Today in American Football Coaching History

Events in Sport

  • 1991-12-26 Chuck Knolls retires as NFL coach after 23 years
  • 1991-12-27 Bengals hire Dave Shula as youngest NFL coach (32)

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1891-11-05 Earle "Greasy" Neale, NFL coach (Philadelphia Eagles)

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1898-04-09 Curly Lambeau, First coach of the Green Bay Packers, born in Green Bay, Wisconsin (d. 1965)

NFL Head Coach Curly Lambeau
NFL Head Coach
Curly Lambeau
  • 1899-03-28 Buck Shaw, American football coach (d. 1977)
  • 1907-05-06 Weeb Ewbank, NFL coach (Baltimore Colts, NY Jets)

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1913-06-11 Vince Lombardi, NFL coach (Green Bay Packers), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1926-12-21 Joe Paterno, American college hall of football coach (Penn State) and Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of 1986, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1929-02-03 Ken Shipp, American football coach
  • 1929-02-28 Hayden Fry, American football coach
  • 1929-04-01 Bo Schembechler, American football coach (d. 2006)
  • 1929-11-08 Bobby Bowden, American football coach

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1930-01-04 Don Shula, American NFL coach (Miami Dolphins), born in Grand River Ohio

NFL Head Coach Don Shula
NFL Head Coach
Don Shula
  • 1931-02-17 Buddy Ryan, NFL coach (Philadelphia Eagles, Phoenix Cardinals), born in Frederick, Oklahoma (d. 2016)

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1931-11-30 Bill Walsh, NFL coach (San Francisco 49ers), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2007)

American Football Coach Bill Walsh
American Football Coach
Bill Walsh

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1932-01-05 Chuck Noll, NFL coach (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Cleveland, Ohio

NFL Head Coach Chuck Noll
NFL Head Coach
Chuck Noll
  • 1932-04-27 Chuck Knox, NFL coach (Rams, Bills, Seahawks)

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1936-04-10 John Madden, NFL coach (Oakland Raiders) and sports commentator (CBS, FOX), born in Austin, Minnesota

Football Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
Football Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • 1936-12-23 Bobby Ross, NFL coach (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1939-06-22 Don Matthews, American football coach in the CFL
  • 1939-07-18 Jerry Moore, American football coach

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1939-10-18 Mike Ditka, NFL coach and tight-end (Bears, Cowboys, NFL rookie year 1961), born in Carnegie, Pennsylvania

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka
  • 1940-01-22 George Seifert, American football coach
  • 1940-02-02 Wayne Fontes, American football coach

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1940-11-25 Joe Gibbs, American football coach (Washington Redskins), born in Mocksville, North Carolina

NFL Head Coach Joe Gibbs
NFL Head Coach
Joe Gibbs

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1941-08-22 Bill Parcells, NFL coach (NY Giants, NY Jets, NE Patriots), born in Englewood, New Jersey

NFL Coaching Legend Bill Parcells
NFL Coaching Legend
Bill Parcells

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1943-07-16 Jimmy Johnson, American NFL coach (Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins), born in Port Arthur, Texas

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
NFL Head Coach
Jimmy Johnson

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1943-09-23 Marty Schottenheimer, American football coach (Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers), born in McDonald, Pennsylvania

  • 1944-01-19 Dan Reeves, NFL Coach (NY Giants, Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1945-01-05 Sam Wyche, NFL coach (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1946-05-03 Norm Chow, American football coach
  • 1946-10-14 James Robert "Radio" Kennedy, American football coach
  • 1947-08-19 Terry Hoeppner, American football coach (d. 2007)
  • 1950-09-01 Phillip Fulmer, American football coach
  • 1951-11-17 Butch Davis, American football coach

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1952-04-16 Bill Belichick, American football coach (4 Super Bowls with New England Patriots), born in Nashville, Tennessee

NFL Coach Bill Belichick
NFL Coach
Bill Belichick

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1952-08-24 Mike Shanahan, American football coach (Denver Broncos), born in Oak Park, Illinois

NFL Head Coach Mike Shanahan
NFL Head Coach
Mike Shanahan
  • 1952-11-10 Gerry DiNardo, American football coach
  • 1954-02-28 Brian Billick, American football coach
  • 1954-04-28 Ron Zook, American Football Coach
  • 1954-09-18 Tommy Tuberville, American football coach
  • 1955-10-06 Tony Dungy, American football coach
  • 1956-03-09 Mark Dantonio, Michigan State University American football coach
  • 1956-06-27 Brad Childress, American football coach
  • 1956-07-31 Bill Callahan, American football coach, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1956-08-26 Mark Mangino, American football coach
  • 1956-10-16 Johnny Chavis, American football coach

