The Virginia Destroyers will begin play in 2011.
Joe Moglia to Serve as President and Head Coach of UFL Expansion Club
The United Football League (UFL) has announced the team name, logo and head coach for its expansion team that will play in Virginia, starting in 2011. The Virginia Destroyers will play a home slate of games at the Virginia Beach SportsPlex, with TD Ameritrade Chairman Joe Moglia leading the club as its president and head coach.
“We have and a new head coach who is a proven winner both on and off the field,” UFL Commissioner Michael Huyghue stated. “Joe Moglia and I first discussed the idea of Joe returning to coaching six months ago. It was immediately evident that he has a passion for the game, a belief that he will succeed and an impressive football knowledge that has evolved during his years away from the sidelines and with the Nebraska Cornhuskers. He will bring a unique perspective to the game that we believe will enable the Virginia Destroyers to be successful.”
Moglia, who won a pair of Ivy League Championships when he served as defensive coordinator at Dartmouth College, has spent the past two seasons as the Executive Advisor to head coach Bo Pelini at the University of Nebraska.
“Joe has been a great asset to our football program,” Pelini remarked. “Our entire football staff at Nebraska has learned a lot from him. He is a phenomenal person and leader, and a very driven person. People just take to Joe. He has a personality that people are drawn to, and I think that is part of the reason he has been so successful in everything he has done. Joe has sacrificed a lot to chase his dream of being a head coach, and I am happy for him that this opportunity has come along. He will be a great leader for that organization, and positive presence in the UFL.”
Firmly established as a successful businessman over the better of the past 20 years, Moglia plans to adapt his business background to his style as head coach.
“I am proud to be named the head coach of the Virginia Destroyers,” Moglia said. “That has been my goal and is where my heart, passion and skill sets lie. The head coach is your CEO. He is your leader of the program for players, fans and the community, and I have been doing that at a national and global level for the last two decades.”
Moglia will assume complete control as president beginning on January 1st, taking over for Ed Reynolds, who currently holds the position. He will operate the front office alongside General Manager Doug Williams, who quarterbacked the Washington Redskins to a Super Bowl XXII Championship in 1988.
“I have played under some great coaches and know that strong leadership and a winning mentality are qualities all head coaches must possess,” Williams commented. “Joe has clearly proven himself in those areas and will be an inspirational leader for the Virginia Destroyers.”
As a league, the UFL is currently among the home stretch of its sophomore campaign, wrapping up its regular season on Saturday, November 20th. The UFL Championship Game will be played between the top two ranked teams in the standings on Saturday, November 27th, at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska.