The XFL has named their Washington D.C. franchise, the DC Defenders.
“On the shoulders of giants, they stand tall. Unconquerable. Unyielding. Marching ever forward, A force united. One quest. One purpose. One resolve. Seeking glory through grit. Victory through valor. The DC Defenders. Taking their stand. February 2020.”
Under head coach Pep Hamilton, the team will begin play in Audi Field in February 2020.
Former NFL and college assistant coach Pep Hamilton is the new Head Coach and General Manager of XFL Washington D.C.
Hamilton’s hiring was officially announced by XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck on Thursday, at Audi Field in Washington D.C.
In the past, Luck knew Hamilton through his son, quarterback Andrew Luck, who was coached by Hamilton both at Stanford and later with the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL.
(View the announcement video below)
Pep Hamilton, a Washington D.C. native, recently resigned his position at Michigan. He has plenty of football experience, with eleven seasons coaching in the NFL with the Jets, 49ers, Bears and Colts, and most recently with the 2016 Cleveland Browns.
“I’m excited to join the XFL and lead the team in Washington, a city with which I have a lifelong attachment,” Hamilton stated on Thursday. “I appreciate the confidence Vince McMahon and Oliver Luck have in me, providing an opportunity to be the head coach and placing the football operations of their Washington team in my hands. We plan to put together a terrific, hard-working staff, and a great football team for fans in and around our nation’s capital.”
The XFL has announced it will reveal the Washington, D.C. franchise’s Head Coach on Thursday.
Event: Thursday February 21st at 1:00PM ET. Audi Field, Washington D.C.
The candidate doesn’t seem to be a secret, as the rumor mill has already spit out former Michigan assistant head coach and Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton as the man who will be named to the position.
SOURCE: Pep Hamilton, who’d resigned Monday at #Michigan to pursue other opportunities, is expected to become the new head coach and GM of the XFL’s new Washington, DC franchise. Word is he’s been working on getting a staff together the past week or so.
Hamilton has plenty of football experience, with eleven seasons coaching in the NFL with the Jets, 49ers, Bears and Colts, and most recently with the 2016 Cleveland Browns. Early this month, Hamilton resigned his position at Michigan to “pursue other opportunities.”
Other former NFL players and coaches who are rumored to have been courted for an XFL Head Coach position are former Linebacker and Indiana University of Pennsylvania alum, Jim Haslett, and former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Jim Zorn.
It has been a busy weekend! Not only did the AAF kickoff their inaugural football season, the XFL was basking in their recent victory of hiring Oklahoma Sooners coach Bob Stoops to a Head Coaching job in Dallas, and still made time to celebrate a one-year countdown until their own kickoff in 2020. However, the XFL excitement didn’t end there, as the rumor mill was churning out more Head Coach candidates.
On Saturday, Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports reported that Pep Hamilton, who recently resigned at Michigan, is now expected to become Head Coach and General Manager of the XFL franchise in Washington, D.C.
Hamilton has plenty of football experience, with eleven seasons coaching in the NFL with the Jets, 49ers, Bears and Colts, and most recently with the 2016 Cleveland Browns.
However, the rumors did not end there.
On Sunday, radio personality Benjamin Allbright alluded to the fact Jim Haslett would likely be signed by the XFL, although he did not indicate which city he would coach for.
Haslett, a Linebacker and former Indiana University of Pennsylvania alum, was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the second round of the 1979 NFL Draft. He played for the Bills, until 1985, and then continued with the New York Jets until 1987. As a coach he held the position of linebacker’s coach for the Cincinnati Bengals, and then Head Coach of the Florida Tuskers (UFL), New Orleans Saints, and St. Louis Rams.
Keep in mind, Allbright was correct when he dished that Bob Stoops would be hired as Head Coach of the Dallas franchise. We fully expect that he has the inside track on this information as well.
The XFL today announced the eight cities and venues its teams will call home when the league launches the weekend of February 8-9, 2020.
Dallas – Globe Life Park
Houston – TDECU Stadium
Los Angeles – StubHub Center
New York – MetLife Stadium
St. Louis – The Dome at America’s Center
Seattle – CenturyLink Field
Tampa Bay – Raymond James Stadium
Washington, DC – Audi Field
The announcement was made today by XFL Commissioner & CEO Oliver Luck at a press conference held at MetLife Stadium, which included representatives from all eight markets.
“After months of research and consideration, we’re thrilled to announce the cities and venues of the XFL’s eight inaugural teams,” said Luck. “We are committed to being ingrained in the local community and extremely fortunate that our teams will have world-class facilities to call home.”
Beginning today, fans can go to XFL.com to reserve their season tickets, which will provide them with early access to select their seats and purchase season tickets before the general public.
The new XFL will deliver a fan-centric, innovative experience, including fast-paced games and a family-friendly environment, complemented by cross-platform viewing options and real-time fan engagement.
About the XFL
The new XFL will reimagine football for the 21st century when the league kicks off the weekend of February 8-9, 2020.
Football is America’s favorite sport boasting over 85 million fans but the traditional season is just too short. Seeing a tremendous opportunity to fill the void, Vince McMahon, XFL Founder and Chairman announced on January 25, 2018, the launch of a new league, which he is personally funding. McMahon is building the XFL with the same commitment and resolve that he has demonstrated building WWE into a global media and sports entertainment powerhouse.
Delivering authentic, high energy football for the whole family at an affordable price, the XFL will offer fast-paced games with fewer play stoppages and simpler rules. The league will launch with eight teams, 45-man active rosters, and a 10-week regular season schedule, with a postseason consisting of two semifinal playoff games and a championship game. The XFL will also establish a health, wellness and safety program that meets the needs of today’s athletes.
The XFL will embrace the latest on and off-field technology, providing live game coverage, content and real-time engagement across multiple platforms, giving fans greater access than ever before. We will build strong grassroots relationships with local organizations in our Host Cities through social responsibility partnerships, and the XFL will enjoy the support of WWE’s many extraordinary resources and promotional capabilities.