The San Francisco 49ers have an incredible track record when it comes to hiring head coaches from nearby colleges. Buck Shaw (California), Bill Walsh (Stanford), Steve Mariucci (California) all had winning records with the 49ers, and in only his first year Jim Harbaugh (Stanford) nearly brought the franchise back to the Super Bowl.
NFL Head Coaches Who Were Hired From Nearby Schools
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|Charles Brickley||1921||Fordham (NY) ¹||New York Brickley Giants|
|Russell Tollefson||1922||Minnesota (Assistant)||Minneapolis Marines|
|Jack Depler||1929||Columbia (NY) (Assistant)||Orange Tornadoes|
|Ralph Jones||1930||Lake Forest Academy H.S. (IL)||Chicago Bears|
|George Gibson||1930||Minnesota (Assistant)||Minneapolis Marines|
|Chile Walsh||1934||St. Louis (MO)||St. Louis Gunners|
|Eddie Casey||1935||Harvard (MA)||Boston Redskins|
|Gus Dorais||1943||Detroit (MI)||Detroit Lions|
|Buck Shaw||1946||California||San Francisco 49ers (AAFC)|
|Lisle Blackbourn||1954||Marquette (WI) ²||Green Bay Packers|
|Jim Lee Howell||1954||Wagner (NY) ³||New York Giants|
|Tommy Prothro||1971||UCLA||Los Angeles Rams|
|Bill Peterson||1972||Rice (TX)||Houston Oilers|
|Bill Walsh||1979||Stanford (CA)||San Francisco 49ers|
|John Robinson||1983||Southern California||Los Angeles Rams|
|Steve Mariucci||1997||California||San Francisco 49ers|
|Jim Harbaugh||2011||Stanford (CA)||San Francisco 49ers|
¹ In 1921, Charles Brickley remained with Fordham, but as an assistant coach.
² Marquette is located in Milwaukee, WI. The second “home” to the Green Bay Packers.
³ Jim Lee Howell was also an assistant coach with the New York Giants.
Listed below are the coaches that were a NFL head coach and college/prep coach during the same season.
NFL Head Coach and Local College/Prep Coach During the Same Season
|Coach||Year||College Position||NFL Head Coach of|
|Bud Talbott||1920-21||Head Coach at Dayton (OH) ¹||Dayton Triangles|
|Charles Brickley||1921||Assistant at Fordham (NY)||New York Brickley Giants|
|Harry Mehre||1923||Head Coach at St. Thomas (MN)||Minneapolis Marines|
|Joe Brandy||1924||Head Coach at St. Thomas (MN)||Minneapolis Marines|
|Archie Golembeski||1925||Head Coach at Providence (RI)||Providence Steam Roller|
|Lenny Sachs||1926||Head Coach at Loyola Academy H.S. (IL)||Louisville Colonels ²|
|Marty Brill||1931||Assistant at Columbia (NY)||Staten Island Stapletons ³|
|Aldo Donelli||1941||Head Coach at Duquesne (PA) ⁴||Pittsburgh Steelers|
¹ In 1921, Bud Talbott was the head coach at the University of Dayton for only one game; the last game of their season.
² The Louisville Colonels were a “traveling team” based out of Chicago, IL.
³ Marty Brill was the Staten Island Stapletons head coach for the last seven games of the season.
⁴ Aldo Donelli was the Pittsburgh Steelers head coach for games 3-7. After that he officially returned to Duquesne. The NFL didn’t like the idea of Donelli coaching two teams, so he was forced to take a “leave of absence” from Duquesne. Although Donelli attended every Duquesne game from the field.