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Encyclopedia > Bill Cowher
Bill Cowher
Date of birth May 8, 1957 (1957-05-08) (age 50)
Place of birth Flag of the United States Crafton, Pennsylvania
Position(s) Head Coach
Defensive Coordinator
Secondary Coach
Special Teams Coach
Linebacker
College North Carolina State
Awards 1992 AP NFL Coach of the Year
1992 Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year
2004 Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year
Career Record 149-90-1 (Regular Season)
12-9 (Postseason)
161-99-1 (Overall)
Super Bowl
      Wins
2005 Super Bowl XL
Championships
      Won
2005 AFC Championship
1995 AFC Championship
Playing Stats DatabaseFootball
Coaching Stats Pro Football Reference
Coaching Stats DatabaseFootball
Team(s) as a player
1979
1980-1982
1983-1984
Philadelphia Eagles
Cleveland Browns
Philadelphia Eagles
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1985-1986

1987-1988

1989-1991

1992-2006
Cleveland Browns
(Special Teams Coordinator)
Cleveland Browns
(Secondary)
Kansas City Chiefs
(Defensive Coordinator)
Pittsburgh Steelers
(Head Coach)

William Laird Cowher (born May 8, 1957) is a former American football coach and player. Cowher resigned after 15 seasons as the Steelers' coach on January 5, 2007, just 11 months to the day after winning 2005-06's Super Bowl XL. He currently is a studio analyst for The NFL Today. Image File history File linksMetadata Bill_Cowher. ... is the 128th day of the year (129th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Crafton is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, four miles (6 km) west of Pittsburgh. ... In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... The head coach in sports coaching is the coach who is in charge of the other coaches. ... A defensive coordinator typically refers to a coach on a football team in the National Football League (or at other levels of American football) who is in charge of the defense. ... This article relates to sports. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... North Carolina State University is a public, coeducational, extensive research university located in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. ... The NFL Coach of the Year Award is presented annually by the Associated Press to the NFL coach who has done the most outstanding job of working with the talent he has at his disposal. ... The NFL Coach of the Year Award is presented annually by the Associated Press to the NFL coach who has done the most outstanding job of working with the talent he has at his disposal. ... The NFL Coach of the Year Award is presented annually by the Associated Press to the NFL coach who has done the most outstanding job of working with the talent he has at his disposal. ... A playoff in sports (North American professional sports in particular) is a game or series of games played after the regular season is over with the goal of determining a league champion. ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... Date February 5, 2006 Stadium Ford Field City Detroit, Michigan MVP Hines Ward, wide receiver Favorite Steelers by 4 National anthem Aaron Neville, Aretha Franklin and Dr. John, ASL performed by Angela LaGuardia Coin toss Tom Brady Referee Bill Leavy Halftime show The Rolling Stones Attendance 68,206 TV in... The American Football Conference (or AFC) is one of the two conferences that compose the National Football League. ... The American Football Conference (or AFC) is one of the two conferences that compose the National Football League. ... City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Team colors Midnight Green, Black, White, and Silver Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert (official) Andy Reid (de facto) Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952... Browns redirects here. ... City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Team colors Midnight Green, Black, White, and Silver Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert (official) Andy Reid (de facto) Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952... Browns redirects here. ... Browns redirects here. ... City Kansas City, Missouri Team colors Red, white and yellow Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner The Hunt Family (Clark Hunt, chairman)[1] General manager Carl Peterson Mascot K.C. Wolf (1989-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League... Steelers redirects here. ... is the 128th day of the year (129th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Steelers redirects here. ... is the 5th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Date February 5, 2006 Stadium Ford Field City Detroit, Michigan MVP Hines Ward, wide receiver Favorite Steelers by 4 National anthem Aaron Neville, Aretha Franklin and Dr. John, ASL performed by Angela LaGuardia Coin toss Tom Brady Referee Bill Leavy Halftime show The Rolling Stones Attendance 68,206 TV in... The NFL Today is a TV show that precedes the American football program The NFL on CBS on CBS Sports. ...

