Tom Coughlin
Head Coach


Tom Coughlin is one of the finest, most successful and most admired coaches in NFL history.

His signature achievements are the Giants’ victories against the New England Patriots in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI. Coughlin’s 2-0 record in Super Bowls makes him one of 13 coaches to win multiple Super Bowls. He is one of 19 coaches with a perfect Super Bowl record.
Tom Coughlin is one of the finest, most successful and most admired coaches in NFL history.

His signature achievements are the Giants’ victories against the New England Patriots in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI. Coughlin’s 2-0 record in Super Bowls makes him one of 13 coaches to win multiple Super Bowls. He is one of 19 coaches with a perfect Super Bowl record.

In 18 seasons as a NFL head coach, Coughlin is 164-140 (.539) in the regular season and 12-7 (.632) in the postseason for an overall record of 176-147 (.545). The 164 regular season victories place him 13th on the NFL’s career list. Coughlin’s 176 total victories put him in 12th place on that list. Coughlin is second among active coaches in both regular-season and total victories, trailing only New England’s Bill Belichick (233 victories).

Coughlin has led the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Giants to five division titles and nine playoff berths.

Coughlin is one of the very best coaches in the Giants’ 90-year history. The 2015 season is Coughlin’s 12th with the Giants. He is just the second man in Giants history to coach the team for at least 12 seasons. Only Hall of Famer Steve Owen, who reigned for 24 seasons from 1930-53, led the team for a longer time period.

Coughlin has the NFL’s third-longest head coaching tenure with one team, behind Belichick (who is in his 16th season with the Patriots) and Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis (in his 13th season).

With the Giants, Coughlin is 96-80 in the regular season and 8-3 in the postseason. The 96 victories are second in franchise history to Owen’s 151. Coughlin has led the Giants to two NFC East titles and five playoff berths. His eight postseason triumphs tie him with Pro Football Hall of Famer Bill Parcells for the most ever by a Giants coach. Coughlin was the team’s wide receivers coach under Parcells from 1988-90.

Coughlin is by far the longest-tenured coach in the NFC East. He has been the Giants’ coach since 2004. Dallas’ Jason Garrett took over in 2010, Philadelphia’s Chip Kelly is in his third season at the helm and Washington’s Jay Gruden is in his second year with the club.

The 2014 Giants won three of their final four games to finish 6-10. The previous year, the Giants finished 7-9, breaking a streak of eight consecutive non-losing seasons, the team’s longest stretch of finishing .500 or better since they did it 10 straight years from 1954-63. The Giants had a winning record each season from 2010-12, the first time they had done that in three consecutive years since 1988-90 (when they were 10-6, 12-4, 13-3).

In 2012, the Giants were 9-7 and scored 429 points, the second-highest total in franchise history; the 1963 Giants scored 448. The 2012 season was the fifth in the history of the franchise in which the Giants scored more than 400 points. Four of them have occurred since Coughlin became head coach: 2012 (429 points), 2008 (427), 2005 (422) and 2009 (402). The 2012 Giants scored a franchise-record 278 points at home, shattering the old mark of 248, set in 2007.

In 2011, the Giants finished 9-7 and won the NFC East championship before winning four postseason games, including their second Super Bowl in five seasons. In leading the Giants to another title, Coughlin reached a number of impressive milestones. He increased his number of career postseason victories to 12, tying him with former Pittsburgh Coach Bill Cowher for the seventh-highest total in NFL history:

Coaches’ Postseason Victories:

22: Bill Belichick
20: Tom Landry
19: Don Shula
17: Joe Gibbs
16: Chuck Noll
13: Mike Holmgren
12: Tom Coughlin, Bill Cowher

Coughlin and Belichick are the only two active coaches on the list.

