Former Edmonton Eskimos and Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Ray Jauch was chosen to serve as the first head coach of the Washington Federals.
In the CFL, Jauch had reached the league playoffs 10 times in 13 season, winning the 1975 Grey Cup with the Eskimos.
His career record in the CFL before joining the Federals was 117-85-4.
Jauch would last all of 19 games at the helm of the Feds, being fired after the team was humiliated by the expansion Jacksonville Bulls in their 1984 season opener, 53-14.
Dick Bielski, the team's offensive coordinator, took the reins from Jauch and coached the team the rest of the way in 1984, going 3-14-0.
When the Federals moved to Orlando for 1985, new owner Donald Dizney brought in Lee Corso as the team's head coach.
Former NFL running back Terry Metcalf was brought onto the Federals staff as the Director of the Washington Federals Foundation.
The Federals were aligned in the USFL's Atlantic Division in 1983, along with the Boston Breakers, New Jersey Generals, and Philadelphia Stars.
In 1984 the Breakers were replaced in the division with the Pittsburgh Maulers, but otherwise the alignment remained unchanged.
The Feds traded away two players who would appear in the inaugural USFL Championship Game:  DB Mike Lush, who was sent to the Philadelphia Stars on August 30, 1982, and LB John Corker, who the Feds dealt for the Michigan Panthers 5th round draft choice on December 16, 1982.
A demonstration of owner Berl Bernhard's desire to keep costs to a minimum, when on the road to play the Stars in Philadelphia, the Feds stayed at the Quality Inn Airport rather than more expensive digs.  When in Detroit to play the Michigan Panthers, the team stayed at the Somerset Ramada Inn.
The sale of the Washington Federals to Donald Dizney was formally closed on October 12, 1984.

Player Name Pos. College/University 1983 1984
Apuna, Ben LB Arizona State - X
Bacon, Coy DE Jackson State X -
Barber, Robert DE Grambling X -
Baxley, Ed LB South Carolina X -
Bledsoe, Curtis RB San Diego State - X
Brown, Gurnest DT Maryland - X
Brown, Jeff DB Liberty Baptist X X
Burke, Randy WR Kentucky - X
Burrell, Don DB Mississippi State X -
Butler, Greg DB Howard X -
Byrom, Bruce C Maryland X -
Castro, Dale K Maryland X -
Chisley, Charles WR University of D.C. - X
Claitt, Rickey RB Bethune-Cookman - X
Cobb, Robert DE Arizona - X
Collier, Reggie QB Southern Mississippi - X
Corvino, Mike LB Maryland X X
Dailey, Darnell LB Maryland - X
Diggs, Bubba TE Clemson X -
Donnalley, Kevin DB North Dakota State - X
Estay, Ron DT Louisiana State X X
Farr, James G Clemson - X
Fisher, Mike WR Baylor - X
Forslund, Mike QB-P Liberty Baptist X -
Fulton, Ed G Maryland - X
Giammona, Louie RB Utah State X -
Gilliam, Joe QB Tennessee State X -
Greene, Doug DB Texas A&I X -
Guess, Mike DB Ohio Stae X X
Hardeman, Buddy RB Iowa State X -
Harman, Vaughn T Towson State X -
Harris, Joe LB Georgia Tech X -
Harris, Lonnie WR North Carolina A&T - X
Harris, Mike WR Purdue X X
Hines, Joe LB Texas Christian - X
Hohensee, Mike QB Minnesota X X
Holley, Willie DB East Carolina X X
Holmes, Mike WR Texas Southern X -
Horton, Myke G UCLA X -
Hurst, Mike DB Cincinnati X -
Jackson, Ed DT Maryland-Eastern Shore - X
Jackson, Victor DB Bowie State - X
James, Craig RB Southern Methodist X X
Jones, Greg DB Alcorn State - X
Kellin, Kevin DE Minnesota - X
Kinney, Vince WR Maryland X -
Lloyd, Dan G Arizona State X -
Loia, Tony G Arizona State X X
Mayberry, James RB Colorado X -
McIntyre, Jeff LB Arizona State X -
McQuilken, Kim QB Lehigh X -
Moore, Dana P Mississippi State X X
Muller, Mike LB Maryland - X
Musselman, Brian C Virginia X X
Pacella, Dave T Maryland X X
Pagley, Lou QB Notre Dame - X
Patten, Joel T Duke X X
Porter, Greg K Texas Christian - X
Postell, Jeff WR Morehouse College X -
Randolph, Harold LB East Carolina - X
Robinson, Eric RB Indiana State X X
Rogusky, Vince TE Lehigh X -
Samuels, Tony TE Bethune-Cookman X -
Sevy, Jeff T California X X
Slaughter, Chuck G-T South Carolina - X
Simmons, Ricky WR Nebraska - X
Smith, Bennie DT Missouri X X
Smith, Reggie WR North Carolina Central X -
Suber, Tony DT Gardner-Webb X -
Sullivan, Dave T Virginia - X
Taylor, Billy RB Texas Tech X X
Taylor, Drew DE San Jose State X -
Taylor, Greg WR Virginia - X
Tharpe, Richard DE Louisville - X
Thurman, Mike DB James Madison - X
Triplett, Danny LB Clemson - X
Walters, Joey WR Clemson X X
West, Bernard LB North Texas State - X
Wilson, Mike G Dayton X -
Woods, Harold DB West Virginia - X
Wright, Johnnie RB South Carolina - X

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