Contents

Early life

Born in Crafton, Pennsylvania, Cowher excelled in football, basketball, and track for Carlynton High in Crafton, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At North Carolina State University, Cowher was a starting linebacker, team captain, and team MVP in his senior year. He graduated in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in education. Crafton is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, four miles (6 km) west of Pittsburgh. ... Pittsburgh redirects here. ... North Carolina State University is a public, coeducational, extensive research university located in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. ... For other degrees, see Academic degree. ...


Pro career

He began his NFL career as a player. He was a free-agent linebacker with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1979, and then signed with the Cleveland Browns the following year. Cowher played three seasons (1980-82) in Cleveland before being traded back to the Eagles, where he played two more years (1983-84). City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Team colors Midnight Green, Black, White, and Silver Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert (official) Andy Reid (de facto) Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952... Browns redirects here. ...


Coaching career

Cowher began his coaching career in 1985 at age 28 under Marty Schottenheimer with the Cleveland Browns. He was the Browns' special teams coach in 1985-86 and secondary coach in 1987-88 before following Schottenheimer to the Kansas City Chiefs in 1989 as defensive coordinator. Martin Edward Schottenheimer (born September 23, 1943 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania) is an American football coach. ... Browns redirects here. ... City Kansas City, Missouri Team colors Red, white and yellow Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner The Hunt Family (Clark Hunt, chairman)[1] General manager Carl Peterson Mascot K.C. Wolf (1989-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League...


He became the fifteenth head coach in Steelers history when he replaced Chuck Noll on January 21, 1992 – but only the second head coach since the NFL merger in 1970. Under Cowher, the Steelers showed an immediate improvement from the disappointing 7-9 season the year before, going 11-5 and earning home field advantage in the AFC after the Steelers had missed the playoffs six times out of the previous seven years. In 1995, at age 38, he became the youngest coach to lead his team to a Super Bowl. Cowher is only the second coach in NFL history to lead his team to the playoffs in each of his first six seasons as head coach, joining Pro Football Hall of Fame member Paul Brown. In Cowher’s 15 seasons, the Steelers captured eight division titles, earned ten postseason playoff berths, played in 21 playoff games, advanced to six AFC Championship games and made two Super Bowl appearances. He is one of only six coaches in NFL history to claim at least seven division titles. It has become an article of faith among NFL pundits that the Steelers do not have a bad team two years in a row – they have never lost 10 or more games in consecutive years since the 1970 NFL merger. At the conclusion of the 2005 season, the Pittsburgh Steelers had the best record of any team in the National Football League since Cowher was hired as head coach. Charles Henry Chuck Noll (born January 5, 1932) is a former American football coach, having served as the coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League from 1969 to 1991. ... is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... See also: 1994 in sports, other events of 1995, 1996 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Sterling Marlin won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Jeff Gordon CART racing - season championship won by Jacques Villeneuve Indianapolis 500 - Jacques Villeneuve. ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... Paul Eugene Brown (September 7, 1908 - August 5, 1991) was an athletics coach of American football and a major figure in the development of the National Football League. ... American Football Conference logo. ...


On February 5th, 2006, Cowher's Pittsburgh Steelers won Super Bowl XL by defeating the Seattle Seahawks 21-10, giving Cowher his first Super Bowl ring. City Seattle, Washington Team colors Pacific Blue, Navy Blue, Neon Green, White Head Coach Mike Holmgren Owner Paul Allen General manager Tim Ruskell Mascot Blitz, and Taima the hawk League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1977-2001) AFC West (1977-2001) National Football Conference (1976...


During the following season, there was talk about Cowher leaving the Steelers, ostensibly to spend more time with his family.


On January 5, 2007, Cowher resigned after 15 years at the helm of the franchise. The Steelers hired former Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin as Cowher's replacement. is the 5th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Mike Tomlin (born March 15, 1972 in Hampton, Virginia), is the head coach of the National Football Leagues Pittsburgh Steelers. ...


Cowher's record as a head coach is 149-90-1 (161-99-1 including playoff games).


