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The Best New York Giants Coaches of All Time 

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Updated June 14, 2019 2.4k votes 801 voters 17.9k views 18 items

There have been many New York Giants coaches since the team got its start, but who is truly the best New York Giants coach of all time? Help us answer that question by upvoting your personal favorite coaches, and downvoting any that you believe brought the team down.

If you follow football, you know that current Giants head coach Tom Coughlin has been a blessing to the franchise. He led the team to two Super Bowl victories from 2007-2011, both of which were wins against the expected winners the New England Patriots. As great as Coughlin is, longtime Giants fan also have a soft spot for the legendary Bill Parcells. Coach Parcells was head coach of the Giants from 1983-1990, and also led the team to two Super Bowl victories. In fact, both Coughlin and Parcells currently hold a lifetime 8-3 record in the playoffs, making it hard to put one over the other.

Who is the greatest New York Giants 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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Tom Coughlin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New York Giants Coaches of All Time
Age: 73

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Waterloo, New York

Teams: Syracuse Orange football

Thomas Richard Coughlin (; born August 31, 1946) is the executive vice president of football operations for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He was the head coach ...more

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Bill Parcells is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New York Giants Coaches of All Time
Bill Parcells Age: 78

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Englewood, New Jersey

Duane Charles "Bill" Parcells (born August 22, 1941), also known as "The Big Tuna", is an American former football coach who was a head coach in the National Football League ...more
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Steve Owen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New York Giants Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 66 (1898-1964)

Nationality: Canada, United States of America

Birthplace: Cleo Springs, Oklahoma

Stephen Joseph Owen (April 21, 1898 – May 17, 1964) was an American football player and coach. He earned a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as head coach of the National Football League's ...more
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Jim Fassel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New York Giants Coaches of All Time
Age: 70

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Anaheim, California

Teams: The Hawaiians

James Edward Fassel (born August 31, 1949) is a former American football coach. He was the head coach of the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL) from 1997 to 2003. He has ...more
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Dan Reeves is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New York Giants Coaches of All Time
Dan Reeves Age: 75

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Rome, Georgia

Teams: Dallas Cowboys

Daniel Edward Reeves (born January 19, 1944) is a former American football running back and coach in the National Football League (NFL). Over the course of his 38 years in the NFL, Reeves ...more

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Allie Sherman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New York Giants Coaches of All Time
Age: 96

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Alex "Allie" Sherman (February 10, 1923 – January 3, 2015) was an American football player and coach who played 51 games in six seasons in the National Football League (NFL) as a ...more

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Jim Lee Howell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New York Giants Coaches of All Time
Jim Lee Howell Dec. at 81 (1914-1995)

Birthplace: Lonoke, Arkansas

James Lee Howell (September 27, 1914 – January 4, 1995) was an American football player and coach for the National Football League's New York Giants. Howell was born in Arkansas and played ...more
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Alex Webster is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New York Giants Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 81 (1931-2012)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Kearny, New Jersey

Alexander "Red" Webster (April 19, 1931 – March 3, 2012) was an American football fullback and halfback in the National Football League for the New York Giants. He was also the head ...more
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Benny Friedman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New York Giants Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 77 (1905-1982)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio

Benjamin Friedman (March 18, 1905 – November 24, 1982) was an American football player and coach, and athletic administrator. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Friedman played college football as a ...more

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Earl Potteiger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New York Giants Coaches of All Time
Earl Potteiger Dec. at 66 (1893-1959)

Birthplace: Pottstown, Pennsylvania

William Earl Potteiger (February 11, 1893 – April 7, 1959) was an American football, baseball, and basketball player and coach. He played professionally in both baseball and football and coached ...more
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Joe Alexander is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New York Giants Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 77 (1898-1975)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Silver Creek, New York

Joseph A. "Doc" Alexander (April 1, 1897 – September 12, 1975) was an American football player, who played center, tackle, guard, and end, and coach in the National Football ...more
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Ray Perkins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New York Giants Coaches of All Time
Age: 78

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Petal, Mississippi

Walter Ray Perkins (born December 6, 1941) is an American football coach and former player. He most recently was the head football coach at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Mississippi ...more
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Ben McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New York Giants Coaches of All Time
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Birthplace: Homer City, Pennsylvania

Benjamin Lee McAdoo (born July 9, 1977) is an American football coach. He was head coach of the New York Giants in 2016 and 2017, after serving as offensive coordinator the previous two years ...more
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Ray Handley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New York Giants Coaches of All Time
Ray Handley Age: 75
Robert R. "Ray" Handley (born October 8, 1944) is a former American football player and coach who is best remembered for his stormy two seasons as head coach of the National Football ...more
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Bill Arnsparger is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New York Giants Coaches of All Time
Age: 93

Birthplace: Paris, Kentucky

William Stephen Arnsparger (December 16, 1926 – July 17, 2015) was an American college and professional football coach. He was born and raised in Paris, Kentucky, served in the United States ...more
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John McVay is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New York Giants Coaches of All Time
Age: 88

Birthplace: Ohio

John Edward McVay (born January 5, 1931) is a former American football coach who rose through the coaching ranks from high school, through the college level, and to the National Football League ...more
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Bob Folwell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New York Giants Coaches of All Time
Bob Folwell Dec. at 43 (1885-1928)

Birthplace: Mullica Hill, New Jersey

Robert Cook Folwell Jr. (February 17, 1885 – January 8, 1928) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at Lafayette College (1909–1911), Washington & Jefferson ...more
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LeRoy Andrews is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New York Giants Coaches of All Time
LeRoy Andrews
LeRoy B. Andrews, or commonly Roy Andrews, (born June 27, 1896) was an American football player and coach. He played college football at Pittsburg State University. In 1923, he played for the ...more