XFL Coaching Staff
Coaches come and go. It’s the nature of the business. With so much turnover in the industry, it can be a real struggle to keep up with what coach is working where. But don’t worry, XFLBetting has got you covered with our XFL coaching index, which should help give you an edge when betting on the XFL.
Indeed, perhaps the biggest initial selling point of the league was the roster of head coaches hired by Vince McMahon’s Alpha Entertainment. These coaches – rather than the players themselves – were the first faces of the league, with big names like Bob Stoops, June Jones, Jim Zorn, and Marc Trestman taking the helms of their respective teams.
In fact, most of the early odds on XFL championship futures and week one game lines were based on the coaching acumen and institutional successes of these head coaches. And while the league is maturing now to the point where bettors and the best sportsbooks are giving more credence to the players on the field than the staff on the sidelines, coaches still play an important part in determining where to draw the line – and how to bet on it.
Head Coach - Bob Stoops
After graduating from the University of Iowa following a career as a four-year starter at defensive back, Bob Stoops was eager to get into the coaching profession. He became a graduate assistant at Iowa the next year and elevated to an official assistant coach the following year.
After a brief stop at Kent State, Kansas State, and Florida, Stoops landed his dream job as the head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners. Stoops remained in Oklahoma for the next 18 years, winning ten Big Ten Conference championships and a national title in 2000.
Coach Bob Stoops retired from coaching in 2017. Just two years later, Stoops surprised many when he announced that he was unretiring to join the Dallas Renegades as their head coach and general manager. Our guide to betting on the Dallas Renegades goes into the fine details about Stoop's new team. Stoops is the first high-profile hire for the XFL reboot and lends much-needed credibility to the young league.
Assistant Coach Spotlight
TE Coach – Scott Spurrier
Coach Spurrier is the son of famous football coach and former Heisman Trophy winner Steve Spurrier. The name Spurrier is synonymous with passing offense and innovation. Scott was most recently employed as the tight ends coach for the Orlando Apollos of the now-defunct AAF. The Apollos had the best record in the AAF standings when the league suddenly folded last year. He now doubles as a tight end and offensive quality control coach on Bob Stoops' staff.
DL Coach – Jim Jeffcoat
Coach Jeffcoat played defensive end for the Arizona State University Sun Devils prior to being drafted in the first round by the Dallas Cowboys in 1983. He played in Dallas for 12 years, earning two Super Bowl titles while there. He played his final three years with the Buffalo Bills before retiring in 1997.
The very next year, he began coaching defensive line with the Dallas Cowboys. He has since moved about the collegiate ranks as a defensive line coach and now is in the same role with the Renegades in his professional hometown of Dallas.
OC – Hal Mumme
QB Coach – Ryan Meyers
RB Coach – Bobby Blizzard
WR Coach – Jarrail Jackson
OL Coach – Jeff Jagodzinski
DC – Chris Woods
LB Coach – Mickey Matthews
DB Coach – Kenny Perry
DB Coach – Marvin Sanders
Head Coach: June Jones
While playing quarterback in college at Portland State, Houston Roughnecks head coach June Jones was introduced to the run and shoot offense, a scheme that focused heavily on the pass and didn’t lean upon the run as an offensive base. This strategy was widely criticized and controversial at the time but resembles most modern offenses today.
Jones made several stops throughout the college and professional football ranks as an offensive position coach and accepted his first head coaching job in 1994 when he took over the Atlanta Falcons. After feuding publicly with Falcons starting quarterback Jeff George, both men were released following the 1996 season.
Jones then set his sights on the collegiate coaching ranks. After a 9-year run with the University of Hawaii and a 7-year tenure at Southern Methodist University, coach Jones became the Houston Roughnecks’ first head coach and general manager.
Jones’ high-flying brand of offense is sure to put points on the board and will keep XFL defenses busy. Houston is betting on the Roughnecks and June Jones to produce a winner and take home an XFL title.
