NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Doug Plank watched just about every Arizona Rattlers home game from the stands last year, while Kevin Guy watched in agony as his Rattlers lost the Arena Football League championship on the final play.
The two coaches will be on opposite benches on Friday night in New Orleans as Plank guides the Philadelphia Soul against Guy's Rattlers in the AFL's 25th ArenaBowl.
Plank, a former Rattlers assistant coach and broadcaster, calls Arizona home in the off season. He returned to the league with Philadelphia this season after serving as head coach of the Georgia Force from 2005-08.
Philadelphia won the AFL title when New Orleans last hosted the Arena Bowl in 2008. Arizona is in its second-straight ArenaBowl and seventh overall, but has not won it since 1997.
Copyright 2012 Associated Press. All rights reserved.