Coaching Staff

2019 Massachusetts Pirates Coaching Staff

  • Anthony Payton - Head Coach & Offensive Coordinator

    In December, 2018, Anthony Payton was signed as the second head coach in the history of the Massachusetts Pirates. Last season Payton served as Associate Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach for the Pirates in their first season. If the offense can replicate its numbers from your one, it appears that Payton is poised to lead the Pirates toward a title.

    With Payton calling the plays last season the Pirates were the highest scoring team in the National Arena League. Massachusetts led the NAL in touchdowns with 123, most offensive touchdowns, total offensive yards and average yards per play. The Pirates also had the number one passing offense with 3,677 yards and 229.8 yards per game. Additionally Pirates QB’s had the most yards per completion with 12.2 and yards per attempt (7.3).

    Payton’s creativity enabled Pirates QB Sean Brackett to thrive, becoming the league leader in total offense while passing for a league best 226.4 yards per game. Brackett was the NAL’s Most Valuable Player while earning second-team honors on offense. Wide receiver Devonn Brown was an NAL first team offensive selection with 24 touchdown receptions, 1,024 receiving yards while averaging a league best 19 yards per catch.

    In 26 years of coaching this will be Payton’s first time as a Head Coach. His professional coaching resume includes stops as an Offensive Coordinator in 2016 with Portland in the Arena Football League and in the Indoor Football League with Spokane in 2017. Prior he worked as a wide receivers coach with Louisville in the AF2 and also in the AFL with Las Vegas and Buffalo.

    Payton began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Eastern High School in Louisville, KY. In 2004 he coached at Fern Creek High School in Louisville as the Defensive Coordinator and in 2005 as the Offensive Coordinator. He also served as quarterbacks and wide receivers coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College.

    A former wide receiver, Payton enjoyed a nine year career in the IFL, AFL and AF2 with six teams including Dayton, New Jersey, Louisville, Buffalo, Cincinnati and Las Vegas.

    A graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College, Payton also attended East Mississippi Community College and Austin Peay University.

    Payton currently resides in Shelbyville, KY

  • Pierre Chatman - Defensive Line Coach

    The Pirates hired Pierre Chatman to coach their defensive line for the 2019 season. The Chicago, IL native grew up in the Windy City and played defensive end and outside linebacker in high school. Chatman went on to play at West Virginia State and finished his college career at Warner University where he earned a degree in business.

    After a few tryouts with NFL teams, Chatman went on to play arena football with the Chicago Slaughter, the West Texas Roughnecks and the Chattanooga Generals.

    This will be his first pro coaching experience. Previous he had oversight of the defensive line at at Warner University and served as assistant strength and conditioning coordinator. He also was the defensive coordinator at D.R.W. College Prep in Chicago.

  • Steve Cully - Offensive Line Coach

    The New York New Hartford, New York native takes over coaching the offensive line for the Pirates this season. Cully played football at the University of Connecticut as a guard and tight end. He played professionally for seven years in NFL Europe, the Canadian Football League and the Arena Football League.

    His coaching resume includes working at Colgate University, Dartmouth College and Holy Cross for the previous six seasons. This will be his first time coaching at the professional level.

  • Tim Shelley - Defensive Coordinator

    A veteran arena ball defensive back, Shelley got his first taste of coaching in arena football last season with the Georgia Doom in the American Arena League. There he was the Director of Football Operations and the Defensive Coordinator. The Doom had the number one ranked defense in the AAL.

    Prior to coaching, the former defensive back for Fort Valley State in Georgia, Shelley played six seasons in two arena leagues. He played for the Tampa Bay Storm, the Spokane Shock and the Portland Steel in the AFL and the Green Bay Blizzard and the Cedar Rapids Titans of the IFL.