The 2011 Giants, who won Super Bowl XLVI, were victorious in two road postseason games, the NFC Divisional Playoff in Green Bay and the conference championship game in San Francisco. When the Giants won Super Bowl XLII four years earlier, they won three road games, in Tampa Bay, Dallas and Green Bay. Including two wins with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Coughlin has nine postseason victories away from home - seven on the road and two neutral site Super Bowls. Coughlin’s seven career road playoff victories tie another Hall of Famer, Landry, for the most in NFL history. Coughlin is 7-4 on the road in the playoffs (5-1 with the Giants). Landry was 7-7. The Giants have won seven consecutive postseason games away from home (five on the road, two neutral sites). Both streaks – five consecutive on the road, seven in a row away from home – are NFL postseason records.

Coughlin is 7-3 in postseason games against teams he faced in the regular season, including victories in 2011 over Green Bay, San Francisco and New England.
Coughlin was 65 years, 158 days old when Super Bowl XLVI was played on Feb. 5, 2012, making him the oldest coach to win a Super Bowl and the second-oldest to guide his team to the title game. Buffalo’s Marv Levy was 68 years old when he coached the last of his four Super Bowls in January 1993. Coughlin is also the fourth-oldest coach to win a Super Bowl as a result of his team’s Super Bowl XLII victory.

Oldest Head Coaches to Win a Super Bowl:
Name Team Super Bowl Years Days
Tom Coughlin Giants XLVI 65 158
Dick Vermeil St. Louis XXXIV 63 92
Weeb Ewbank Jets III 61 251
Tom Coughlin Giants XLII 61 156

In 2011, Coughlin improved to 2-2 in conference championship games, including 2-0 with the Giants.

The 2011 Giants gained a franchise-record 6,161 yards. The former mark of 6,085 was set in 2010. Those are the only two 6,000-yard seasons in Giants history.

That 2011 Giants team shattered the franchise record with 4,734 net passing yards. The former mark of 4,019 was set in 2009. Last season, the Giants finished with 4,272 net passing yards. Those are the only three 4,000-yard passing seasons in Giants history. In 2014, the Giants also set a team record with 379 pass completions.

In 2011, the Giants won five regular-season games in which they trailed in the fourth quarter, tying the franchise record they set in 2002. They tied Denver and Cincinnati for the NFL’s second-highest total. Arizona led the league with six.

That season, the Giants won their fourth Lombardi Trophy, and second under Coughlin, with an unexpected late-season run. A loss to the Washington Redskins on Dec. 18 left the Giants with a 7-7 record. It was their last defeat of the season. Six days later, the Giants defeated the Jets, 29-14. On the final night of the season they crushed Dallas, 31-14, to clinch the NFC East title, their eighth division championship since the 1970 merger. The Giants then defeated Atlanta, Green Bay and San Francisco to advance to Super Bowl XLVI, where they found a familiar foe in New England, a team they had defeated three months earlier. This time, the Giants scored with 57 seconds remaining and held off a late Patriots charge to win, 21-17.

The 2011 Giants were unique Super Bowl champions. They were the first team to win the title after a) losing seven games in the regular season; b) losing four consecutive games in the regular season; c) finishing with a negative scoring differential (394-400) in the regular season, and d) finishing last in the NFL in rushing in the regular season. They did so thanks to their resilience, toughness and tenacity, which are hallmarks of Coughlin-coached teams. In their four postseason victories, the Giants defeated 10-6 Atlanta, 15-1 Green Bay, 13-3 San Francisco and 13-3 New England to become the first team to beat four teams in the playoffs with better regular-season records. The Giants are the only team to twice win four games in a single postseason (doing it in 2007 and 2011).

Coughlin is one of seven active coaches to lead a team to a Super Bowl victory. The others are Belichick, Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin, New Orleans’ Sean Payton, Green Bay’s Mike McCarthy, Baltimore’s John Harbaugh and Seattle’s Pete Carroll. Coughlin, Belichick and Payton are former Giants assistant coaches.

