Holmes CC assistant football coach finding success as player in the XFL


A Holmes Community College football assistant coach is having his own success as a player in the XFL.

Damion Willis, HCC wide receivers coach, has made the league’s playoffs with the Seattle Sea Dragons.

In 10 games played with the team this season, the Lauderdale County native has 18 receptions for 128 yards and 1 touchdown.

Prior to playing in the XFL, Willis played in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals, Jacksonville Jaguars, Denver Broncos, New York Giants, the Washington Football Team and the Pittsburgh Steelers

Willis played his college football at East Mississippi CC before finishing his career at Troy University.

Following his playing career, Willis was hired as wide receivers coach at Holmes CC in 2022 under first year head coach Marcus Wood, who coached Willis during his time at East Mississippi.

Willis and his Seattle Sea Dragons will face off against the DC Defenders this Sunday, April 30 in one of the XFL’s two semifinal playoff games.

The other game will pit the Arlington Renegades vs the Houston Roughneck Saturday, April 29.

Both of those games will be televised on ESPN2.


  1. Willie Branch
    Willie Branch
    April 25, 2023 at 10:19 AM

    Congratulations HCC and to you COACH I am a HCC grad 80/Retiree 2020 GHS after 30 years ENJOY your lIFE live everyday to the FULLEST Go SEADRAGONS

  2. Sabrina Wallace
    Sabrina Wallace
    April 29, 2023 at 12:01 PM

    Great job Cousin we love you


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