Position coach

In American football, a position coach is a team official in charge of coaching a specific position group.[1] Position coaches have more specialized duties than the head coach, assistant coach, and the offensive and defensive coordinators.[2][3]

Matt Cavanaugh Skins quarterback coach and Robert Griffin III at RVA 2015 training camp (20287635949)
Washington Redskins quarterback coach Matt Cavanaugh (left) with quarterback Robert Griffin III (right) in 2015

Common positions

Common position coaches on coaching staffs in the National Football League[4][5][6] and NCAA football[7] include:


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Bendigo Football Club

The Bendigo Football Club was an Australian rules football club based in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia. The club played in the Victorian Football League (VFL) from 1998 until 2014, under the nicknames Diggers, Bombers and Gold at different times. The club disbanded at the conclusion of the 2014 VFL season.

Bill Doolittle

Francis William Doolittle (August 10, 1923 – April 10, 2014) was an American football player and coach. Doolittle attended high school in Mansfield, Ohio where he was selected as an all-state quarterback in his senior year. He enrolled at Ohio State University in 1941. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1943, served 53 months in the military and earned a Bronze Star for his service in the Pacific Theater before returning to Ohio State. He played college football as quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team in 1946 and 1947.

He began his coaching career in 1948 at Grandview High School in Columbus, Ohio. From 1949 to 1950, he was the backfield coach at Brown University, where he was Joe Paterno's position coach. He was an assistant football coach at Lincoln High School in Canton, Ohio in 1951 and head coach at Owosso High School in Owosso, Michigan in 1952–53, where his record was 6–12.He later coached at Flint Central High School from 1954 to 1959, compiling a record of 37–14–3 at the school and leading his team to the Class A state championship in 1958. He returned to his alma mater, Mansfield High School, as the head football coach in 1960 and 1961, where his teams went 12–6–2.

In January 1962, he was hired as the offensive backfield coach for the Army football team by high school teammate Paul Dietzel.After two years as the backfield coach for Army, he was hired as the head football coach at Western Michigan University in January 1964. After leading the team to a Mid-American Conference championship in 1966, he was named the conference's coach of the year. He spent 11 years as the head coach at Western Michigan from 1964 to 1974, compiling a record of 58–49–2 as a head coach. Doolittle resigned as the head coach at Western Michigan in November 1974.In 1975 Doolittle became the director of Western's Gary Athletic Fund. In 1988, Doolittle received the Man of the Year Award from Western Michigan's Alumni "W" Club. He was inducted into WMU's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996. He died at the age of 90 on April 10, 2014.

Bob Stoops

Robert Anthony Stoops (born September 9, 1960) is an American football coach who currently serves as head coach and general manager of the planned Dallas-based XFL team. He was the head football coach at the University of Oklahoma from 1999 until he announced his retirement June 7, 2017. During the 2000 season, Stoops led the Sooners to an Orange Bowl victory and a national championship.

Prior to coaching at Oklahoma, Stoops held various coordinator and position-coach positions at Iowa, Kansas State and Florida. Stoops was awarded the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award in 2000 and the Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award in 2000 and 2003. Stoops has been nicknamed "Big Game Bob" by both supporters and detractors.

Bruce Chambers (American football)

Bruce Chambers is an assistant athletic director at Arlington ISD and an American football coach. He most recently served as an assistant to Charlie Strong at the University of Texas at Austin, and was the only member of the coaching staff retained from Mack Brown's staff. Previously he served as coach at David W. Carter High School in Dallas, Texas. After being dismissed from the staff on December 31, 2014, Chambers was hired by Arlington ISD as assistant athletic director. Chambers played wide receiver at the University of North Texas under Jerry Moore, Bob Tyler and Corky Nelson. He then became coach at Dallas Carter High School, coaching the freshmen and junior varsity before becoming varsity assistant to Freddie James in 1989. In 1996 Chambers succeeded James as head coach, but chose to leave the school after two seasons for an assistant job at Texas.