The two championship seasons, division titles, postseason berths, the streak of eight seasons at .500 or better and the impressive offensive statistics are successes in a Giants’ revival that began when Coughlin was named the 16th head coach in franchise history on Jan. 6, 2004. The Giants won only four games in the season prior to his arrival. A longtime successful head coach on the collegiate level and in the NFL, Coughlin was the wide receivers coach of the Giants when they won Super Bowl XXV in 1990. When he returned to the team as head coach, Coughlin quickly put the team back on a path that would ultimately lead to two more Super Bowl victories.

The Giants improved from four to six to 11 victories and won the NFC East title in Coughlin’s first two seasons with the team. In 2006, they went 8-8 and earned an NFC Wild Card playoff berth. The following season, the Giants were 10-6 in the regular season and again reached postseason play as a Wild Card, which served as a springboard to the team’s Super Bowl victory. In 2008, they were one of the NFL’s very best teams at 12-4 and reached the playoffs for the first time in the season following a Super Bowl appearance. Two years later, the Giants were only the sixth double-digit victory team to fall short of the postseason since the NFL’s realignment in 2002. In 2011, they had one less regular season victory, a fact long forgotten when Coughlin held the Lombardi Trophy on the podium in the center of Lucas Oil Field on Feb. 5.

Coughlin twice led the Jacksonville Jaguars to the AFC Championship Game prior to leading the Giants to victories in two NFC Championship Games. He is one of just seven coaches to lead teams to a championship game in each conference since the 1970 merger. The others are Parcells and Dan Reeves (both former Giants coaches), as well as Chuck Knox, Jon Gruden, Tony Dungy and John Fox (a former Giants defensive coordinator).

Coughlin first ascended to the pinnacle of his profession in the 2007 season, when he led the Giants to a victory in Super Bowl XLII. The Giants, heavy underdogs entering the game, scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to defeat the previously-undefeated New England Patriots, 17-14. Coughlin’s 2007 team also set several milestone achievements on their way to the NFL championship. The Giants became the fifth Wild Card team to win the Super Bowl, the second in three years (the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL) and the first from the NFC (the Green Bay Packers joined the list in 2010). The Giants repeated that feat in 2011. They were the second team to win the Super Bowl after winning three postseason road games to get there (again joining the 2005 Steelers and again followed three years later by the Packers). The No. 5 Giants were then the lowest-seeded NFC team to win the Super Bowl since the NFL began seeding teams in 1990 (Green Bay was seeded sixth in 2010). Prior to the Giants’ victory, a second seed was the previous low NFC team to win a Super Bowl. The 2007 Giants were just the third team to win the Super Bowl after starting the season 0-2. The others were the 1993 Cowboys and the 2001 Patriots.

Perhaps the most impressive characteristic of that title team was its ability to win on the road. The Giants won 10 consecutive games as visitors (seven regular season, three postseason), an NFL single-season record. They were the visiting team in the Super Bowl, which was their 11th consecutive triumph away from Giants Stadium. The Giants won their first 2008 road game, at St. Louis, to extend their road winning streak to 11 games, which tied them with three other teams for the second-longest such streak in NFL history. They achieved much of that success with 11 rookies on their 2007 active roster, a record for a Super Bowl winner.

After their 0-2 start in 2007, the Giants won six consecutive games to become just the fifth team in history and the second since 1947 to follow two opening losses with six straight triumphs. The last of those victories was over the Miami Dolphins in London’s Wembley Stadium, which made the Giants the first team in history to win a regular season game outside of North America.

In 2008, Coughlin led the Giants to the NFC East championship with a 12-4 record. The 12 victories was their highest total since the 2000 NFC champions won 12 games. It was the eighth time in franchise history and the sixth time since the merger that the Giants finished a season with at least 12 victories. The Giants advanced to postseason play for the fourth consecutive season, the first time they accomplished that feat in their history.

