List of Arizona Cardinals head coaches

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Bud Wilkinson (right) with United States President John F. Kennedy, during a 1961 visit to the White House. Wilkinson was the 26th head coach of the Cardinals.

The Arizona Cardinals are a professional American football team based in Glendale, Arizona. They are a member of the Western Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The team began as the Morgan Athletic Club in 1898 in Chicago, Illinois. The team's second name was the Racine Normals, since it played at Normal Field on Racine Street. In 1901, they were renamed to the Racine Street Cardinals, a name that came from the University of Chicago jerseys that the team used, which were described as "Cardinal red". The team was established in Chicago in 1898 and was a charter member of the NFL in 1920. The team has played their home games at the University of Phoenix Stadium since 2006 and is the oldest franchise in the NFL.[1][2]

The team has moved to numerous cities during its history. After staying in Chicago from 1920 to 1959, it moved to St. Louis, Missouri and remained there from 1960 to 1987. It played in Tempe, Arizona, from 1988 to 2005, before eventually settling in Glendale, Arizona in 2006, where it now resides.[3] Since 1920, two Cardinals coaches have won the NFL Championship: Norman Barry in 1925 and Jimmy Conzelman in 1947. Four other coaches—Don Coryell, Jim Hanifan, Vince Tobin and Ken Whisenhunt—have led the Cardinals to the playoffs, and in 2009 they went to the Super Bowl.[3]

There have been 40 head coaches for the Cardinals franchise since it became a professional team in 1920; fourteen of the team's coaches are former Cardinals players.[4] Ernie Nevers and Jimmy Conzelman are the only coaches to have had more than one tenure with the team. Pop Ivy and Gene Stallings both coached the team during its move from one city to another. Cardinals coach Roy Andrews is tied for the lowest winning percentage among the team's coaches (.000), having lost the only game he coached, in 1931.[5] Co-coach Walt Kiesling lost all 10 games he coached in 1943, when the team merged with the Steelers during World War II and was known as Card-Pitt.[6] Co-coaches Ray Willsey, Ray Prochaska, and Chuck Drulis have the highest winning percentage among Cardinals coaches (1.000). The team's all-time leader in games coached is Ken Whisenhunt, who was hired on January 14, 2007,[7] with 96. The all-time leader in wins is Whisenhunt with 45.[4] Whisenhunt was fired on December 31, 2012, after the Cardinals recorded a 5–11 record in 2012.[8]

Key[edit]

The Cardinals have played their home games at the University of Phoenix Stadium since 2006.
# Number of coaches[N 1]
GC Games coached
W Wins
L Losses
T Ties
Win% Winning percentage
00 Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a coach
00 Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a player
00* Spent entire NFL head coaching career with the Cardinals
00^ 1961 Season had 3 co-coaches for 2 games

Coaches[edit]

