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The Best San Diego Chargers Coaches of All Time 

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Updated June 17, 2019 1.4k votes 324 voters 7.8k views 16 items

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

Although the Chargers have never won a Super Bowl, they have still had some great coaches. From 2007-2012, Coach Norv Turner brought the Chargers to a handful of playoff appearances with some strong showings,but unfortunately the team just couldn't get it done. Coach Bobby Ross (1992-1996) is well respected in San Diego as well, with a 47-33 regular season record and a handful of playoff berths.

If the San Diego Chargers 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 Chargers.

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Marty Schottenheimer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best San Diego Chargers Coaches of All Time
Age: 76

Nationality: United States of America, Germany

Birthplace: McDonald, Pennsylvania

Teams: New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Boston Patriots

Martin Edward Schottenheimer (; born September 23, 1943) is a former professional American football player and coach who served as a head coach in the National Football League (NFL) for 21 ...more
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Sid Gillman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best San Diego Chargers Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 92 (1911-2003)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

Sidney Gillman (October 26, 1911 – January 3, 2003) was an American football player, coach and executive. Gillman's insistence on stretching the football field by throwing deep downfield passes, ...more
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Don Coryell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best San Diego Chargers Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 86 (1924-2010)

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington

Donald David Coryell (October 17, 1924 – July 1, 2010) was an American football coach, who coached in the National Football League (NFL) first with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1973 to 1977 and ...more
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Al Saunders is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best San Diego Chargers Coaches of All Time
Age: 72

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Alan Keith Saunders (born February 1, 1947) is an American football coach who most recently served as the senior offensive assistant for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League
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Bobby Ross is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best San Diego Chargers Coaches of All Time
Age: 83

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia

Robert Joseph Ross (born December 23, 1936) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at The Citadel (1973–1977), the University of Maryland, College ...more
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Anthony Lynn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best San Diego Chargers Coaches of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Age: 51

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: McKinney, Texas

Anthony Ray Lynn (born December 21, 1968) is an American football coach and former running back who is the current head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). ...more
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Norv Turner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best San Diego Chargers Coaches of All Time
Age: 67

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

Norvan Eugene Turner (born May 17, 1952) is an American football coach who is currently the offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. Turner has also ...more
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Mike McCoy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best San Diego Chargers Coaches of All Time
Age: 47

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Novato, California

Michael P. McCoy (born April 1, 1972) is a former American football coach and player. He has previously spent time as quarterbacks coach for the Carolina Panthers, the offensive coordinator of ...more
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Mike Riley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best San Diego Chargers Coaches of All Time
Age: 66

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Wallace, Idaho

Teams: Alabama Crimson Tide Football

Michael Joseph Riley (born July 6, 1953) is an American football coach and former player who most recently served as the head coach of the San Antonio Commanders of the Alliance of American ...more
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Tommy Prothro is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best San Diego Chargers Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 75 (1920-1995)

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee

James Thompson "Tommy" Prothro Jr. (July 20, 1920 – May 14, 1995) was an American football coach. He was the head coach at Oregon State University from 1955 to 1964 and the University ...more
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Charlie Waller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best San Diego Chargers Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 88 (1921-2009)
Charlie F. Waller (November 26, 1921 – September 5, 2009) was an American Professional Football head coach for the San Diego Chargers from 1969, the last season of the American Football League, ...more
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Dan Henning is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best San Diego Chargers Coaches of All Time
Age: 77

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Daniel Ernest Henning, (born June 21, 1942) is a former American football player and coach. A quarterback, he played college football at the College of William & Mary and professional ...more
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June Jones is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best San Diego Chargers Coaches of All Time
Age: 66

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Portland, Oregon

Teams: Atlanta Falcons, Oregon Ducks football, Toronto Argonauts, Hawaii Rainbow Warriors football

June Sheldon Jones III (born February 19, 1953) is an American football coach and former player who currently serves as head coach and general manager of the Houston Roughnecks. Jones was the ...more

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Harland Svare is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best San Diego Chargers Coaches of All Time
Age: 89

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Clarkfield, Minnesota

Harland James Svare (born November 25, 1930) is an American former professional football player and coach. Svare was a linebacker who played eight seasons with the Los Angeles Rams and New York ...more
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Ron Waller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best San Diego Chargers Coaches of All Time
Age: 86

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Hastings, Florida

Ron Waller (February 14, 1933 – December 16, 2018) was an American football player and coach. He played in the National Football League (NFL) as a running back for the Los Angeles Rams from 1955 ...more
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Kevin Gilbride is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best San Diego Chargers Coaches of All Time
Age: 68

Nationality: United States of America, Canada

Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut

Kevin Bernard Gilbride (born August 27, 1951) is an American professional football coach who currently serves as head coach of the New York Guardians of the XFL. Gilbride was a coach for twenty ...more