Coughlin also led the Jaguars to four consecutive postseason berths (1996-99) and is one of only three coaches in NFL history to accomplish that feat with two different teams. The others are Marty Schottenheimer (Cleveland, 1985-88 and Kansas City, 1990-95) and Mike Holmgren (Green Bay, 1993-98 and Seattle 2003-07).

Under Coughlin, the Giants have routinely established franchise statistical milestones. Two constant points of emphasis for him are avoiding costly penalties and winning the turnover battle. In 2012, the Giants finished with 72 penalties for 578 yards, both franchise-low totals for a 16-game schedule. In addition, their plus-14 turnover differential placed them fourth in the NFL and was Coughlin’s best figure as an NFL head coach. The Giants also allowed just 20 sacks in 2012, the lowest total in the league.

Coughlin’s career turnover differential is plus-44 in the regular season and plus-eight in the postseason. The plus-44 places him fourth among active head coaches, behind Belichick (+147), McCarthy (+87) and Carroll (+67). In 2008, the Giants set what was then an NFL record (tied that season by the Miami Dolphins) by coughing up the ball only 13 times in 16 games (New England established a new mark with just 10 turnovers in 2010). The Giants and Dolphins were the seventh and eighth teams to average less than one turnover a game over a 16-game season. Coughlin was the head coach of two of the teams, the 2002 Jaguars and the 2008 Giants, and was an assistant on another (the 1990 Giants).

Under Coughlin, the Giants are 70-15 when leading at halftime, 74-10 when leading after the third quarter, 72-31 when they rush for at least 100 yards, 55-17 when holding the opposition to less than 100 yards on the ground and 63-13 when the turnover differential is to their advantage.

In 2014, the Giants finished 10th in the NFL in yards per game (367.2), the sixth time in Coughlin’s tenure they were in the top 10 in total yards. They established franchise records for pass completions (383) and completion percentage (63.1) and their 4,272 net passing yards were the second-highest total in their history.

In the 2011 championship season, the Giants were fifth in the NFL with a franchise-record 295.9 passing yards a game, their highest ranking since they finished fifth in 1984. In 2010, they finished in the top 10 in the NFL’s offensive and defensive rankings. The Giants were fifth on offense with an average of 380.3 yards a game and seventh in defense, allowing an average of 310.8 yards per game. They gained a then franchise-record 6,085 yards, the first 6,000-yard season in their history. The previous record was 5,884 yards in 1985. The Giants scored 48 touchdowns, which was tied for the third-highest total in team history. Their 331 first downs were the third-highest total in franchise history – a total they matched in 2011. The team’s 62.9 completion percentage was a team record, besting the 62.4 percentage set in 2009. The Giants and Indianapolis Colts allowed an NFL-low 16 sacks in 2010. That was easily the fewest sacks allowed by the Giants since the 16-game season was instituted in 1978. Their previous low total was 24 sacks allowed in 2002. The Giants did not allow a sack in a franchise-record five consecutive games (Nov. 7-Dec. 5).

Defensively, the 2013 Giants ranked eighth in the NFL, allowing 332.3 yards a game. Both the ranking and yardage were significant improvements over the defense’s numbers in 2012, when the unit ranked 31st, yielding an average of 383.4 yards a game. In 2011, the Giants allowed an average of 14 points in four postseason games, significantly below the 25 points a game given up in the regular season.

In 2009, the Giants scored 402 points after scoring 425 the previous year, the first time in franchise history they scored at least 400 points in consecutive seasons. The Giants gained 5,856 yards, then the second-highest total in franchise history. The Giants set a team record with 4,019 net passing yards, the first 4,000-yard season in team history.

