Three former CFL head coaches hired as assistants in XFL

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Three former CFL head coaches have been hired by the XFL as assistants for the league’s upcoming season.

Corey Chamblin will serve as the defensive backs coach for San Antonio after recently working for the USFL’s Birmingham Stallions. The 44-year-old went 29-34 as the head coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, leading the team to a Grey Cup victory in 2013. He was later hired as the head coach of the Toronto Argonauts in 2019 but was fired following a 4-14 season.

Jaime Elizondo will also be a member of the coaching staff in San Antonio, serving as their offensive coordinator. He was the head coach of the Edmonton Elks in 2021 but was fired after posting a 3-11 record. Elizondo won a Grey Cup as the offensive coordinator of the Ottawa Redblacks in 2016 but resigned from the team in April 2019 to become the offensive coordinator of the XFL’s now-defunct Tampa Bay Vipers.

June Jones will serve as the offensive coordinator for Seattle. The 69-year-old joined the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in August 2017 and quickly replaced Kent Austin as the team’s head coach, leading the team to a 14-14 record over the next 16 months. He departed the organization in May 2019 after originally agreeing to stay on in an assistant role following the hiring of Orlondo Steinauer. He served as the head coach of the XFL’s Houston Roughnecks in 2020 and led the team to a perfect 5-0 record.

Other individuals with CFL connections who will be serving on coaching staffs in the XFL include: Chip Garber, defensive line, Seattle; Jonathan Himebauch, offensive line and special teams, Arlington; Dennis McKnight, offensive line, Seattle; Dan Morrison, quarterbacks, Seattle; Josh Neiswander, quarterbacks, San Antonio; and Bob Wylie, offensive line, Las Vegas.

“We’re excited to welcome these incredible football minds to the XFL as we continue to build each team’s staff with best-in-class professionals who will help us build our league from the ground up and deliver an exciting, dynamic football experience for fans,” said XFL president Russ Brandon in a statement. “We look forward to each of these individuals being a key component in the development and successful execution of our 2023 season.”

Coaches are currently scouting players in preparation for the XFL Draft in November 2022 with the regular season set to begin in February 2023.