Dick Nolan (American football)
Dick Nolan Date of birth March 26, 1932 Place of birth Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Date of death November 11, 2007(aged 75) Position(s) Safety College Maryland NFL Draft 1954 / Round 4 / Pick 41 Career record 69-82-5 Stats Playing stats Pro Football Reference Playing stats DatabaseFootball Coaching stats Pro Football Reference Coaching stats DatabaseFootball Team(s) as a player 1954-1956
New York Giants
New York Giants
Team(s) as a coach/administrator 1962–1967
Dallas Cowboys (DC)
San Francisco 49ers
New Orleans Saints (LB)
New Orleans Saints
Houston Oilers (DC)
Dallas Cowboys (WR)
Dallas Cowboys (DB)
Denver Broncos (DL)
San Antonio Force
He was the father of college and NFL coach Mike Nolan.
In his youth, Nolan was quarterback at White Plains High School and later a standout at the University of Maryland. In the NFL, he played for a total of nine seasons (1954–62) in the defensive halfback, safety, and defensive back positions. He was drafted in the fourth round (41st overall) of the 1954 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. He later went on to play for the Chicago Cardinals and, finally, the Dallas Cowboys in 1962. Head coach Tom Landry used Nolan as a "player-coach". When Nolan was injured halfway through his first season, he took over defensive coaching duties.
For six seasons, he was an assistant to Coach Tom Landry in Dallas, and afterwards, he was head coach of the San Francisco 49ers for eight seasons from 1968 through 1975, noted for developing the defense and taking the team to three straight NFC West division titles (1970–72), twice missing the Super Bowl by only one game (1970–71). Additionally, he was head coach for the New Orleans Saints from 1978–80 going 15–29. He was the first Saints head coach to win six, seven, and eight games in a single season, going 7–9 in 1978 and 8–8 in 1979. Nolan was fired by the Saints in 1980 after an 0–12 start. His last game was on November 24 of that season, a 27–7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football. The Saints finished the 1980 season 1–15, as interim coach Dick Stanfel won only one of his four games, a 21–20 victory over the New York Jets in week 15.
Nolan was well known for wearing business suits while coaching, a practice that the league has since disallowed in most circumstances due to the league signing exclusive apparel deals with sportswear companies. The league made an exception after Nolan's death in 2007, allowing Nolan's son Mike and Jack Del Rio, coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, to wear suits in the elder Nolan's honor.
- ^ >DICK NOLAN:1932-2007 / Coach established 49ers as a winner
- ^ Former NFL Player and 49ers Head Coach Dick Nolan Passes Away
- ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/coaches/NolaDi0.htm
- ^ Dick Nolan 1932–2007, Sports Illustrated, November 19, 2007.
- ^ New Orleans Saints (1967-Present)
- ^ Nolan among prospects for Maryland vacancy, The Free-Lance Star, December 29, 1981.
- ^ http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/peter_king/10/16/Week6/index.html?eref=sihp&sct=hp_t11_a1-s1
Houston Oilers Defensive Coordinators
Chuck Studley (vacant until 1983)
San Francisco 49ers head coaches
Buck Shaw (1946–1954) • Red Strader (1955) • Frankie Albert (1956–1958) • Red Hickey (1959–1963) • Jack Christiansen (1963–1967) • Dick Nolan (1968–1975) • Monte Clark (1976) • Ken Meyer (1977) • Pete McCulley (1978) • Fred O'Connor (1978) • Bill Walsh (1979–1988) • George Seifert (1989–1996) • Steve Mariucci (1997–2002) • Dennis Erickson (2003–2004) • Mike Nolan (2005–2008) • Mike Singletary (2008–2010) • Jim Tomsula # (2010) • Jim Harbaugh (2011– )Pound sign (#) denotes interim head coach.
New Orleans Saints head coaches
Tom Fears (1967–1970) • J. D. Roberts (1970–1972) • John North (1973–1975) • Ernie Hefferle # (1975) • Hank Stram (1976–1977) • Dick Nolan (1978–1980) • Dick Stanfel # (1980) • Bum Phillips (1981–1985) • Wade Phillips # (1985) • Jim E. Mora (1986–1996) • Rick Venturi # (1996) • Mike Ditka (1997–1999) • Jim Haslett (2000–2005) • Sean Payton (2006– )Pound sign (#) denotes interim head coach.
Maryland Terrapins Football 1953 Consensus National Champions New York Giants 1956 NFL ChampionsBen Agajanian | Bill Austin | Ray Beck | Rosey Brown | Hank Burnine | Don Chandler | Bobby Clatterbuck | Charlie Conerly | Gene Filipski | Frank Gifford | Rosey Grier | Don Heinrich | Johnny Hermann | Sam Huff | Ed Hughes | Gerry Huth | Jim Katcavage | Cliff Livingston | Ken MacAfee | Dick Modzelewski | Henry Moore | Dick Nolan | Jimmy Patton | Herb Rich | Andy Robustelli | Kyle Rote | Bob Schnelker | Jack Spinks | Jack Stroud | Harland Svare | Bill Svoboda | Mel Triplett | Emlen Tunnell | Alex Webster | Ray Wietecha | Dick Yelvington | Walt Yowarsky
Head Coach Jim Lee Howell
Assistant Coaches Ken Kavanaugh | Ed Kolman | Tom Landry | Vince Lombardi
NFL Coach of the Year Award from the Associated Press1957: Wilson | 1958: Ewbank | 1959: Lombardi | 1960: Shaw | 1961: Sherman | 1962: Sherman | 1963: Halas | 1964: Shula | 1965: Halas | 1966: Landry | 1967: Allen & Shula | 1968: Shula | 1969: Grant | 1970: Nolan | 1971: Allen | 1972: Shula | 1973: Knox | 1974: Coryell | 1975: Marchibroda | 1976: Gregg | 1977: Miller | 1978: Patera | 1979: Pardee | 1980: Knox | 1981: Walsh | 1982: Gibbs | 1983: Gibbs | 1984: Knox | 1985: Ditka | 1986: Parcells | 1987: Mora | 1988: Ditka | 1989: Infante | 1990: Johnson | 1991: Fontes | 1992: Cowher | 1993: Reeves | 1994: Parcells | 1995: Rhodes | 1996: Capers | 1997: Fassel | 1998: Reeves | 1999: Vermeil | 2000: Haslett | 2001: Jauron | 2002: Reid | 2003: Belichick | 2004: Schottenheimer | 2005: Smith | 2006: Payton | 2007: Belichick | 2008: M. Smith | 2009: Lewis | 2010: Belichick
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