OC – Chris Miller
QB Coach – Dan Morrison
RB Coach – Wes Saun
WR Coach – A. J. Smith
OL Coach – John Estes
OL / Special Teams Coach – Dennis McKnight
DC – Ted Cottrell
LB Coach – Tom Mason
DB Coach – Derrius Bell
DL Coach – Robert Lyles
Head Coach: Winston Moss
Following a successful collegiate career as a linebacker at the University of Miami, Winston Moss went on to play ten years in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Los Angeles Raiders, and the Seattle Seahawks.
Following his playing career, Moss became a defensive position coach, making stops for the Seattle Seahawks, the New Orleans Saints, and the Green Bay Packers. In 2007, coach Moss added assistant head coach to his duties in Green Bay. During his tenure with the Packers, they won Super Bowl 45.
In 2019, coach Moss accepted the dual position of head coach and general manager for the Los Angeles Wildcats of the XFL, endeavoring to set up the franchise and build a winner for years to come in the City of Angels. Betting on the LA Wildcats is now encouraged by the XFL and sportsbooks alike.
Assistant Coach Spotlight
OC / QB Coach – Norm Chow
Offensive coordinator Norm Chow is no stranger to the Los Angeles area. He became famous on the national coaching landscape serving as offensive coordinator for the University of Southern California under head coach Pete Caroll. Chow and the USC Trojans won the college football national title in 2004.
Chow served as the offensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans under then head coach Jeff Fisher. He now brings his unique brand of offense to the XFL if an effort to claw the LA Wildcats to the top of the standings.
OL Coach – Jerry Fontenot
Offensive line coach Jerry Fontenot played center in the NFL for 16 years. He was a 1989 3rd round pick out of Texas A&M by the Chicago Bears and played for the New Orleans Saints and Cincinnati Bengals before retiring in 2004.
In 2006 he joined the Green Bay Packers as an offensive line coach and won a Super Bowl title with them in 2011. After switching from coaching running backs to tight ends for Green Bay, Fontenot left the game for four years. He has now returned to coaching in the XFL with a renewed vigor, eager for more gridiron success.
Asst. Head Coach / TEs – Ty Knott
RB Coach – Dave Atkins
WR Coach – Mike Wilson
Off. Asst. – Kade Rannings
DL Coach – Vince Amey
DB Coach – Otis Smith
Def. Asst. – Al Brown
Special Teams Coach – Martin Bayless
Head Coach: Jonathan Hayes
Jonathan Hayes played tight end in the NFL for twelve years. After a successful career at the University of Iowa, Hayes was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2nd round of the 1985 draft. He played in Kansas City for nine years before moving on to the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he played until his retirement in 1996.
After a three-year absence from the game, Hayes accepted a job as a tight end and special teams coach at the University of Oklahoma under Bob Stoops. After spending four seasons in Oklahoma, Hayes moved on to coach tight ends for the Cincinnati Bengals under head coach Marvin Lewis.
Hayes remained with Cincinnati in that role for 16 years, having his position terminated when head coach Lewis lost his job. Coach Hayes now brings his no-nonsense, hard-nosed style of football to the St. Louis BattleHawks in hopes of bringing home the first championship of his coaching and playing career. Online and domestic sportsbooks are currently offering odds for the St Louis Battlehawks in 2021.
- Jonathan Hayes Bio
- Jonathan Hayes Twitter
Assistant Coach Spotlight
OC / QB Coach – Chuck Long
After a storied career as a quarterback at the University of Iowa, Chuck Long was picked in the first round of the 1986 NFL draft by the Detroit Lions. He remained with Lions until 1989, and then spent a season with the Los Angeles Rams. After one final year with the Lions, he retired from football.
Coach Long started out with Iowa as a defensive backs coach, before switching to quarterback coach in 1998. In 2000, Long joined Bob Stoops staff at Oklahoma in the same role, eventually being promoted to offensive coordinator.
He landed the head coaching gig at Sand Diego State for three years and spent one year as the OC for the University of Kansas. Coach Long is now airing it out with the BattleHawks in hopes of an XFL title.
WR Coach – Az-Zahir Hakim
After an impressive career as a wide receiver at San Diego State, Hakim was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in 1998 as a 4th rounder. During the four years he played with the Rams, he was a part of an offense that was famously known as “the greatest show on turf.”