From Sept. 20 to Oct. 4, 2009, the Giants won consecutive road games in Dallas, Tampa Bay and Kansas City. They are one of just 10 of the 131 teams (7.6 percent) that have played at least three consecutive road games since 1990 to win every game. Both the Giants and Coughlin are on the list twice. The Giants swept a three-game trip in 1994, when they traveled to Houston, Washington and Cleveland on successive weeks. Coughlin’s 2001 Jacksonville Jaguars also won three road games in three weeks. Of course, Coughlin’s 2007 Giants won three straight road playoff games on the way to Super Bowl XLII.

The 2008 Giants established several milestones and records. The Giants had two more victories than they finished with the previous year to become the fifth defending Super Bowl champion to win more games the season following a championship than they did on their way to winning the Lombardi Trophy (not counting the strike-shortened 1982 season). The Giants were the first defending Super Bowl champion in 10 years – and only the fourth overall – to earn a top seed in the postseason a year after winning the championship game (since seeding began in 1990). In 2011, Green Bay became the fifth team to accomplish the feat – and the Packers promptly lost to the Giants.

In 2008, the Giants rushed for NFL-leading and franchise-record numbers of 2,518 yards and 5.0 yards per carry. The previous records were 2,451 yards in 1985 and 4.7 yards an attempt in 2005 and 2006. The Giants’ run offense finished seventh or better in the league every season from 2005-08, the first time since 1990-93 that they were in the NFL’s top 10 four years in a row. The Giants finished the season with 427 points and 338 first downs, both the second-highest totals in franchise history. They scored 448 points in 1963 and had 356 first downs in 1985.

Three years after setting the franchise rushing mark, the Giants struggled to run the ball. So the 2011 Giants became the best passing team in franchise history with their average of 295.9 yards a game. Eli Manning’s 4,933 passing yards were the sixth-highest total in NFL history and Victor Cruz (1,536) and Hakeem Nicks (1,192) became the first pair of 1,000-yard receivers in the same season in Giants history.

In both 2011 and 2012, the Giants scored 47 touchdowns – one less than they had in 2010, which was their highest total since the 1985 team scored 48. In 2012, Victor Cruz caught 10 touchdown passes and Andre Brown rushed for eight scores. The previous season, Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for nine touchdowns and had two scoring receptions, while Cruz added nine receiving scores. In 2010, Hakeem Nicks caught 11 touchdown passes and Mario Manningham added nine as they became the first pair of Giants with at least nine touchdown catches since 1967, when Homer Jones had a franchise-record 13 and Aaron Thomas had nine. In addition, Brandon Jacobs rushed for nine touchdowns and Bradshaw eight, the first time the Giants had two backs run for at least eight scores in the same season.

The Giants scored 46 touchdowns in 2009 when Steve Smith (7), Nicks (6), Manningham (5) and Kevin Boss (5) all had at least five touchdown receptions. It was the first time the Giants have had four different receivers with at least five touchdown catches apiece since 1963, when five players reached that total: Del Shofner (9), Frank Gifford (7), Joe Morrison (7), Joe Walton (6) and Phil King (5). The Giants scored 45 touchdowns in both 2005 and 2008. In the first of those seasons, they were only the fifth team in NFL history to have five different players score at least seven touchdowns. Tiki Barber scored 11, and Jeremy Shockey, Plaxico Burress, Amani Toomer and Jacobs scored seven apiece. The Giants’ 5,787 total yards that year were then the third-most in team history and their offense ranked fourth in the NFL with an average of 361.7 yards a game. It was the team’s highest ranking since 1972, when the offense also ranked fourth with an average of 320.2 yards a game.

Defensively, the Giants have ranked in the top eight in the NFL rankings four times under Coughlin (seventh in 2007, fifth in 2008, seventh in 2010 and eighth in 2013). When they allowed 292.0 yards a game and were ranked fifth in total defense in 2008, it was their highest ranking since 2000, when they were also fifth. The 292 yards per game were the fewest allowed by the Giants since 2000, when they gave up 284.1.

