The XFL has announced eight new coaches for the league’s return to the 2023 season.
Co-owners Dany Garcia and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson have announced final coaching staffs for the 2023 XFL season.
The XFL has announced its eight coaches are Wade Phillips, Bob Stoops, Terrell Buckley, Hines Ward, Rod Woodson, Reggie Barlow, Anthony Becht and Jim Haslett.
With a year to go before kickoff, the eight teams in the XFL finally have head coaches. There is a wide range of experiences among the eight coaches, including former NFL head coaches, former NFL players, and the former head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners.
Former Sooners head coach Stoops was previously the head coach in the XFL, but the 2020 season was ended due to the pandemic. Stoops was a highly successful collegiate coach who could have returned to another college but chose to play in the spring recreational league.
There will be plenty of NFL experience on the XFL coaching staff
Stoops aside, the other seven coaches are an interesting mix. Phillips, a former Los Angeles Rams coach, has struggled to get another NFL coaching job in recent years. With his professional coaching experience, Phillips should fit in well with the Spring League.
The remaining coaches, Buckley, Ward, Woodson, Barlow and Becht are former NFL players and have been able to translate their past playing experience into structured coaching skills.
Individual players have not yet been signed for the 2023 season and the league has yet to announce whether it will play in local markets or operate from a central location.
Along with the unveiling of the coaching staff, the XFL also announced the appointment of Dean Blandino as vice president of Rules of the Game Innovation. Additionally, the XFL and NFL Alumni Academy have agreed to support player development for the 2023 season.
Johnson and Garica have been growing the XFL since it was acquired by a bankruptcy court for $15 million in 2020. The league has since hired Buffalo Bill executive Russ Brandon as league president in November 2021, and football operations will be overseen by former New York Giants executive Marc Ross.
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