George Seifert

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George Seifert
Personal information
Date of birth (1940-01-22) January 22, 1940 (age 74)
Place of birth San Francisco, California, U.S.
Career information
Position(s) Head Coach
College Utah
Head coaching record
Regular season 114–62–0 (.648)
Postseason 10–5 (.667)
Career record 124–67–0 (.649)
Super Bowl wins 1989 XXIV
1994 XXIX
Championships won NFC (1989, 1994)
Stats
Coaching stats Pro Football Reference
Coaching stats DatabaseFootball
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1964
1965
1966
1967–1971
1972–1974
1975–1976
1977–1979
1980–1982
1983–1988
1989–1996
1999–2001
University of Utah (GA)
Westminster College (HC)
University of Iowa (GA)
University of Oregon (DB)
Stanford University (DB)
Cornell University (HC)
Stanford University (DB)
San Francisco 49ers (DB)
San Francisco 49ers (DC)
San Francisco 49ers (HC)
Carolina Panthers (HC)

George Seifert (born January 22, 1940) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head coach for the San Francisco 49ers[1] and the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL).[2] Seifert joined the 49ers' coaching staff under Bill Walsh in 1980 as defensive backs coach and served as the team's defensive coordinator from 1983 to 1988.

Early career[edit]

Born in the same place he would later coach, the childhood fan Seifert was raised in San Francisco, ushering at 49ers home games while in high school. [3] Seifert attended the University of Utah, playing guard and linebacker for the Utes. He served as graduate assistant for a year before being hired as head coach of Westminster College in Salt Lake City at age 25,[4] where he led the Parsons to a 3-3 record.

After working as an assistant at the University of Iowa, the University of Oregon and Stanford University,[5] Seifert was hired as head coach at Cornell University. He was fired after going 3-15 in two seasons.[6] He then returned to Stanford in 1977, where he met Walsh.

As a 49er assistant, his defenses finished in the top ten in fewest points allowed in each of his six seasons in that capacity: fourth in 1983, first in 1984, second in 1985, third in 1986 and 1987, and eighth in 1988. His final two defenses, 1987 and 1988, finished first and third in fewest yards allowed, respectively. On his 49th birthday, the 49ers won the Super Bowl in 1988.

1990 and 1995 championships[edit]

In 1989, he was elevated to head coach. He is one of only thirteen NFL head coaches with more than one Super Bowl victory, winning in convincing fashion during both the 1989 and 1994 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. In Super Bowl XXIV he became the first rookie head coach to win the Super Bowl since Don McCafferty coached the Baltimore Colts to victory in Super Bowl V. In all, Seifert coached on five Super Bowl champion teams with the 49ers, being 1 of only 17 men to have won 5 or more championships. Seifert resigned in 1996, but he would later join the Carolina Panthers in 1999 as both head coach and general manager, coaching them to 8-8 and 7-9 seasons before a disastrous 2001 season in which his team won the opening game, then lost 15 in a row. He was fired after the season.

Head coaching record[edit]

National Football League[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
SF 1989 14 2 0 .875 1st in NFC West 3 0 1.000 Super Bowl XXIV Champions.
SF 1990 14 2 0 .875 1st in NFC West 1 1 .500 Lost to New York Giants in NFC Championship Game.
SF 1991 10 6 0 .625 3rd in NFC West - - - -
SF 1992 14 2 0 .875 1st in NFC West 1 1 .500 Lost to Dallas Cowboys in NFC Championship Game.
SF 1993 10 6 0 .625 1st in NFC West 1 1 .500 Lost to Dallas Cowboys in NFC Championship Game.
SF 1994 13 3 0 .813 1st in NFC West 3 0 1.000 Super Bowl XXIX Champions.
SF 1995 11 5 0 .688 1st in NFC West 0 1 .000 Lost to Green Bay Packers in NFC Divisional Game.
SF 1996 12 4 0 .750 2nd in NFC West 1 1 .500 Lost to Green Bay Packers in NFC Divisional Game.
SF Total 98 30 0 .766 10 5 .667
CAR 1999 8 8 0 .500 2nd in NFC West - - - -
CAR 2000 7 9 0 .438 3rd in NFC West - - - -
CAR 2001 1 15 0 .062 5th in NFC West - - - -
CAR Total 16 32 0 .333 - - -
Total [1] 114 62 0 .648 10 5 .667

College[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Westminster Parsons (Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) (1965)
1965 Westminster 3–3
Westminster: 3–3
Cornell Big Red (Ivy League) (1975–1976)
1975 Cornell 1–8 0–7 8th
1976 Cornell 2–7 2–5 T–5th
Cornell: 3–15 2–12
Total: 6–18

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "49ers Select Mariucci As Seifert's Successor". New York Times. 17 January 1997. Retrieved 23 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Associated Press (4 January 1999). "FOOTBALL: N.F.L. NOTEBOOK". New York Times. Retrieved 23 October 2010. 
  3. ^ http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/11/09/4452805/seifert-has-no-hard-feelings-toward.html#.Uw0dq_n4exk
  4. ^ Sports Illustrated (29 January 1990). "Bumpy Road To Success". Times Daily. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Associated Press (21 January 1990). "Seifert builds own image". Times Daily. Retrieved 23 October 2010. 
  6. ^ Nissenson, Herschel (7 December 1976). "Blackman Is Returning To Ivy League (Cornell)". The Argus-Press. Retrieved 23 October 2010.