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The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Coaches of All Time 

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Updated June 14, 2019 3.5k votes 1.3k voters 47.1k views 16 items

Throughout their time as a football franchise, the Pittsburgh Steelers have had a variety of coaches, but who is the best Pittsburgh Steelers head coach of all time? We want you to help us answer that question by voting for your favorite Pittsburgh Steelers coaches, keeping stats like Super Bowl wins and playoff runs in mind.

You'd be hard pressed to find a Steelers fan who doesn't think that Chuck Noll is the greatest Steelers head coach of all time. He coached the Steelers from 1969-1991, one of only four men to coach a team for 23 years or more. Noll won four Super Bowl Championships with the Steelers, tied with Bill Belichick for most Super Bowl wins. Two other coaches have given Pittsburgh a championship; Bill Cowher and current head coach Mike Tomlin.

If the Pittsburgh Steelers had a best of all time team, who would coach it? Vote for your favorites below, even if the coach never won a championship with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Chuck Noll is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Coaches of All Time
Chuck Noll Dec. at 82 (1932-2014)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America

Teams: Cleveland Browns

Charles Henry Noll (January 5, 1932 – June 13, 2014) was an American professional football player, assistant coach and head coach. His sole head coaching position was for the Pittsburgh Steelers ...more

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Bill Cowher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Coaches of All Time
Age: 62

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Crafton, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Teams: Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns, NC State Wolfpack football

William Laird Cowher (born May 8, 1957) is a former professional American football coach and player in the National Football League (NFL). In Cowher's 15 seasons as head coach of the Pittsburgh ...more
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Mike Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Coaches of All Time
Age: 47

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Hampton, Virginia, United States of America

Teams: William & Mary Tribe football

Michael Pettaway Tomlin (born March 15, 1972) is an American football coach who is the 16th head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL), having led the team since ...more
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John McNally is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1903-1985)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: New Richmond, Wisconsin

John McNally may refer to:
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Jock Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Coaches of All Time
Jock Sutherland Dec. at 59 (1889-1948)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Coupar Angus, United Kingdom

John Bain "Jock" Sutherland (March 21, 1889 – April 11, 1948) was an American football player and coach. He coached college football at Lafayette College (1919–1923) and the University ...more
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Buddy Parker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 69 (1913-1982)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Slaton, Texas

Raymond "Buddy" Parker (December 16, 1913 – March 22, 1982) was a football player and coach in the National Football League who served as head coach for three teams: the Chicago ...more
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Mike Nixon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 89 (1911-2000)

Birthplace: Masontown, Pennsylvania

Michael Regis Nixon (November 21, 1911 – September 22, 2000) was an American football player, coach and scout who spent close to a half-century connected to the game. His most prominent ...more
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Bert Bell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 64 (1895-1959)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

De Benneville "Bert" Bell (February 25, 1895 – October 11, 1959) was the National Football League (NFL) commissioner from 1945 until his death in 1959. As commissioner, he introduced ...more
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Joe Bach is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Coaches of All Time
Joe Bach Dec. at 65 (1901-1966)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Tower, Minnesota

Joseph Anthony Bach (January 17, 1901 – October 24, 1966) was one of Notre Dame's famed "Seven Mules" and later the head coach for the NFL's Pittsburgh Pirates (1935–36) and later the ...more
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Walt Kiesling is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 59 (1903-1962)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota

Walter Andrew Kiesling (May 27, 1903 – March 2, 1962) was an American football guard and tackle who spent 36 years as a player, coach, and aide with National Football League (NFL) teams. He was ...more
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John Michelosen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Coaches of All Time
John Michelosen Dec. at 66 (1916-1982)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Ambridge, Pennsylvania

John Michelosen (February 13, 1916 – October 17, 1982) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL) ...more
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Jim Leonard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 83 (1910-1993)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Auburn, New Jersey

James Raymond Leonard Sr. (February 14, 1910 – November 28, 1993) was an American football running back in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles, as well as the head coach for ...more
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Aldo Donelli is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 87 (1907-1994)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Morgan Township, Pennsylvania

Aldo Teo "Buff" Donelli (July 22, 1907 – August 9, 1994) was an American football player and coach, soccer player, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football ...more
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Bill Austin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 85 (1928-2013)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: San Pedro, Los Angeles, California

William, Bill or Billy Austin may refer to:
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Luby DiMeolo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Coaches of All Time
Luby DiMeolo Dec. at 63 (1903-1966)

Birthplace: Youngstown, Ohio

Albert A. "Luby" DiMeolo (October 27, 1903 – June 17, 1966) was an American football player and coach. He was the second ever head coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates (later renamed the ...more
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Forrest Douds is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Coaches of All Time
Forrest Douds Dec. at 74 (1905-1979)

Birthplace: Rochester, Pennsylvania

Forrest McCreery "Jap" Douds (April 21, 1905 – August 16, 1979) was an All-American football player at Washington and Jefferson College in suburban Washington, Pennsylvania, where he ...more