Alfonza "Pep" Hamilton is an NFL football coach who is the quarterbacks coach for the LA Charges..
Updated: Nov 10, 2020
Alfonza "Pep" Hamilton is an American football coach who is the quarterbacks coach for the Los Angeles Chargers. He was previously the head coach and general manager of the DC Defenders of the XFL. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina who graduated from West Charlotte High School, Hamilton played quarterback from 1993 to 1996 at Howard University. While at Howard, Hamilton earned the team's scholar-athlete award in 1995 and 1996. Hamilton started his coaching career at Howard University, where he served as the team's quarterbacks coach before becoming the team's offensive coordinator. Hamilton coached in the National Football League for the New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers before taking a position as quarterbacks coach for the Chicago Bears on March 5, 2007.In 2010, Hamilton was hired by the University of New Mexico Lobos after Tee Martin left for the Kentucky Wildcats and was named co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. However, after Ron Turner left Stanford for the Indianapolis Colts, Hamilton left New Mexico before the start of the season to be the wide receivers coach at Stanford. In 2011, he was promoted to offensive coordinator under new head coach David Shaw. In 2013, Hamilton was named as the new offensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts, after former OC Bruce Arians left to become the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. The move reunited Hamilton with former Stanford starting quarterback Andrew Luck, tight end Coby Fleener, and wide receiver Griff Whalen. Hamilton turned down an offer to become the offensive coordinator of the Virginia Tech Hokies, citing a desire to be reunited with his former protégé Andrew Luck. On December 30, 2014 the Oakland Raiders interviewed Hamilton concerning their coaching vacancy, but opted to hire Jack Del Rio. On November 3, 2015, the Colts fired Hamilton. In January 2016, Hamilton was named as the associate head coach and quarterbacks coach for the Cleveland Browns. In 2017, Hamilton was signed by the Wolverines to a four-year $4.25m contract. In February 2019, Hamilton joined the XFL's DC Defenders to be their head coach and general manager for the 2020 XFL season. In April 2020, Hamilton joined the Los Angeles Chargers to be their quarterbacks coach for the 2020 NFL season.