In his first five seasons at Texas, Chambers coached three of the nine 1,000-yard rushers (Ricky Williams, 1998 / Hodges Mitchell, 1999–2000 / Cedric Benson, 2001–02) in school history and became the first position coach since Fred Akers (with Roosevelt Leaks and Earl Campbell in '73 and '74-75, respectively) to have two different backs earn first-team all-conference honors in three consecutive seasons (Williams, 1998 / Mitchell, 1999–2000).

After Chambers transitioned to tight ends coach, he worked with many players who would end up in the NFL from 2003-2014 including: David Thomas, Bo Scaife, Jermichael Finley, and Geoff Swaim.

Chuck Dickerson

Chuck "The Coach" Dickerson is a retired position coach in the National Football League and Canadian Football League and former sports radio host in Buffalo, New York.

Dickerson earned All-American honors during his high school and college career as a defensive tackle for the University of Illinois. He is married and has an adult child and several grandchildren.

Dickerson was defensive line coach under Marv Levy in Buffalo and in the Canadian Football League when Levy coached the Montreal Alouettes. He appeared in two Super Bowls: Super Bowl XXV and Super Bowl XXVI.

Curt Mallory

Curtis Sweeney Mallory (born May 9, 1969) is an American football coach and former player who is currently the head coach at Indiana State. He has been a college football coach since 1995 and has held defensive coordinator positions at the University of Illinois and the University of Akron. Mallory had most recently been the defensive secondary coach at the University of Wyoming; he played college football for the Michigan Wolverines as a linebacker from 1989 to 1990.

Dick Hoak

Richard John Hoak (born December 8, 1939) is an American former football player and coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college for Penn State, and was selected by the Steelers in the seventh round of the 1961 NFL Draft. He was a running back for the Steelers from 1961 to 1970, and then became the longest tenured coach in the team's history, from 1972 to 2007.

Dick Rehbein

Richard "Dick" Rehbein (November 22, 1955 – August 6, 2001) was an American football coach for twenty-three seasons in the NFL, filling a variety of roles as an offensive position coach.

Joe Cullen (American football)

Joe Cullen (born December 15, 1967) is an American football coach who is the defensive line coach of the Baltimore Ravens. Cullen was a four-year starting nose guard at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he started 45 straight games. He was a three-time All-Yankee Conference selection and was the Minutemen's team MVP in 1989.

He graduated from UMass in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in sports management. He spent a year as a graduate assistant there before becoming a position coach.

Ken Anderson (quarterback)

Kenneth Allan Anderson (born February 15, 1949) is a former American football quarterback who spent his entire professional career playing for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL) and later returned as a position coach.

After playing college football for Augustana College, Anderson was selected in the 3rd round of the 1971 NFL Draft by the Cinicinnati Bengals. Over the course of his 16 season NFL career, Anderson led the league in passer rating four times, completion percentage three times and passing yards twice. In 1981, he was awarded AP NFL Most Valuable Player, a season in which he led the Bengals to their first Super Bowl appearance. In 1982, Anderson set an NFL record for completion percentage of 70.6%—a record he held for nearly 30 years until it was broken by Drew Brees in 2009.As of the end of the 2018 NFL season, Anderson owns many of the Cinicinnati Begnals franchise passing records, including completions, attempts, yards, touchdowns and interceptions.After his professional playing career, Anderson served as a radio broadcaster for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1987—1993. From 1993—2002 he served as the Bengals' quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. Anderson would later become the quarterbacks coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars (2003—2006) and Pittsburgh Steelers (2007—2009), before retiring from football in 2010.

Anderson has been a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame twice, and is often regarded as one of the best players not in the Hall of Fame.

Kurt Schottenheimer

Kurt Schottenheimer (born October 1, 1949) is an American former football coach who was a position coach and coordinator at the college and professional levels for almost 40 years. During his National Football League (NFL) career, Schottenheimer coached with the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins and Detroit Lions, and finished as the head coach for the Virginia Destroyers of the United Football League.

Kyle Shanahan

Kyle Michael Shanahan (born December 14, 1979) is an American football coach who is the current head coach of the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). Previously, he served as the offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons, whose offense led the league in points scored in 2016 and helped the team reach Super Bowl LI. In addition to the 49ers and Falcons, Shanahan has coached for the Houston Texans, Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns. He is the son of former NFL head coach Mike Shanahan.

