Gruden spent 2009 as offensive coordinator of the Florida Tuskers.
Gruden Won Two Arena Football League Championships with Orlando Sharks
Orlando, Fla. (Tuesday, February 9, 2010) – The United Football League (UFL) held a press conference at the Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando today, announcing that Jay Gruden has been named head coach of the Florida Tuskers. Gruden, brother of current Monday Night Football commentator and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden, was a winner of four Arena Football League championships as a quarterback for the Tampa Bay Storm and another pair as head coach of the Orlando Predators.
“Jay Gruden was the natural choice as the next head coach of the Florida Tuskers,” UFL Commissioner Huyghue said today. “Under Coach Gruden’s guidance (in 2009), the Tuskers’ offense led the league in all categories and helped secure the team a spot in the championship game midway through the season. Coach Gruden’s recent success on the field, coupled with his local appeal, bodes well for this Florida franchise moving forward.”
Gruden served as offensive coordinator of the Tuskers last season under head coach Jim Haslett, who was recently hired to be the defensive coordinator of the Washington Redskins.
“I am honored to take on the role of head coach of the Florida Tuskers and grateful to the UFL for this opportunity,” Gruden remarked. “Our first season was a great success. Coach Haslett created a solid foundation that the team can continue to build upon. I am proud of the way Orlando has embraced the Tuskers’ dedicated players and coaches, and I am excited to get to work preparing for season two.”
Also announced today at the press conference were some of the future plans of the UFL. Commissioner Huyghue stated that two new teams would be announced in the upcoming four weeks, bringing the total number in the league to six for 2010. No specific mention was given to the locations of the expansion clubs, but Huyghue did say the league plans to play in Texas this year. The most likely destination would be San Antonio.
It was also proclaimed that the focus for the upcoming year is to play more games on Fridays and Saturdays, as opposed to the regular Wednesday evening contests played during the inaugural season of the UFL in 2009. Planned is an 11-week season with each team playing 10 games, and the top two seeds at the conclusion of the regular season would meet in a championship game that will be played in a location that has yet to be determined.