The ultimate goal for almost every player in the NFL is to win a Super Bowl. It’s no different for the head coaches. It’s an equally challenging feat. Especially with how short of a leash these guys are on now a days.
This table takes a look at the head coaches that have guided their team to the big game more than once. As you can see, it’s not a long list. While there are 23 who have been to the title game twice as a head coach, only 11 have made it 3 or more times.
Bill Belichick continues to set the new standard. Belichick and the Patriots are headed back to the Super Bowl for a third straight year. It’s the 9th time he’s guided New England to the final game of the season. He’s now 3 ahead of runner-up Don Shula, who took a team to the big game on 6 different occasions.
Of the 23 coaches who have made multiple trips, eight have made it to the final game 4 or more times. The only other active head coaches who have made multiple trips to the Super Bowl are Pete Carroll (Seahawks) and Mike Tomlin (Steelers). Note that John Fox could join these guys if he ends up getting a gig with a new team.
Which Head Coaches Have Appeared in the Most Super Bowls?
|Head Coach||Appearances||Super Bowls||Team(s)|
|Bill Belichick||9||XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLII, XLVI, XLIX, LI, LII, LIII||New England Patriots|
|Don Shula||6||III, VI, VII, VIII, XVII, XIX||Baltimore Colts, Miami Dolphins|
|Tom Landry||5||V, VI, X, XII, XIII||Dallas Cowboys|
|Chuck Noll||4||IX, X, XIII, XIV||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Joe Gibbs||4||XVII, XVIII, XXII, XXVI||Washington Redskins|
|Bud Grant||4||IV, VIII, IX, XI||Minnesota Vikings|
|Marv Levy||4||XXV, XXVI, XXVII, XXVIII||Buffalo Bills|
|Dan Reeves||4||XXI, XXII, XXIV, XXXIII||Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons|
|Bill Walsh||3||XVI, XIX, XXIII||San Francisco 49ers|
|Bill Parcells||3||XXI, XXV, XXXI||New York Giants, New England Patriots|
|Mike Holmgren||3||XXXI, XXXII, XL||Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks|
|Vince Lombardi||2||I, II||Green Bay Packers|
|Tom Flores||2||XV, XVIII||Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders|
|Jimmy Johnson||2||XXVII, XXVIII||Dallas Cowboys|
|George Seifert||2||XXIV, XXIX||San Francisco 49ers|
|Mike Shanahan||2||XXXII, XXXIII||Denver Broncos|
|Tom Coughlin||2||XLII, XLVI||New York Giants|
|Hank Stram||2||I, IV||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Dick Vermeil||2||XV, XXXIV||Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams|
|Bill Cowher||2||XXX, XL||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Pete Carroll||2||XLVIII, XLIX||Seattle Seahawks|
|Mike Tomlin||2||XLIII, XLV||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|John Fox||2||XXXVIII, XLVIII||Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos|
Super Bowl 50 wasn’t just a milestone for the game, it also had two head coaches make history. The game featured Gary Kubiak of the Denver Broncos against Ron Rivera of the Carolina Panthers.
Kubiak accomplished something no one in the NFL had done before. He became the first to reach the SuperBowl both as a player and a head coach with the same franchise. Kubiak was the backup to John Elway for 3 Super Bowls back in the late 80’s (1986, 1987 & 1989).
Rivera also accomplished a rare feat. He was just the 2nd Latino head coach to take a team to the championship game. Rivera missed out on adding his name to the list of winning both as a player and a head coach. Rivera was on the Chicago Bears 1985 team that defeated the Patriots 46-10.
Most Wins, Losses, and Record in the Super Bowl by Coach
As you know, getting to the game is one thing. Winning it is a whole different story. This table lets you look at the win/loss records and win percentage. Just keep in mind that this only for coaches who have made two or more appearances.
Believe it or not, there are eight coaches who have made it to multiple times and never suffered a loss. The best of the bunch being Chuck Noll, who owns a perfect 4-0 record.
On the flip side of this, there’s four head coaches who have made multiple appearances without a win. Three of them share the dismal record of 0-4. Those being Dan Reeves, Marv Levy and Bud Grant.
