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Jaime Elizondo, Will Lewis, Join Forces with Hines Ward in XFL San Antonio

For a league that will compete to fill space in the spring football world, you can argue the the new league owners are making a splash and driving old and new fans towards Dany Garcia and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson revised brand of the league we saw in 2020. 

Over the past few months, the XFL has kept the public aware of what is coming when they launch in 2023. Announcements have been frequent and it doesn’t seem like it will slow down anytime soon. April 13th was the day the league announced their 8 head coaching hires and then not too long after the league announced their multiyear deal with Walt Disney Co & ESPN, and since then it has been a constant rotation of news. 

XFL Player Showcases and a Specialist Showcases were announced in May, additional key hires like Erica Muhleman, Kerry Gordon and Lisa Feigenbaum were announced and this week the league announced their Director of Player Personnel, Offensive Coordinators, and Defensive Coordinators.

One splash the new league owners are making have to do with markets and demand for football in that said market. 

In 2019, San Antonio received their bid to host a professional football team with the Alliance of American Football, the San Antonio Commanders. For each home game the Commanders drew close to 28,000 fans and proved to be a viable market for spring football. 

Whatever the team name may be, football fans in San Antonio will flock to the Alamodome in support of their new XFL franchise. 

According to preliminary reports made by Mike Mitchell, Hines Ward is set to make his head coaching debut as the head coach of the San Antonio franchise. Jaime Elizondo will serve as Ward’s offensive coordinator and Jim Hermann will serve as his defensive coordinator. 

Without question, Ward will have solid support from top to bottom. Lewis, Elizondo, and Herrmann were part of the XFL in 2020, Elizondo was the offensive coordinator for the Vipers and has over 25 years of coaching experience and Lewis served as the assistant director of player personnel for the Roughnecks and Hermann was the defensive coordinator for the Guardians and won a Super Bowl with the New York Giants in 2012. 

All 8 head coaches have a ton of experience on their staff and it’s still too early to say which coach will have the upper hand, but it is important to note that home field advantage is still a big factor and based on previous attendance numbers the Commanders had, it’s possible Seattle and St. Louis may not be the only fanbases demanding to open to the “upper bowl”. 

Very exciting times for the XFL and more is on the horizon. Continue to follow XFL News Hub for all XFL related news and updates. 

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Jai Nokes is a exclusive credentialed writer, reporter, and XFL Insider for XFLNewsHub, and has covered high school, collegiate, and professional sports for 6 years. Jai also host a sports radio show called NOTES X NOKES which airs Tuesday and Fridays each week on Facebook Live at 6:30PM. Follow Jai Nokes on twitter and other social media platforms @notesxnokes.

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