The Giants have also had several special teams standouts under Coughlin. In two seasons with the Giants (2013-14), Josh Brown made 47 of 52 field goal attempts, a percentage of 90.4 that is the highest in Giants history (minimum 50 attempts). That included a single-season record 92.3 percent (24 of 26) in 2014. Brown made a Giants-record 17 consecutive field goal attempts in 2013. A year earlier, Lawrence Tynes made 33 of 39 field goal attempts and all 46 of his extra point tries for 145 points, which was both the second-highest total in Giants history and in the NFL in 2012. That season, David Wilson set a Giants record with 1,533 kickoff return yards, easily breaking the former mark of 1,291, set by Domenik Hixon in 2009. Wilson’s 57 returns tied the team record Hixon set in 2009.

Many Giants players have enjoyed outstanding seasons in the Coughlin era. Eli Manning owns each of the team’s significant career passing records, including attempts, completions, yards and touchdowns. In 2014, Manning set a franchise record with 379 completions and his 4,410 yards were the second-highest total in franchise history. From 2005-12, Manning threw for at least 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns in eight consecutive seasons, the fifth-longest streak in NFL history. In 2011, Manning was the first NFL quarterback to throw at least four touchdown passes of at least 72 yards since Kurt Warner of St. Louis in 2000 (six). He was the first Giants quarterback to do it since Earl Morrall threw four in 1965. In 2010, Manning threw 31 touchdown passes, the third-highest total in Giants history and the most by a Giants quarterback in 47 years. Y.A. Tittle threw 36 in 1963 and 33 in 1962. Last year, Manning approached the record with 30 touchdown passes. Manning threw an NFL-record 15 fourth-quarter touchdown passes in 2011. The previous record of 14 was set by Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas in 1959 and tied by Peyton Manning (2002). From 2009-11, Manning threw for 4,002, 4,021 and 4,933 yards to become the first Giants quarterback with three 4,000-yard seasons. He added a fourth 4,000-yard season in 2014.

In 2009, Steve Smith shattered the franchise record with 107 receptions and was the first Giants wide receiver to play in the Pro Bowl since Homer Jones in 1968 (not including David Tyree’s selection as a special teams player in 2005). Victor Cruz was a Pro Bowl receiver in 2012, when he caught 86 passes, the second-highest total in franchise history. Last year, Odell Beckham Jr. played in the Pro Bowl after setting numerous franchise and NFL rookie records. Despite missing the first four games with an injury, Beckham caught 91 passes for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns.

With Jacobs (1,089 yards) and Derrick Ward (1,025) going over the 1,000-yard mark, the 2008 Giants were just the fourth team in history with two running backs rushing for at least 1,000 yards apiece in the same season. Jacobs was the fourth back in Giants history to run for at least 1,000 yards in at least two consecutive seasons. He ran for 15 touchdowns in 2008 and was just the second player in Giants history to run for that many scores in a single season.

Defensive end Michael Strahan, who played for Coughlin from 2004-07, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014. Strahan’s 141.5 career sacks place him fifth in NFL history.

Prior to joining the Giants, Coughlin coached the Jaguars for eight seasons (1995-2002). He was named the first head coach of the expansion Jaguars on Feb. 21, 1994, a full 559 days before the franchise played its first regular season game. In 1995, Jacksonville won four games, more than any previous expansion team in NFL history. The following year, Coughlin was named NFL Coach of the Year by United Press International as the Jaguars made the playoffs in just their second season and advanced all the way to the AFC Championship Game, where they lost to New England.

That began a streak of four consecutive playoff seasons for the Jaguars. In both 1997 and 1998 Jacksonville won 11 games, winning their first division title in 1998. The following season, the Jaguars had an NFL-best record of 14-2 and again advanced to the conference title game.

Under Coughlin, the Jaguars were the most successful expansion team in NFL history. Coughlin compiled a 68-60 regular season record (.531), plus a 4-4 mark in the playoffs, including those two trips to the AFC Championship Game. The Jaguars made the playoffs every year from 1996-99, the only expansion team in history to earn four postseason berths in its first five seasons.