After Pittsburgh

On February 15, 2007, he signed on to the The NFL Today on CBS as a studio analyst, joining Dan Marino, Shannon Sharpe, and Boomer Esiason. is the 46th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... The NFL Today is a TV show that precedes the American football program The NFL on CBS on CBS Sports. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... Daniel Constantine Marino, Jr. ... Shannon Sharpe (born June 26, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former AFC tight end and wide receiver who played 12 of his 14 seasons with the Denver Broncos in the NFL. Sharpe is known most for his creative commentary and trash talking as well as for being the premier... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


On April 28, 2007, Cowher's remaining Pittsburgh belongings were to be auctioned off to the public. Only two items with Steeler logos were available for sale[1]. is the 118th day of the year (119th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


In 2007, Cowher appeared in the ABC reality television series Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race, featuring a dozen celebrities in a stock car racing competition. Cowher matched up against Gabrielle Reece and William Shatner. The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... Reality television is a genre of television programming which presents purportedly unscripted dramatic or humorous situations, documents actual events, and features ordinary people instead of professional actors. ... Gabrielle Reece (born January 6, 1970) is a professional volleyball player and former fashion model. ... William Alan Shatner (born on March 22, 1931) is a Canadian actor who gained fame for playing James Tiberius Kirk of the USS Enterprise in the television show Star Trek from 1966 to 1969 and in seven of the subsequent movies. ...


Coaching tree

Assistant coaches under Bill Cowher that became Head Coaches in the NFL:


Dom Capers (Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans)
Chan Gailey (Dallas Cowboys)
Jim Haslett (New Orleans Saints)
Mike Mularkey (Buffalo Bills)
Ken Whisenhunt (Arizona Cardinals)
Dick LeBeau (Cincinnati Bengals)
Marvin Lewis (Cincinnati Bengals)
Ernest Dominic Dom Capers (born August 7, 1950 in Cambridge, Ohio, and from Buffalo, Ohio) is the current defensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins and former head coach of the Houston Texans, and Carolina Panthers. ... City Charlotte, North Carolina Other nicknames The Cardiac Cats Team colors Black, Carolina Blue, and Silver Head Coach John Fox Owner Jerry Richardson General manager Marty Hurney Mascot Sir Purr League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) National Football Conference (1995-present) NFC West (1995-2001) NFC South (2002... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... Thomas Chandler (Chan) Gailey, Jr. ... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys Team colors Royal Blue (PMS 661), Silver-Green (PMS 8280), Silver (PMS 8240), and Navy Blue (PMS 282) Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Northern Conference (1960... James Donald Jim Haslett (born December 9, 1955 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is the defensive coordinator of the St. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Mike Mularkey (born November 19, 1961 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida) is an assistant coach of the Miami Dolphins. ... For other uses, see Buffalo Bills (disambiguation). ... Ken Whisenhunt (born February 28, 1962, Augusta, GA) is the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals NFL football team. ... City Glendale, Arizona Other nicknames The Cards, The Birds, Big Red, The Buzzsaw Team colors Cardinal Red, Black, and White Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt Owner Bill Bidwill General manager Rod Graves Mascot Big Red League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1920–present) Western Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952... Richard Dick LeBeau is a former football player and is presently the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator. ... City Cincinnati, Ohio Team colors Black, Orange and White Head Coach Marvin Lewis Owner Mike Brown Mascot Who Dey League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1968-1969) Western Division (1968-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC Central (1970-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team... Marvin Ronald Lewis (September 23, 1958) has been the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League since January 14, 2003. ... City Cincinnati, Ohio Team colors Black, Orange and White Head Coach Marvin Lewis Owner Mike Brown Mascot Who Dey League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1968-1969) Western Division (1968-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC Central (1970-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team...


Family

Bill Cowher's wife, Kaye, also a North Carolina State University graduate, played professional basketball for the New York Stars of the (now defunct) Women's Pro Basketball League with her twin sister Faye. Kaye is featured in the book Mad Seasons: The Story of the First Women's Professional Basketball League, 1978-1981, by Karra Porter (University of Nebraska Press, 2006). Bill and Kaye have three children; Meagan currently plays basketball at Princeton University. In 2007, the Cowher family moved to Raleigh, North Carolina from suburban Pittsburgh (Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania). North Carolina State University is a public, coeducational, extensive research university located in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. ... This article is about the sport. ... Womens Professional Basketball League (abbreviated WBL) was an attempt to establish a professional womens basketball league in the United States. ... Seal of the University of Nebraska The University of Nebraska is one of two public university systems in the state of Nebraska, USA. The system has four universities and a technical college: University of Nebraska-Lincoln University of Nebraska at Omaha University of Nebraska at Kearney University of Nebraska Medical... Princeton University is a private coeducational research university located in Princeton, New Jersey. ... For other uses of this name, see Raleigh. ... Fox Chapel is a borough located six miles (10 km) northeast of downtown Pittsburgh in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA. The population was 5,436 at the 2000 census. ...


