Apollos round out coaching staff with new hires
The Apollos announced three new coaching hires today, and confirmed that Head Coach Steve Spurrier will be his own offensive coordinator.
“Now that we have our full coaching staff in place, it’s time for us to get to work towards bringing the city of Orlando a championship,” said Spurrier. “We will be hosting our first-ever mini camp this week preparing our players for the league-wide training camp in San Antonio in January with our first snap on February 9, 2019 against The Atlanta Legends.”
Coordinating the defense will be long-time NFL veteran and former Spurrier partner Bob Sanders. Sanders brings 39 years of coaching experience to the Apollos, including time as Spurrier’s defensive coordinator at both Duke and Florida. He also has 17 seasons as an NFL coordinator, most recently with the Arizona Cardinals.
Joining Sanders from Bruce Arians’ Arizona staff is Nick Rapone, defensive backs coach. Rapone is another veteran coach, bringing 41 years of experience to the Apollos. Rapone spent the 2018 collegiate season at Delaware, where he had previously coached from 2006 to 2012.
Rounding out the hires is Scott Spurrier as tight ends coach. Scott is the youngest son of Steve Spurrier, and has spent over a decade as the quality control coach at both South Carolina under his father and at USF the last two seasons.
While the announcement did not specifically state it, Spurrier will be his own offensive coordinator. The announcement states that the Apollos will not be hiring any more coaches, and given that an OC was never announced, that leaves Spurrier in the position by process of elimination.