Hawaii football exes joining XFL in Texas

Former UH head coach June Jones (pictured with UH Circle of Honor member Don Murphy) is adding several coaches with Hawaii ties to his XFL staff. / Photo by Stephen Tsai

A month after being named GM/head coach of the XFL’s Houston franchise, June Jones is bringing aloha ball to the Lone Star State. Jones said he is adding these coaches with UH ties:

> John Estes: The former UH standout offensive lineman who played with the Jacksonville Jaguars will serve as Houston’s O-line coach. Estes spent a month coaching with Jones at Hamilton last year.

> Dan Morrison: The long-time coach will serve as an offensive assistant, a role he had under Jones at UH, SMU and the CFL.

> Tom Mason: Mason was Jones’ DC at SMU, and then served a year as UH’s DC under Norm Chow. Most recently, Mason was UTEP’s DC.

> Wes Suan: He was Jones’ running backs coach at UH and then at SMU. He will hold the same role with Houston.

Jones also said he is in discussions to hire former UH running back Michael Brewster as an intern/scout and Mel deLaura in the strength/conditioning department. DeLaura and Jones were teammates at UH. DeLaura then went on to become Jones’ S/C coordinator for football at UH and SMU. His nephew is Jayden deLaura, Saint Louis School’s starting quarterback.

The XFL’s inaugural season launches in February.


  1. iGrokSpock June 14, 2019 8:42 am

    JJ bringing the aloha to Texas.

  2. Da Punchbowl Kid June 14, 2019 12:02 pm

    Nice! Love JJ and his aloha for the islands. Good luck to the XFL Houston team! That’ll be something to watch in between UH’s and the Eagels’ seasons.

    That being said, I just couldn’t resist:

  3. Da Punchbowl Kid June 14, 2019 12:03 pm


  4. A-House June 14, 2019 12:10 pm


    i he ‘ya somebody wen spock you in Walmart not 2 long ah go!

  5. Stephen Tsai June 14, 2019 12:54 pm

    New post: https://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=49922

  6. Stephen Tsai June 15, 2019 10:07 am

    New post: https://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=49932

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