W&L Alum Moves Up in NFL Coaching Ranks


James Urban

In the week prior to the Super Bowl the Philadelphia Eagles announced that James Urban, a 1996 Washington and Lee alumnus, had been elevated to the team’s quarterback coach. Urban majored in English at W&L where he was a wide receiver on the Generals’ football team. He got a master’s degree in communications at Clarion State in Pennsylvania and has risen through the coaching ranks at a fairly good pace. Prior to being named quarterback coach, Urban was the Eagles’ offensive assistant/quality control coach. Who knows? A couple of more moves, and he could become the second NFL head coach from W&L. Walt Michaels, Class of 1951 and a Hall of Famer from the Gator Bowl era teams, was head coach of the New York Jets for six seasons beginning in 1977. Coincidentally, Urban, like Michaels, is a native Pennsylvanian. Michaels was from Swoyersville; Urban is from Mechanicsburg, about 120 miles south. At any rate, keep your eye on the Eagles’ quarterback (whoever it is) next season.

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