Complete List Of Miami Dolphins Head Coaches In Order

Miami Dolphins Head Coaches In Order

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The Miami Dolphins, as one of the American Football Conference’s (AFC) East division’s stalwarts, have been a force in the National Football League (NFL) since their inception in 1966. Thanks to the vision and dedication of their head coaches, the team has achieved significant successes including multiple Super Bowl appearances. This article takes a comprehensive look at the head coaches who have led the Dolphins, their tenure with the team, other teams they have coached or played for, and their respective hometowns. Of course, one can not mention the Miami Dolphins and not remind all football fans, some who many not want to hear it, that the Miami Dolphins are the only NFL team in history to have an undefeated season and win the Super Bowl.

  1. George Wilson (1966–1969)
  2. Don Shula (1970–1995)
    • Hometown: Grand River, Ohio
    • Player Career: Cleveland Browns (1951), Baltimore Colts (1953–1956), Washington Redskins (1957)
    • Head Coach: Baltimore Colts (1963–1969)
  3. Jimmy Johnson (1996–1999)
    • Hometown: Port Arthur, Texas
    • Head Coach: Dallas Cowboys (1989–1993), University of Miami (1984–1988)
  4. Dave Wannstedt (2000–2004)
  5. Jim Bates (2004)
    • Hometown: Pontiac, Michigan
    • Assistant Coach: Cleveland Browns (1991–1993), Atlanta Falcons (1994), Green Bay Packers (1995–1998), Miami Dolphins (2000–2004), Denver Broncos (2007)
  6. Nick Saban (2005–2006)
    • Hometown: Fairmont, West Virginia
    • Head Coach: Michigan State (1995–1999), Louisiana State (2000–2004), Alabama (2007–Present)
  7. Cam Cameron (2007)
    • Hometown: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    • Head Coach: Indiana University (1997–2001)
    • Assistant Coach: Washington Redskins (1994–1996), San Diego Chargers (2002–2006), Baltimore Ravens (2008–2012)
  8. Tony Sparano (2008–2011)
    • Hometown: West Haven, Connecticut
    • Head Coach: Interim for Oakland Raiders (2014)
    • Assistant Coach: Dallas Cowboys (2003–2007), New York Jets (2012), Oakland Raiders (2013–2014), San Francisco 49ers (2015)
  9. Todd Bowles (2011)
    • Hometown: Elizabeth, New Jersey
    • Player Career: Washington Redskins (1986–1990, 1992–1993), San Francisco 49ers (1991)
    • Head Coach: New York Jets (2015–2018)
    • Assistant Coach: Various teams including Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  10. Joe Philbin (2012–2015)
  • Hometown: Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Player Career: Not applicable
  • Assistant Coach: Green Bay Packers (2003–2011, 2018–Present), Indianapolis Colts (2016–2017)
  1. Dan Campbell (2015)
  • Hometown: Clifton, Texas
  • Player Career: New York Giants (1999–2002), Dallas Cowboys (2003–2005), Detroit Lions (2006–2008)
  • Head Coach: Detroit Lions (2021–Present)
  • Assistant Coach: Miami Dolphins (2010–2015), New Orleans Saints (2016–2020)
  1. Adam Gase (2016–2018)
  • Hometown: Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • Player Career: Not applicable
  • Head Coach: New York Jets (2019–2020)
  • Assistant Coach: Various teams including Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos, Chicago Bears
  1. Brian Flores (2019–2021)
  • Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
  • Player Career: Not applicable
  • Assistant Coach: New England Patriots (2004–2018)

14. Michael Lee McDaniel  (2022- present)

  •  Hometown: Greeley, Colorado
  • Assistant Coach: Houston Texans (2006–2008), Washington Redskins (2011–2012), Cleveland Browns (2014), Atlanta Falcons (2015–2016), San Francisco 49ers (2017–2020)

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