Coughlin following a radio appearance in March 2013
|Team||New York Giants|
|Date of birth||August 31, 1946|
|Place of birth||Waterloo, New York|
|Awards||3× Super Bowl Champion
XXV (as an assistant coach)
XLII, XLVI (as a head coach)
|Head coaching record|
|Regular season||163–139–0 (.540)|
|Career record||175–146–0 (.545)|
|Super Bowl wins||XLII, XLVI|
|Championships won||NFC 2007, 2011|
|Coaching stats||Pro Football Reference|
|Team(s) as a coach/administrator|
Thomas Richard Coughlin (born August 31, 1946) is an American football coach who is currently head coach for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). Coughlin led the Giants to victory in Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI. Coughlin was also the inaugural head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, serving from 1995 to 2002 and leading the team to two AFC Championship Games. Prior to his career in professional football he was head coach of the Boston College Eagles football team from 1991 to 1993, and served in a variety of coaching and administrative positions in college football.
Early life and education
Coughlin was born in Irvington, New York. He attended Irvington High School, and was a good student and a letterman in football. While attending IHS, he set the school's single season touchdown record (which still stands) at 19.
Coughlin attended Syracuse University, where he played halfback for the Syracuse Orange football team. He was teammates with Larry Csonka and Floyd Little. In 1967, he set the school's single-season pass receiving record. Jim Boeheim was his residence advisor (RA) during Coughlin's senior year at Syracuse.
Coughlin was mentored by Bill Parcells while Coughlin was wide receivers coach and Parcells was head coach for the New York Giants. Like his mentor, Coughlin is known as a stern disciplinarian and for his meticulous attention to detail (for example, at the start of his Giants tenure he fined players for being two minutes early to team meetings, saying they should have arrived at least five minutes early per his new rules), earning him the nickname "Colonel Coughlin".
Coughlin's first head coaching job was at the Rochester Institute of Technology from 1970–1973. He then returned to his alma mater where he was eventually promoted to offensive coordinator, a position he also held at Boston College where he coached Doug Flutie. He returned to the staff after his stint at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Coughlin's second stint started in 1974, and ended in 1980. He left the collegiate level to become a wide receivers coach in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles, and later the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants.
While at New York, he was an assistant to Bill Parcells, and helped the Giants win Super Bowl XXV. Coughlin and Parcells have both made the NFL playoffs five times as Giants head coach, and the two Super Bowl titles they each have won with the Giants have occurred in their fourth and eighth seasons with the franchise, respectively.
After the 1990 season, Coughlin returned to Boston College to take on his second job as a head coach. In three seasons at BC, he turned the program into a consistent winner. Coughlin's tenure was capped with a 41-39 victory over #1 ranked Notre Dame in 1993, the first time BC defeated Notre Dame.
Coughlin's success at Boston College led to his subsequent hiring as the first head coach of the NFL's expansion Jacksonville Jaguars. In eight seasons at Jacksonville, he helmed the most successful expansion team in league history. During Coughlin's tenure, the Jaguars went to the AFC Championship Game twice, the first time being only the second year of the team's existence, and for that season (1996), he was named NFL Coach of the Year by United Press International. Coughlin would again take the Jaguars to the AFC Championship Game in 1999 after achieving a league-high 14–2 regular season record. However, in both appearances in the championship game, the Jaguars were defeated: in 1996 by the New England Patriots, and in 1999, by the Tennessee Titans.
Coughlin's Jaguars won 49 regular season games in his first five years as head coach, a remarkable average for an expansion team of nearly ten wins per year. But the Jaguars' record for the next three years was only 19–29, and after a 6–10 finish in 2002, Coughlin was fired by owner Wayne Weaver. He finished his eight-year career in Jacksonville with a 68–60 regular season record and a 4–4 playoff record.
In 2011 (after selling the Jaguars to Shahid Khan) Weaver said when looking back on his tenure as owner, firing Coughlin may have been his biggest regret.