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1957-05-08 Bill Cowher, American football coach (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Crafton, Pennsylvania

NFL Head Coach Bill Cowher
NFL Head Coach
Bill Cowher
  • 1958-05-08 Lovie Smith, American football coach
  • 1958-09-23 Marvin Lewis, American football coach
  • 1960-02-13 Gary Patterson, American football coach
  • 1960-09-09 Bob Stoops, American football coach
  • 1960-10-13 Tim Brewster, American football coach
  • 1961-03-10 Bobby Petrino, American football coach
  • 1961-08-15 Gary Kubiak, American football coach
  • 1962-08-25 Ron Heller, American football coach and former NFL tackle (Miami Dolphins), born in East Meadow, New York
  • 1963-04-03 Jack Del Rio, American football coach
  • 1963-05-24 Rich Rodriguez, American football coach
  • 1963-12-18 Karl Dorrell, American football coach
  • 1963-12-29 Sean Payton, American football coach
  • 1964-07-10 Urban Meyer, American football coach
  • 1966-06-01 Greg Schiano, American football coach
  • 1967-12-13 Bo Pelini, American football coach

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1949-01-28 NFL coach Tom Landry (24) weds Alicia Wiggs at St John the Divine Church in Houston, Texas

NFL Head Coach Tom Landry
NFL Head Coach
Tom Landry

HeartWedding of Interest

1957-05-25 NFL coach Chuck Noll (25) weds first wife Marianne Noll

NFL Head Coach Chuck Noll
NFL Head Coach
Chuck Noll

HeartWedding of Interest

1958-07-19 NFL coach Don Shula (28) weds first wife Dorothy Bartish

NFL Head Coach Don Shula
NFL Head Coach
Don Shula

HeartWedding of Interest

1959-12-26 NFL coach John Madden (23) weds Virginia Fields

Football Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
Football Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden

HeartWedding of Interest

1961-01-28 NFL coach Mike Ditka (21) weds Marge Dougherty

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka

HeartWedding of Interest

1963-07-12 NFL coach Jimmy Johnson (19) weds Linda Kay Cooper

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
NFL Head Coach
Jimmy Johnson

HeartWedding of Interest

1981-04-09 NFL coach Bill Cowher (23) weds Kaye Young

NFL Head Coach Bill Cowher
NFL Head Coach
Bill Cowher
  • 1993-10-16 NFL coach Don Shula (63) weds second wife Mary Anne Stephens at St Joseph's Catholic Church in Miami Beach

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1990-01-17 NFL coach Jimmy Johnson (46) divorces Linda Kay Cooper after 26 years of marriage

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
NFL Head Coach
Jimmy Johnson

Deaths in Sport


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1936-10-03 John Heisman, American football coach, dies of pneumonia at 66

Football, Baseball & Basketball Player & Coach John Heisman
Football, Baseball & Basketball Player & Coach
John Heisman

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2000-02-12 Tom Landry, American football coach (Dallas Cowboys), dies at 75

NFL Head Coach Tom Landry
NFL Head Coach
Tom Landry
  • 2002-05-09 Dan Devine, American football coach (b. 1924)
  • 2003-01-03 Sid Gillman, American football coach, dies at 91
  • 2003-08-26 Jim Wacker, American football coach (b. 1937)
  • 2005-07-04 Hank Stram, American football coach (b. 1923)
  • 2005-08-05 Jim O'Hora, American football coach (b. 1915)
  • 2006-03-30 Red Hickey, American football coach (b. 1917)
  • 2006-06-29 Randy Walker, American football coach (b. 1954)
  • 2006-09-08 Erk Russell, American football coach (b. 1923)
  • 2006-11-17 Bo Schembechler, American football coach (b. 1929)
  • 2007-04-03 Eddie Robinson, American football coach (b. 1919)
  • 2007-06-19 Terry Hoeppner, American football coach (b. 1947)

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2007-07-30 Bill Walsh, American football coach (San Fransisco 49ers), dies of leukemia at 75

American Football Coach Bill Walsh
American Football Coach
Bill Walsh
  • 2009-04-13 Bruce Snyder, American football coach (b. 1940)
  • 2011-04-10 Homer Smith, American football coach (b. 1931)
  • 2012-03-03 Alex Webster, American football coach, dies at 80
  • 2016-06-28 Buddy Ryan, American NFL coach (Philadelphia Eagles, Phoenix Cardinals), dies at 85