The XFL has finalized the hiring of all eight head coaches for its return to the field in 2023, owners Dany Garcia and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced Wednesday on ESPN’s Get Up!
The list includes former NFL head coaches Wade Phillips and Jim Haslett, as well as longtime Oklahoma Sooners coach Bob Stoops, who played a similar role during the XFL’s pandemic-shortened 2020 season. . The other coaches are all former NFL players: Terrell Buckley, Hines Ward, Rod Woodson, Reggie Barlow and Anthony Becht.
Individual team assignments will be made at a later date. The league has yet to announce whether it will play in local markets, as it did in 2001 and 2020, or whether it will operate from a central location.
The XFL coaching news is part of a series of announcements it made this week, including the hiring of Dean Blandino as vice president of refereeing and rules innovation. game. He also has an exclusive agreement with the NFL Alumni Academy to help develop players.
The flurry of news came as the USFL rival is set to make its debut on Saturday in Birmingham, Alabama, where it will stage nearly all of its 2022 season.
Garcia, Johnson and investors RedBird Capital have built the XFL since it was acquired in bankruptcy court for $15 million in August 2020. The league has hired former Buffalo Bills executive Russ Brandon as president of the league in November 2021, and the football operations staff is now led by former New York Giants executive Marc Ross and former Bills general manager Doug Whaley.