Haslett, Phillips, Stoops Among XFL Head Coaches for 2023

Former Oklahoma Sooners HC Bob Stoops
Former Oklahoma Sooners HC Bob Stoops
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NFL Offseason - The XFL has announced the hiring of eight head coaches who will be running their teams in their third inaugural season in 2023. It's a pretty impressive list, at least in terms of name recognition:

  • Reggie Barlow: Former WR/KR for Jaguars and Buccaneers. Led NFL with 555 punt return yards with Jacksonville in 1998. Won a Super Bowl with Buccaneers in 2002. Head coach at Alabama State from 2007 to 2014, then Virginia State from 2016 to 2021.
  • Anthony Becht: Started 132 games in the NFL at tight end, mostly for the Jets, but also the Bucs, Rams, Cardinals, and Chiefs. His coaching resume is limited to one year coaching tight ends for the San Diego Fleet in the AAF.
  • Terrell Buckley: A two-time All-American and Jim Thorpe Award-winner at Florida State, Buckley was drafted fifth overall by Green Bay in 1992. He won a Super Bowl with the Patriots in 2001 and also played for the Dolphins, Broncos, Jets, and Giants. He has held a variety of assistant coaching jobs since 2007, most recently as cornerbacks coach for Ole Miss.
  • Jim Haslett: The Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1979 started 84 games at linebacker for the Bills and two more for the Jets. He has over three decades of experience coaching at the pro level, including six years as head coach of the New Orleans Saints. Most recently an inside linebackers coach for the Tennessee Titans.
  • Wade Phillips: A football coach since the 1970s, including stints as head coach for the Broncos, Bills, and Cowboys. Named 2015 assistant coach of the year for his work with the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos.
  • Bob Stoops: Coach of the Oklahoma Sooners from 1999 to 2016, winning 10 Big 12 championships, one national championship, and multiple coach of the year awards.
  • Hines Ward: Started 190 games for the Pittsburgh Steelers, being named to four Pro Bowls and winning two Super Bowls, plus the MVP award in Super Bowl XL against Seattle. His 1,000 catches (yes, on the nose) for 12,083 yards and 85 touchdowns are all franchise records. He has been coaching for three years: two with the Jets as an offensive assistant, one with Florida Atlantic as wide receivers coach.
  • Rod Woodson: Hall of Famer, six-time All-Pro, 1993 Defensive Player of the Year, member of the Hall of Fame's All-1990s team, Super Bowl champion. Coached off and on from 2010 to 2017, most recently as cornerbacks coach for the Oakland Raiders in 2017. 

The league has yet to announce where its eight teams will be based next year.

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