Thomas Richard Coughlin (born August 31, 1946 in Waterloo, New York) is the head coach for the New York Giants, the 2007 National Football League (NFL) Champions. He was also the inaugural head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was head football coach at Boston College before moving to the pros. His son-in-law, Chris Snee, currently plays for him on the Giants.
Coughlin has been a resident of Park Ridge, New Jersey.
Tom Coughlin grew up with 2 siblings. His brother, Patrick Coughlin attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He is a professor at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia.
Patrick Coughlin, Ph.D.
Dr. Coughlin received his Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 1986. He began his tenure at PCOM in 1987 and was promoted to the rank of Professor in 1998. He served as Faculty Senate Chair from 1995 to 1996. He is currently the Coordinator of Distance and Distributed Learning Systems and serves as System Adminstrator for the Blackboard Learning and Community System on campus. Dr. Coughlin's scholarly pursuits have included: the efficacy of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment on Headache, the use of electronic medical records in medical education and practice, and complementary and holistic medical practice.
Dr. Coughlin has lectured to the American Osteopathic Association, the American Academy of Osteopathy, and other national and international organizations. His publications include the Dynamic Spine(c), a teaching CD-ROM, and a book and numerous book chapters on manual therapeutics.
The National Medical Association named Dr. Coughlin Student Mentor of the Year in 1996. He was honored as Teacher of the Year in 1995 by the Masters of Biomedical Science students and received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1993. Dr. Coughlin is married and has two sons. Tom and Patrick in addition are the uncles of Natalie Coughlin the multi-award winning Olympic medalist
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's record for the next three years was only 19–29, and after a 6–10 finish in 2002, Coughlin was fired. He finished his eight-year career in Jacksonville with a 68–60 regular season record and a 4–4 playoff record.
Coughlin inherited a team that finished 4–12 in 2003, but led the Giants to a surprising 5–2 start in his first season as head coach. After back-to-back losses in which veteran quarterback Kurt Warner struggled left the Giants at 5–4, Coughlin made the decision to bench Warner and start New York's highly touted first round draft pick, rookie Eli Manning. Coughlin received criticism from some who felt the move amounted to a surrender of the 2004 season when the Giants were still in playoff contention. The Giants would go on to lose six of the seven games started by Manning, who struggled in his rookie season.
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 performance 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, Giant star running back 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." The two resolved their differences however.
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. One of the most noticeable improvements under Coughlin was the elimination of star running back Tiki Barber's case of "fumbleitis." Barber, who retired at the end of the 2006–07 season, still credits Coach Coughlin with curing his propensity to fumble, after Coughlin recommended that Barber keep his elbow in and hold the ball higher. Barber fumbled 14 times between 2001 and 2003. During his time with Coughlin, he only fumbled four times. Barber also saw his production increase significantly, setting career highs in rushing and total yards each year under Coughlin.
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 a player, this time Tiki Barber. 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—all three being problems that Coughlin promised to fix when hired as Giants head coach in 2004—had been most responsible for the downward spiral of the 2006 Giants, fueling speculation that Coughlin's job could be in jeopardy. Tiki Barber's announcement of his intentions to retire after the 2006–07 season also became a distraction to the team, as the media hounded Coughlin with questions about Barber's announcement, and whether differences between Coughlin and Barber led to this point. However, the Giants rebounded with a victory in the season's final game at the Washington Redskins, all but 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 and would remain as the Giants' head coach in 2007.
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. The Giants immediately followed up their win against Tampa Bay with a narrow defeat of 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 (Brett Favre's last game as a Packer). 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 3rd, 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 one of the biggest upsets in NFL history.
Coughlin and the Giants are close to a contract extension. It has been reported by Yahoo Sports that he has signed a 4-year, $21 million extension. The contract will make him one of the NFL's highest-paid coaches. Prior to the start of Giants mini-camp in May 2008, Reese and the Giants were invited by President Bush to the White House to honor their victory in Super Bowl XLII.
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|Won||Lost||Ties||Win %||Finish||Won||Lost||Win %||Result|
|JAC||1995||4||12||0||.250||5th in AFC Central||-||-||-||-|
|JAC||1996||9||7||0||.563||2nd in AFC Central||2||1||.667||Lost to New England Patriots in Conference Final.|
|JAC||1997||11||5||0||.688||2nd in AFC Central||0||1||.000||Lost to Denver Broncos in Wild Card Round|
|JAC||1998||11||5||0||.688||1st in AFC Central||1||1||.500||'''Lost to New York Jets in Divisional Round|
|JAC||1999||14||2||0||.875||1st in AFC Central||1||1||.500||Lost to Tennessee Titans in Conference Final.|
|JAC||2000||7||9||0||.438||4th in AFC Central||-||-||-||-|
|JAC||2001||6||10||0||.375||5th in AFC Central||-||-||-||-|
|JAC||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 Wild Card Round.|
|NYG||2006||8||8||0||.500||3rd in NFC East||0||1||.000||Lost to Philadelphia Eagles in Wild Card Round.|
|NYG||2007||10||6||0||.625||2nd in NFC East||4||0||1.000||Defeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.|
*Current as of October 5, 2008 at 19:22 EDT