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Kay Stephenson, a former coach of the Buffalo Bills, was named head coach Thursday of the Sacramento Surge of the World League of American Football.

Stephenson, 46, was the youngest coach in the National Football League when named by the Bills in 1983. He was fired after suffering through a 2-14 season in 1984.

Since then, he has been in the real estate business in Pensacola, Fla. He was a finalist for the University of Florida coaching job last year but was beaten out by Steve Spurrier.

The appointment was announced by Surge General Manager Mike Keller.

Stephenson, a University of Florida product, had a brief career as a player with the San Diego Chargers and the Buffalo Bills. He was an assistant coach at Rice in 1971.

He was offensive coordinator and director of player personnel with the Jacksonville Sharks of the short-lived World Football League in 1974. He was also quarterbacks coach with the Los Angeles Rams in 1977 before moving to the Bills.

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