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Dave Whinham, assistant head coach of the Arena Football League power Tampa Bay Storm, has been named head coach for the AFL entry that will begin play in Buffalo in 1999. The announcement was made Thursday by Mark E. Hamister, chairman and chief executive officer of Buffalo Sports Enterprise, the management arm of the unnamed franchise.

"We are very pleased that Dave Whinham will be joining us as head coach," Hamister said. "Through his knowledge and expertise, Whinham will ensure our team will entertain fans with top-caliber play from our very first game in 1999."

Whinham, 40, was also director of player personnel in Tampa, where he helped the Storm win two AFL titles. From 1991 to 1993, he was head coach of the Columbus/Cleveland Thunderbolts and also won two other league titles as an assistant with the Detroit Drive.

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