New York Giants
As Coughlin took over, the Giants were trying to put together a trade for the first pick in the draft. That year, the San Diego Chargers held that pick, and the expected selection was Mississippi quarterback Eli Manning, who had made his desire clear that he wanted to play for the Giants. On draft day the Giants drafted NC State's Philip Rivers with the fourth pick and traded him to the Chargers for Manning. Coughlin's incumbent quarterback, Kerry Collins, was incensed by the move and demanded his release, leaving the team without a veteran who could hold the fort until Manning was ready. To fill that role the Giants signed Kurt Warner, the former Super Bowl MVP who had been cut by the St. Louis Rams after he lost his starting job to Marc Bulger.
Behind Warner, Coughlin led the Giants to five wins in their first seven games. However, with the team having lost their next two, Coughlin decided that Warner, who had been struggling, could no longer do the job and began starting the highly touted Manning beginning in the tenth game. The coach received criticism from some who felt the move amounted to a surrender of the 2004 season, as their 5-4 record meant the Giants were still in playoff contention. Manning did in fact struggle and the Giants' losing streak reached eight games before Manning defeated the Dallas Cowboys in the final game of the season.
Another major impact Coughlin would have on the Giants was star running back Tiki Barber's fumbling problems. In the 2000-2004 seasons, Barber lost the ball 19 times. By simply teaching Barber to use a different grip on the ball, Coughlin reduced Barber's fumbles to only one in the 2005 season. Barber also saw his production increase significantly, setting career highs in rushing and total yards each year under Coughlin.
Coughlin's early move to Manning, though, would pay dividends in 2005, as Manning and the Giants went 11–5 in Coughlin's second season and won the NFC East for the first time since 2000. It was also the Giants' first postseason appearance since making it as a wild card in 2002. However, a very poor performance by Manning, and a defense missing three starting linebackers, saw the Giants get shut out 23–0 at the hands of the Carolina Panthers at Giants Stadium. Following the game, Tiki Barber called out Coughlin and his offensive coordinator, partially because a Panthers player said that "We knew what they were going to do before they did it." Coughlin and Barber have yet to reconcile their differences, with Coughlin even refusing an interview by Tiki, then a sideline reporter for NBC, which would have been held prior to a Panthers-Giants game in 2008.
Heading into the 2006 season, expectations for the Giants were high. In just over two years as the Giants head coach, Coughlin transformed the Giants from an underachieving, last place team into a possible Super Bowl contender.
The Giants struggled early during the 2006 campaign, going 1–2 in their first three games. After a particularly bad loss to the Seattle Seahawks, star tight end Jeremy Shockey stated that the Giants had been "outplayed and outcoached." The Giants rebounded by winning their next five games to go 6–2. However, the Giants suffered a stunning second half collapse, losing 6 of their next 7 games to fall to 7–8 heading into the last game of the season. After a late November loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Coughlin and his coaching staff were once again criticized by Tiki Barber. Barber also announced he was going to retire following the season, which provided another distraction for the sliding Giants. Things took another turn for the worse the next week when the Giants blew a 21-point fourth quarter lead and lost to the Tennessee Titans by a score of 24–21. After the game Coughlin had said to the media "I'm going to be sick about this one forever." Numerous injuries, excessive penalties, and a high number of turnovers were most responsible for the downward spiral of the 2006 Giants. The media hounded Coughlin with questions about Barber's announcement, and whether differences between Coughlin and Barber led to this point, and the team's fans and ownership were starting to get restless about the coach's performance; during a 30-7 loss to the New Orleans Saints late in the year a loud "Fire Coughlin" chant erupted at Giants Stadium. The Giants rebounded with a victory in the season's final game at the Washington Redskins, thereby securing a playoff berth and perhaps saving Coughlin's job in the process. However, Coughlin and the Giants lost to the Philadelphia Eagles, 23–20, in the first round of the playoffs. On January 10, 2007, it was announced that Coughlin would receive a one-year extension on his current contract through the 2008 season, but since the Giants' team policy is to never have a coach in the final year of his contract, this only guaranteed that Coughlin would remain as the Giants' head coach in 2007.
