he’s seen pretty much everything from an X’s and O’s standpoint and as we make the transition to a new game, those attributes are heightened and valued differently than most years. Glad to have him.”

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