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List of famous football coaches, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top football coaches in the world? This includes the most prominent football coaches, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable football coaches is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic football coaches were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned football coaches.

List is made up of people like Bill Belichick and Knute Rockne.

From reputable, prominent, and well known football coaches to the lesser known football coaches of today, these are some of the best professionals in the football coach field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous football coaches ever?" and "What are the names of famous football coaches?" then you're in the right place. 
Jerry Sandusky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
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Gerald Arthur "Jerry" Sandusky is a retired American football coach and convicted serial child molester. Sandusky served as an assistant coach for his entire career, mostly at Pennsylvania State University under Joe Paterno. He received Assistant Coach of the Year awards in 1986 and 1999. Sandusky authored several books related to his football coaching experiences. In 1977, Sandusky founded The Second Mile, a non-profit charity serving Pennsylvania underprivileged and at-risk youth. After Sandusky retired as assistant coach at Penn State, he continued working with The Second Mile at Penn State, maintaining an office at Penn State until 2011. In 2011, following a two-year grand jury ...more

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Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
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James Joseph "Jim" Harbaugh is the head football coach at the University of Michigan and a former quarterback. He played college football at Michigan and played in the National Football League for 14 seasons, from 1987 to 2000. Harbaugh has been a head coach since 2004. He coached at the University of San Diego for three seasons, then coached Stanford University of the Pac-10 for four seasons, before becoming the coach of the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL, a position he held for four seasons. Starting in 2015, Harbaugh will be coaching for his alma mater, Michigan. Harbaugh was born in Toledo, Ohio. His father Jack was a football coach, and the family lived in Ohio, Kentucky, Iowa, ...more

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Mike Ditka is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
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Michael Keller Ditka is a former American football player, coach, and television commentator. A member of both the College Football and Pro Football Hall of Fames, he was the 1961 UPI NFL Rookie of Year, a five-time Pro Bowl selection and five-time All-Pro tight end with the Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, and Dallas Cowboys. Sure-handed and tenacious running with the ball, he led the transformation of the position into today's modern offensive threat. He was an NFL champion with the 1963 Bears, and is a three-time Super Bowl champion, playing on the Cowboy's VI team as well as coaching the XII winning team, and coaching the Bears to victory in Super Bowl XX. He was named to both the ...more

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#6 on The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time

#55 on The Best Football Players Ever

#56 on The Smartest Professional Athletes

#7 on The Greatest Tight Ends of All Time

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Joe Paterno is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
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Joseph Vincent "Joe" Paterno, sometimes referred to as "JoePa", was an American college football player and coach who was the head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions from 1966 to 2011. With 409 victories, Paterno is the winningest coach in FBS history. His career ended with his dismissal from the team as a result of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal. Paterno was born in Brooklyn, New York and attended Brown University, where he played football both as the quarterback and a cornerback. Originally planning to be a lawyer, he instead signed on as an assistant football coach at Penn State in 1950, persuaded by his college coach Rip Engle who had taken over as Penn State's head coach. In ...more

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#8 on The Best College Football Coaches of All Time

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