On February 7, 2007 Tiki Barber officially followed through on his threat to retire from the Giants. He cited numerous complaints about Eli Manning's leadership skills and Coughlin's practice style as decisions to retire at what seemed the peak of his career.
In the 2007 season, the Giants again started poorly with an 0–2 record. However, the team rebounded and won 6 straight games. The team compiled a 7–1 road record for the season, and they made it to the playoffs for the third year in a row. Coughlin and the Giants had their first playoff win in seven years when his team defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on January 6, 2008, 24-14. The Giants immediately followed up their win against Tampa Bay by narrowly defeating the Dallas Cowboys in the Divisional Playoffs, winning 21–17, preventing Dallas from beating them for the third time in the season. The upset victory over the Cowboys was followed up by a 23–20 overtime victory against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game. This victory set up Coughlin's first appearance in a Super Bowl as a head coach.
Super Bowl XLII took place in Glendale, Arizona on February 3, 2008. The game pitted Coughlin's New York Giants (13–6) against the undefeated New England Patriots (18–0) coached by Bill Belichick. The Patriots were favored by 12 points. The underdog Giants beat the Patriots 17–14 in what is often considered one of the biggest upsets in NFL history.
Prior to the start of Giants mini-camp in May 2008, Coughlin and the Giants were invited by President Bush to the White House to honor their victory in Super Bowl XLII. The Super Bowl win got Coughlin a four-year contract worth roughly $21 million to coach the Giants through 2011. The deal made him one of the NFL's highest-paid coaches. Fresh off their Super Bowl season, the team started off red hot going 11-2 through 13 games, but after the Plaxico Burress shooting incident, the team went 1-2 down the stretch and despite being the #1 seed they were eliminated in the divisional round of the playoffs by the Philadelphia Eagles. The Giants finished 8-8 in 2009, despite solid offensive play, however, their defense struggled throughout the season, and they missed the playoffs. In 2010, they began 1-2, and then began a five-game winning streak to finish 6-2 at the bye. The Giants headed into week 15 against the Eagles with a record of 9-4. In the final seconds the Giants were faced with a fourth down and Coughlin told his punter, Matt Dodge, to punt the ball out of bounds to effectively end the game. However he punted the ball right to DeSean Jackson who took it the distance and won the Eagles the game in the Miracle at the New Meadowlands. The loss jeopardized the Giants' playoff bid and once again Coughlin's future was uncertain. However, on July 24, 2011, he signed a one-year contract extension to remain with the Giants through the end of the 2012 season.
Following a very hectic free agency period when the Giants lost Pro Bowl Wide Receiver Steve Smith, Defensive Tackle Barry Cofield, and Tight End Kevin Boss, expectations from many analysts and fans alike were very low. After losing the season opener to the Washington Redskins, in which the Giants seemed worn out and tired, the Giants went 6-2 before hitting a collapse, losing four straight games. At 6-6, the Giants won three of their last four games to finish at 9-7 with the NFC East championship. In their first playoff game since the 2008 NFC Divisional round, they defeated the Atlanta Falcons 24-2, with the Falcons' only points coming on a first quarter safety on Eli Manning. In the 2012 divisional game Coughlin coached the Giants to a 37-20 win over the heavily favored defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers a team who finished the 2011 regular season with a league best 15-1 won-loss record. The following week he coached the Giants to a 20-17 overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game to set up a Super Bowl rematch with the New England Patriots. On February 5, 2012, Coughlin's Giants defeated the Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI, thus making Coughlin the oldest head coach to win a Super Bowl. On June 6, 2012 it was announced he had signed a contract extension to keep him with the Giants until at least 2014. At the same time, Coughlin announced that he would like to coach into his seventies.
