The USFL‘s season kicks off in less than a month, and the league has officially announced each team’s entire coaching staff for the 2022 season.
Head Coach – Larry Fedora
Larry Fedora has found a decent bit of success in the college coaching ranks and is considered by many to be the best coach in the history of Southern Miss football. He was seen as one of the brightest young minds in college football at one point, but the last few years of his career saw a pretty significant drop-off in success.
Fedora brings 36 years of collegiate coaching experience to the Breakers, having spent time with Austin College, Garland High School, Baylor, Air Force, Middle Tennessee, Florida, Oklahoma State, Southern Miss, North Carolina, Texas, and again with Baylor.
In his time as a head coach, Fedora posted an overall record of 79-62, going 3-5 in bowl games, and winning the C-USA East Division (2011 – Southern Miss), the C-USA Championship (2011 – Southern Miss), and the ACC Coastal Conference Division (2015 – UNC).
Offensive Coordinator/QBs – Noel Mazzone
Noel Mazzone has 41 years of coaching experience under his belt and joins the Breakers as the team’s offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach.
Mazzone began his coaching career with New Mexico in 1980 as a graduate assistant. Since then, he’s coached at nearly every level of football, gaining experience coaching quarterbacks, wide receivers, tight ends, and holding multiple offensive coordinator roles throughout his career. He’s spent time with Colorado State, TCU, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Auburn, Oregon State, NC State, the New York Jets, Panther Creek High School, Arizona State, UCLA, Texas A&M, Arizona, and UConn.
Defensive Coordinator/ Linebackers – Jonathan Tenuta
Jonathan Tenuta brings nearly 40 years of coaching experience to the Breakers, starting his coaching career in 1981 as a graduate assistant at the University of Virginia.
After Virginia, Tenuta went on to coach at Maryland, Vanderbilt, Marshall, Kansas State, SMU, Oklahoma, Ohio State, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, NC State, Virginia (2nd stint), Cincinnati, and Virginia Tech. Along the way, he’d gain experience as a defensive backs coach, defensive line coach, linebackers coach, defensive coordinator, assistant head coach, and even interim head coach at one point.
Wide Receivers – Patrick Washington
Pat Washington brings nearly 35 years of coaching experience to the Breakers, having started his coaching career in 1987 as a graduate assistant with Auburn.
Washington went on to spend time with Louisianna, TCU, Baylor, Tennessee, Kansas State, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Kentucky, Missouri, South Carolina, and App State, holding various positions in that time including wide receivers coach, running backs coach, tight ends coach, and passing game coordinator.
As a coach, Washington has been a part of a BCS national championship at Tennessee, 6 conference championships, 26 bowl games, 12 bowl wins, and 13 double-digit-win seasons.
Offensive Line – Jim Turner
Jim Turner brings 34 years of coaching experience to the Breakers, starting his coaching career in 1988 as Braintree High School’s offensive coordinator.
Turner went on to spend time with Northeastern, Louisianna Tech, Harvard, Temple, Delaware, Boston College, Texas A&M, Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, and Texas State. Throughout his career, Turner gained experience coaching the offensive line, tight ends, running backs, defensive line, and held the title of run game coordinator at one point.
Unfortunately, most of Turner’s coaching stints have ended with him being fired after “doing or saying something controversial.” Though details of what exactly Turner has done/said in the past have not been released, it is clear that he’s rubbed some people the wrong way.
Secondary – Nathan Burton
Nathan Burton brings 17 years of coaching experience to the Breakers and began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Georgia Tech in 2005.
After his time at Georgia Tech, Burton went on to coach at Oklahoma State, UT Martin, Shorter, West Alabama, NC State, Temple, and Georgia Tech (2nd stint), gaining experience coaching linebackers, defensive backs, and as a defensive coordinator.
Defensive Line – Paul Spicer
Paul Spicer is a former NFL defensive end and Super Bowl champion who got involved in the coaching world in 2011.
Spicer’s professional playing career began with the Seattle Seahawks practice squad in 1998. He’d join the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders for their 1998 season before returning to the states and signing a contract with the Detroit Lions in 1999. Spicer finally earned a longer standing roster spot in 2000 when he joined the Jacksonville Jaguars. He remained with the Jags through the 2008 season before joining the New Orleans Saints in 2009, where the team would go on to win the Super Bowl.
Spicer retired from playing in February of 2011 after signing a 1-day contract with the Jaguars to retire as a member of the team he started with. The following day, Spicer was hired as the assistant defensive line coach for the Jags, where he’d spend the next 2 seasons. He spent the 2014 season coaching the defensive line at Jackson State University before joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers coaching staff in 2015 as an assistant defensive line coach. Spicer remained with the Bucs through the 2018 season and most recently joined USF’s coaching staff as the defensive line coach in 2019 before signing on with the USFL’s New Orleans Breakers.
Special Teams/ Tight Ends Assistant – Matt Butterfield
- Arizona State – Offensive/ Defensive/ Special Teams Quality Control
- UCLA – Offensive Graduate Assistant
- Boisie State – Offensive Graduate Assistant
- Oregon – Offense/Special Teams Analyst
- Oklahoma State – Offensive Assistant
- Bucknell – Volunteer Assistant Coach
- Cal – Special Teams Analyst
- Colorado – Offensive Assistant/Quality Control
Defensive Line Assistant – Greg Patrick
- Arizona High Scool Football (Chaparral HS, Valley Christian HS, Chandler HS, Mt Pointe HS, Desert Mountain HS)
- MLFB – Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers Coach
- Texas A&M – Offensive Analyst
- Arizona – Defensive Line Coach/ Defensive Analyst/ Offensive Analyst
The Breakers kick off their season against the Philadelphia Stars on Sunday, April 17th at 4:00 pm EST with coverage on USA Network.