Complete List Of Detroit Lions Head Coaches In Order

List Of Detroit Lions Head Coaches In Order

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The Detroit Lions are a professional American football team based in Detroit, Michigan. Established in 1930 as the Portsmouth Spartans of Portsmouth, Ohio, the team moved to Detroit in 1934, and the Lions were born. Over the years, the Lions have had a storied history, including the era of the “Fearsome Foursome” defensive line and the record-breaking career of running back Barry Sanders.

Here is a list of the head coaches for the Detroit Lions:

1. George “Potsy” Clark (1931–1936, 1940)

  • Hometown: Shelbyville, Indiana
  • Years as a player: 1914–1925
  • Brooklyn Dodgers (1937–1939)

2. Earl “Dutch” Clark (1937–1938)

  • Hometown: Fowler, Colorado
  • Years as a player: 1931–1938 (Portsmouth Spartans/Detroit Lions)

3. Gus Henderson (1939)

  • Hometown: Oberlin, Ohio

4. Bill Edwards (1941–1942)

  • Hometown: Bryan, Ohio
  • Years as a player: 1925–1926 (Duluth Eskimos, New York Giants)
  • Philadelphia Eagles (1941)

5. John Karcis (Interim) (1942)

  • Hometown: West Brownsville, Pennsylvania
  • Years as a player: 1932–1936 (Detroit Lions)

6. Gus Dorais (1943–1947)

  • Hometown: Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
  • Years as a player: 1920–1926 (Fort Wayne Friars, Detroit Panthers, Chicago Cardinals)

7. Bo McMillin (1948–1950)

  • Hometown: Prairie Hill, Texas
  • Years as a player: 1921–1925 (Milwaukee Badgers, Cleveland Bulldogs)

8. Buddy Parker (1951–1956)

  • Hometown: Slaton, Texas
  • Years as a player: 1935–1943 (Brooklyn Dodgers, Boston Yanks)
  • Chicago Cardinals (1949), Pittsburgh Steelers (1957–1964)

9. George Wilson (1957–1964)

  • Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
  • Years as a player: 1937–1946 (Chicago Bears)
  • Miami Dolphins (1966–1969)

10. Harry Gilmer (1965–1966)

  • Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama
  • Years as a player: 1948–1956 (Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions)

11. Joe Schmidt (1967–1972)

  • Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Years as a player: 1953–1965 (Detroit Lions)

12. Don McCafferty (1973)

  • Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
  • Baltimore Colts (1970–1972)

13. Rick Forzano (1974–1976)

  • Hometown: Akron, Ohio

14. Tommy Hudspeth (1976–1977)

  • Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

15. Monte Clark (1978–1984)

  • Hometown: Kingsburg, California
  • Years as a player: 1957–1969 (San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys)
  • San Francisco 49ers (1976)

16. Darryl Rogers (1985–1988)

  • Hometown: Los Angeles, California

17. Wayne Fontes (1988–1996)

  • Hometown: New Bedford, Massachusetts
  • Years as a player: 1960 (New York Titans)

18. Bobby Ross (1997–2000)

  • Hometown: Richmond, Virginia
  • San Diego Chargers (1992–1996)

19. Gary Moeller (Interim) (2000)

  • Hometown: Lima, Ohio

20. Marty Mornhinweg (2001–2002)

  • Hometown: Edmond, Oklahoma

21. Steve Mariucci (2003–2005)

  • Hometown: Iron Mountain, Michigan
  • San Francisco 49ers (1997–2002)

22. Dick Jauron (Interim) (2005)

  • Hometown: Peoria, Illinois
  • Years as a player: 1973–1981 (Detroit Lions, Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Chicago Bears (1999–2003), Buffalo Bills (2006–2009)

23. Rod Marinelli (2006–2008)

  • Hometown: Rosemead, California

24. Jim Schwartz (2009–2013)

  • Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
  • Buffalo Bills (Defensive coordinator, 2014)

25. Jim Caldwell (2014–2017)

  • Hometown: Beloit, Wisconsin
  • Indianapolis Colts (2009–2011)

26. Matt Patricia (2018–2020)

  • Hometown: Sherrill, New York

27. Darrell Bevell (Interim) (2020)

  • Hometown: Yuma, Arizona

28. Dan Campbell (2021–Present)

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