List of Famous Football Coaches People

List of Famous Football Coaches

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List of famous football coachs, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top football coachs in the world? This includes the most prominent football coachs, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable football coachs is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic football coachs were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned football coachs.

List is made up of people like Sammy Baugh and Knute Rockne.

From reputable, prominent, and well known football coachs to the lesser known football coachs of today, these are some of the best professionals in the football coach field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous football coachs ever?" and "What are the names of famous football coachs?" then you're in the right place. (653 items)


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    Gerald Arthur "Jerry" Sandusky is a retired American football coach and convicted serial child molester. Sandusky served as an assistant coach for his entire career, mostly at Pennsylvania State University under Joe Paterno. He received Assistant Coach of the Year awards in 1986 and 1999. Sandusky ...more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Washington, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: American Football coach, Coach
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    James Joseph "Jim" Harbaugh is the head football coach at the University of Michigan and a former quarterback. He played college football at Michigan and played in the National Football League for 14 seasons, from 1987 to 2000. Harbaugh has been a head coach since 2004. He coached at the University of ...more

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    • Age: age 52
    • Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: American Football coach, Coach, American football player
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    Michael Keller Ditka is a former American football player, coach, and television commentator. A member of both the College Football and Pro Football Hall of Fames, he was the 1961 UPI NFL Rookie of Year, a five-time Pro Bowl selection and five-time All-Pro tight end with the Chicago Bears, Philadelphia ...more

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    • Age: age 76
    • Birthplace: Carnegie, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: American Football coach, Coach, American football player
    • Credits: Kicking & Screaming, Monday Night Football, Monday Night Countdown, Sunday NFL Countdown, The NFL Today, + more
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    Joe Paterno
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    Joseph Vincent "Joe" Paterno, sometimes referred to as "JoePa", was an American college football player and coach who was the head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions from 1966 to 2011. With 409 victories, Paterno is the winningest coach in FBS history. His career ended with his dismissal from the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1926-2012)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: American Football coach, Coach, American football player
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    Andy Reid
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    Andrew Walter "Andy" Reid is a professional American football coach who is the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. Reid was previously the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, a post he held from 1999 to 2012. From 2001 to 2012, he was also the Eagles' executive vice ...more

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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: American Football coach, Coach, American football player
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    Marvin Daniel Levy is a former American and Canadian football coach, front office executive, and author. He served as head coach in the Canadian Football League for the Montreal Alouettes and in the National Football League for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills, coaching the Bills to four ...more

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    • Age: age 90
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: American Football coach, Businessperson, Coach, American football player
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    Robert Cleckler "Bobby" Bowden is a retired American football coach. He coached the Florida State Seminoles football team from the 1976 to 2009 seasons. During his time at Florida State, Bowden led FSU to an Associated Press and Coaches Poll National Title in 1993 and a BCS National Championship in ...more

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    • Age: age 86
    • Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America
    • Profession: American Football coach, Coach, American football player
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    Tony Dungy
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    Anthony Kevin "Tony" Dungy is a former professional American football player and coach in the National Football League. Dungy was head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1996 to 2001, and head coach of the Indianapolis Colts from 2002 to 2008. Dungy became the first African American head coach to ...more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Jackson, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Spokesperson, American Football coach, Author, Coach, Writer, + more
    • Credits: NBC Sunday Night Football, Football Night in America
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    Jon Gruden
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    Jon David Gruden is a former NFL head coach and current NFL analyst for ESPN. He was the head coach of the Oakland Raiders and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, winning Super Bowl XXXVII in his first year with the Buccaneers. At the time, Gruden was the youngest head coach ever to win a Super Bowl at age 39 ...more

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    • Age: age 52
    • Birthplace: Sandusky, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: American Football coach, Commentator, Coach, American football player
    • Credits: Monday Night Football, Draft Day
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    Woody Hayes
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    Wayne Woodrow "Woody" Hayes was an American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at Denison University, Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and Ohio State University, compiling a career college football record of 238 wins, 72 losses, and 10 ties. During his 28 seasons as the head coach ...more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1913-1987)
    • Birthplace: Clifton, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: American Football coach, Coach, American football player
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    Don Shula
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    Donald Francis "Don" Shula is a former American football cornerback and coach. He is best known as coach of the Miami Dolphins, the team he led to two Super Bowl victories, and to the only perfect season in the history of the National Football League. Shula was named 1993 Sportsman of the Year by Sports ...more

