The XFL, set to relaunch in 2023, announced key football appointments and coaching staff for the league’s eight teams on June 9. Among the hires was a former Kansas City Chiefs coach.
Ron Zook was named Seattle’s defensive coordinator under head coach Jim Haslett.
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Zook’s stay in Kansas City was short-lived. He spent a season on the Chiefs coaching staff in 1999 as defensive backs coach. The Chiefs went 9-7 that season and finished second in the AFC West under head coach Gunther Cunningham, who spent two seasons as Kansas City head coach (1999-00).
After that season, he was hired as the defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints, a position he held for two seasons. From there he became the University of Florida head coach (2002-04), Illinois head coach (2005-11), assistant special teams coach (2014), and head special teams coach for the Green Bay Packers (2015-18) and senior analyst (2019-20 ) and special teams coordinator/assistant head coach for Maryland (2021), according to Pro Football History.
During his 11 combined years as head coach, Zook amassed a 99-76-1 record and a 7-6 playoff record.
In other Chiefs-related news, Brittany Mahomes, the wife of Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes, was recognized by Sports Business Journal for her work in women’s sports.
SBJ recognizes industry leaders as “Power Players” and describes Brittany Mahomes and KC Current co-owners Angie and Chris Long as “Power Players” in women’s sports.
“Private equity power couple Angie and Chris Long have teamed up with Mahomes, a former pro football player and wife of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, to bring women’s soccer back to Kansas City in 2020,” SBJ wrote. “The trio have moved quickly to put down roots for their new club. In addition to a $15 million training facility slated to open this year, The Current will soon break ground on a $117 million soccer-specific stadium, the first dedicated to an NWSL team was built on the riverfront in downtown Kansas City.”
Shortly after the KC Current Twitter account broke the news that Mahomes and the Longs were named “Power Players,” the team shared video of Current’s new 17,000-square-foot facility, which has two soccer fields directly behind the building .
The new facility is expected to open on April 22.
June 7th was the first day Whataburger opened its doors in Kansas City. This is thanks to Patrick Mahomes, who funded the opening of the first store in Kansas City.
Restaurant Business estimated the burger chain’s 2020 revenue at $2.7 billion and ranked Whataburger 26th on its list of the top 500 restaurants. Those numbers showed a 5.6% year-over-year change in sales and a 1.7% year-over-year increase in unit count.
Compared to some of the other top 25 chains on this list — with other chains’ negative sales and unit change numbers — Whataburger appears to be climbing the list.
This is just another example of how Mahomes continues to build the town he has called home since 2017.