Although coach Hakim’s career in the NFL was brief, he made an impression and went to two Super Bowls, winning one of them. He now brings his unique knowledge of the game to the receivers of the BattleHawks and plans to make them soar beyond the reach of opposing defensive backs.
RB Coach – Reggie Davis
OL Coach – Brian Braswell
TE Coach – Nick Siciliano
Off. Asst. – Grant Williams
DC / DL Coach – Jay Hayes
DB Coach – Tim Lewis
Def. Asst. – Chris Crocker
Def. Asst. - Michael George
Head Coach: Jim Zorn
Jim Zorn is best known for his time as a quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, where he was the first starter for the expansion franchise in 1976. He remained the starting quarterback for Seattle until 1983 and retired as a player in 1987.
The following year Zorn became a quarterback coach for Boise State and continued coaching QBs for most of his coaching tenure. In 2007, coach Zorn got the biggest opportunity of his career when he landed the job of head coach with the Washington Redskins. After failing to make the playoffs for two years, Zorn was let go in DC.
Following brief periods with the Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs, Zorn finds himself back amongst the ranks of professional head coaches with the Seattle Dragons. He's a familiar face in the Seattle area, and he plans to bring the same level of success that the city expects from their other football franchise. Despite their rough start fans are still betting on the Seattle Dragons.
OC – Mike Riley
RB Coach – Butch Goncharoff
WR Coach – Larry Kirksey
OL Coach – Steve Smith
TE Coach – Steve Hagen
Off. Asst. – Rob Christoff
DC – Clayton Lopez
DL Coach – Donald Johnson
DB Coach – Chip Garber
LB Coach - Mark Criner
Def. Asst. – Marcus Ungaro
Head Coach: Kevin Gilbride
After playing college football and earning a master’s degree in physical education, Kevin Gilbride began coaching on the defensive side of the ball for Idaho State in 1974. After bouncing around the college and Canadian Football League ranks for fifteen years, he found a gig as the offensive coordinator for East Carolina University in 1988.
The following year coach Gilbride became the offensive coordinator for the Houston Oilers. Gilbride made national headlines in 1993 when he was the recipient of a glancing punch to the face from Oilers defensive coordinator, Buddy Ryan.
Gilbride has spent time with a number of NFL teams as either a head coach, an offensive coordinator, or a quarterback coach. His passing-game strategies are well respected amongst the coaching ranks, and his name adds integrity to the brand new XFL. Fans of the league can bet on the NY Guardians with offshore sportsbooks that provide XFL betting lines.
- Kevin Gilbride Bio
- Kevin Gilbride Twitter
Assistant Coach Spotlight
DB Coach – Cris Dishman
When it comes to covering the best wide receivers in the game, defensive backs coach Cris Dishman knows what he’s talking about. Originally drafted in the 5th round in 1989 by the Houston Oilers, Dishman played cornerback in the NFL for 13 years, making it to two pro bowls and being selected to the 1991 All-Pro team.
Dishman has spent the past 16 years as a variety of defensive position coaches for teams in the NCAA, NFL Europe, NFL, and the Canadian Football League. Coach Dishman now brings his talents to the XFL, where he intends to establish dominance on the defensive side of the ball for the New York Guardians.
QB Coach – G.A. Mangus
RB Coach – Jerald Ingram
WR Coach – Mike Miller
OL Coach – Ronnie Vinklarek
DC – Jim Herrmann
DL Coach – C.J. Ah You
LB Coach – Kevin Kelly
Def. Asst. – Jeff McInerney
Special Teams – Ray Rychleski
Head Coach: Marc Trestman
Tampa Bay Vipers head coach Marc Trestman has been on an odyssey of a coaching journey that has taken him across the ranks of college football, the NFL, the Canadian Football League, and now the XFL. Trestman played quarterback at Minnesota State University Moorhead but was unable to make the Minnesota Vikings’ roster as an undrafted free-agent defensive back in 1979.
Trestman then went on to coach quarterbacks at the University of Miami, where he had an impressive run, coaching the likes of Bernie Kosar and winning a national championship in 1983. After his time with Miami, Trestman continued on to coach a variety of offensive positions for 17 seasons.