Mike Heimerdinger

Michael Heimerdinger (October 13, 1952 – September 30, 2011) was an American football coach who held various coordinator and position coach roles during eighteen seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He began his career by coaching high school football in Illinois, and then held positions with six different college football teams. Heimerdinger died at the age of 58 in 2011, after suffering from cancer.

Mike London

Michael Wilson London Sr. (born October 9, 1960) is the current head football coach for the William & Mary Tribe football program at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He is a former defensive back and associate head coach and defensive line coach for the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to Maryland, London was the head coach of the Virginia Cavaliers football program of the University of Virginia. A native of the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, London played college and pro football as a defensive back for the Richmond Spiders and Dallas Cowboys. He was a police officer and detective in Richmond, Virginia with the city's street crimes unit before pursuing a coaching career.

He has served in various coaching roles with Richmond, William & Mary, Boston College, and Virginia, as well as the Houston Texans. His most notable roles have come as defensive coordinator and later head coach at the University of Virginia, and previously as head coach at the University of Richmond, where his team won the NCAA Division I Football Championship in 2008.

Raleigh McKenzie

Raleigh McKenzie (born February 8, 1963) is an American football college scout for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League, where he worked for his twin brother, general manager Reggie McKenzie until the latter's firing in December 2018. During a 16-year football career, he played for four different teams as an offensive lineman. Raleigh played guard for the Washington Redskins from 1985 to 1994. Nicknamed "Rallo," he played primarily as a reserve during his first season before becoming a vital starter due to injury. He started in each game after that at any of the five positions on the offensive line, but his speciality was center. He played on two Super Bowl Champion teams in 1987 and 1991. He was named to the All-NFL Team in 1991. He also played for the Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers, and Green Bay Packers.

McKenzie attended Austin-East High School in Knoxville, where, like his brother, he played both at linebacker and on the offensive line (Raiders Director of Player Personnel Joey Clinkscales was among their teammates). Raleigh was named the 11th-best recruit in Tennessee by the Knoxville News Sentinel following his senior year.The McKenzie brothers played for the University of Tennessee from 1981 to 1984. Both played linebacker as freshmen, but Raleigh switched to center during his sophomore season. Playing alongside All-American Bill Mayo and future NFL lineman Bruce Wilkerson, McKenzie anchored a line that helped running back Johnnie Jones set school records for rushing in 1984. McKenzie's position coach was future Vol head coach Phillip Fulmer. In September 2011, the McKenzie brothers were honored as UT "Legends of the Game" during the Vols' game against Cincinnati.McKenzie joined the Redskins for training camp in 2001 assisting the personnel department. He also ran summer football camp. Before joining his brother in Oakland, Raleigh was an assistant football coach at Herndon High School in Virginia.Both brothers are members of Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

Sarjoo Gowreesunkur

Sarjoo Gowreesunkur was the Mauritius national football team coach in 1996 and 2006. He has also been a player and coach of Sunrise Flacq United in the 1990s. He resigned from the position coach in August 2007 following the poor performance of the national team during the Indian Ocean Games. He was later coach of AS Port-Louis 2000 and Curepipe Starlight SC. He now hosts a talk show about football on the radio in Mauritius.

Shin Jin-won

Shin Jin-won (Hangul: 신진원, born 27 September 1974) is retired South Korean footballer and current coach.

Ted Williams (American football coach)

Ted J. Williams (born November 17, 1943) is a former American football coach who was a position coach with the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL) for 20 seasons from 1995−2014. He was also an offensive coordinator for Washington State from 1991−1993.

Wayne Bolt

Wayne Bolt is an American football coach who most recently serving as the defensive coordinator for Troy University. Previously to being named to the position, he served as the Director of Football Relations for Auburn University. Bolt took the job in 2009 upon the urging of head coach Gene Chizik. Prior to joining the Auburn staff, Bolt had previously served as defensive coordinator to Chizik at Iowa State University. Bolt also had previous connections to Auburn, having served as an assistant at the school under head coach Pat Dye.

Bolt has coached 10 teams that made bowl games at UAB, Troy, Clemson, and Auburn. During his time as a position coach, he tutored over 20 players who went on to play in the National Football League (NFL).

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