Ranking Super Bowl Winning Head Coaches, From The Legendary To The Lucky

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Winning the Super Bowl is a dream for any NFL coach. Some coaches are better than others, while some get lucky. In this article, we rank Super Bowl-winning head coaches from the legendary to the lucky. 

Super Bowl, one of the world’s most cherished annual sporting events, is just around the corner. Super Bowl for the 2022 NFL season, Super Bowl LVII, will be held on February 12, 2023, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Bill Belichick
Bill Belichick (Source: Boston.com)

This article ranks the coaches based on their careers’ total Super Bowl wins. Our list consists of all the legendary coaches to the lucky ones. 

Let’s begin our list. 

Quick Overview

The table lists the head coaches’ names, and the number of their Super Bowl wins.

Head Coach Super Bowl wins
21. Mike Holmgren
1
20. Sean McVay 1
19. Pete Carroll 1
18. Mike Tomlin 1
17. Andy Reid 1
16. Bill Cowher 1
15. Dick Vermeil 1
14. Hank Stram 1
13. Don Shula 2
12. Tom Landry 2
11. Bill Parcells 2
10. Tom Coughlin 2
9. Mike Shanahan 2
8. George Seifert 2
7. Jimmy Johnson 2
6. Tom Flores 2
5. Vince Lombardi 2
4. Joe Gibbs 3
3. Bill Walsh 3
2. Chuck Noll 4
1. Bill Belichick 6

Ranking Super Bowl Winning Head Coaches, From The Legendary To The Lucky

Our primary source of information is TheSportingNews. 

21. Mike Holmgren

We are starting our ranking with Mike Holmgren, a former football player, coach, and Executive. The 74 year-old began his coaching career as the offensive coordinator for Lincoln High School.

Mike Holmgren
Mike Holmgren (Source: AP Photo)

In 1992, Holmgren was hired as the Green Bay Packers head coach. During his tenure with the franchise from 1992 to 1998, the Packers won Super Bowl XXXI in 1996. It was the Packers’ third Super Bowl appearance and first win.

20. Sean McVay

Sean McVay is the youngest head coach to win a Super Bowl at age 36. When the Los Angeles Rams hired him as their head coach, McVay was 30 years old, making him the youngest head coach in the NFL’s modern era.

He began his career as an offensive assistant for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008. The Rams won Super Bowl LVI on February 13, 2022, under McVay’s skillful coaching.

Sean McVay
Sean McVay (Source: Sports Illustrated)

It was the franchise’s second Super Bowl win, while it was their fifth appearance at the Super Bowl.

19. Pete Carroll

Pete Carroll is a head coach and Executive vice president for the Seattle Seahawks. The 71 year-old has been serving in the position since 2010.

Pete Carroll
Pete Carroll (Source: Sports Illustrated)

Carroll began as a graduate assistant for the Pacific in 1973. Since he became the head coach for the Seahawks, the franchise has made two consecutive Super Bowl appearances and won a Super Bowl XLVIII.

18. Mike Tomlin

50 year-old Mike Tomlin is one of the 24 black coaches to serve as a head coach in the history of the NFL. He is the head coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who hired him in 2007.

Tomlin began coaching as the wide receivers coach for the VMI in 1995. The Steelers were making their seventh Super Bowl appearance during Super Bowl XLIII.

Mike Tomlin
Mike Tomlin (Source: ONE37pm)

The team won the Super Bowl under Tomlin’s head coaching, making it their sixth win. The Steelers are tied with the New England Patriots for the most Super Bowl wins.

17. Andy Reid

Andy Reid is a 64 year-old head coach for the Kansas City Chiefs. He was hired in the position in 2013 and has been credited for revitalizing the struggling Chiefs.

Andy Reid
Andy Reid (Source: Arrowhead Pride)

Since Reid held the team’s helm, the Chiefs have made two Super Bowl appearances and won the Super Bowl LIV. The winning was the first in 50 years when the franchise won its first Super Bowl in 1969.

16. Bill Cowher

Bill Cowher is a former football coach who served as the head coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers for 15 seasons. He was appointed the Steelers’ head coach in 1992.

Cowher began his coaching as the special team coach for the Cleveland Browns in 1985. With him in the head coach seat, the Steelers made one appearance at Super Bowl XL and won the title.