Under Coughlin, the Jaguars were 55-12 in games in which they owned a lead entering the fourth period. The Jaguars were 40-28 in games against division opponents, 21-3 in games in which they scored a touchdown on their initial offensive possession, and 51-30 in games in which they rushed for at least 100 yards.

Coughlin quickly established himself as one of the NFL’s finest offensive coaches. During his tenure, the Jaguars led the NFL in both passing yards (4,367 in 1996) and rushing yards (2,091 in 1999). In addition to having the most rushing yards in the NFL in 1999, Jacksonville boasted the league’s leading receiver in Jimmy Smith (116 receptions). The only other team in history to accomplish that double was the 1954 San Francisco 49ers.

Coughlin arrived in Jacksonville following three years as the head coach at Boston College, where he turned a struggling program into a Top 20 team. He was 21-13-1 in three seasons (1991-93) with the Eagles, including 9-3 in 1993, when Boston College won eight consecutive games, defeated top-ranked Notre Dame, 41-39, and beat Virginia in the Carquest Bowl. Coughlin’s last Boston College team was ranked 12th in the USA Today/CNN coaches poll and 13th by the Associated Press, despite starting the season 0-2. The Eagles were 8-2-1 in 1992 and 4-7 in his first season in 1991.

Coughlin, Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks, Chip Kelly of the Philadelphia Eagles, Jim Caldwell of the Detroit Lions and Jim O’Brien of the Houston Texans are the only current NFL head coaches with experience as college head coaches.

Coughlin was the Giants wide receivers coach under Parcells from 1988-90. Under his tutelage, receivers such as Mark Ingram, Lionel Manuel, Odessa Turner and Stephen Baker all improved and helped the Giants win their second Super Bowl.

Coughlin began his coaching career in 1969 as a graduate assistant at Syracuse, his alma mater. He was the head coach at the Rochester Institute of Technology from 1970-73, compiling a record of 16-15-2. Coughlin returned to Syracuse in 1974, first serving as quarterbacks and offensive backfield coach for three seasons before being promoted to offensive coordinator for four years. He directed an offense that led the Orangemen to victory in the 1979 Independence Bowl, their first postseason triumph in 13 years.

In 1981, Coughlin went to Boston College for the first time, as quarterbacks coach under Jack Bicknell. He helped the Eagles win their first bowl game and coached Doug Flutie, who would win the Heisman Trophy in 1984, one season after Coughlin’s departure. In 1983, Boston College won the Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy as Eastern Champion, its first in 42 years.

Coughlin entered the NFL as the Philadelphia Eagles’ wide receivers coach in 1984 and 1985. He held the same position with the Green Bay Packers in 1986 and 1987 before moving to the Giants for a three-year stint.

Coughlin was a standout scholastic star at Waterloo (N.Y.) Central High School, where the football stadium now bears his name. He was a three-year letterman at Syracuse for legendary coach Ben Schwartzwalder from 1965-67. A wingback, Coughlin played in a backfield with All-America backs and Pro Football Hall of Famers Larry Csonka and Floyd Little. As a senior in 1967, Coughlin broke Syracuse’s single-season pass receiving record. That year, he won Syracuse’s Orange Key Award as the university’s outstanding scholar-athlete. He graduated in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in education and received a master’s degree in education the following year.

Thomas Richard Coughlin was born on Aug. 31, 1946 in Waterloo. He is the oldest of seven children. Coughlin and his wife Judy have two daughters, Keli and Kate; two sons-in-law named Chris; two sons, Brian and Tim; two daughters-in-law, Andrea (Tim’s wife) and Susie (Brian’s wife); and 11 grandchildren: Emma Rose, Dylan, Shea, Cooper, Caroline, Marin, Wesley, Brennon, Clara, Walker and Ally.

Recent Articles

Recent Videos