United Football League Announces Former NFL Coaches Jim Fassel, Dennis Green, Jim Haslett & Ted Cottrell as Head Coaches for "UFL Premiere" Season
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San Francisco Franchise To Play At AT&T Park SAN FRANCISCO--(Business Wire)-- The United Football League, a new professional outdoor football league, announced four former standout NFL coaches as the league`s first head coaches for its "Premiere" season this morning at a press conference in San Francisco. The League also announced the San Francisco franchise will play its home games at AT&T Park. UFL Founder Bill Hambrecht, UFL Investor Paul Pelosi and UFL Commissioner Michael Huyghue were on hand to introduce the newest members of the UFL team. All four of the newly announced coaches have impressive coaching pedigrees having worked in both the NFL and collegiate ranks. "When seeking coaches for the UFL we set out to find the most outstanding individuals to lead our teams," said Commissioner Michael Huyghue. "We sought leaders with successful NFL backgrounds, who were excellent communicators and teachers of the game and were excited about building new franchises. We were fortunate to find four individuals who embody these attributes. These men are truly winners in every sense of the word." Former NFL head coach Dennis Green joins the UFL as Head Coach of the San Francisco franchise. Green amassed a regular season record of 113 - 94 as the Head Coach of the Minnesota Vikings and the Arizona Cardinals. His best season as Head Coach was in 1998; leading the Vikings to an amazing 15-1 season and setting the NFL record for most points in a season (since broken by the 2007 New England Patriots). Green was an Assistant Coach for Bill Walsh at both Stanford and at the San Francisco 49ers, where he held this post for four seasons, earning a Super Bowl ring in 1988-89. The 1997 NFL Coach of the Year, Jim Fassel, joins the UFL as Head Coach of the Las Vegas franchise. While head coach of the New York Giants, Fassel received acclaim for his playoff guarantee in the 2000 season and led the Giants to an improbable Super Bowl appearance. Fassel, most recently, was the color commentator on NFL game broadcasts for the Westwood One Radio Network and also served as a color analyst on ESPN. The 2000 NFL Head Coach of the Year, Jim Haslett, joins the UFL as Head Coach of the Orlando franchise. Haslett received top honors in 2000 after guiding the New Orleans Saints to a 10-6 regular season record, its second NFC West Division Championship and its first playoff victory in franchise history. Former NFL executive and professional coach with over two decades of NFL experience Ted Cottrell joins the UFL as Head Coach of the New York franchise. Cottrell led the defense for several successful teams including the San Diego Chargers, Buffalo Bills, New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings. As the defensive coordinator for the Chargers during the 2007 season, his squad led the NFL in takeaways (48), interceptions (30) and passing rating defense (70.0) -- the first time a Chargers team ever led in these categories. As Minnesota`s defensive coordinator in 2005, Cottrell led the Vikings to fifth place finish in takeaways and earned a postseason berth. More detailed bios of each of the coaches can be found on the UFL`s website at www.ufl-football.com. In its "Premiere" year, the UFL will host teams in Las Vegas, New York, Orlando and San Francisco. There are also plans to play additional games in Hartford and Los Angeles. The season will culminate with a Championship Game tentatively scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend in Las Vegas. AT&T Park is the first stadium announced for the UFL`s "Premiere" season. League officials are in final negotiations with the other stadiums and these agreements will be announced as they are completed. The UFL previously announced that VERSUS, a national sports network in more than 75 millions homes, will dedicate over three hours weekly for a live national HD broadcast of UFL games airing primarily on Thursday evenings. About The UFL The UFL was developed to fulfill the unmet needs of football fans in major markets currently underserved by professional football by providing a high quality traditional football league comprised of world class professional football players. The UFL will serve the communities with pride, dedication and passion, and uphold a leadership role in the development of football worldwide. The UFL will provide every fan with an affordable, accessible, exciting and entertaining game experience. Scheduled to debut in October 2009, the UFL`s headquarters is in New York, N.Y. and has satellite offices in Jacksonville, Fla. and Rutherford, N.J. The UFL is led by Commissioner Michael Huyghue, COO Frank Vuono and is being funded by a consortium of investors including UFL Founder Bill Hambrecht, Tim Armstrong and Paul Pelosi. For more information on the UFL and how to purchase tickets for the "UFL Premiere" season, please visit www.ufl-football.com. The United Football League Rachel Gary, 973-477-8439 Rachel.Gary@ufl-football.com Copyright Business Wire 2009