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    • Age: age 85
    • Birthplace: Grand River, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: American Football coach, Coach, American football player
    • Credits: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Football All Stars: Intimate Portraits: Vol. 4, Football All Stars: Intimate Portraits: Vol. 2, Football All Stars: Intimate Portraits: Vol. 5, Football All Stars: Intimate Portraits: Vol. 1, + more
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    Steve McMichael
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    Stephen Douglas "Steve" McMichael is a former American college and professional football player as a defensive tackle in the National Football League, a former commentator and then professional wrestler for World Championship Wrestling, and is currently the head coach of the Chicago Slaughter of the ...more

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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: American Football coach, Wrestler, American football player
    • Credits: WCW Monday Nitro, WCW WorldWide
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    Bill Belichick
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    William Stephen "Bill" Belichick is an American football head coach for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He also has extensive authority over the Patriots' football operations, effectively making him the team's general manager as well. Coaching continuously in various roles in ...more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America
    • Profession: American Football coach, American football player
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    Tom Osborne
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    Thomas William "Tom" Osborne is a former American football player, coach, college athletics administrator, and politician from Nebraska. He served as the head football coach at the University of Nebraska football team for 25 years, from 1973 to 1997. Osborne was one of the most successful coaches in ...more

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    • Age: age 78
    • Birthplace: Hastings, Nebraska, United States of America
    • Profession: American Football coach, Politician, Coach, American football player
    • Credits: Tom Osborne's Nebraska Cornhuskers, 1998 Orange Bowl National Championship Game, Successful Football Coaching: Tom Osborne: Practice, Organization & Game Strategies
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    Lane Kiffin
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    Lane Monte Kiffin is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the offensive coordinator at the University of Alabama. He formerly served as the offensive coordinator for the USC Trojans football team from 2005 to 2006, head coach of the National Football League's Oakland Raiders ...more

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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Minnesota, United States of America
    • Profession: American Football coach, Coach, American football player
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    Peter Clay "Pete" Carroll is the head coach and executive vice president of the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He is a former head coach of the New York Jets, the New England Patriots, and the University of Southern California Trojans. Carroll is one of only three football coaches who ...more

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    • Age: age 64
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
    • Profession: American Football coach, Coach, Athlete, American football player
    • Credits: 2009 Rose Bowl Game
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    Glenn Edward "Bo" Schembechler, Jr. was an American football player, coach, and athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at Miami University from 1963 to 1968 and at the University of Michigan from 1969 to 1989, compiling a career record of 234–65–8. Only Joe Paterno and Tom Osborne ...more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1929-2006)
    • Birthplace: Barberton, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: American Football coach, American football player
    • Credits: 1979 Rose Bowl Game, Great Gridiron Rivalries: Ohio State vs. Michigan, Michigan Football Memories
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    Knute Rockne
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    Knute Kenneth Rockne was a Norwegian-American football player and coach, both at the University of Notre Dame. He is regarded as one of the greatest coaches in college football history. His biography at the College Football Hall of Fame calls him "without question, American football's most-renowned ...more

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    • Age: Died at 43 (1888-1931)
    • Birthplace: Voss, Norway
    • Profession: American Football coach, Coach, American football player
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    Lou Holtz
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    Louis Leo "Lou" Holtz is a former college football analyst for ESPN as well as a former football coach. He served as the head football coach at The College of William & Mary, North Carolina State University, the University of Arkansas, the University of Minnesota, the University of Notre Dame, and the ...more

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    • Age: age 78
    • Birthplace: USA, West Virginia, Follansbee
    • Profession: American Football coach, Coach, Actor, American football player
    • Credits: The Blind Side, College Football Scoreboard, College Football Live, College GameDay (Football), College Football Final
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    George Michael "Mike" MacIntyre is an American football coach who is currently head coach at the University of Colorado Boulder. MacIntyre played college football at Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech and began his coaching career in 1990 as a graduate assistant at Georgia. From 1992 to 2002, MacIntyre held ...more

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    • Age: age 50
    • Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States of America
    • Profession: American Football coach
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