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Meet the XFL's head coaches, coordinators

Meet all 8 XFL head coaches and their Coordinators

The 2020 kickoff of the XFL not only features hundreds of players in spring football. The head coaches, offensive coordinators and defensive coordinators will also step into the spotlight to help innovate the game.

Get to know the names who'll patrol the sidelines for all eight teams.

    Dallas Renegades HC Bob Stoops

    Dallas Renegades

    Head coach: Bob Stoops

    • Ranks among Top 25 winningest head coaches in college football history
    • 2000 NCAA National Champion, AP Coach of the Year in University of Oklahoma’s undefeated season
    • 190-48 record, 10x Big 12 Champion in 18 years as OU’s head coach
    • 3 appearances in BCS National Championship Game
    • Only BCS-era HC to win Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl and Sugar Bowl

    Offensive coordinator: Hal Mumme

    • 26 years as a head coach
    • One of the innovators of the Air Raid offense
    • Led 1998 Kentucky team to its first bowl in 47 years; their QB, Tim Couch, was a Heisman finalist and subsequently the NFL Draft’s No. 1 pick

    Defensive coordinator: Chris Woods

    • Defensive quality control coach: University of Oklahoma (2015-2017)
    • Interim head coach: Texas State University (part of 2018)
    • Head coach: Stonehill, Mansfield; defensive coordinator at Wittenberg, Columbia and Texas State

    DC Defenders HC Pep Hamilton

    DC Defenders

    Head coach: Pep Hamilton

    • 21 years of coaching experience, including NFL roles with the Baltimore Ravens (2002), New York Jets (2003-2005), San Francisco 49ers (2006), Chicago Bears (2007-2009), Indianapolis Colts (2013-2015) and Cleveland Browns (2016).
    • Assistant head coach: Browns (2016), University of Michigan (2017-2019)
    • Offensive coordinator: Stanford (2011-2012), Colts (2013-2015)
    • As OC for 2014 Colts: Franchise records set for passing/net yards, and QB Andrew Luck led NFL with 40 passing TDs
    • Quarterback, Howard University (1993-1996)

    Offensive coordinator: Tanner Engstrand

    • Worked with Hamilton on Jim Harbaugh’s University of Michigan staff in 2018
    • Offensive coordinator/assistant head coach: University of San Diego (2013-2017)
    • USD went 38-10 during his tenure as OC, in which he earned praise for play-calling creativity

    Defensive coordinator: Louie Cioffi 

    • 14 years as an NFL coach, including as defensive assistant for the Cincinnati Bengals (1997-2002) and defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns (2016)
    • As Arizona Cardinals defensive backs coach, Cioffi helped them post the best defensive passer rating in 2012 (71.2)
    • Started Bengals career as youngest head coach at the time (23 years old)

    Houston Roughnecks HC June Jones

    Houston Roughnecks

    Head coach: June Jones

    • 34 years of coaching experience with college, CFL and NFL; 22 years as a head coach (148-134 record), and 6 as offensive coordinator
    • Prominent disciple of the Run ‘n’ Shoot offense
    • Winningest head coach in Hawaii school history
    • Hawaii QBs Timmy Chang and Colt Brennan set numerous NCAA records for passing during Jones’ tenure
    • 2x WAC Champion, Coach of the Year

    Offensive coordinator: Chris Miller 

    • NFL quarterback: Atlanta Falcons (1987-1993), Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams (1994-1995), Denver Broncos (1999)
    • QB coach: Arizona Cardinals (2009-2011)
    • Recorded 26 TD passes for the Falcons in 1991

    Defensive coordinator: Ted Cottrell

    • Widely considered a pioneer of the 3-4 defense
    • Defensive coordinator: Buffalo Bills (1998-2000), New York Jets (2001-2003), Minnesota Vikings (2004-2005), San Diego Chargers (2007-2008)
    • With Cottrell as defensive coordinator, the 2007 Chargers led the NFL in takeaways, interceptions and pass-rating defense

    Los Angeles Wildcats HC Winston Moss

    Los Angeles Wildcats

    Head coach: Winston Moss

    • 20 years coaching, including 12 as associate NFL head coach
    • LB for University of Miami, 2nd-round NFL Draft Pick (1987)
    • 11-year NFL playing career with Buccaneers, Raiders and Seahawks
    • Assistant head coach/LB coach for Super Bowl XLV-champion Green Bay Packers (2010-11)
    • 2009 Packers defense he helped guide ranked 2nd overall

    Offensive coordinator: Norm Chow

    • Assistant coach/OC for National Champions at BYU (1984), USC (2003); Broyles Award (top collegiate assistant coach), 2002
    • At various collegiate stops, helped cultivate QBs including Jim McMahon, Steve Young, Phillip Rivers, Ty Detmer, Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart
    • OC for NFL’s Titans (2005-2007)

