As USFL training camp practices begin on March 20, teams have officially announced their coaching staffs. The Memphis Showboats will be led by Head Coach Todd Haley. Haley comes to Memphis after spending the 2022 season as the HC of the Tampa Bay Bandits and brings extensive NFL experience to the Showboats’ sideline.
Haley held positions on NFL coaching staffs every season from 1995 to 2018. Most notably, Haley served as the Arizona Cardinals OC in Super Bowl XLIII and the Kansas City Chiefs HC from 2009-2011.
The Memphis attack will be led by Offensive Coordinator Bob Saunders. Saunders returns as the OC under Todd Haley as he served in the same role for Tampa Bay in 2022. Like Haley, Saunders brings a resume full of NFL experience to the Memphis staff. Saunders spent time on the offensive staffs of the Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Rams, Washington Redskins and most recently, the Cleveland Browns.
Frank Gansz will coach the tight end group, James Saxon will lead the offensive line and Yale Van Dyne will serve as the wide receivers and offensive quality control coach. Ganz will also serve as the team’s special teams coordinator.
The Memphis defense will operate under the direction of Defensive Coordinator, and former NFL star, Carnell Lake. Lake was a five-time NFL Pro Bowl selection in the 90s and spent seven seasons as the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive backs coach in the 2010s.
Under Lake, Trey Jackson will oversee the defensive line, Steven Thompson will run the defensive line and Brock Marion will coach the defensive backs and serve as the defensive quality control coach.
The Showboats will open up their season at home on April 15 vs the Philadelphia Stars.