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REX DESVARISTES

Bishop McLaughlin athletic director Rex Desvaristes, left, welcomes the Hurricanes’ new head football coach, Ken Stills. A former NFL defensive back, Stills most recently had been the running back’s coach with the XFL’s Los Angeles Xtreme.

SHADY HILLS — Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School has announced the appointment of a new head football coach.

The Hurricanes have named former NFL safety and IMG Academy assistant coach Ken Stills as their new head coach, athletic director Rex Desvaristes announced Thursday afternoon.

Stills, the father of former University of Oklahoma and current Houston Texans’ wide receiver Kenny Stills, spent time in the National Football League from 1985 to 1990 with the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings.

Ken Stills, who played his college ball at Wisconsin, was selected in the eighth round and notched seven interceptions during his time in the NFL.

Stills is replacing Joe Vaughn, a onetime member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers coaching staff who was Bishop McLaughlin’s head coach during the 2019 season.

Stills is the second head football coaching hire for Desvaristes since he was named Bishop McLaughlin athletic director. Vaughn stepped away from the Hurricanes to spend more time with his family, Desvaristes said.

“We appreciate everything Coach Vaughn did for the program and wish him the best,” Desvaristes said. “We’re excited about bringing on Coach Stills to the program. We wanted to waste no time in bringing a new head coach on board.”

Prior to taking the job at Bishop McLaughlin, Stills was the running backs coach for the XFL’s Los Angeles Xtreme, the same job he had at IMG Academy, in Bradenton. Stills also has head coaching experience with the River City Rage of the United Indoor Football league, which operated from 2005 until 2008.