List of New York Giants head coaches
The New York Giants are a professional American football team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. They are members of the East Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The franchise was founded in 1925 and have played for 19 NFL championships. They have won seven World Championship Games (Super Bowl and NFL Championship games) and one NFL Championship by virtue of having the league's best record at the end of the season in 1927.
There have been 17 head coaches for the Giants franchise. Five different coaches have won NFL Championships with the team: Earl Potteiger in 1927, Steve Owen in 1934 and 1938, Jim Lee Howell in 1956, Bill Parcells in 1986 and 1990, and Tom Coughlin in 2007 and 2011. Steve Owen leads all-time in games coached and wins, and LeRoy Andrews leads all coaches in winning percentage with .828 (with at least one full season coached). Bill Arnsparger is statistically the worst coach the Giants have had in terms of winning percentage, with .200.
Of the 17 Giants coaches, three have been elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Benny Friedman, Steve Owen and Bill Parcells. Several former players have been head coach for the Giants, including Doc Alexander, Earl Potteiger, Benny Friedman, Steve Owen, Jim Lee Howell, and Alex Webster. The franchise's most recent coach was Tom Coughlin, who spent 12 seasons in charge – going 110–93 in 203 total games with the pair of Super Bowl wins – before resigning in January 2016.
|#||Number of coaches[N 1]|
|†||Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a coach|
|‡||Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a player|
|*||Spent entire NFL head coaching career with the Giants|
Note: Statistics are correct as of the end of Week 5 of the 2016 NFL season.
|#||Name||Term[N 2]||Regular Season||Playoffs||Awards|
|3||Earl Potteiger||1927–1928||26||15||8||3||.652||–||–||–||NFL Championship (1927)|
|5||Benny Friedman ‡||1930||2||2||0||0||1.000||–||–||–|
|6||Steve Owen †||1931–1953||268||151||100||17||.602||10||2||8||NFL Championship (1934)|
|7||Jim Lee Howell*||1954–1960||84||53||27||4||.663||4||2||2||NFL Championship (1956)
Sporting News Coach of the Year (1956)
|8||Allie Sherman*||1961–1968||112||57||51||4||.528||3||0||3||AP Coach of the Year (1961, 1962)
UPI NFL Coach of the Year (1961, 1962)
|9||Alex Webster*||1969–1973||70||29||40||1||.420||–||–||–||UPI NFC Coach of the Year (1970)|
|13||Bill Parcells †||1983–1990||127||77||49||1||.611||11||8||3||NFL Championship (1986)|
|15||Dan Reeves||1993–1996||64||31||33||0||.484||2||1||1||AP Coach of the Year (1993)
Pro Football Weekly Coach of the Year (1993)
Sporting News Coach of the Year (1993)
UPI NFC Coach of the Year (1993)
|16||Jim Fassel||1997–2003||112||58||53||1||.523||5||2||3||AP Coach of the Year (1997)
Pro Football Weekly Coach of the Year (1997)
Sporting News Coach of the Year (1997)
|17||Tom Coughlin||2004–2015||192||102||90||0||.531||11||8||3||NFL Championship (2007, 2011)|
- A running total of the number of Giants head coaches. Thus, any head coach who has two or more separate terms is only counted once.
- Each year is linked to an article about that particular NFL season.
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