John McVay

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John McVay
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1931-01-05) January 5, 1931 (age 86)
Bellaire, Ohio
Alma mater Miami University
Playing career
1950–1952 Miami (OH)
Position(s) Center
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1953–1961 Central Catholic HS
1962–1964 Michigan State (assistant)
1965–1972 Dayton
1974–1975 Memphis Southmen
1976–1978 New York Giants
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1972–1973 Dayton
1974–1975 Memphis Southmen (GM)
1976 New York Giants (DRD)
1980–1994 San Francisco 49ers (VP)
1995 San Francisco 49ers (SA)
1998–1999 San Francisco 49ers (GM)
Head coaching record
Overall 41–7–2 (high school)
37–41 (college)
24–7 (WFL)
14–23 (NFL)
Accomplishments and honors
First-team All-MAC (1952)

John Edward McVay (born January 5, 1931) is a former American football coach who rose through the coaching ranks from high school, through the college level, and to the National Football League (NFL). Born in Bellaire, Ohio, he played college football at Miami University, starring as a center.


McVay coached at several Ohio high schools, Michigan State University as an assistant coach and then head coach at the University of Dayton. Born January 5, 1931. Attended college at Miami University. Later became married with three boys. John McVay, Jim McVay, and Tim McVay. His grandson, Sean McVay, is currently the head coach of the Los Angeles Rams.

NFL career[edit]


He became the pro football head coach of the World Football League Memphis Southmen in 1974, the WFL's first season. His record at Memphis was 24-7. The league folded in 1975.[1] In 1976 he went to the NFL New York Giants as an assistant coach and replaced fellow Miami alumnus Bill Arnsparger as the head coach when Arnsparger was fired at mid-season. From 1976 to 1978, McVay struggled with a franchise in transition. His first NFL season included a roster with three rookie quarterbacks. His contract with the Giants was not renewed after the 1978 NFL season, most likely as the result of a famous loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on November 19, 1978.[2]

Front office[edit]

McVay moved on to an administrative position with the San Francisco 49ers in 1980. He collaborated with head coach Bill Walsh in one of the most successful dynasties in NFL history. As vice president/director of football operations, he presided over five Super Bowl-winning seasons. He was named NFL Executive of the Year in 1989.[3] He retired from the 49ers in 1996.

Personal life[edit]

McVay's grandson, Sean, is a football coach in the NFL who became the youngest head coach in league history at the age of 30, after he was hired by the Los Angeles Rams in 2017.[4]


  1. ^ "WFLSouthmanCsonka1". Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  2. ^ Monkovic, Toni (January 24, 2007). "Giants-Broncos, Super Bowl XXI". The New York Times. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  3. ^ "NFL Executive of the Year - List of Winner By Year". Retrieved September 3, 2010. 
  4. ^ Simmons, Myles. "Three Things to Know about Rams HC Sean McVay". Retrieved 12 January 2017. 

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