Alabama Native and Auburn Great “Cadillac” Williams Highlights Lewis’ Inaugural Coaching Staff.
Birmingham, Ala. – October 9, 2018 – The Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football have named its assistant coaches to join head coach Tim Lewis’ inaugural staff.
The Iron announced Steve Logan (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks), Carnell Williams (running backs), Dave Magazu (offensive line), Ray Rychleski (special teams/tight ends), Martin Bayless (secondary/assistant special teams) and Ray Hamilton (defensive line) to the coaching staff in the new professional football league. Steve Meyer (defensive assistant) will serve in a quality control coaching role.
“This is a great group of coaches to be part of the first coaching staff in Birmingham Iron history,” said Lewis. “They bring a tremendous amount of coaching experience at the NFL and collegiate level. Some of them have played at the highest level and enjoyed outstanding playing careers. We wanted our players to learn from the best and that’s what I believe we found in these Iron coaches.”
One of the highlights of Lewis’ first staff is Alabama native Carnell “Cadillac” Williams who starred at Auburn University after a tremendous high school career at Etowah High School in Attalla, Alabama.
Steve Logan, Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks
A 37-year coaching veteran in the NFL and at the collegiate level, Logan has enjoyed stops at Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Colorado, Mississippi State, East Carolina, Boston College at the collegiate level. He coached with Berlin and Rhein in NFL Europe and with Tampa Bay and San Francisco. Logan’s most recent stop was as quarterbacks coach for the 49ers in 2015. Logan has previously tutored three NFL-bound quarterbacks in the college ranks: Matt Ryan (Boston College), Jeff Blake (East Carolina) and David Garrard (East Carolina). He went 69-58 with five bowl appearances as East Carolina’s head coach from 1992-2002, and he was Boston College’s offensive coordinator in 2007-08.
Dave Magazu, Offensive Line
A 37-year NFL/NCAA coaching veteran, Magazu coached offensive line and tight ends in the NFL for 14 years. He spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons with the Chicago Bears. Magazu began his NFL coaching career with the Carolina Panthers as the tight ends coach from 2003-06 before taking over the offensive line in 2007. He coached in Carolina until 2010. He served as offensive line coach for the Denver Broncos from 2011-14 before moving on to the Bears. In 2009, Magazu’s offensive line paved the way for Panthers DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart to become the NFL’s first tandem to each rush for over 1,100 yards in a season. During his last stop with the Bears in 2016, rookie RB Jordan Howard rushed for a franchise record 1,313 yards and only six teams allowed fewer sacks. Magazu also coached at the collegiate level at Colorado State, Kentucky, Memphis and Boston College.
Carnell Williams, Running Backs
The overall fifth-pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2005 NFL draft out of Auburn University, Williams played six seasons for the Bucs and one season for the St. Louis Rams. He was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2005. Williams enjoyed a stellar collegiate career at Auburn, where he earned All-American honors and helped Auburn to one of the program’s best seasons in 2004 as the Tigers won an SEC Championship, Sugar Bowl and finished a perfect 13-0 on the way to a No. 2 national ranking. Williams finished his collegiate career with 3,831 yards on 741 attempts (5.2 yards per attempt) and 45 touchdowns, breaking a few all-time Auburn career records. A native of Alabama, Williams starred at Etowah High School ins Attalla, Alabama. Williams served as an offensive graduate assistant at the University of West Georgia for the 2016 season. Williams is now the running backs coach for the newly created IMG Blue football team at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
Ray Rychleski, Special Teams/Tight Ends
Rychleski coached special teams at Georgia Tech from 2014-15. He also worked as special-teams coordinator for the Montreal Alouettes in the CFL for the 2013 season. Rychleski was the special-teams coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts 2009-11, helping the team to the Super Bowl in his first season. He coached 28 years at the college level before the Colts job, including at Wake Forest (1993-2000), Maryland (2001-07) and South Carolina in 2008.
Martin Bayless, Secondary/Assistant Special Teams
Bayless enjoyed 13 playing seasons in the NFL as a cornerback and safety for the St. Louis Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs and Washington Redskins. After retiring from the NFL in 1998, he joined the Bills in the front office in 2000 before transitioning into coaching in 2002. Bayless has coached in NFL Europe with Barcelona and Amsterdam. He’s coached in the NFL with Carolina, Oakland, Houston, Minnesota, Denver and Arizona. From 2012-15, Bayless served as Regional Director of Player Affairs and Player Development for the NFLPA.
Ray Hamilton, Defensive Line
A long-time defensive line coach in the NFL, Hamilton has enjoyed stints with the New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars and most recently with the Atlanta Falcons from 2008-13. In 1995, Hamilton joined the Jets in his first stint with the team as the Defensive Line Coach. He guided defensive end Hugh Douglas, who was named the 1995 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. From 1993–94, Hamilton was a member of the Los Angeles Raiders where he developed Chester McGlockton and a defensive line that combined for 83 sacks in his two seasons with the Raiders. Hamilton, also called Ray “Sugar Bear” Hamilton, was an All Big 8 defensive tackle for the Oklahoma Sooners, being named to the first team in 1971 and 1972.
The Birmingham Iron will play home games at Legion Field. Fans looking to secure tickets early for the inaugural season can purchase season ticket seat deposits for $50 at BirminghamIron.com.