Endorsements

Cowher is under an exclusive autograph contract with the Mounted Memories company of Florida. Cowher was also on the cover of EA Sports' 2006 video game NFL Head Coach. current EA Sports logo EA Sports is a brand name used by Electronic Arts since 1993 to distribute games based on sports. ... This article is for the video game title, for the profession see head coach. ...


Career record

Franchise Season Wins Losses Ties Postseason
Pittsburgh Steelers 1992 11 5 0 0-1
Pittsburgh Steelers 1993 9 7 0 0-1
Pittsburgh Steelers 1994 12 4 0 1-1
Pittsburgh Steelers 1995 11 5 0 2-1
Pittsburgh Steelers 1996 10 6 0 1-1
Pittsburgh Steelers 1997 11 5 0 1-1
Pittsburgh Steelers 1998 7 9 0
Pittsburgh Steelers 1999 6 10 0
Pittsburgh Steelers 2000 9 7 0
Pittsburgh Steelers 2001 13 3 0 1-1
Pittsburgh Steelers 2002 10 5 1 1-1
Pittsburgh Steelers 2003 6 10 0
Pittsburgh Steelers 2004 15 1 0 1-1
Pittsburgh Steelers 2005 11 5 0 4-0
Pittsburgh Steelers 2006 8 8 0

Steelers redirects here. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the year. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Trivia

  • Bill Cowher has been nicknamed "The Chin" or "The Jaw" because of the face that he makes in his frustration or anger.
  • Bill Cowher had a higher win percentage (.619) than Chuck Noll(1969-91)(.572), who won four Super Bowls with the Steelers. This was due to Cowher having a higher regular-season win percentage (.623 to Noll's .566). Noll had a higher post-season win percentage (.667 to Cowher's .571).
  • Cowher has a street named after him in Crafton, the Pittsburgh suburb where he grew up. This is where he used to play as a child, and it is now named Cowher Way in his honor.

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Notes and references

  1. ^ Going Once, Going Twice...Chin! I Mean, Sold! Mondesishouse.com. Accessed 8 September 2007.

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Preceded by
Chuck Noll
Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coaches
1992–2007
Succeeded by
Mike Tomlin
Preceded by
Bill Belichick
Super Bowl winning Head Coaches
Super Bowl XL, 2006
Succeeded by
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NAME Cowher, William Laird
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Cowher, Bill
SHORT DESCRIPTION Former American football coach and player
DATE OF BIRTH May 8, 1957
PLACE OF BIRTH Crafton, Pennsylvania
DATE OF DEATH
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Bill Cowher led the Steelers to their first Super Bowl title in 26 years by capturing the team's fifth Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Seattle Seahawks, 21-10, in Super Bowl XL.
Cowher ascended the coaching ranks from a special teams coach to defensive coordinator to become one of the youngest head coaches in NFL history.
Cowher, joined the legendary Paul Brown as the only coach in NFL history to lead a team to six consecutive trips to the playoffs in his first six seasons.
Bill Cowher: Information from Answers.com (901 words)
William Laird "Bill" Cowher, (born May 8, 1957 in Crafton, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is the head coach of the NFL (American Football Conference) Pittsburgh Steelers.
Cowher is only the second coach in NFL history to lead his team to the playoffs in each of his first six seasons as head coach, joining Pro Football Hall of Fame member Paul Brown.
Bill Cowher's wife, Kaye, also a North Carolina State University graduate, played professional basketball for the New York Stars of the (now defunct) Women's Pro Basketball League with her twin sister Faye.
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