Note: The list begins in 1920, when the Cardinals became a professional team. This is correct through the end of the 2013 NFL season.
# Name Term[N 2] Regular season Playoffs Awards Ref.
GC W L T Win% GC W L Win%
Chicago Cardinals
1 Paddy Driscoll 19201922 29 17 8 4 .680 [9]
2 Arnie Horween* 19231924 22 13 8 1 .619 [10]
3 Norman Barry* 19251926 26 16 8 2 .667 [11]
4 Guy Chamberlin 1927 11 3 7 1 .300 [12]
5 Fred Gillies* 1928 6 1 5 0 .167 [13]
6 Dewey Scanlon 1929 13 6 6 1 .500 [14]
7 Ernie Nevers 19301931 21 10 9 2 .526 [15]
8 Roy Andrews 1931 1 0 1 0 .000 [16]
9 Jack Chevigny* 1932 10 2 6 2 .250 [17]
10 Paul Schissler 19331934 22 6 15 1 .286 [18]
11 Milan Creighton* 19351938 46 16 26 4 .381 [19]
Ernie Nevers 1939 11 1 10 0 .091 [15]
12 Jimmy Conzelman 19401942 33 8 22 3 .267 1947 Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year[20] [21]
13 Phil Handler* 1943 10 0 10 0 .000 [22]
Card-Pitt
Phil Handler* co-coaches
1944
10 0 10 0 .000 [22]
14 Walt Kiesling [6]
Chicago Cardinals
Phil Handler* 1945 10 1 9 0 .100 [22]
Jimmy Conzelman 19461948 35 26 9 0 .743 2 1 1 .500 [21]
15 Buddy Parker 1949 12 6 5 1 .545 [23]
16 Curly Lambeau 19501951 22 7 15 0 .318 [24]
17 Cecil Isbell 1951 2 1 1 0 .500 [25]
18 Joe Kuharich 1952 12 4 8 0 .333 [26]
19 Joe Stydahar 19531954 24 3 20 1 .130 [27]
20 Ray Richards* 19551957 36 14 21 1 .400 [28]
Chicago Cardinals and St. Louis Cardinals
21 Pop Ivy 19581961 48 15 31 2 .326 [29]
St. Louis Cardinals
22 Ray Willsey* ^ 3
co-coaches
1961 ^
2 2 0 0 1.000 [30]
23 Ray Prochaska* ^ [31]
24 Chuck Drulis* ^ [32]
25 Wally Lemm 19621965 56 27 26 3 .509 [33]
26 Charley Winner 19661970 70 35 30 5 .538 [34]
27 Bob Hollway* 19711972 28 8 18 2 .308 [35]
28 Don Coryell 19731977 70 42 27 1 .609 2 0 2 .000 1974 Associated Press Coach of the Year[36]
1974 Pro Football Weekly Coach of the Year[37]
[38]
29 Bud Wilkinson* 19781979 29 9 20 0 .310 [39]
30 Larry Wilson* ‡ 1979 3 2 1 0 .667 [40]
31 Jim Hanifan 19801985 89 39 49 1 .443 1 0 1 .000 [41]
St. Louis Cardinals and Phoenix Cardinals
32 Gene Stallings* 19861989 58 23 34 1 .404 [42]
Phoenix Cardinals
33 Hank Kuhlmann* 1989 5 0 5 0 .000 [43]
34 Joe Bugel 19901993 64 20 44 0 .313 [44]
Arizona Cardinals
35 Buddy Ryan 19941995 32 12 20 0 .375 [45]
36 Vince Tobin* 19962000 71 28 43 0 .394 2 1 1 .500 [46]
37 Dave McGinnis* 2000–2003 57 17 40 0 .298 [47]
38 Dennis Green 20042006 48 16 32 0 .333 [48]
39 Ken Whisenhunt* 20072012 96 45 51 0 .469 6 4 2 .667 [49]
40 Bruce Arians* 2013 16 10 6 0 .625 [50]


Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A running total of the number of Cardinals head coaches. Thus, any head coach who has two or more separate terms is only counted once.
  2. ^ Each year is linked to an article about that particular NFL season.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Arizona Cardinals". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
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  5. ^ "Roy Andrews Coaching Record". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
  6. ^ a b "Kiesling coaching records". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Head Coach: Ken Whisenhunt". NFL.com. Retrieved 2008-08-08. 
  8. ^ Rapoport, Ian (December 31, 2012). "Cardinals fire Ken Whisenhunt, GM Rod Graves". NFL.com (NFL Enterprises LLC). Retrieved December 31, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Paddy Driscoll". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  10. ^ "Arnie Horween". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  11. ^ "Norm Barry". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  12. ^ "Guy Chamberlin". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  13. ^ "Fred Gillies". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  14. ^ "Dewey Scanlon". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  15. ^ a b "Ernie Nevers". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  16. ^ "Roy Andrews". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  17. ^ "Jack Chevigny". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  18. ^ "Paul Schissler". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  19. ^ "Milan Creighton". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
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  21. ^ a b "Jimmy Conzelman". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  22. ^ a b c "Phil Handler". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  23. ^ "Buddy Parker". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  24. ^ "Curly Lambeau". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  25. ^ "Cecil Isbell". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  26. ^ "Joe Kuharich". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  27. ^ "Joe Stydahar". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  28. ^ "Ray Richards". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  29. ^ "Pop Ivy". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  30. ^ "Ray Willsey". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  31. ^ "Ray Prochaska". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  32. ^ "Chuck Drulis". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  33. ^ "Wally Lemm". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  34. ^ "Charley Winner". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  35. ^ "Bob Hollway". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  36. ^ "AP NFL Coach of the Year Winners". The Washington Post. 2005-01-08. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  37. ^ "Awards". Pro Football Weekly. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  38. ^ "Don Coryell". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  39. ^ "Bud Wilkinson". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  40. ^ "Larry Wilson". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  41. ^ "Jim Hanifan". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  42. ^ "Gene Stallings". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  43. ^ "Hank Kuhlmann". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  44. ^ "Joe Bugel". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  45. ^ "Buddy Ryan". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  46. ^ "Vince Tobin". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  47. ^ "Dave McGinnis". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  48. ^ "Dennis Green". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  49. ^ "Ken Whisenhunt". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  50. ^ "Bruce Arians Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 30, 2013.