Unfortunately for Coughlin, the Giants failed to make the playoffs in the 2012 season, despite starting the season 6-2 and finishing once again at 9-7. This was due in large part to two lopsided losses to the NFC's number one seed Atlanta Falcons and Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in weeks 15 and 16 respectively.
Worse still, the Giants began the 2013 season 0-6 for the first time since 1976. John Mara, the Giants co-owner, stated that Coughlin's time with the Giants could be limited. Despite the difficult start, the team remained resilient and rebounded with wins against the Vikings and Eagles, hitting the bye week at 2–6. Victories against the Raiders and Packers coupled with a floundering NFC East left the Giants only one and half games behind the division leading Eagles going into week 12. This resurgence was brought to an abrupt halt with a 24-21 loss against the division rival Cowboys. The Giants eventually finished the 2013 season with a record of 7–9, Coughlin's only sub .500 record as head coach since his first season, and quarterback Eli Manning's rookie season, in 2004.
On February 21, 2014, Coughlin told reporters at the 2014 NFL Combine that he agreed on a one year extension to his contract. This move will allow him to remain the Giants' head coach throughout the 2015 season.
Coughlin is the oldest of seven children. He and his wife Judy have two daughters, Keli and Katie; two sons-in-law named Chris (Katie's husband Chris Snee played for Coughlin's Giants from 2004-13); two sons, Brian and Tim; two daughters-in-law, Andrea (Tim’s wife) and Susie (Brian’s wife); and eleven grandchildren: Emma Rose, Dylan, Shea, Cooper, Caroline May, Marin Elizabeth, Wesley, Brennon, Clara Amelia, Walker, and Allie.
Coughlin created the Jay Fund, officially the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation in 1996 while coaching at Jacksonville, Florida. The foundation is named after Jay McGillis, a Boston College player who was diagnosed with and died from leukemia during Coughlin's tenure as head coach. The non-profit organization is devoted to assisting "children with leukemia and other cancers and their families by providing emotional and financial support to help reduce the stress associated with treatment and improve their quality of life", according to the foundation's mission statement. As of early 2008, the fund had disbursed in excess of $2 million while assisting over 1,000 families of children with cancer.
Head coaching record
|Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers (Empire 8) (1970–1973)|
|Boston College Eagles (Big East Conference) (1991–1993)|
|1992||Boston College||8–3–1||2–1–1||3rd||L Hall of Fame||21||21|
|1993||Boston College||9–3||5–2||3rd||W Blockbuster||12||13|
|#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|Won||Lost||Ties||Win %||Finish||Won||Lost||Win %||Result|
|JAX||1995||4||12||0||.250||5th in AFC Central||-||-||-||-|
|JAX||1996||9||7||0||.563||2nd in AFC Central||2||1||.667||Lost to New England Patriots in AFC Championship Game.|
|JAX||1997||11||5||0||.688||2nd in AFC Central||0||1||.000||Lost to Denver Broncos in AFC Wild Card Game.|
|JAX||1998||11||5||0||.688||1st in AFC Central||1||1||.500||Lost to New York Jets in AFC Divisional Game.|
|JAX||1999||14||2||0||.875||1st in AFC Central||1||1||.500||Lost to Tennessee Titans in AFC Championship Game.|
|JAX||2000||7||9||0||.438||4th in AFC Central||-||-||-||-|
|JAX||2001||6||10||0||.375||5th in AFC Central||-||-||-||-|
|JAX||2002||6||10||0||.375||3rd in AFC South||-||-||-||-|