Winning/Losing Head Coach of Every Super Bowl
|Season||Super Bowl||Winning Coach||Team||Opponent||Losing Coach|
|2017||LII||Doug Pederson||Philadelphia Eagles||New England Patriots||Bill Belichick|
|2016||LI||Bill Belichick||New England Patriots||Atlanta Falcons||Dan Quinn|
|2015||50||Gary Kubiak||Denver Broncos||Carolina Panthers||Ron Rivera|
|2015||XLIX||Bill Belichick||New England Patriots||Seattle Seahawks||Pete Carroll|
|2014||XLVIII||Pete Carroll||Seattle Seahawks||Denver Broncos||John Fox|
|2013||XLVII||John Harbaugh||Baltimore Ravens||San Francisco 49ers||Jim Harbaugh|
|2012||XLVI||Tom Coughlin||New York Giants||New England Patriots||Bill Belichick|
|2011||XLV||Mike McCarthy||Green Bay Packers||Pittsburgh Steelers||Mike Tomlin|
|2010||XLIV||Sean Payton||New Orleans Saints||Indianapolis Colts||Jim Caldwell|
|2009||XLIII||Mike Tomlin||Pittsburgh Steelers||Arizona Cardinals||Ken Whisenhunt|
|2008||XLII||Tom Coughlin||New York Giants||New England Patriots||Bill Belichick|
|2007||XLI||Tony Dungy||Indianapolis Colts||Chicago Bears||Lovie Smith|
|2006||XL||Bill Cowher||Pittsburgh Steelers||Seattle Seahawks||Mike Holmgren|
|2005||XXXIX||Bill Belichick||New England Patriots||Philadelphia Eagles||Andy Reid|
|2004||XXXVIII||Bill Belichick||New England Patriots||Carolina Panthers||John Fox|
|2003||XXXVII||Jon Gruden||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Oakland Raiders||Bill Callahan|
|2002||XXXVI||Bill Belichick||New England Patriots||St. Louis Rams||Mike Martz|
|2001||XXXV||Brian Billick||Baltimore Ravens||New York Giants||Jim Fassel|
|2000||XXXIV||Dick Vermeil||St. Louis Rams||Tennessee Titans||Jeff Fisher|
|1999||XXXIII||Mike Shanahan||Denver Broncos||Atlanta Falcons||Dan Reeves|
|1998||XXXII||Mike Shanahan||Denver Broncos||Green Bay Packers||Mike Holmgren|
|1997||XXXI||Mike Holmgren||Green Bay Packers||New England Patriots||Bill Parcells|
|1996||XXX||Barry Switzer||Dallas Cowboys||Pittsburgh Steelers||Bill Cowher|
|1995||XXIX||George Seifert||San Francisco 49ers||San Diego Chargers||Bobby Ross|
|1994||XXVIII||Jimmy Johnson||Dallas Cowboys||Buffalo Bills||Marv Levy|
|1993||XXVII||Jimmy Johnson||Dallas Cowboys||Buffalo Bills||Marv Levy|
|1992||XXVI||Joe Gibbs||Washington Redskins||Buffalo Bills||Marv Levy|
|1991||XXV||Bill Parcells||New York Giants||Buffalo Bills||Marv Levy|
|1990||XXIV||George Seifert||San Francisco 49ers||Denver Broncos||Dan Reeves|
|1989||XXIII||Bill Walsh||San Francisco 49ers||Cincinnati Bengals||Sam Wyche|
|1988||XXII||Joe Gibbs||Washington Redskins||Denver Broncos||Dan Reeves|
|1987||XXI||Bill Parcells||New York Giants||Denver Broncos||Dan Reeves|
|1986||XX||Mike Ditka||Chicago Bears||New England Patriots||Raymond Berry|
|1985||XIX||Bill Walsh||San Francisco 49ers||Miami Dolphins||Don Shula|
|1984||XVIII||Tom Flores||Los Angeles Raiders||Washington Redskins||Joe Gibbs|
|1983||XVII||Joe Gibbs||Washington Redskins||Miami Dolphins||Don Shula|
|1982||XVI||Bill Walsh||San Francisco 49ers||Cincinnati Bengals||Forrest Gregg|
|1981||XV||Tom Flores||Oakland Raiders||Philadelphia Eagles||Dick Vermeil|
|1980||XIV||Chuck Noll||Pittsburgh Steelers||Los Angeles Rams||Ray Malavasi|
|1979||XIII||Chuck Noll||Pittsburgh Steelers||Dallas Cowboys||Tom Landry|
|1978||XII||Tom Landry||Dallas Cowboys||Denver Broncos||Red Miller|
|1977||XI||John Madden||Oakland Raiders||Minnesota Vikings||Bud Grant|
|1976||X||Chuck Noll||Pittsburgh Steelers||Dallas Cowboys||Tom Landry|
|1975||IX||Chuck Noll||Pittsburgh Steelers||Minnesota Vikings||Bud Grant|
|1974||VIII||Don Shula||Miami Dolphins||Minnesota Vikings||Bud Grant|
|1973||VII||Don Shula||Miami Dolphins||Washington Redskins||George Allen|
|1972||VI||Tom Landry||Dallas Cowboys||Miami Dolphins||Don Shula|
|1971||V||Don McCafferty||Baltimore Colts||Dallas Cowboys||Tom Landry|
|1970||IV||Hank Stram||Kansas City Chiefs||Minnesota Vikings||Bud Grant|
|1969||III||Weeb Ewbank||New York Jets||Baltimore Colts||Don Shula|
|1968||II||Vince Lombardi||Green Bay Packers||Oakland Raiders||John Rauch|
|1967||I||Vince Lombardi||Green Bay Packers||Kansas City Chiefs||Hank Stram|
Some interesting notes. Technically Lovie Smith was the first black head coach to lead his team to the Superbowl since the Chicago Bears won the NFC Championship before Tony Dungy and the Indianapolis Colts won the AFC back in 2007. Dungy became the first African American to win. Now they have been joined by Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Jim Caldwell of the Indianapolis Colts.
Tom Flores was the first Latino to coach in the Super Bowl when he lad the LA Raiders to a win in 1984. Ron Rivera was the second when he took the Panthers to the title game in 2006.