The Pittsburgh Steelers franchise has had 16 head coaches throughout its history. Founded as the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1933,[1] the name was changed to the Steelers prior to the 1941 season to celebrate the city's heritage of producing steel.[2] Joe Bach served two separate terms as head coach and Walt Kiesling served three separate terms. During the 1943 and 1944 seasons, due to the number of players who fought in World War II, the Steelers combined their team with Philadelphia and Chicago, respectively.[2] During these seasons, Kiesling shared coaching duties with Greasy Neale and Phil Handler,[3] who have not been included within this list.

Struggling[clarification needed] for much of the franchise's early years, the team's first season with more wins than losses was coached by Jock Sutherland in 1942.[2] In 1947, under Sutherland, the Steelers played their first playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles.[2] Ten of the 16 head coaches spent their entire professional coaching careers with the franchise, including Kiesling, John McNally, and Chuck Noll, who have also been voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.[4] One of only four men to coach the same team for 23 years, Noll retired in 1991.[2] Bill Cowher, who was Noll's replacement, coached the Steelers to their fifth Super Bowl victory, in 2005 and was voted into the Hall of Fame in 2020. The Steelers' sixth Super Bowl win came in Super Bowl XLIII, while head-coached by Mike Tomlin,[2] the team's current head coach.[5][6] As of 2021, the Steelers have had only three head coaches in the last 52 years.

List of head coaches

# Number of coaches[7]
GC Games Coached
W Wins
L Loses
T Ties
Win% Winning percentage
00 Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a coach
00 Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a player
00^ Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as the NFL Commissioner
00* Spent entire NFL head coaching career with the Steelers
00+ Highest winning percentage in franchise history

Coaches

Note: Statistics are accurate through the end of the 2021 NFL season.
# Name Term Regular season Playoffs Awards Ref./
Notes
GC W L T Win% GC W L Win%
Pittsburgh Pirates
1 Forrest Douds* 1933* 11 3 6 2 .333 [8]
2 Luby DiMeolo* 1934* 12 2 10 0 .167 [9]
3 Joe Bach* 19351936* 24 10 14 0 .416 [10][a]
4 John McNally ‡* 19371939* 25 6 19 0 .240 [11]
5 Walt Kiesling ‡* 19391940* 19 3 13 3 .188 [12][13] [b]
Pittsburgh Steelers
6 Bert Bell ^ 1941 2 0 2 0 .000 [14]
7 Aldo Donelli 1941 5 0 5 0 .000 [15]
Walt Kiesling ‡* 19411944* 35 13 20 2 .394 [b] [c]
8 Jim Leonard* 1945* 10 2 8 0 .200 [16]
9 Jock Sutherland 19461947 23 13 9 1 .591 1 0 1 .000 [17]
10 John Michelosen* 19481951* 48 20 26 2 .435 [18]
Joe Bach* 19521953* 24 11 13 0 .485 [a]
Walt Kiesling ‡* 19541956* 36 14 22 0 .389 [b]
11 Buddy Parker 19571964 104 51 47 6 .520 [19]
12 Mike Nixon 1965 14 2 12 0 .143 [20]
13 Bill Austin 19661968 42 11 28 3 .282 [21]
14 Chuck Noll †* 19691991* 342 193 148 1 .566 24 16 8 .667 UPI AFC Coach of the Year (1972)
Maxwell Football Club NFL Coach of the Year (1989)[22]
[23]
15 Bill Cowher†* 19922006* 240 149 90 1 .623 21 12 9 .571 AP NFL Coach of the Year (1992)
Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year (1992)
Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year (2004)[22]
[24]
16 Mike Tomlin+* 2007present* 241 154 85 2 .643 17 8 9 .471 Motorola NFL Coach of the Year (2008)[25] [26]

Footnotes

See also

References

  1. ^ "NFL history 1933". NFL.com.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Steelers' History" (PDF). Pittsburgh Steelers. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 May 2008. Retrieved 27 April 2008.
  3. ^ "Walt Kiesling". ProFootballhof.com. Retrieved 5 May 2008.
  4. ^ "Hall of Famers by Franchise". ProFootballHOF.com. Archived from the original on 12 April 2008. Retrieved 27 April 2008.
  5. ^ "Steelers Name Mike Tomlin the 16th Head Coach in Team History" (Press release). Pittsburgh Steelers. 23 January 2007. Archived from the original on 25 January 2007. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  6. ^ Dulac, Gerry (18 January 2007). "Tomlin, 34, is NFL's rising coaching star". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 27 April 2008.
  7. ^ A running total of the number of coaches of the Steelers. Thus any coach who has two separate terms as head coach is only counted once.
  8. ^ "Jap Doud Coaching Record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 20 March 2008.
  9. ^ "Luby DiMeolo Coaching Record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 20 March 2008.
  10. ^ "Joe Bach Coaching Record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 20 March 2008.
  11. ^ "Johnny McNally Coaching Record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 20 March 2008.
  12. ^ "Walt Kiesling Coaching Record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 20 March 2008.
  13. ^ "Hall of Famers by position". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  14. ^ "Bert Bell Coaching Record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 20 March 2008.
  15. ^ "Aldo Donelli Coaching Record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 20 March 2008.
  16. ^ "Jim Leonard Coaching Record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 20 March 2008.
  17. ^ "Jock Sutherland Coaching Record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 20 March 2008.
  18. ^ "John Michelosen Coaching Record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 20 March 2008.
  19. ^ "Buddy Parker Coaching Record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 20 March 2008.
  20. ^ "Mike Nixon Coaching Record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 20 March 2008.
  21. ^ "Bill Austin Coaching Record". Pro Football Reference. Archived from the original on 2 September 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2008.
  22. ^ a b "NFL Coach of the Year Award". HickokSports.com. Archived from the original on 5 December 2012. Retrieved 27 April 2008.
  23. ^ "Chuck Noll Coaching Record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 20 March 2008.
  24. ^ "Bill Cowher Coaching Record". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 20 March 2008.
  25. ^ "Fans pick Tomlin as NFL coach of the year". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. 29 January 2009. Archived from the original on 1 February 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2009.
  26. ^ "Mike Tomlin Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 5 January 2021.