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West Charlotte grad Pep Hamilton takes shot with LA Chargers
Returns to NFL sidelines after coaching in XFL
 
Published Wednesday, May 6, 2020 9:17 am
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

PHOTO | DC DEFENDERS
West Charlotte High and Howard graduate Pep Hamilton, who grew up in the Hidden Valley neighborhood, is the Los Angeles Chargers’ new quarterbacks coach.

West Charlotte High graduate Pep Hamilton is back in the NFL.


Hamilton, who most recently was head coach and general manager of the XFL’s DC Defenders, has been named quarterbacks coach of the Los Angeles Chargers. The XFL shuttered operations in March due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Hamilton, who played quarterback for the Lions and at Howard, moves into the position after Shane Steichen was promoted to offensive coordinator. Hamilton has extensive NFL experience, including assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach in Cleveland and offensive coordinator in Indianapolis.

One of his pupils will be first-round pick Justin Herbert who was drafted sixth overall. Tyrod Taylor has been pegged as the Chargers’ starter for 2020.

Hamilton, who landed his first full-time NFL coaching job in 2003 with the Jets, is no stranger to working with high-profile quarterbacks. He coached Andrew Luck at Stanford and the Colts, where Hamilton was on the staff from 2013-15 and twice won 11 games in a season. He spent the next two years on Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan staff at Michigan as assistant head coach and passing game coordinator before resigning to take the XFL job.

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