The reinvented USFL is set to begin to play in mid-April. The eight-team league is still taking shape but the head coaches have already been announced. Most of these names will resonate with NFL and college football fans.
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Besides serving as head coach, these men also will function as the franchise's general manager, meaning their fingerprints will be over their respective team as the USFL looks to put together an on-field product that will appeal to NFL fans. Here's a closer look at the six head coaches that have been announced.
Note: Coaches are listed in alphabetical order.
Bart Andrus, Philadelphia Stars
Andrus' resume is varied, as he's been a head coach in three different leagues. A quarterback and punter in college (started at Oregon State before transferring to Montana), Andrus has coached on the high school, collegiate and professional levels. After serving for several years as an assistant with the then-Tennessee Oilers in the NFL, Andrus moved his career to Europe where he became the head coach of the Amsterdam Admirals from 2001-07. He led his team to victory in World Bowl XIII. He's also spent one year as head coach of the CFL's Toronto Argonauts (2009) and the United Football League's (UFL) Omaha Nighthawks (2012). More recently, he has been involved with The Spring League (2018-20), a developmental league that was started and initially run by USFL co-founder Brian Woods.
Larry Fedora, New Orleans Breakers
Fedora has 32 years of collegiate experience but this will be his first job with a professional team. The former head coach at Southern Miss (2008-11) and North Carolina (2012-18), Fedora is 79-62 in his career. More recently, Fedora served as an offensive analyst at Texas (2020) and was Baylor's offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach this past season when the Bears won the Big 12 championship and the Sugar Bowl.
Jeff Fisher, Michigan Panthers
A longtime NFL head coach, Fisher returns to the sidelines for the first time since the 2016 season. In 22 years leading the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans (1994-2010) and then the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams (2012-16), Fisher compiled a 173-165-1 overall record and went 5-6 across six playoff appearances (all with the Titans). He won three division titles and led the Titans to Super Bowl XXXIV, where they lost to the Rams. Fisher served as an advisor this past season to Tennessee State head coach Eddie George, his former running back.
Todd Haley, Tampa Bay Bandits
After 22 years of coaching in the NFL, Haley is back on the sideline. The former head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs (2009-11), Haley also was the offensive coordinator for three different teams – Arizona Cardinals (2007-08), Pittsburgh Steelers (2012-17), and Cleveland Browns (2018). His most successful stint came with the Cardinals, where he helped the team develop into one of the NFL's most potent offenses, including an appearance in Super Bowl XLIII in 2009. The Chiefs went 19-26 under him as he was fired with three games left in the 2011 regular season. Haley was most recently the offensive coordinator for Riverview High School, which is in Sarasota, Florida.
Skip Holtz, Birmingham Stallions
The son of legendary head coach Lou Hotlz, Skip Holtz has 22 years of experience as a collegiate head coach. He has been the head coach at four different schools – Connecticut (1994-98), East Carolina (2005-09), South Florida (2010-12), and Louisiana Tech (2013-21). Holtz won two Conference USA titles while at East Carolina and three division titles while at Louisiana Tech. He is 152-121 overall as a head coach with an 8-4 record in bowl games.
Mike Riley, New Jersey Generals
Riley's been involved in coaching in some capacity for nearly 50 years, with more than half of that coming in the collegiate and NFL ranks, and his career has produced many stops and plenty of success along the way. The head coach at Oregon State (twice) and Nebraska, Riley also has led the San Diego Chargers (1999-2001) and teams in the CFL, World League of American Football (WLAF), and the Alliance of American Football (AAF). Riley's first head coaching job came with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1987-90). At just 33 years old, Riley quickly established himself, leading his team to a pair of Grey Cups (1988, '90). He posted a winning record across two stints at Oregon State (1997-98, 2003-14), went .500 at Nebraska (2015-17), and led the San Antonio Commanders to a 5-3 mark in the AAF's short-lived 2019 season. Most recently, Riley was offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for the XFL's Seattle Dragons.
Kevin Sumlin, Houston Gamblers
Sumlin has 13 years of collegiate head coaching experience with stops at Houston (2008-11), Texas A&M (2012-17), and Arizona (2018-20). A two-time Conference USA Coach of the Year (2009, '11) and receiving the same honor from the SEC in 2012, Sumlin's career record is 95-6 and he led his teams to bowl games in nine of his 13 seasons. As the head coach/GM of the Gamblers, Sumlin's career comes somewhat full circle with his return to Houston.
Kirby Wilson, Pittsburgh Maulers
This will be Wilson's first head coaching job, but he brings 36 years of experience to it. A running backs coach in the NFL for 23 seasons, Wilson has worked with eight different franchises, most recently the Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders (2019-20). He won a Super Bowl ring as a coach first with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Super Bowl XXVII, 2002 season) and later the Pittsburgh Steelers (Super Bowl XLIII, 2008 season). He also spent time as a collegiate assistant coach for several colleges, including USC, Iowa State, and Wyoming. Before going into coaching, Wilson played two seasons as a defensive back and kick returner for the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1983) and Toronto Argonauts (1984).