Mike Munchak

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Mike Munchak
Munchak speaking at a sports convention
Pittsburgh Steelers
Personal information
Date of birth: (1960-03-06) March 6, 1960 (age 54)
Place of birth: Scranton, Pennsylvania
Career information
College: Penn State
NFL Draft: 1982 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Debuted in 1982 for the Houston Oilers
Last played in 1993 for the Houston Oilers
Career history
 As player:
 As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 1993
Games played 159
Games started 156
Fumble recoveries 5
Stats at NFL.com
Head coaching record
Regular season 22–26 (.458)
Postseason 0–0 (–)
Career record 22–26 (.458)

Michael Anthony Munchak (born March 6, 1960) is a Hall of Fame former professional football player and current assistant coach in the National Football League. A graduate of Penn State, Munchak played left guard for the Houston Oilers from 1982 until 1993 and was a nine-time selection to the Pro Bowl.

After his retirement, Munchak continued his association with the Houston franchise by becoming an assistant coach. He joined the staff in 1994 and stayed with the franchise after it moved to Tennessee and became known as the Tennessee Titans, eventually becoming its offensive line coach.

Munchak became Titans head coach in 2011 and was fired after the 2013 season, ending his thirty-one year association with the franchise. He currently serves as offensive line coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

College career[edit]

Munchak was an offensive lineman for Penn State from 1978-1981. During this time he was a starter for the 1979 and 1981 seasons; however, he missed the 1980 season due to knee injury. During his senior year, he was named a second team All-American and was subsequently drafted 8th overall by the Houston Oilers.[1]

Professional career[edit]

During the 1982 NFL Draft, Munchak was chosen as the Houston Oilers' first round draft pick (8th overall), making him the first offensive lineman drafted that year. In his rookie season, he quickly earned a starting position at the left guard position. He remained in that position for 12 seasons. During that time he garnered nine Pro Bowl nominations, four All-Pro, nine Second Team All-Pro, seven All-AFC, and four second team All-Pro selections. In addition he was selected for the 1980s All-Decade Team. Munchak's 12-year tenure tied for second most seasons played with the Houston Oilers.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

In 1994, only one year after retiring as a player, Munchak joined the Houston Oilers staff as an offensive assistant/quality control coach. In 1997 Munchak was named offensive line coach of the newly relocated Tennessee Oilers, a position he held for the next fourteen seasons. Following Jeff Fisher's departure as head coach, Munchak was named head coach of the Titans on February 7, 2011. The 2011 season marked his 30th season with the organization. The 2013 season, Munchak's third as head coach, yielded a record of 7-9. That offseason, franchise CEO Tommy Smith and general manager Ruston Webster requested that Munchak replace at least six assistant coaches. Munchak disagreed with some of these requests and refused to fully enact those changes in his staff.[3] Munchak was consequently relieved of his position on January 4, 2014.[4] The 2014 season will mark the first season since 1982 that Munchak will have no involvement (as a player or coach) with the Oilers/Titans franchise.

Head coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
TEN 2011 9 7 0 .563 2nd in AFC South
TEN 2012 6 10 0 .375 3rd in AFC South
TEN 2013 7 9 0 .438 2nd in AFC South
TEN Total 22 26 0 .458
Total 22 26 0 .458

Honors[edit]

Munchak was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001, along with Nick Buoniconti, Marv Levy, Jackie Slater, Lynn Swann, Ron Yary, and Jack Youngblood.[5]

In June 2003, Munchak was inducted into the National Polish American Sports Hall of Fame.[6]

The street in front of Scranton High School is named for Munchak.

The United Way of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania has a charity golf tournament named after Munchak. Each year the tournament is held the last week of June at The Country Club of Scranton in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Black Shoe Diaries Retrieved on 11-Feb-2011
  2. ^ "Hall of Famers » MIKE MUNCHAK". Profootballhof.com. Retrieved 2011-02-11.  Named 16th head coach at Penn State.
  3. ^ http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000309849/article/mike-munchak-firing-assistants-wasnt-right-move
  4. ^ Kuharsky, Paul (January 4, 2014). "Titans fire coach Mike Munchak". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Hall of Famers by Year of Enshrinement". Profootballhof.com. Retrieved 2011-02-11. 
  6. ^ http://polishsportshof.com/inductees/football/mike-munchak/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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