Birmingham Stallions add 6 new trainers to their staff

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (WIAT) – The Birmingham Stallions revealed the remaining members of their coaching staff on Thursday.

Head coach Skip Holtz was announced in January of this year and has been busy putting the team together, especially in the inaugural USFL draft in February. He will also act as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Holtz previously served as a head coach at Louisiana Tech, Connecticut, East Carolina and South Florida. He is also the son of legendary football coach Lou Holtz.

Joining Holtz this season with the stallions will be:

  • Corey Chamblin – defensive backs coach
  • John Chavis – defensive coordinator and linebackers coach
  • Jonathan Himebauch – offensive line coach
  • Bill Johnson – defensive line coach
  • Mike Jones – wide receivers coach
  • Larry Kirksey – running backs coach

Chamblin spent time coaching as part of NFL Europe in 2006 before heading to the Canadian Football League where he eventually won the 2013 Coach of the Year award.

Chavis spent his coaching career in the college ranks after playing at the University of Tennessee in the late ’70s. He previously served as Arkansas’ defensive coordinator in 2019.

Himebauch has served as an offensive line coach in the CFL, American Alliance Football, XFL and in the college ranks. He won three Gray Cup championships in the CFL.

Johnson has spent the past 42 years coaching all ranks. He has been at LSU since 2019 on the defensive end of the ball after coaching for 17 years with four different NFL teams.

Jones spent six years in the NFL as a player before heading to Europe to coach for nine seasons. He won three NFL European Championships and the league’s Coach of the Year award in 2006.

Kirksey coached for more than 40 years in the college and professional ranks, including winning a Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers in 1995.

The USFL season kicks off April 16 between the Stallions and New Jersey Generals at 6:30 p.m. from Protective Stadium.

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