BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Birmingham’s new Alliance of American Football team has it’s new coach and he’s ready to win. Former NFL defensive back and longtime assistant coach Tim Lewis was named the AAF Birmingham franchise’s first head coach on Tuesday.
Lewis was a standout cornerback at the University of Pittsburgh from 1979-1982. In 1983, the Packers chose Lewis with the 11th overall selection in the NFL Draft. He played 52 games for the Packers, twice led or shared the team lead in interceptions and finished his career with 16 interceptions.
In 1995, Lewis joined the Pittsburgh Steelers staff as the defensive backs coach, a position he held for five years before being promoted to defensive coordinator. From 2004-2006, Lewis served as defensive coordinator of the New York Giants, helping guide the team to an NFC East title in 2005. He went on to hold secondary coach positions with the Panthers (2007-08), Seahawks (2009) and Falcons (2010-14).
Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin along with Alabama native Justin Tuck and others announced Lewis’ hiring Tuesday in Downtown Birmingham. Birmingham joins Atlanta, Memphis, Orlando, Salt Lake City, San Diego and Phoenix as the teams that make up the Alliance of American football which will debut in 2019.
The Alliance of American Football will feature 8 teams who will play a 10 week regular season schedule beginning in February followed by two playoff rounds and a championship game in April.