A former NFL head coach will lead a USFL franchise this spring. Todd Haley, whose time in the NFL included three seasons as the Kansas City Chiefs’ head coach, was named the coach of the Tampa Bay Bandits on Thursday.
Haley was one of four coaching hires that were announced by the league. Mike Riley was named coach of the New Jersey Generals, Kevin Sumlin was tabbed by the Houston Gamblers and Bart Andrus will lead the Philadelphia Stars.
The league said the remaining four head coaches — for the Michigan Panthers, Pittsburgh Maulers, Birmingham Stallions and New Orleans Breakers — would be announced at a later date. The league is set to kick off April 16.
The son of former Steelers director of player personnel Dick Haley, Todd Haley broke into the NFL in 1997 as a member of Bill Parcells’ coaching staff with the Jets. He later served as Parcells’ receivers coach/passing game coordinator with the Cowboys before joining the Cardinals as the team’s offensive coordinator in 2007. In 2008, Haley helped the Cardinals reach the franchise’s first Super Bowl behind the play of quarterback Kurt Warner and receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin.
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