College football is over. NFL is over. But football…it’s never over! The XFL returns/debuts on Saturday with a new and (hopefully) improved version of the league that went defunct after one season in 2001.
There are 8 teams across 8 major cities for the 2020 season. Here’s a look at the 8 head coaches and their previous experiences.
Bob Stoops, Dallas Renegades
Stoops is by far the most accomplished and recognizable name in the league. He won the BCS National Championship in 2000. He coached Oklahoma Sooners from 1999-2016 and compiled a 190-48 record. Along the way, he won multiple Coach of the Year awards.
June Jones, Houston Roughnecks
Jones is known for his high-octane offenses. He spent 9 seasons with Hawaii and went 76-41 overall, winning 9 or more games in 6 seasons. In his final year on the islands, in 2007, he led Hawaii to a school-best 12-1 record and a trip to the Sugar Bowl (against Georgia). He left Hawaii to coach SMU, where he went 36-43 in 6+ seasons.
Prior to his college experience, Jones was head coach of the Atlanta Falcons from 1994-1996 and went 19-29, including a playoff appearance in 1995 (first round loss to Packers).
Winston Moss, Los Angeles Wildcats
Moss was the assistant head coach and linebackers coach with the Green Bay Packers from 2006-2018. He was part of the coaching staff that won Super Bowl XLV. Over the years, Moss has had a handful of head coaching interviews, but has never been a head coach. As a player, he was a second round pick in 1987 out of Miami.
Jim Zorn, Seattle Dragons
Zorn has history in Seattle. From 1976-1984 he played quarterback for the Seahawks. Later in life, he was the Seahawks’ QB coach from 2001-2007. His only head coaching experience came after that, when he was hired by the Washington Redskins. Zorn went 12-20 in two seasons before being fired at the end of a 4-12 campaign in 2009.
Pep Hamilton, DC Defenders
Hamilton has spent a lot of time as an assistant coach under Jim Harbuagh. He was the Stanford offensive coordinator in 2011-2012 and assistant head coach and passing game coordinator with Michigan in 2017-2018. Beyond Harbaugh, he was the Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator from 2013-2015, working with Andrew Luck for his first three seasons in the league. Luck played for Harbaugh and Hamilton at Stanford.
Kevin Gilbride, New York Guardians
Gilbride is a long time NFL offensive coordinator. He most recently led the NY Giants offense from 2007-2013, coaching Eli Manning to 2 Super Bowl Championships. His only head coaching experience came with the San Diego Chargers. They went 4-12 in his only full year in 1997 and was fired in early 1998 after a 2-4 start. The 68 year old retired after leaving the Giants, but gets one last shot at being a coach.
Jonathan Hayes, St Louis Battlehawks
Hayes has never been a head coach. From 2003-2018, he was the Cincinnati Bengals Tight Ends Coach, under Marvin Lewis. As a player, he was a third round pick in 1985 and played for the Chiefs (1985-1993) and Steelers (1994-1996).
Marc Trestman, Tampa Bay Vipers
Trestman has been coaching in some form since the ’80s. He made his name as a head coach in Canada, winning the Grey Cup on three occasions. In 2013-2014, he coached the Chicago Bears and compiled a 13-19 record. After that, he was the Ravens offensive coordinator for two years, before returning to the CFL as a head coach. In his return season in 2017, the Toronto Argonauts won the Grey Cup. Prior to Toronto, he coached the Montreal Aloulettes from 2008-2011, winning the Cup in 2009 and 2010.