List of Kansas City Chiefs head coaches

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The Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL) have had 13 head coaches in their franchise history. The franchise was founded in 1960 by Lamar Hunt and were known as the Dallas Texans when the team was located in Dallas, Texas.[1] The team relocated to Kansas City, Missouri and were renamed the Chiefs in 1963. The franchise was a charter member of the American Football League (AFL) before entering into the NFL following the AFL-NFL merger.[1][2]

Hank Stram, the team's first head coach, led the Chiefs to three AFL championship victories and two appearances in the Super Bowl. Stram was the team's longest-tenured head coach, holding the position from 1960 to 1974.[2] Marty Schottenheimer was hired in 1989 and led Kansas City to seven playoff appearances in his ten seasons as head coach.[3][4] Gunther Cunningham served as the team's head coach in between stints as the team's defensive coordinator.[5][6] Dick Vermeil coached the team to a franchise-best 9–0 start in the 2003 season.[7][8] Of the ten Chiefs coaches, Hank Stram and Marv Levy have been elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.[9] Herman Edwards served as the team's head coach from 2006 to 2008, compiling a 15–33 record.[10][11][12][13] Todd Haley, the team's last permanent head coach, served his first season with the team in 2009,[14][15] but was fired on December 12, 2011.[16] Defensive Coordinator Romeo Crennel was named the team's interim head coach for the remaining 3 games of the season.[17] Following the 2011 season Crennel was named permanent head coach.[18] Crennel was fired after the 2012 season, having posted a 4–15 record as head coach.[19] Before the 2013 season Andy Reid was hired after being let go by the Eagles after the 2012 season.

Key[edit]

# Number of coaches
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 Texans/Chiefs


Coaches[edit]

Note: Statistics correct through the 2013 NFL season.

# Name Term Regular season Playoffs Achievements Reference
GC W L T Win% GC W L
Dallas Texans
1 Hank Stram [a] 19601962 42 27 17 0 .642 1 0 1 1962 AFL Championship [20]
Kansas City Chiefs
Hank Stram [a] 19631974 164 97 57 10 .607 7 4 2 1966 AFL Championship
1969 AFL Championship
Super Bowl IV Championship
UPI AFL Coach of the Year (1968)[21]
Pro Football Weekly AFL Coach of the Year (1968)[21]
[20]
2 Paul Wiggin* 19751977 35 11 24 0 .314 [22]
3 Tom Bettis* 1977[b] 7 1 6 0 .143 [23]
4 Marv Levy 19781982 73 31 42 0 .425 [24]
5 John Mackovic* 19831986 64 30 34 0 .469 1 0 1 [25]
6 Frank Gansz* 19871988 31 8 22 1 .274 [26]
7 Marty Schottenheimer 19891998 160 101 58 1 .634 10 3 7 UPI NFL Coach of the Year (1995)[21] [27]
8 Gunther Cunningham* 19992000 32 16 16 0 .500 [28]
9 Dick Vermeil 20012005 80 44 36 0 .550 1 0 1 Maxwell Football Club NFL Coach of the Year (2003)[21] [8]
10 Herman Edwards 20062008 48 15 33 0 .319 1 0 1 [29]
11 Todd Haley* 20092011[c] 45 19 26 0 .422 1 0 1 [30]
12 Romeo Crennel 20112012[c] 19 4 15 0 .211 [31]
13 Andy Reid 2013–present 30 19 11 0 .617 1 0 1

Footnotes[edit]

  • a Hank Stram was head coach of the franchise when it was known as the Dallas Texans from 1960 to 1962, and remained with the franchise after relocation to Kansas City, Missouri.
  • b Paul Wiggin was fired after seven games in the 1977 season and was replaced by Tom Bettis for the remainder of the season.
  • c After 13 games of the 2011 season, with the Chiefs at 5–8, Haley was fired as head coach and replaced by defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel on an interim basis,[16] however following the 2011 season Crennel was named permanent head coach.[18]

References[edit]

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Specific
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  2. ^ a b "Kansas City Chiefs History–1970's". Kansas City Chiefs official website. Archived from the original on 2008-06-09. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  3. ^ "Kansas City Chiefs History–1980's". Kansas City Chiefs official website. Archived from the original on 2008-05-01. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  4. ^ "Kansas City Chiefs History–1990's". Kansas City Chiefs official website. Archived from the original on 2008-06-10. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  5. ^ "Kansas City Chiefs History–2000's". Kansas City Chiefs official website. Archived from the original on 2008-06-09. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  6. ^ Tucker, Doug (2004-01-20). "Chiefs name Gunther Cunningham defensive coordinator". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  7. ^ "Vermeil and the Chiefs in perfect harmony as the curtain falls with a 37–3 win". Kansas City Chiefs official website. Retrieved 2008-07-09. [dead link]
  8. ^ a b "Dick Vermeil's coaching record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  9. ^ "Hall of Famers by Franchise". Pro Football Hall of Fame Official website. Archived from the original on 2008-07-07. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
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  14. ^ "Todd Haley named Kansas City Chiefs head coach". Kansas City Chiefs. 2009-02-06. Retrieved 2009-02-06. [dead link]
  15. ^ Associated Press (2009-02-06). "Chiefs hire Cardinals offensive coordinator Haley as coach". Retrieved 2009-02-06. 
  16. ^ a b "Chiefs fire coach Haley after two-plus seasons, 19–27 record". NFL.com (National Football League). December 12, 2011. Retrieved December 12, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Romeo Crennel will coach Chiefs for remainder of season". KCChiefs.com. 
  18. ^ a b "CHIEFS TO NAME ROMEO CRENNEL HEAD COACH". KCChiefs.com. 
  19. ^ "Chiefs Part Ways with Romeo Crennel". Kansas City Chiefs (NFL Enterprises LLC). December 31, 2012. Retrieved December 31, 2012. 
  20. ^ a b "Hank Stram's coaching record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  21. ^ a b c d "NFL Coach of the Year Award". About.com. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  22. ^ "Paul Wiggin's coaching record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  23. ^ "Tom Bettis' coaching record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  24. ^ "Marv Levy's coaching record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  25. ^ "John Mackovic's coaching record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  26. ^ "Frank Gansz' coaching record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  27. ^ "Marty Schottenheimer's coaching record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  28. ^ "Gunther Cunningham's coaching record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  29. ^ "Herman Edwards' coaching record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  30. ^ "Todd Haley's coaching record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  31. ^ "Romeo Crennel's Coaching Record". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 12, 2011.