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OFFICIAL ST.LOUIS BATTLEHAWKS XFL TEAM GEAR
JONATHAN HAYES NAMED HEAD COACH IN ST. LOUIS
Jonathan Hayes, the Cincinnati Bengals tight ends coach for the last 16 seasons and a standout NFL tight end, has been named the head coach and general manager of the XFL team in St. Louis.
Hayes was named the Bengals’ tight ends coach in 2003 and worked alongside head coach Marvin Lewis through the conclusion of the 2018 season. Before coaching in the NFL, he served as tight ends coach and special teams coordinator at the University of Oklahoma for four seasons (1999-02) under head coach Bob Stoops. The 2000 Oklahoma team, with Stoops at the helm and Hayes on staff, went 13-0 and won the national championship.
As an NFL player, Hayes was a standout tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers. Hayes was Kansas City’s second-round draft pick in 1985 out of the University of Iowa. He spent nine seasons with the Chiefs before finishing his career with the Steelers (1994-96). Hayes played in 184 NFL games with 153 career receptions for 1718 yards and 13 TDs. He played in three AFC Championship games and one Super Bowl (SB XXX, Pittsburgh vs. Dallas).
Hayes comes to the XFL with 37 years of football experience as a player and an assistant coach. He spent the majority of his NFL playing career in the Midwest and has a keen understanding of how passionate fans are in St. Louis. He's thrilled to bring professional football back to St. Louis and put together a team that the fans of St. Louis can rally around and support.
KURT HUNZEKER NAMED PRESIDENT OF HIS HOMETOWN XFL TEAM
Kurt Hunzeker, most recently the Vice President of Marketing Strategy and Research for Minor League Baseball (MiLB), was named President of the XFL football team in St. Louis.
“I’m thankful for this incredible opportunity to be part of the team that is bringing football back to town,” said Hunzeker. “The XFL team in St. Louis will be the first modern professional football team born in and exclusively for this great city. Each neighborhood is proud to be a unique subset of the greater St. Louis metropolitan area, and I’ve been blessed to live in quite a few. I pledge to work with Coach Hayes to make this team an integral part of this terrific, sports-loving community and look forward to bringing reimagined football and fan-centric fun to the Dome in 2020.”
ABOUT THE DOME AT AMERICA'S CENTER
The XFL is excited to have a team play at The Dome at America’s Center, occupying the former home of the NFL’s St. Louis Rams. The Dome and America’s Center Convention Complex are conveniently located in the heart of downtown St. Louis, with access to hotels, dining, attractions, shopping, and public transportation. The Dome has also played host to a number of large-scale professional sporting events and offers a capacity of more than 60,000 seats. Seating levels include 120 private luxury suites and club suites with 6,400 seats.