The FXFL, a new developmental league for professional football players, announced today the four head coaches for its inaugural season. Former Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Terry Shea will be at the helm in Boston when training camps open around the league on September 25th. Joining Shea, is former USFL and University of Houston head coach John Jenkins, along with John Bock and Sandy Buda.
“As a developmental platform, the FXFL placed an emphasis on procuring the best instructors and teachers to serve as coaches in this league,” said FXFL Commissioner, Brian Woods.
The FXFL, which opens regular season play on October 8th, named Terry Shea as head coach of the Boston Brawlers. Shea has been serving as a quarterback consultant to future NFL draft prospects. Most recently he worked with Robert Griffin III “RG3″ (2nd overall pick 2012), Blaine Gabbert (10th overall pick 2011), Sam Bradford (1st overall pick 2010), Matthew Stafford (1st overall pick 2009), and Josh Freeman (17th overall pick 2009). Shea also trained and developed current college quarterbacks Collin Klein(Kansas State) and Tommy Rees (Notre Dame).
From 1964 to 1967, he was one of the quarterbacks on the University of Oregon’s football team. From 1968 to 1969, he was a graduate assistant coach at Oregon. From 1970 to 1975, he coached at Mount Hood Community College. From 1976 to 1983, he coached at Utah State. From 1984 to 1986, he was the offensive coordinator at San Jose State. From 1987 to 1989, he was the Offensive Coordinator at Cal.
From 1990 to 1991, he was the head football coach at San Jose State, where he compiled a 15-6-2 record. From 1992 to 1994, he coached at Stanford, and in 1995, he coached the British Columbia Lions. From 1996 to 2000, he was the head football coach at Rutgers University. While he was awarded the Big East Coach of the Year in 1998 after posting a 5-6 record, the second biggest turnaround in college football at that time, and recruited and coached future NFL players L.J. Smith, Mike McMahon, Mike Barr, Nate Jones, and Reggie Stephens.
“I believe the quarterback position can derive an enormous benefit from the developmental platform, which the FXFL provides” said Woods. “Terry Shea has a proven track record for developing some of the best at that position.”
From 2001 to 2003, he was the Quarterbacks Coach for the Kansas City Chiefs. In 2004, he became the Offensive Coordinator for the Chicago Bears. Following the 2004 season, he returned to the Kansas City Chiefs, once again as the Quarterbacks Coach in 2005. On January 12, 2007, he was let go by coach Herm Edwards and joined the Miami Dolphins shortly thereafter. Shea went on to coach the quarterbacks for the St. Louis Rams for the 2008 season.
“We are thrilled to have Coach Shea in Boston for our inaugural season,” said Boston Brawlers President and General Manager, Doug Reffue. “He brings a wealth of football knowledge to our team along with a proven ability to teach young players.’
The FXFL also announced the hiring of John Jenkins as Head Coach of the Florida Blacktips. Jenkins served as the head football coach the University of Houston from 1990 to 1992, compiling a record of 18–15. A proponent of the run and shoot offense, Jenkins also coached professional football in the United States Football League (USFL) and the Canadian Football League (CFL). He served as the head coach of the CFL’s Ottawa Renegades in 2006. During his career as a coach, Jenkins has mentored a number of notable quarterbacks such as Andre Ware, David Klingler, Jim Kelly, Anthony Calvilloand Doug Flutie.
Leading the charge in Omaha will be a local product in former University of Nebraska-Omaha Head Coach, Sandy Buda. Buda was head coach at UNO from 1978 to ’89 and then helped launch the Omaha Beef indoor team in 2000. In 2013, Buda was voted into the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame. Buda has assembled an all-star staff including former NFL signal-caller Sage Rosenfels, who will coach the quarterbacks.
Veteran NFL player John Bock was also named as Head Coach of Brooklyn Bolts. Bock spent six season in the NFL, where he played for Marv Levy, Jimmy Johnson, Dave Wannstedt and Jon Gruden. Most recently Bock served as an assistant coach at Florida International University. Joining Bock on the Brooklyn Bolts staff will be former NFL players Marvin Jones, James Brown, Nate Poole, Deon Dyer and Kelvin Kinney. Former NFL head coach and defensive coordinator Rod Rust will serve as a consultant to the Bolts. Also serving as coaching consultants will be Don Strock, Danny Hope andFred O’ Connor.
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