DC Defenders

XFL (2020) team based in Washington, D.C.

DC Defenders
Team logo
Established2018; 4 years ago (2018)
Based inWashington, D.C., U.S.
Home stadiumAudi Field
Head coachReggie Barlow
General managerReggie Barlow
Owner(s)Alpha Acquico, LLC[1]
ColorsRed, white[3]
Current sports event2023 DC Defenders season

The DC Defenders are a professional American football team based in Washington, D.C. The team was founded by Vince McMahon’s Alpha Entertainment and is an owned-and-operated member of the new XFL owned by Dwayne Johnson’s Alpha Acquico. The Defenders play their home games at Audi Field.


First ever XFL kickoff against the Seattle Dragons at Audi Field

Washington, D.C., joined Seattle, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, and Dallas as the XFL's inaugural cities. All teams have 40-man active rosters and play a 10-week season. Vince McMahon said "the game will feature simplified rules for a faster pace of the game that should complete in under three hours", and draws from former college and NFL players.[4]

On February 21, 2019, the team hired Pep Hamilton, who most recently was an assistant with the Michigan Wolverines football team, as their first head coach and general manager. Hamilton is an alumnus of Howard University and was familiar to XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck through Hamilton's work with Luck's son, a former NFL Quarterback, Andrew.[5] Hamilton was later hired by the Los Angeles Chargers and the Houston Texans as quarterbacks coach, leaving the position vacant.

On February 8, 2020, the Defenders won the first game in modern XFL history, defeating the Seattle Dragons by a score of 31–19.[6]

On February 15, 2020, the Defenders beat the New York Guardians by a score of 27–0, which was the first shutout in modern XFL history.

On July 24, 2022, the XFL announced that it would be relaunching in 2023 after a shortened 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Washington, DC was included in the cities planned to return in 2023 and Reggie Barlow was confirmed to be the new head coach.[7]

Market overview

The Baltimore–Washington area has a history of several teams in alternative professional football. The USFL had the Washington Federals (a mostly unsuccessful franchise) in its first two years. Then the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars moved from Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Byrd Stadium in College Park, Maryland, in 1985, winning the USFL's final championship. The Canadian Football League's Baltimore CFL Colts/Stallions were the only successful American team in the league during their two-year existence in the mid-1990s (and were the only American-based team to win the Grey Cup, the CFL's championship). Indoor teams to have played in Washington include the Washington Commandos and the Washington Valor (which folded two months before the Defenders' first game) of the Arena Football League, and the D.C. Armor of American Indoor Football Association, in addition to several teams based in Maryland.

Defenders fans have taken up a tradition of assembling beer snakes out of empty beer containers. The snake constructed at the March 8 game ended up spanning several rows, including a contribution from former Commissioner Oliver Luck.[8]


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Front office
  • Director of team operations – Stacie Johnson
  • Director of player personnel – Von Hutchins
Head coach
Offensive coaches
  • Offensive coordinator/running backs – Fred Kaiss
  • Wide Receivers - Alvance Robinson
  • Tight Ends - Cody Crills
  • Offensive Line - Russ Ehrenfeld

Defensive coaches
Team operations
  • Quality Control – Deion Harris
  • Athletic Trainer – Chris Lacsamana
  • Equipment Manager – VanDyke Jones
  • Video Manager – Caleb Studivant
East Division
West Division


  1. ^ Perry, Mark (August 3, 2020). "More Details On The Rock Purchase Of The XFL, How Many Bidders". XFL News Hub. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  2. ^ "FOX Sports announces 2020 XFL schedule". KMPH. January 7, 2020. Retrieved February 4, 2020.
  3. ^ "DC Defenders' uniforms, helmet". XFL.com (Press release). December 3, 2019. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  4. ^ KOMO Staff (5 December 2018). "Seattle chosen as one of 8 inaugural teams for new XFL football league". KOMO.
  5. ^ "Pep Hamilton is reportedly heading to the XFL". 8 February 2019.
  6. ^ "XFL scores Week 1: Final results, highlights from Saturday's games". www.sportingnews.com. Retrieved 2020-02-10.
  7. ^ Cadeaux, Ethan (24 July 2022). "XFL to return to Washington, D.C. for 2023 relaunch". NBC Sports. Retrieved 25 July 2022.
  8. ^ Lincoln, Darrelle (March 8, 2020). "DC Defenders fans might've created the biggestbeer snake in history during game at Audi Field". Total Pro Sports. Retrieved March 8, 2020.

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