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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
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 ...more

Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
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 ...more

Mike Ditka is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
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 ...more

Joe Paterno is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
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 ...more

Andy Reid is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
Andrew Walter "Andy" Reid is a professional American football coach who is the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. Reid was previously the head coach ...more

Marv Levy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
Marvin Daniel Levy is a former American and Canadian football coach, front office executive, and author. He served as head coach in the Canadian Football League for the Montreal Alouettes and in ...more

Bobby Bowden is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
Robert Cleckler "Bobby" Bowden is a retired American football coach. He coached the Florida State Seminoles football team from the 1976 to 2009 seasons. During his time at Florida ...more

Tony Dungy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
Anthony Kevin "Tony" Dungy is a former professional American football player and coach in the National Football League. Dungy was head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1996 to ...more

Jon Gruden is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
Jon David Gruden is a former NFL head coach and current NFL analyst for ESPN. He was the head coach of the Oakland Raiders and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, winning Super Bowl XXXVII in his first ...more

Woody Hayes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
Wayne Woodrow "Woody" Hayes was an American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at Denison University, Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and Ohio State University, ...more

Don Shula is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
Donald Francis "Don" Shula is a former American football cornerback and coach. He is best known as coach of the Miami Dolphins, the team he led to two Super Bowl victories, and to the ...more

Steve McMichael is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
Stephen Douglas "Steve" McMichael is a former American college and professional football player as a defensive tackle in the National Football League, a former commentator and then ...more

Bill Belichick is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
William Stephen "Bill" Belichick is an American football head coach for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He also has extensive authority over the Patriots' ...more

Tom Osborne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
Thomas William "Tom" Osborne is a former American football player, coach, college athletics administrator, and politician from Nebraska. He served as the head football coach at the ...more

Lane Kiffin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
Lane Monte Kiffin is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the offensive coordinator at the University of Alabama. He formerly served as the offensive coordinator for the ...more

Pete Carroll is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
Peter Clay "Pete" Carroll is the head coach and executive vice president of the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He is a former head coach of the New York Jets, the ...more

Bo Schembechler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
Glenn Edward "Bo" Schembechler, Jr. was an American football player, coach, and athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at Miami University from 1963 to 1968 and ...more

Knute Rockne is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
Knute Kenneth Rockne was a Norwegian-American football player and coach, both at the University of Notre Dame. He is regarded as one of the greatest coaches in college football history. His ...more

Lou Holtz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
Louis Leo "Lou" Holtz is a former college football analyst for ESPN as well as a former football coach. He served as the head football coach at The College of William & Mary, North ...more

Mike MacIntyre is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
George Michael "Mike" MacIntyre is an American football coach who is currently head coach at the University of Colorado Boulder. MacIntyre played college football at Vanderbilt and ...more

Joe Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
Joe Jackson Gibbs is a former American football coach, NASCAR Championship team owner, and two time NHRA team owner. He was the 20th and 26th head coach in the history of the Washington ...more

Mike Shanahan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
Michael Edward "Mike" Shanahan is an American football coach. He has been the head coach of the Los Angeles Raiders, Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins. He led the Broncos to ...more

Major Applewhite is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
Major Lee Applewhite is a former American football player and coach. Applewhite is the current offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Houston. In 2013, he was the co-offensive ...more

Mike Singletary is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
Michael "Mike" Singletary is an American football coach and former professional football player. After playing college football for the Baylor Bears, Singletary was drafted by the ...more

John Madden is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
John Earl Madden is a former American football player in the National Football League, a former Super Bowl-winning head coach with the Oakland Raiders in the American Football Conference of the ...more

Turner Gill is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
Turner Hillery Gill is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head football coach at Liberty University. Gill's previous coaching job was as the head coach at ...more

Rubin Carter is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
Rubin Carter is a former defensive tackle in the National Football League for the Denver Broncos, and current College football defensive lineman coach for Purdue University. He is the father of ...more

Tom Landry is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
Thomas Wade "Tom" Landry was an American football player and coach. He is ranked as one of the greatest and most innovative coaches in National Football League history, creating many ...more

Will Muschamp is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
William Larry Muschamp is a college football coach. He is currently the defensive coordinator for the Auburn Tigers football team of Auburn University. Prior to that, Muschamp was the head coach ...more

Bill Parcells is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
Duane Charles "Bill" Parcells is a former American football head coach, both in college with the Air Force Falcons, and the National Football League with the New York Giants, New ...more

José Mourinho is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
José Mário dos Santos Mourinho Félix, OIH, known as José Mourinho, is a Portuguese football manager and former football player who is the current manager of English ...more

Charlie Weis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
Charles Joseph "Charlie" Weis is an American football coach who most recently was the head coach for the Kansas Jayhawks. For five years, from 2005 through 2009, Weis was the head ...more

Buddy Teevens is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
Eugene Francis "Buddy" Teevens III is an American football coach and former player. He is the head football coach at Dartmouth College, a position he held from 1987 to 1991 and resumed ...more

Nick Saban is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
Nicholas Lou "Nick" Saban, Jr. is an American college football coach, and the current head football coach of the University of Alabama, a position he has held since the 2007 season. ...more

Mike McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
Michael John "Mike" McCarthy is a professional American football coach, currently serving as the head coach of the National Football League's Green Bay Packers.

George Halas is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
George Stanley Halas, Sr., nicknamed "Papa Bear" and "Mr. Everything", was a player, coach, owner and pioneer in professional American football. He was the iconic founder and ...more

Les Miles is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
Leslie Edwin "Les" Miles is an American college football coach and the current head coach of the LSU Tigers football team. He is nicknamed "The Hat" for his signature white ...more

Bob Waterfield is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
Robert Stanton "Bob" Waterfield was an American football player, a Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback in the National Football League.

James Pierce is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
James Hubert Pierce was the fourth actor to portray Tarzan on film.

Bear Bryant is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
Paul William "Bear" Bryant was an American college football player and coach. He was best known as the longtime head coach of the University of Alabama football team. During his ...more

Ed O'Neil is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
Edward William O'Neil is an American football coach and former professional linebacker, who played seven seasons in the National Football League.

Todd Berry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
Todd Berry is an American football coach. He is the current head football coach at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, a position he has held since the 2010 season. Berry served as the head ...more

Hank Stram is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
Henry Louis "Hank" Stram was an American football coach. He is best known for his 15-year tenure with the American Football League's Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs and the Chiefs of ...more

George Allen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
George Herbert Allen was an American football coach in the National Football League and the United States Football League. He was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1998 and the ...more

Dan Reeves is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
Daniel Edward "Dan" Reeves is a former American football player and head coach. He has participated in more Super Bowls as player and coach than anyone else. He played in two Super ...more

Bill Walsh is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
William Ernest "Bill" Walsh was the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers and the Stanford Cardinal football team, during which time he popularized the West Coast offense. After ...more

Jim Tressel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
James Patrick "Jim" Tressel is an American college administrator and former college football coach who served as head coach of the Youngstown State Penguins from 1986 to 2000 and the ...more

Brian Kelly is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
Brian Keith Kelly is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head football coach for the University of Notre Dame, a position he has held since December 2009. Kelly was ...more

Houston Nutt is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
Houston Dale Nutt, Jr. is a former American football coach and former player. He currently works for CBS Sports as a college football studio analyst. Previously, he served as the head coach at ...more

Bill Cowher is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Football Coaches
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