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    Longtime NFL defensive coordinator Gregg Williams heads XFL’s first batch of assistant coach hires

    Former NFL head coach and longtime defensive coordinator Gregg Williams heads the XFL’s first batch of assistant coach hires, the league announced Wednesday.

    Williams will serve as the defensive coordinator for head coach Reggie Barlow’s team. Williams, a former head coach of the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns who served a one-year suspension in 2012 for his role in the New Orleans Saints‘ Bountygate scandal, last coached with the New York Jets in 2020.

    The XFL has not yet announced team names as it continues to work through negotiations with local markets. It has hired seven defensive coordinators and seven offensive coordinators, with two hires left to make for its eight teams. Two of the offensive coordinators — June Jones and Jonathan Hayes — served as XFL head coaches during the 2020 season. Other notable names among the coaching staffs include former college head coach and NFL assistant Ron Zook, former NFL quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, longtime NFL defensive coordinator Brian Stewart and Hayes’ brother, Jay.

    Also included in Wednesday’s announcement were directors of player personnel for each team. Under the XFL structure, those directors will collaborate with head coaches on final team personnel decisions. Coaches will have the final say on game-day rosters.

    Four of the directors worked with the XFL in 2020: Randy Mueller, Joey Clinkscales, Dave Boller and Will Lewis. The XFL will begin hosting player showcases this summer. Its regular season will open Feb. 18, 2023, as part of its exclusive broadcast agreement with ESPN and Disney.

    Here are the full team organizations announced Wednesday:

    Head coach: Reggie Barlow

    Personnel: Von Hutchins

    OC / RB: Fred Kaiss

    DC: Gregg Williams


    Head coach: Anthony Becht

    Personnel: Dave Boller

    OC: Bruce Gradkowski

    DC: Nathaniel “Donnie” Abraham


    Head coach: Terrell Buckley

    Personnel: Larry Lee

    OC: Robert Ford

    DC: Tony Carter


    Head coach: Jim Haslett

    Personnel: Randy Mueller

    OC: June Jones

    DC: Ron Zook


    Head coach: Wade Phillips

    Personnel: Marc Lillibridge

    OC: AJ Smith

    DC: Brian Stewart


    Head coach: Bob Stoops

    Personnel: Rick Mueller

    OC: Jonathan Hayes

    DC: Jay Hayes


    Head coach: Hines Ward

    Personnel: Will Lewis

    OC: Jaime Elizondo

    DC: Jim Herrmann


    Head coach: Rod Woodson

    Personnel: Joey Clinkscales

    OC: TBA

    DC: TBA

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