- Also Known As:
- Colonel Coughlin
- Date of Birth:
- August 31, 1946
- Park Ridge
Tom Coughlin (born Thomas Richard Coughlin on August 31, 1946 in Waterloo, New York) is an American football coach. Tom played halfback for the Syracuse Orange football team, setting the school’s season-season pass receiving record. After a year as a graduate assistant at Syracuse, he became the head coach for the Rochester Institute of Technology. He returned to Syracuse in 1973, coaching the school’s quarterbacks before being promoted to offensive coordinator. His first NFL coaching job came in 1984, when he became the wide receivers coach for the Philadelphia Eagles. He was a wide receivers coach for the Green Bay Packers in 1986-87. After a second coaching stint at Boston College, Tom became the inaugural coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1995. Tom helmed the most successful expansion team in the NFL’s history. He was fired by owner Wayne Weaver in 2002. He joined the New York Giants in 2003, and, along with quarterback, Eli Manning, led the team to two Super Bowl wins and two NFC championships. At the end of the 2015-16 season, Tom resigned from the position.
Best Known For:
Tom Coughlin is best known as a professional American football coach, leading the New York Giants to two NFL championships.
Tom is the oldest of seven children. Tom and his wife, Judy, have two daughters — Keli and Katie — and two sons — Brian and Tim. Tom is a grandfather eleven-times over. He is a practicing Catholic. In 1996, Tom created the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund, named after Jay McGillis, a Boston College player who died from leukemia.