XFL NY/NJ Hitmen Press Release 1
Press Release  1
NY/NJ Hitmen announce three offensive assistant coaches
Aides Have Extensive Experience in College and Professional Ranks

The XFL’s New York/New Jersey Hitmen today announced Ron Calcagni as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks and receivers coach and Edwin Bailey as offensive line coach. Both coaches will support Hitmen head coach Rusty Tillman.

If individual and team success is a measure of a good coach, then Calcagni, who most recently served as an assistant coach for defense and offense for No. 1 ranked Oklahoma University, certainly fits the bill. Calcagni served as a major assistant coach in the Division I-A level for more than 16 years. Calcagni mentored seven All-Americans, 1989 Heisman Trophy winner Andre Ware and 1990 Davey O’Brien Award winner David Klingler.

Calcagni has coached six receivers who led the nation in receptions and helped lead several teams to bowl games. During his playing career, he was a quarterback and three-year starter for the University of Arkansas (1976-1979), leading the Razorbacks to a stunning upset of Oklahoma in the 1978 Orange Bowl.

Calcagni played professional football for the Montreal Alouettes and Ottawa Roughriders and returned to Canada for one season as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks/running backs coach for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. In addition to Oklahoma, his coaching career has included stops at Arkansas State University, the University of Houston, the University of Tulsa and Oklahoma State University.

Bailey is no stranger to the mammoth athletes who will labor under his direction. As a four-year starter at offensive guard for South Carolina State University, he paved the way for the Bulldogs’ trio of Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championships and two Gold Bowl invitations.

Twice named first team NCAA Division 1-AA All America by the American Football Coaches Association, Bailey also earned all-conference accolades during his sophomore, junior and senior campaigns. A fifth round selection in the 1981 NFL Draft, Bailey played his entire 11-year career with the Seattle Seahawks (1981-92). He was a starter in all of Seattle’s postseason games and had a streak of 53-straight starts.

Prior to joining the Hitmen, Bailey was Director of Operations for the Midlands Marine Institute (1996-2000) in Columbia, SC, an alternative school for juvenile offenders. While at MMI, he was responsible for mentoring the students and coordinating student placement within the community.

A member of both the South Carolina State University and the Savannah (GA) Athletic Halls of Fame, Bailey served as a NFL scout with the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers following his professional playing career. He also spent time as an offensive line coach at his alma mater, Savannah State College.

“We’ve assembled some very bright minds who are innovators in offensive strategy,” said Tillman. “The Hitmen coaching staff will provide our players with top-notch instruction and our fans with an exciting and explosive attack that will be fun to watch.”


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