Skip Holtz named head coach of USFL’s Birmingham Stallions

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Skip Holtz
(Photo: Darrell James)

Kirby Wilson Will Lead Pittsburgh Maulers

LOS ANGELES, JANUARY 20, 2022 — The United States Football League (USFL), a new professional football league launching Saturday, April 16, today announced it has filled two more head coach positions.

Skip Holtz, who has a coaching resume dating back to 1987 that includes 22 years as a college head coach, will take the reins of the Birmingham Stallions. Kirby Wilson, a head coach for the first time in his 36-year career, 24 in the NFL, will lead the Pittsburgh Maulers. The pair join Bart Andrus (Philadelphia Stars), Todd Haley (Tampa Bay Bandits), Mike Riley (New Jersey Generals), and Kevin Sumlin (Houston Gamblers), all named to their positions earlier this month.

“Filling two more head coach positions is another huge step forward for the league as we move towards kickoff,” said Brian Woods, USFL President of Football Operations. “In Skip and Kirby, we’ve secured two outstanding professionals, who, like the coaches already announced, have decades of experience either in the NFL or college, a love of coaching, and a commitment to the quality league we’re building.”

The USFL will hold a player selection meeting from Tuesday, Feb. 22 through Wednesday, Feb. 23, and training camps will open on Monday, March 21. Each USFL team will carry a 38-man active roster plus a seven-man practice squad, and players will receive base compensation in addition to being eligible for victory bonuses.

The USFL will launch with eight teams split into two divisions playing in one location. In addition to the Stallions, New Orleans Breakers, Gamblers, and Bandits in the South Division, the North Division features the Michigan Panthers, Maulers, Generals, and Stars. Each team will play a 10-game schedule, followed by semifinals between the top two teams in each division, and a championship game between division winners. The USFL has multi-year agreements with NBC Sports and FOX Sports, establishing both networks as official broadcast partners, with plans to nationally televise every game on either NBC, USA, Peacock, FOX, or FS1.

In addition to Woods, a USFL co-founder, serving as President of Football Operations, former Dallas Cowboys standout and longtime NFL on FOX game analyst Daryl Johnston is Executive Vice President, Football Operations. Additionally, former NFL Vice President of Officiating and FOX Sports’ NFL and college football rules analyst Mike Pereira is Head of Officiating, and FOX Sports’ Edward Hartman, serves as Executive Vice President, Business Operations.

The USFL is a new, independent football league controlled by FOX Sports through USFL HoldCo, LLC, a new business entity, and it is not associated or affiliated with the USFL of the 1980s or its owners. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

See below for thumbnail biographies for each head coach announced today.

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