USFL hires Ray Horton as Pittsburgh Maulers head coach

PITTSBURGH — The USFL on Tuesday introduced that NFL veteran defensive coach Ray Horton has been employed to guide the Pittsburgh Maulers. He instantly assumes duties from head coach Kirby Wilson, who resigned earlier this month.

“We are thrilled Ray Horton is joining the USFL family as the new Pittsburgh Maulers head coach,” stated Daryl Johnston, Govt Vice President of Soccer Operations. “He helped the Steelers win two Super Bowls as an assistant coach, so Pittsburgh football fans know him. He also won a Super Bowl as a player and my teammate on the 1992 Dallas Cowboys. Ray is a great leader and an even better person, and I’m excited to be teammates with him once again.”

Horton, 62, will get his first alternative as an expert soccer head coach. Main the Pittsburgh franchise additionally makes it a household affair, as his son Jarren Horton will stay defensive coordinator for the Maulers through the upcoming USFL Season 2.

“I’m humbled to join the USFL as the new Pittsburgh Maulers head coach,” stated Horton. “We’re returning a solid core from one of the best defenses in the league, including All-USFL safety Bryce Torneden and Pittsburgh-native Tre Tarpley. As we look for the next great quarterback in the USFL, I’m also excited about our returning offensive core. We will stay focused on delivering a USFL championship to Pittsburgh Maulers fans.”

Born in Tacoma, Wash., Horton’s life has revolved across the sport of soccer. A legendary 1970’s prep All-American participant, he stayed house as a defensive again and particular groups returner for the College of Washington. In 1983, Horton was drafted by the USFL Los Angeles Categorical, however finally performed for the NFL Cincinnati Bengals, who drafted him with the 53rd general choose. After a stellar 10-year profession with the Bengals and Cowboys, Horton turned instantly to teaching in 1994. He held numerous NFL defensive teaching positions for the Washington Soccer Workforce, Bengals, Detroit Lions and Steelers, the place he coached groups that gained Tremendous Bowls XL and XLIII. He then grew to become defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans. Most lately, he was the defensive backs coach for the Washington Soccer Workforce in 2019.

“Like all USFL coaches, Ray’s passion is helping players maximize their talents to become the best they can be,” stated Johnston. “Ray’s experience and expertise will help our players and assistant coaches succeed at the professional level, and I know he will bring an exciting brand of football to Pittsburgh Maulers fans.”

Horton lately interviewed with the USFL’s Coach Choice Committee, which included Johnston, former NFL head coach and present NBC Sports activities analyst Jason Garrett, NBC Sports activities government Jon Miller, and Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame normal supervisor Invoice Polian.

“Coach Horton left a great impression on everyone on the committee, so when Kirby Wilson informed the USFL that he was unexpectedly resigning, the first phone call we made was to Ray,” stated Johnston.

Horton replaces Wilson, who had been making ready for the upcoming USFL Season 2 till he knowledgeable league officers of his resolution.

“Due to personal reasons, it is with a heavy heart that I have resigned as head coach of the Pittsburgh Maulers,” stated Wilson. “I want to thank the USFL, Daryl Johnston and the football support staff, but especially my assistant coaches and players. I had a wonderful experience during the history-making first year of the USFL. I will be forever grateful and forever a fan of this professional league. Thank you for believing in me and for providing an opportunity!”

Johnston stated Wilson was an enormous purpose why the USFL is the primary main skilled spring soccer league in practically 40 years to finish a profitable inaugural season and return for a second 12 months.

“I think I speak for everyone in expressing sincere appreciation for Coach Wilson and everything he did to help the USFL complete a successful inaugural season,” stated Johnston. “More than the head coach of the Pittsburgh Maulers, he was a mentor for other players, coaches, and staff. Kirby Wilson will always have a special place in the history of our league.”

USFL Season 2 kicks off April 15, 2023.

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