Who Is John DeFilippo? UFL’s Memphis Showboats Head Coach in 2024

The UFL's inaugural season is underway, and John DeFilippo will return to spring football as the head coach of the Memphis Showboats.

Former NFL coach John DeFilippo will return to spring football as he takes the reins in  Memphis as the head coach of the Showboats in the UFL‘s inaugural season.

What is DeFlilippo’s prior coaching experience?

John DeFilippo To Lead Memphis Showboats in UFL

DeFilippo was named head coach of the Showboats before the 2024 season, after serving as head coach of the USFL’s New Orleans Breakers in 2023.

DeFilippo led the Breakers to a 7-3 record and a berth in the USFL South Division Championship game in 2023. His offense led the league in passing yards, and the defense ranked first in scoring.

Working for eight different teams over 15 seasons, DeFilippo has extensive NFL experience. He has served as offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, and Jacksonville Jaguars.

In 2017, he was the quarterbacks coach for the Philadelphia Eagles in a Super Bowl-winning season where he guided Carson Wentz to a single-season franchise record 33 touchdowns. After Wentz was lost to an injury, DeFilippo mentored Nick Foles, who threw for 971 yards and six touchdowns in three postseason games and earned Super Bowl MVP honors.

During his time in Jacksonville, DeFilippo’s offense had a 1,000-yard receiver and rusher for the first time since 2004, while Gardner Minshew earned NFL Rookie of the Week honors seven times in 12 starts.

Under DeFilippo, Kirk Cousins became the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for 4,000 yards, throw for 30+ touchdowns with less than 10 interceptions, and complete 70% of his passes.

As for college coaching experience, DeFilippo most recently served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at San Jose State in 2010 and 2011.

DeFilippo began his coaching career in 2000 as the quarterbacks coach at Fordham. After spending two seasons as a graduate assistant at Notre Dame, he was the quarterbacks coach at Columbia in 2003 and 2004, before earning his first NFL position as a quality control coach with the New York Giants.

DeFilippo played quarterback at James Madison, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communications with a concentration in public relations. During his time at JMU, he was already preparing for a career in football, serving as a summer intern with the Carolina Panthers in 1997 and the Indianapolis Colts in 1998.

Daryl Johnston, former Dallas Cowboys and current vice president of football operations for the United Football League, offered DeFilippo the position in Memphis back in January.

“I was on aisle six in Publix with my three-year-old daughter at the grocery store,” DeFilippo said. “He called me and said, ‘Hey, I apologize, but the New Orleans Breakers are no longer, but we’d love for you to come coach the Memphis Showboats.'”

DeFilippo immediately accepted and looks forward to the challenge.

“You want to keep getting better and better every year and establish trust with your players,” he said. “I’ve been fortunate to be on some really, really good teams in the 2017 Eagles — we won the Super Bowl — and I’ve been on some teams where we’ve won three games. So, your mental toughness gets challenged in both good times and bad.”

The Showboats open their season against the Houston Roughnecks on March 31 at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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