Looking At The Arlington Renegades 2024 UFL Coaching Staff - Bob Stoops

Looking At The Arlington Renegades 2024 UFL Coaching Staff

The Arlington Renegades are fresh off an XFL Championship last year, and now will look to defend their title in the newly formed United Football League.

Under the leadership of Bob Stoops, the team struggled for chunks of the season in 2023, but ultimately got hot at the right time and won the big game against the DC Defenders.

Not surprisingly, most of this Championship staff is returning for another year. Let’s take a look at each coach for Arlington, and what they bring to the team from past experiences.

Bob Stoops | Head Coach

It’s a tossup between Bob Stoops and Wade Phillips as to who the most recognizable name is in the UFL from a coaching perspective. Stoops is a legend at Oklahoma, having won 191 games with the franchise. Countless conference titles are under his belt as well, and after taking some time off, he decided to get back into the Coaching scene in the XFL.

His spring football journey began back in 2019-2020. Bob was with the Dallas Renegades at the time, and the team finished that season with a 2-3 record before COVID-19 shut everything down. That year, Stoops leaned heavily on former Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones.

In 2023, we all know the story of Arlington’s Cinderella run. It was a rough year for Bob Stoops’ unit, who nearly missed the postseason had it not been for such a weak South Division. The midseason trade for Luis Perez proved to be the game changing moment they needed, as they cleaned things up just in the nick of time.

Chuck Long | Offensive Coordinator/QB’s/WR’s

Chuck Long will be taking over as the Offensive Coordinator for Arlington in 2024. Last year, he shared the position with long-time spring coach Jonathan Hayes. Hayes was clearly running the show, so this time around Long will have more of an opportunity to control the offense and play calling.

Chuck Long was drafted in the first round of the 1986 draft with the Detroit Lions, after an incredible career as an Iowa Hawkeye. Long then played in the NFL for eight years, and eventually began his coaching tenure shortly after his exit from the league.

Since then, Long has decades of coaching experience at the collegiate level, at all different positions. He was in the XFL in 2020 under Jonathan Hayes with the St. Louis Battlehawks as their OC, and now resumes a familiar role with Arlington.

Jay Hayes | Defensive Coordinator

Speaking of experience in the spring football scene, Jay Hayes returns to coach this defense once again. He also shared the position in 2023, with Tim Lewis as Co-DC. Lewis has since moved onto Boston College.

Hayes was also on the St. Louis Battlehawks staff in 2020, as the defensive coordinator under his brother Jonathan. In 2021, he coached with the Jousters in The Spring League, helping lead that team to their “Mega Bowl” Championship berth.

Jay began his NFL coaching career as a special teams coordinator with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1999-2001. He’s best known for his time with the Cincinnati Bengals, as he was their defensive line coach for 12 seasons (2003-2015). Expect this defense to be just as fierce as they were a year ago with Jay Hayes remaining on the staff.

Reggie Davis | Running Backs/Tight Ends

Reggie Davis is back on the staff for 2024, after coaching the running backs in 2023 under Bob Stoops. This time, he will be coordinating both the running backs and tight ends.

Davis was a tight end who played for one season in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers. Since then, he’s been in the coaching scene for decades – coaching running backs, tight ends, and even offensive lines. Reggie has NFL experience with the San Francisco 49ers (offensive line, tight ends), and collegiately with UNLV, Oregon State, and Nebraska.

Jonathan Himebauch | Offensive Line

For those of us who are spring football nerds, Jonathan Himebauch is one of the most fascinating stories in the scene. Himebauch actually played in the XFL back in 2001, when it was first launched by Vince McMahon. Jonathan won the Championship that year with the Los Angeles Xtreme.

Fast forward a couple of decades, and Himebauch was coaching with the Tampa Bay Vipers in the XFL 2.0 as their offensive line coach. After that iteration folded, Jonathan spent some time with the Air Force as their tight ends coach.

Then, spring football burst back onto the scene. Himebauch served with the Birmingham Stallions under Skip Holtz, winning a Championship in 2022 with the team. Jonathan opted to switch to the XFL in 2023, and won the Championship with the Arlington Renegades – making him the first two time Champion in the XFL.

Now, Himebauch will have an opportunity to make history, winning a Championship in the United Football League. If he does, he’ll be the first player/coach to win a USFL, XFL, and UFL championship.

Bill Sheridan | Linebackers

Bill Sheridan has been coaching Linebackers since 1987. He began his career with Maine, and has a slew of experience with big name schools such as Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Michigan, etc.

Sheridan made his way to the NFL in 2005, serving as the linebackers coach with the New York Giants. He was promoted to Defensive Coordinator in 2009, and then shifted back to a linebackers coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Detroit Lions.

Most recently, Bill was with Boston College and the Air Force, before joining the XFL in 2023. He coached one of the top linebacker groups in the league, and now will look to build upon that success in the UFL.

Marvin Sanders | Defensive Backs

Basically this entire staff is returning members, which is great news for the organization as a whole. Marvin Sanders will continue to coach the defensive backs, holding the same role he did a season ago.

Sanders has been serving in various defensive roles since 1992, most notably as Coastal Carolina’s defensive coordinator in 2018. Marvin was on Bob Stoops’ Renegades team back in 2020, and will now enter his third year in the spring football scene.

Scott Spurrier | Special Teams

Scott Spurrier is a familiar name, as he’s also been with the Renegades in 2020 and 2023. He has served as the Special Teams and Tight Ends Coordinator both of those years, and now will shift purely to special teams in 2024. As previously mentioned, Reggie Davis will take the tight end duties.

Spurrier is the son of legendary coach Steve Spurrier, and he was a part of his dad’s staff in the Alliance Of American Football, with the Orlando Apollos. Scott also has coaching experience with South Carolina and Arizona collegiately.

Matt McMillen | Quality Control

McMillen remains on the staff, as someone who is very familiar with Bob Stoops and the Renegades franchise. McMillen has worked with Stoops for decades, as their relationship goes back to 1999 with the Oklahoma Sooners.

Matt was the Director Of Team Operations for Arlington in 2023, and held a similar role in 2019-2020 when the team was part of the XFL 2.0.

Rick Mueller | General Manager

Rick Mueller has a vast history of being an executive in professional football – including alt-leagues. Mueller served as a scout with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 1994-2000, and then moved to Player Personnel with the New Orleans Saints for the next eight years.

Here’s an interesting nugget: Mueller was the Vice President for the United Football League, back in its first iteration. He held that role from 2009-2010, and then served as the Omaha Nighthawks General Manager for the next two years.

Rick Mueller went back to the NFL to serve with the Philadelphia Eagles, and after some time at Coastal Carolina, has entered the spring scene again with the Arlington Renegades. Mueller knows what it takes to build a Championship caliber roster, and has clearly been making efforts to do the same in 2024 as the Renegades aim to repeat.

Final Thoughts

It’ll be an intriguing season for the Arlington Renegades. They went 4-6 in the XFL last year, but at the end of the day, they were the Champions.

With the amount of talent we’ve seen each team claim due to the merger shrinking 16 teams down to 8, expect Arlington to feature another stout unit this year. With such a deep coaching staff, this franchise will have another opportunity to win a Championship if all goes well.

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