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List of Famous Football Coaches

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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
    Gerald Arthur Sandusky (born January 26, 1944) is an American retired college football coach...  more

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  • Jim Harbaugh
    James Joseph Harbaugh (; born December 23, 1963) is an American football coach and former...  more

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    #41 of 61 The Best NFL Coaches of All Time#77 of 144 The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time

  • Mike Ditka
    Michael Keller Ditka (born October 18, 1939) is an American former football player, coach, and...  more

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  • Joe Paterno
    Joseph Vincent Paterno (; December 21, 1926 – January 22, 2012), sometimes referred to as...  more

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    How Joe Paterno's Silence In The Face Of Abuse Led To His Stunning Fall From Grace#23 of 133 The Best College Football Coaches of All Time

  • Andy Reid
    Andrew Walter Reid (born March 19, 1958) is an American football head coach of the Kansas City...  more

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    #24 of 107 College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon#739 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever

  • Marv Levy

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    Marvin Daniel Levy (born August 3, 1925) is a former American and Canadian football coach,...  more


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  • Bobby Bowden
    Robert Cleckler Bowden (born November 8, 1929) is a retired American football coach. Bowden is...  more
  • Tony Dungy
    Anthony Kevin Dungy ( DUN-jee; born October 6, 1955) is a former professional American...  more

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    #24 of 77 The Best Tampa Bay Buccaneers of All Time#50 of 79 The Greatest Minnesota Basketball Players of All Time

  • Jon Gruden
    Jon David Gruden (born August 17, 1963) is an American football coach who is the head coach of...  more
  • Woody Hayes
    Wayne Woodrow Hayes (February 14, 1913 – March 12, 1987) was an American football player and...  more
  • Don Shula
    Donald Francis Shula (January 4, 1930 – May 4, 2020)) was an American former professional...  more
  • Steve McMichael
    Stephen Douglas "Mongo" McMichael (born October 17, 1957) is a former American college and...  more

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    #144 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame#185 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

  • Bill Belichick
    William Stephen Belichick ( or (; born April 16, 1952) is an American football coach who...  more

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  • Tom Osborne
    Thomas William Osborne (born February 23, 1937) is a former American football player, coach,...  more

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    #10 of 26 26 Professional Athletes Who Went Into Politics#323 of 475 Athletes Who Have Appeared On Wheaties Boxes

  • Lane Kiffin
    Lane Monte Kiffin (born May 9, 1975) is an American football coach who is currently the head...  more
  • Pete Carroll
    Peter Clay Carroll (born September 15, 1951) is an American football coach who is the head...  more

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  • Bo Schembechler
    Glenn Edward "Bo" Schembechler Jr. ( SHEM-bek-lər; April 1, 1929 – November 17, 2006) was an...  more
  • Knute Rockne
    Knute Kenneth Rockne ( kə-NOOT; March 4, 1888 – March 31, 1931) was a Norwegian-American...  more
  • Lou Holtz
    Louis Leo Holtz (born January 6, 1937) is a former American football player, coach, and...  more
  • Mike MacIntyre
    George Michael MacIntyre (born March 14, 1965) is an American football coach. He is the...  more
  • Joe Gibbs
    Joe Jackson Gibbs (born November 25, 1940) is a retired American football coach, NASCAR Cup...  more

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    #9 of 115 The Greatest Washington Redskins of All Time#1 of 28 The Best Washington Redskins Coaches of All Time

  • Mike Shanahan
    Michael Edward Shanahan (born August 24, 1952) is a former American football coach, best known...  more
  • Major Applewhite
    Major Lee Applewhite (born July 26, 1978) is an American football coach and former player who...  more
  • Mike Singletary
    Michael Singletary (born October 9, 1958) is an American football coach and former...  more

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  • John Madden
    John Earl Madden is a former American football player in the National Football League, a...  more

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