In early June we were given the names of Anthony Becht and the rest of the XFL coaches that would leading the charge in the XFL 3.0. A couple weeks later Coach Becht released the names of his Coordinators and the DPP that would be his left and right hands leading his offense and defense. Now Coach Becht and the XFL have released their complete staffs that join him in St. Louis come this February.
Art Valero Running Back Coach:
Becht brings in a former Ram who he played with in 2008. Valero was the running back coach in 2008-09 and led Steven Jackson to some of his more productive seasons. He’s been a coach since 1981, coaching in the NFL, Division One Programs and even spent time in The Spring League in 2019. He’s also a Super Bowl Champion winning a championship as the Bucs Tight End Coach in 2002.
Ricky Proehl Wide Receivers Coach:
The first coach to not be directly tied to Anthony Becht is Coach Proehl. Proehl is a Rams legend apart of “The Greatest Show on Turf” that won a super bowl in 1999. Proehl played for 17 seasons in the NFL on 6 teams and then was a coach for the Carolina Panthers for 6 seasons before parting ways. He is also the father of Blake and Austin Proehl two receivers who could be viewed as prospects for XFL teams.
Pat Perles Offensive Line Coach:
Son of former College Head Coach and Architect of the “Steel Curtain” George Perles, Pat Perles came into coaching in 1992 working with the LA Rams. Perles has worked with several college programs in the similar capacity and was a coach in the CFL for six seasons. Perles is most notable tenure was working with Todd Haley and Anthony Becht (2011) on the Chiefs from 09-12. Most recently Perles reunited with Haley and was the Bandits Offensive Line Coach before joining Becht
La‘Roi Glover Defensive Line Coach:
Another former Becht teammate, Glover played for the Rams from 06-08 and was a part of their front office from 10-16. He was also a Defensive Line Coach for the Jets and Chargers from 17-20. Glover’s time in the NFL is also extremely noteworthy as he was a late round pick who came from an alt-league and would end up being selected to 6 Pro Bowls before his retirement.
Dave Steckel Linebackers Coach
Coming from Mizzou Steckel has had guys like Aldon Smith, Kony Ealy, Shane Ray, and Sean Weatherspoon on his defense while he was the DC for 5 Seasons. Steckel spent 14 seasons at Mizzou and addition 5 seasons as the Head Coach of the Missouri State Bears (FCS) before being fired in 2019. Steckel returns to Missouri as key piece to the Anthony Becht staff for his young linebackers.
Eric Avila, Sean Hollister, Todd Hewitt, Mark Lee will also be joining the Becht’s in support/operations roles. Avila will be the Athletic Trainer, Hollister will be the video manager, Hewitt the equipment manager, and Lee will be an offensive assistant.
It’s evident to see that Becht went with comfortability and familiarity for many of his staff members, but he also went outside the box by bringing in coaches who had ties to Missouri. Moving forward Becht’s staff will be one of the more diverse and experienced staff going into 2023. All XFL fans need now is just a name to our St. Louis franchise.
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