    Defensive coordinator: Pepper Johnson 

    • 13-year playing career in NFL (Giants, Browns, Lions, Jets)
    • Played for Giants teams that won Super Bowl XXI and Super Bowl XXV
    • 14 years on Patriots staff as position coach

    New York Guardians HC/OC Kevin Gilbride

    New York Guardians

    Head coach/offensive coordinator: Kevin Gilbride

    • 36 years as a coach, including 23 as an offensive coordinator and 7 as a head coach
    • 2x Super Bowl champion (XLII, XLVI) as New York Giants offensive coordinator
    • Helped develop quarterbacks Warren Moon and Eli Manning
    • As NFL OC, 4 seasonal finishes among Top 5 teams in scoring offense
    • Head coach for 22 games with Chargers

    Defensive coordinator: Jim Herrmann

    • Super Bowl XLVI champion as LB coach for New York Giants alongside Gilbride
    • Defensive coordinator for alma mater Michigan’s 1997 national championship team
    • Associate head coach, Bowling Green (2019); LB coach: New York Jets (2006-2008), New York Giants (2009-2015), Indianapolis Colts (2016-2017)

    St. Louis BattleHawks HC Jonathan Hayes (right)

    St. Louis BattleHawks

    Head coach: Jonathan Hayes

    • 12-year career as TE with Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers
    • 2nd-round pick in 1985 NFL Draft
    • TE coach for Cincinnati Bengals (2003-2018)
    • TE coach, special teams coordinator for Bob Stoops at Oklahoma, including 2000 National Championship team
    • Aided in grooming Bengals Pro-Bowl TEs Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert

    Offensive coordinator: Chuck Long

    • 1985 Heisman Trophy Runner-Up, Davey O’Brien Award winner, All-American (Iowa)
    • 12th overall pick of 1985 NFL Draft (Lions)
    • Head coach, San Diego State (2006-2008); OC for Oklahoma (co-OC/QB coach, 2002-2005), Kansas (2010-2011)

    Defensive coordinator: Jay Hayes

    • 19 years of NFL coaching experience
    • 13 years as DL coach for Bengals, helping mold Pro-Bowlers Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap
    • Brother of head coach Jonathan Hayes

    Seattle Dragons HC Jim Zorn

    Seattle Dragons

    Head coach: Jim Zorn

    • 25 years of coaching experience (including 19 as a QB coach and 2 as NFL head coach)
    • Named AFC Offensive Rookie of the Year (1976) and second-team All-Pro (1978)
    • Member of Seahawks’ Ring of Honor after 8-season career
    • Head coach, Washington Redskins (2008-2009)
    • As QB coach, tutored Matt Hasselbeck, Joe Flacco to then-career-best performances

    Offensive coordinator: Mike Riley 

    • 2x CFL Grey Cup champion as head coach (1988, 1990)
    • Head coach: Oregon State (1997-1998, 2003-2014), San Diego Chargers (1999-2001), Nebraska (2015-2017)
    • Oregon State’s all-time leader as head coach with 93 wins

    Defensive coordinator: Clayton Lopez

    • Defensive back: Nevada (1991-1994)
    • Defensive backs coach: Oakland Raiders (2004-2005, 2012-2014), Detroit Lions (2006-2007), St. Louis Rams (2009-2011)
    • This is his first job as a defensive coordinator.

    Tampa Bay Vipers HC Marc Trestman

    Tampa Bay Vipers

    Head coach: Marc Trestman 

    • 3x CFL Grey Cup champion as head coach (2009, 2010, 2017)
    • 2x CFL Coach of the Year (2009, 2017)
    • As OC for 2002 Raiders: reached Super Bowl & led NFL in total offense, while QB Rich Gannon won NFL MVP
    • 85-73 overall as head coach, including 2 years with NFL’s Bears
    • In 12 years as NFL OC: 1st in NFL scoring offense with 49ers (1995); 2nd with Raiders (2002), Bears (2013); 3rd with 49ers (1996)

    Offensive coordinator: Jaime Elizondo

    • Won 2016 CFL Grey Cup as OC for Ottawa Redblacks (2016-2018)
    • OC/QB coach for Columbia, WR coach at Syracuse
    • Ottawa QB Trevor Harris had a 5,000-yard passing season in 2018

    Defensive coordinator: Jerry Glanville

    • Head coach: Houston Oilers (1985-1989); reached the playoffs three times
    • Helped create “Grits Blitz” defense as DC for 1977 Atlanta Falcons, allowing modern-day record of just 129 points in a 14-game season
    • Defensive coordinator: Bills (1983), Oilers (1984-1985); former NASCAR driver, owner