Coaches The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Coaches of All Time  

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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
Died at 82 (1932-2014) Charles Henry "Chuck" Noll was a professional American football player, assistant coach and head coach. His sole head coaching position was for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National ...more

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Bill Cowher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Coaches of All Time
age 61 William Laird "Bill" Cowher is a former professional American football coach and player in the National Football League. 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 46 Michael Pettaway "Mike" Tomlin is the current head coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the American Football Conference, succeeding Bill Cowher. Tomlin is the third youngest head ...more

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John McNally is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Coaches of All Time
Died at 82 (1903-1985) John Victor "Blood" McNally was an American football player and coach. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1963.

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Jock Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Coaches of All Time
Jock Sutherland Died at 59 (1889-1948) John Bain "Jock" Sutherland was an American football coach. He coached college football at Lafayette College and the University of Pittsburgh and professional football for the Brooklyn ...more

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Mike Nixon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Coaches of All Time
Died at 89 (1911-2000) Mike Nixon was an American football player, coach and scout who spent close to a half-century connected to the game. His most prominent positions were as head coach of the National Football ...more

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Buddy Parker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Coaches of All Time
Died at 69 (1913-1982) Raymond "Buddy" Parker was a football player and coach in the National Football League who served as head coach for three teams: the Chicago Cardinals, the Detroit Lions and the ...more

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Bert Bell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Coaches of All Time
Died at 64 (1895-1959) De Benneville "Bert" Bell was the National Football League commissioner from 1945 until his death in 1959. As commissioner, he introduced competitive parity into the NFL to improve the ...more

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Walt Kiesling is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Coaches of All Time
Died at 59 (1903-1962) Walter Andrew Kiesling was an American football player and coach.

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John Michelosen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Coaches of All Time
John Michelosen Died at 66 (1916-1982) John Michelosen was an American football coach with both college and professional teams, and an inductee into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

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Joe Bach is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Coaches of All Time
Joe Bach Died at 65 (1901-1966) Joseph Anthony Bach was one of Notre Dame's famed "Seven Mules" and later the head coach for the NFL's Pittsburgh Pirates and later the renamed Pittsburgh Steelers. As a senior at ...more

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Luby DiMeolo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Coaches of All Time
Luby DiMeolo Died at 63 (1903-1966) Albert A. "Luby" DiMeolo was an American football player and coach. He was the second ever head coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National Football League. He coached the Pirates ...more

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Aldo Donelli is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Coaches of All Time
Died at 87 (1907-1994) Aldo "Buff" Teo Donelli was an American football and soccer player. He is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

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Jim Leonard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Coaches of All Time
Died at 83 (1910-1993) James Raymond Leonard, Sr. was an American football running back in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles, as well as the head coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1945. ...more

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Bill Austin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Steelers Coaches of All Time
Died at 85 (1928-2013) William Lee Austin was an American football player and coach in the National Football League, having played for the New York Giants for seven seasons and served as head coach for both 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 Died at 74 (1905-1979) Forrest McCreery "Jap" Douds was an All-American football player at Washington and Jefferson College in suburban Washington, Pennsylvania, where he was selected as an All-American ...more