Oliver Luck has been named the newly-rebooted XFL’s commissioner and CEO, the league announced in a statement Tuesday.
Previously, Luck was the EVP of regulatory affairs and strategic partnerships for the NCAA, where he oversaw all regulatory functions including enforcement, academic and membership affairs, and the Eligibility Center.
“Oliver and I share the same vision and passion for reimagining the game of football,” said Vince McMahon, XFL founder and chairman in a statement. “His experience as both an athlete and executive will ensure the long-term success of the XFL.”
“Football has always been a constant in my life and I’m excited about the unique opportunity to present America’s favorite sport to fans in a new way,” Luck added. “The XFL will create first-class organizations that local cities across the country will be proud of.”
Prior to his work with NCAA, Luck spent four years as the director of athletics at West Virginia University. He was also the first president and general manager of Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo, and led the organization to two MLS Cup titles.
Additionally, Luck played in the NFL for the Houston Oilers from 1982-1986, and his son, Andrew Luck, is the quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts and was the first overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft.
The new XFL will begin playing in early 2020.