Hines Ward and Rod Woodson are head coaches in the XFL
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It was revealed on Wednesday morning that former Steelers greats Hines Ward and Rod Woodson will be head coaches in the XFL when the league returns in 2023. As of right now, it's unclear what teams Ward and Woodson will be coaching. The league has also not yet announced whether it will play in local markets, as it did in 2001 and 2020, or if it will operate from a central location.
The other head coaches announced were Wade Phillips, Bob Stoops, Terrell Buckley, Reggie Barlow, Anthony Becht and Jim Haslett. Haslett served as the Steelers' defensive coordinator from 1997-1999.
XFL owners Dany Garcia and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson announced the head coaches on ESPN's Get Up!
Both Ward and Woodson have coaching experience, as Ward was with the Jets from 2019-2020 as an offensive assistant and was the wide receivers coach at Florida Atlantic last year. Ward also was a coaching intern with the Steelers in 2017. Ward interviewed for the Texans head coaching job in January but didn't get the position.
Woodson interned with the Bengals and Broncos and was a cornerbacks coach for the Raiders in two separate stints. Woodson hasn't coached since 2017 when he was with the Raiders.