AIF Player Development
The AIF is pleased to announce its player development program under the direction of Charles Gunnings. While the AIF is always pleased to make hometown heroes out of our players we also see the need to school and prepare our players for their future and a potential move up to the AFL, CFL or NFL.
As Director of Player Development Charles “Coach Gunnz” as he is known to his peers in the industry will be responsible for implementing two programs new players to the AIF and veteran players to the AIF.
Under the new players program Coach Gunnz and his staff will be running league player combines where players will be tested and evaluated with the test results being made available to all AIF teams and coaches as they look to add quality players to their rosters. In addition he will be working with outside organizations to scout and recruit players to the AIF such as the USA Football Network and their collegiate all-star game held each January for graduating seniors.
Under the veteran program the AIF will work to get its players the best exposure possible for players to be seen and noticed by the following leagues AFL, CFL and the NFL. Not only is this program set up to maximize a player’s athletic ability but also to teach them the skills needed and how to act when given the opportunity to advance. This program will be done through AIF seminars and clinics.
Part of developing future players is reaching kids at an early age, Coach Gunnz will be assisting in the AIF for Kids Youth Football League as well as setting up and holding kids football camps and clinics throughout the league.
Charles Gunnings is viewed as one of best coaches in professional indoor football, while with Cape Fear the last two seasons he has taken the Cape Fear Heroes of American Indoor Football to the league championship game. In 2012 the Heroes went undefeated and won the American Indoor Football Championship and in 2013 he led the Heroes to the AIF Regular Season Championship before losing to the Harrisburg Stampede in the AIF Championship Game.
Coach Gunnz has been a professional head coach with four different teams the Cape Fear Heroes (AIF), Fayetteville Guard (NIFL & AIFA), Richmond Raiders (AIFA) and the Fayetteville Force (SIFL) as well as a defensive coordinator with 4 different teams the Fayetteville Guard (NIFL), Huntington Heroes (AIFA), Richmond Raiders (AIFA) and the Fayetteville Force (SIFL). Charles is no stranger to national recognition having won two national championships (2007, 2013) and having two undefeated seasons in indoor football.
Charles was born in Gastonia North Carolina and raised in Laurinburg, North Carolina where he attended Scotland High School. While in High School, Gunnings earned a football scholarship to Elizabeth City State University as a Defensive Back. Gunnings was later converted to Linebacker and earned All CIAA honors at that position. Upon graduating from ECSU, Gunnings stayed at ECSU as a Linebackers coach while he pursued his NFL Dreams. Shortly there after he was invited to the Baltimore Ravens training camp. Charles is married to his high school sweetheart Shaunee, they have a twelve year old daughter Laila and a four year old son Charles Jr. (“CJ”), Charles is currently a police officer with the Laurinburg Police Department in Laurinburg N.C.