In 2008, Trestman became the head coach of the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes, a position he held for five years. During his time in Montreal, Trestman won two Grey Cups, earning him a shot at the head coaching position for the Chicago Bears. Things didn’t work out in Chicago, but now he’s at the helm of the Tampa Bay Vipers’ franchise and has big plans to strike hard against XFL competition. Before the 2020 season was canceled due to the Coronavirus, the team had turned a new corner and betting odds for the Vipers were becoming more favorable.
Assistant Coach Spotlight
DC – Jerry Glanville
Coach Glanville has been a familiar face to football fans for decades. He became famous as the fiery head coach of the Houston Oilers, where he famously purchased a ticket for Elvis Presley at each home game, and for wearing all black outfits.
After his time with Houston was done, he moved on to become the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, where he would trade away Brett Favre to the Green Bay Packers after deciding that he had no value as an NFL quarterback. After his time with Atlanta, he spent several years as a member of the FOX NFL pregame show.
Jerry has returned to the coaching ranks in recent year and now brings his ferocious brand of defense to the XFL’s Tampa Bay Vipers.
OC / WR Coach – Jaime Elizondo
QB Coach – Josh Neiswander
RB Coach – Justin Poindexter
OL Coach – Jonathan Himebauch
TE Coach – Pete Mangurian
DL Coach – Bert Hill
LB Coach - Mike Archer
DB Coach - William Fields
Def. Asst. – Billy Parker
Special Teams Coach – Frank Gansz, Jr
Head Coach: Pep Hamilton / Asst. – Brent Battle
From 1993 through 1996, Pep Hamilton played quarterback at Howard University, transitioning into a graduate-assistant coach with Howard after earning his diploma. From there, Hamilton worked his way up the ladder, eventually becoming the team's offensive coordinator.
After short stints at the University of New Mexico Lobos and Stanford University, Hamilton accepted the position of offensive coordinator with the Indianapolis Colts in 2013. Things kept moving for Hamilton, as he ended up signing with the Cleveland Browns in 2016, filling the roles of the assistant head coach and quarterback coach.
In 2017 he accepted a job with the University of Michigan. After spending two years as the passing game coordinator and assistant head coach under Wolverines’ head coach Jim Harbaugh, he became the first head coach and general manager in the history of the DC Defenders.
Coach Hamilton runs a pass-first offense which will fit right in with the pass-happy schemes of the XFL. You can bet on the DC Defenders and coach Hamilton to field an exciting brand of football in the nation’s capital.
OC / RB Coach – Tanner Engstrand
QB Coach – Ted White
WR Coach – Bob Saunders
OL/TE Coach – Chris Scelfo
DC / DB Coach – Louie Cioffi
DL Coach – Ray Hamilton
LB Coach – Kurt Gouveia
Def. Asst. – Mike Gillhamer
Special Teams Coach – Steve Wilson
FAQ For XFL Coaches
Although the exact salary for each XFL coach has not been disclosed, the maximum amount of money that a head coach in the XFL can make per year is $500,000.
Yes, Bob Stoops is the head coach of the Dallas Renegades. His tenure in Dallas marks the first time that he has coached professional football.
Dallas Renegades – Bob Stoops
DC Defenders – Pep Hamilton
Houston Roughnecks – June Jones
Los Angeles Wildcats – Winston Moss
New York Guardians – Kevin Gilbride
Seattle Dragons – Jim Zorn
St. Louis BattleHawks - Jonathan Hayes
Tampa Bay Vipers – Marc Trestman
Yes. The head coach for each XFL team also serves in the role of General Manager, giving them complete control over player personnel decisions and the ability to hire and fire coaches.
XFL teams are allowed to have a football operations staff of up to 25 people. The general manager will decide what roles to fill in the organization.
Yes. Seattle Dragons head coach Jim Zorn was a head coach of the Washinton Redskins. Tampa Bay Vipers head coach Marc Trestman was at one time the coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Jerry Glanville, the defensive coordinator for Tampa Bay, was previously the head coach for the Houston Oilers and the Atlanta Falcons. Kevin Gilbride spent some time as the head coach for the San Diego Chargers. June Jones is the former head coach for the Atlanta Falcons.
The Commissioner of the XFL is Oliver Luck, father of former Indianapolis Colts quarterback, Andrew Luck.