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Looking At The Birmingham Stallions 2024 UFL Coaching Staff

The Birmingham Stallions coaching staff is official, and for the most part, it is what we expected. Here is the 2024 UFL staff:

HC/OC/QB: Skip Holtz
DC/LB: John Chavis
Co-OC/RB/TE: Philip Montgomery
WR: Mike Jones
OL: Dave DeGuglielmo
DL: Bill Johnson
CB: Daric Riley
S: Corey Chamblin
ST: Chris Boniol

Offense

Skip Holtz will lead the Stallions offense for the third year in a row. He has served as the offensive coordinator and play-caller for the Stallions since 2022.

However, this season Skip will have a new co-offensive coordinator in Philip Montgomery. Montgomery is a familiar name in Alabama as he was most recently the offensive coordinator at Auburn University. Auburn and Montgomery parted ways in January, so this must have been a recent hire.

Before the announcement, it was unclear who was going to coach running backs for the Stallions. Larry Kirksey did it for the past two seasons, but he will not be a part of the 2024 staff. Montgomery takes over for Kirksey and brings with him a wealth of experience. Before Auburn, Montgomery was the head coach at the University of Tulsa for eight seasons. Landing a former college head coach and SEC offensive coordinator to a UFL staff as an assistant coach is no small feat. The Stallions will look to gain from Montgomery sharing the load with Holtz.

The other new addition to the Stallions staff is offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo. DeGuglielmo was Skip Holtz’s offensive line coach the last two seasons Holtz was head coach at the University of Connecticut. They then coached together at South Carolina for five years. After that, DeGuglielmo went on to spend 16 seasons coaching offensive lines in the NFL, including two Super Bowl victories. He also brings a wealth of experience to the team.

Holtz had previously said that the offensive line coach for 2024 would be Steve Smith. Smith was no stranger to spring football, having served as the Assistant Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator, and Offensive Line coach for the New Jersey Generals for the past two seasons. Instead, Smith will be serving with other Generals coaches as the offensive coordinator at Texas Southern.

The other offensive coach for 2024 is wide receivers coach Mike Jones. Jones has been with the team since 2022, so this will be his third year on the staff. The Stallions receiving corps has had a great deal of success under his tutelage, sending multiple players to the NFL over the past two years.

Defense

Heading the defense for the third year in a row is “The Chief,” John Chavis. The veteran coach served as defensive coordinator for four different SEC schools before joining the inaugural Stallions staff in 2022. He helped lead the Stallions to two championships, and Holtz will be happy to have him back for a third year in 2024. He will also coach linebackers as he has done in the past.

Only one other defensive coach from the Stallions 2023 staff is joining Chavis: Daric Riley. Riley was Assistant Defensive Backs coach in 2023, and he will return to coach cornerbacks in 2024. Bob Shoop, who also coached defensive backs last year, took a position at Marshall University recently.

Joining Riley to coach defensive backs will be Corey Chamblin. Chamblin is no stranger to the Stallons as he helped coach their secondary in 2022. He left in 2023 to serve on the XFL’s San Antonio Brahmas staff. But he now returns to Birmingham.

Also re-joining the Stallions from the XFL is defensive line coach Bill Johnson. Johnson coached the d-line in 2022 and helped lead the Stallions to their first championship. He left for the Houston Roughnecks in 2023. Rather than follow Wade Phillips to San Antonio, Johnson returns to Birmingham to help coach the Stallions defensive lineman.

Holtz mentioned that getting Chamblin and Johnson back will be a big boost to the team. Both coaches know the XFL football scene, having coached in the league last year. Since Holtz and the rest of the coaches come from the USFL side of the merger, they will rely on Chamblin and Johnson to help them prepare for half of the Stallions’ opponents in 2024.

Special Teams

Chris Boniol returns to coach the Stallions special teams again after doing so in 2023. The Stallions special teams unit was one of their greatest strengths last season. Brandon Aubrey, the Stallions kicker, is now setting NFL records for the Dallas Cowboys. Ryan Langan and Colby Wadman, the Stallions long snapper and punter, both received All-USFL recognition. The Stallions also had a lot of success in the return game with Deon Cain. Boniol will bring continuity and likely continued success to the Stallions special teams.

Continuity

The good news for the Birmingham Stallions is that they have more coaching continuity than any other team in the UFL. They are the only team with the same head coach, offensive coordinator, and defensive coordinator heading into their third consecutive season. Five of nine coaches (more than half) return from last year, and seven of nine are entering at least their second year with the Stallions. Only two have never been with the team before, but DeGuglielmo coached with Holtz for seven seasons back in the day.

This type of continuity is one reason the Birmingham Stallions remain the team to beat heading into 2024.

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