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The Best Indianapolis Colts Coaches of All Time 

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Updated June 14, 2019 1.6k votes 423 voters 14.8k views 21 items

Since the team's start in Baltimore, the Colts have had a ton of great coaches. That being said, who is truly the best Indianapolis Colts coach of all time? Help us answer that question by upvoting your personal favorite Indianapolis Colts head coaches, and downvoting any that you believe brought the team down.

Baltimore Colts coach Don McCafferty led the franchise to a Super Bowl victory in 1970, narrowly defeating the Dallas Cowboys by a score of 16-13. As a Colts coach McCafferty's record was 22-10 in the regular season, which was good but nothing compared to Don Shula's 71-23 record as Colts coach from 1963-1969.

Modern day Colts coaches include names like Tony Dungy, Jim Mora (Playoffs?) and Jim Caldwell. Who is the greatest Indianapolis Colts coach of all time? Let us know by upvoting for your favorite head coaches below that you believe really made an impact on the franchise.
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Tony Dungy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts Coaches of All Time
Age: 64

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Jackson, Michigan, USA

Teams: San Francisco 49ers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Minnesota Golden Gophers football

Anthony Kevin Dungy ( DUN-jee; born October 6, 1955) is a former professional American football player and coach in the National Football League (NFL). Dungy was head coach of the Tampa Bay ...more

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Don Shula is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts Coaches of All Time
Age: 89

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Grand River, Ohio, USA

Teams: Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Colts

Donald Francis Shula (January 4, 1930 – May 4, 2020)) was an American former professional football coach and player who is best known as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins, the team he led to ...more
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Bruce Arians is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts Coaches of All Time
Age: 67

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey

Bruce Charles Arians (born October 3, 1952) is an American football coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL) and a former player. He was the head coach of the ...more
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Ted Marchibroda is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts Coaches of All Time
Age: 88

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Franklin, Pennsylvania

Theodore Joseph "Ted" Marchibroda (March 15, 1931 – January 16, 2016) was an American football quarterback and head coach in the National Football League (NFL). He spent his four years ...more
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Weeb Ewbank is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 91 (1907-1998)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Richmond, Wayne Township, Indiana

Wilbur Charles "Weeb" Ewbank (May 6, 1907 – November 17, 1998) was an American professional football coach. He led the Baltimore Colts to NFL championships in 1958 and 1959 and the New ...more
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Jim E. Mora is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts Coaches of All Time
Age: 84

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Glendale, California

Teams: Occidental Tigers Football

James Earnest Mora (born May 24, 1935) is a former American football coach who was the head coach of the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). His ...more
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Frank Reich is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts Coaches of All Time
andrewwruan added Age: 58

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Freeport, New York

Frank Michael Reich Jr. (rye-k) (born December 4, 1961) is an American football coach and former player who is the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). ...more
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Don McCafferty is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts Coaches of All Time
Don McCafferty Dec. at 53 (1921-1974)

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio

Donald William McCafferty (March 12, 1921 – July 28, 1974) was an American football player and coach who, in his first year as head coach of the Baltimore Colts, led the team to a victory in ...more
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Chuck Pagano is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts Coaches of All Time
Age: 59

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Boulder, Colorado

Charles David Pagano (born October 2, 1960) is an American football coach and former player who is currently the defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). ...more
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Jim Caldwell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts Coaches of All Time
Age: 64

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Beloit, Wisconsin

James Caldwell (born January 16, 1955) is an American football coach and former player who is currently the assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach for the Miami Dolphins of the National ...more
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Ron Meyer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts Coaches of All Time
Age: 78

Nationality: Canada

Birthplace: Miami Beach, Florida

Ron Meyer (February 17, 1941 – December 5, 2017) was an American college and professional football coach. He is best known for having been the head coach of Southern Methodist University, the ...more
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Howard Schnellenberger ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts Coaches of All Time
Age: 85

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: St. Meinrad, Harrison Township, USA, Indiana

Teams: Kentucky Wildcats football

Howard Leslie Schnellenberger (born March 16, 1934) is a retired American football coach with long service at both the professional and college levels. He held head coaching positions with the ...more
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Frank Kush is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts Coaches of All Time
Age: 90

Nationality: Canada, United States of America

Birthplace: Windber, Pennsylvania

Frank Joseph Kush (January 20, 1929 – June 22, 2017) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at Arizona State University from 1958 to 1979, compiling a record of ...more
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Lindy Infante is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts Coaches of All Time
Age: 79

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Miami, Florida

Gelindo "Lindy" Infante (March 27, 1940 – October 8, 2015), was an American college football player and assistant coach, who became an offensive coordinator and head coach in both the ...more
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John Sandusky is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 81 (1925-2006)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

John Thomas "Sandy" Sandusky, Jr. (December 28, 1925 – March 5, 2006) was an American football player and coach. He played seven seasons as an offensive and defensive tackle in the ...more
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Mike McCormack is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 83 (1930-2013)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Michael Joseph McCormack (June 21, 1930 – November 15, 2013) was an American football player and coach in the National Football League (NFL). He played with the Cleveland Browns from 1954 ...more
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Rick Venturi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts Coaches of All Time
Age: 73

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Taylorville, Illinois

Rick Venturi (born February 23, 1946) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at Northwestern University and as longtime National Football League assistant ...more
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Rod Dowhower is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts Coaches of All Time
Rod Dowhower Age: 76

Birthplace: Ord, Nebraska

Rodney Douglas Dowhower (born April 15, 1943) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Stanford University in 1979 and at Vanderbilt University ...more
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Keith Molesworth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts Coaches of All Time
Keith Molesworth Dec. at 61 (1905-1966)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Washington, Iowa

Keith Frank Molesworth (October 20, 1905 – March 12, 1966) was an American football player and coach. He also played and managed in minor league baseball.
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Joe Thomas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts Coaches of All Time
Age: 35

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Brookfield, Wisconsin

Teams: Cleveland Browns, Wisconsin Badgers football

Joseph Hayden Thomas (born December 4, 1984) is a retired American football offensive tackle who played his entire 11-season professional career for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football ...more

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Hal Hunter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Indianapolis Colts Coaches of All Time
Hal Hunter Age: 60

Birthplace: Canonsburg, Pennsylvania

Hal Hunter may refer to: Hal Hunter (fullback), American football player Hal Hunter (American football, born 1932) (1932–2014), American football coach Hal Hunter (American football, born 1959), ...more