|NYG||2004||6||10||0||.375||2nd in NFC East||-||-||-||-|
|NYG||2005||11||5||0||.688||1st in NFC East||0||1||.000||Lost to Carolina Panthers in NFC Wild Card Game.|
|NYG||2006||8||8||0||.500||3rd in NFC East||0||1||.000||Lost to Philadelphia Eagles in NFC Wild Card Game.|
|NYG||2007||10||6||0||.625||2nd in NFC East||4||0||1.000||Super Bowl XLII Champions.|
|NYG||2008||12||4||0||.750||1st in NFC East||0||1||.000||Lost to Philadelphia Eagles in NFC Divisional Game.|
|NYG||2009||8||8||0||.500||3rd in NFC East||-||-||-||-|
|NYG||2010||10||6||0||.625||2nd in NFC East||-||-||-||-|
|NYG||2011||9||7||0||.563||1st in NFC East||4||0||1.000||Super Bowl XLVI Champions.|
|NYG||2012||9||7||0||.563||2nd in NFC East||-||-||-||-|
|NYG||2013||7||9||0||.438||3rd in NFC East||-||-||-||-|
|NYG||2014||6||10||0||.375||3rd in NFC East||-||-||-||-|
NFL head coaches under whom Tom Coughlin has served:
- Marion Campbell, Philadelphia Eagles (1984–1985)
- Forrest Gregg, Green Bay Packers (1986–1987)
- Bill Parcells, New York Giants (1988–1990)
Assistant coaches under Tom Coughlin who became NFL head coaches:
- Dom Capers, Houston Texans (2002–2005)
- Kevin Gilbride, San Diego Chargers (1997–1998)
- Dick Jauron, Chicago Bears (1999–2003), Buffalo Bills (2006–2009)
- Lane Kiffin, Oakland Raiders (2007–2008)
- Bobby Petrino, Atlanta Falcons (2007)
- Tony Sparano, Miami Dolphins (2008–2011), Oakland Raiders (2014)
- Steve Spagnuolo, St. Louis Rams (2009–2011)
Assistant coaches under Tom Coughlin who became NCAA head coaches:
- Bobby Petrino, Louisville Cardinals (2003–2006; 2014–current), Arkansas Razorbacks (2008–2012), Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (2013)
- Randy Edsall, Connecticut Huskies (1999–2010), Maryland Terrapins (2011–current)
- Lane Kiffin, Tennessee Volunteers (2009), USC Trojans (2010–2013)
- Dirk Koetter, Boise State Broncos (1998–2000), Arizona State Sun Devils (2001–2006)
- Matt Rhule, Temple Owls football (2013–current)
- Paul Haynes, Kent State Golden Flashes (2013–current)
- Newberry, Paul (2008-02-04). "Kinder, gentler and now a champion - Coughlin makes his mark". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-08-11.
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- Coughlin Snubs Barber
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- Branch, John (March 8, 2008). "Coughlin Signs Deal to Coach for 4 Years". New York Times.
- "Coughlin's new contract puts him among NFL's highest-paid coaches". ESPN. March 8, 2008.
- "New York Giants' Tom Coughlin gets extension through 2012 - ESPN New York". Espn.go.com. 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2013-05-02.
- Vacchiano, Ralph (January 6, 2012). "How Coughlin rescued Giants and himself". Daily News (New York).
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- "NY Giants Should Make Tom Coughlin Their Head Coach in Perpetuity". Bleacher Report. 2012-06-06. Retrieved 2013-05-02.
- "Debate: Does Tom Coughlin Deserve to Be Fired as New York Giants Head Coach?".
- "Tony Romo, Cowboys scrape past Giants with late drive". USA Today. November 24, 2013.
- "Tom Coughlin agrees to a one-year extension with Giants". Pro Football Talk. 2014-02-21. Retrieved 2014-02-21.
- Roberts, Jeff. "Signed And Ready: Park Ridge's Tom Coughlin agrees to contract extension with Giants", The Record (Bergen County), July 27, 2011. Accessed September 20, 2011.
-  Jay Fund website, History
- Kerr, Jessie-Lynne (March 14, 2008). "Coughlin: Jay Fund's future is now". Florida Times-Union.
- "‘Super’ coach started with Tigers". RIT University Magazine. 2012-03-22. Retrieved 2012-09-26.