Bill Cowher
Bill Cowher (Source: New York Post)

The winning added the fifth Super Bowl win and Vince Lombardi trophy to the franchise’s name. Similarly, it was Steelers’ sixth appearance at the Super Bowl. 

15. Dick Vermeil

Another coach with a Super Bowl win in his coaching career is 86 year-old Dick Vermeil. He is a former coach who worked 15 seasons as head coach in NFL.

Vermeil was appointed as the head coach for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1976. His tenure spanned from 1976 to 1982, but he could not win the Super Bowl.

Dick Vermeil
Dick Vermeil (Source: Arrowhead Pride)

In 1997, he became the head coach for the St. Louis Rams (now Los Angeles Rams). He successfully led the team to Super Bowl XXXIV and won the title. It was the franchise’s first Super Bowl win.

14. Hank Stram

Hank Stram is the 14th head coach in our ranking with two Super Bowl wins. He was a former coach who is famously known for working 15 seasons with the Dallas Texans (now Kansas City Chiefs.)

Hank Stram
Hank Stram (Source: kchistory.org)

Stram became the head coach for the franchise in 1960. With him as the head coach, the Chiefs made their second appearance at Super Bowl IV in 1969 and won their first Super Bowl title.

13. Don Shula

Don Shula was a football player and coach who was the league’s winningest head coach. He started his coaching career as the defensive backs coach for Virginia in 1958.

Don Shula
Don Shula (Source: Chron)

From 1963 to 1969, Shula was the head coach for the Baltimore Colts. But he was unable to win any Super Bowl. Then from 1970 to 1995, he was appointed the head coach for the Miami Dolphins.

His tenure with the Dolphins was successful, and they made all their five Super Bowl appearances and two consecutive Super Bowl wins under Shula.

12. Tom Landry

Tom Landry was a professional football player and coach who created many new formations and methods in NFL. He began his coaching career as the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants.

Tom Landry
Tom Landry (Source: Dallas Morning News)

From 1960 to 1988, Landry was the head coach for the Dallas Cowboys. His tenure with the Cowboys is an NFL record for one of the longest.

Landry as the franchise’s head coach, the Cowboys made their first Super Bowl appearance in 1970 and won two Super Bowl titles, VI and XII. The team made five Super Bowl appearances under Landry.

11. Bill Parcells

A former football player and coach, Bill Parcells spent 19 seasons working as the head coach in NFL. He began his career as the linebackers coach for the Hastings in 1964.

In 1983, Parcells was hired as the New York Giants head coach. His tenure with the franchise ran from 1983 to 1990, during which the Giants made two Super Bowl appearances and won both.

Bill Parcells
Bill Parcells (Source: Sports Illustrated)

Parcells also worked as the head coach for the New England Patriots, New York Jets, and Dallas Cowboys.

10. Tom Coughlin

We are down to the top ten Super Bowl-winning head coaches. A former football coach and Executive, Tom Coughlin, is ranked tenth. He started as a graduate assistant for Syracuse in 1969.

Jacksonville Jaguars hired Coughlin as their head coach in 1995. His tenure ended without much success in 2002, after which, in 2004, he was hired by the New York Giants.

Tom Coughlin
Tom Coughlin (Source: USA Today)

Coughlin led the Giants to two Super Bowl appearances, Super Bowl XLII and XLVI. They won both Super Bowl titles and added the third and fourth Vince Lombardi trophies to the franchise’s name. 

9. Mike Shanahan

The former football coach, Mike Shanahan, is best known for being the head coach of the Denver Broncos for 14 seasons. He began his career as the offensive assistant for Oklahoma in 1975.

Mike Shanahan
Mike Shanahan (Source: Sports Illustrated)

Shanahan was the head coach for the Broncos from 1995 to 2008. During his tenure, he led the franchise to two consecutive Super Bowl wins, Super Bowl XXXII and XXXIII.

8. George Seifert

The 83 year-old George Seifert is the second head coach in NFL with the most winning percentage. He is a former football player and coach who began his coaching career in 1964.

The San Francisco 49ers hired Seifert as their head coach in 1989, and he remained in the position until 1996.

George Seifert, 1992
George Seifert, 1992 (Source: BleacherReport)

He helped the team to make their fourth Super Bowl appearance and win the title in his first season as a head coach.

Similarly, the 49ers also won their fifth Super Bowl title under Seifert’s coaching.

7. Jimmy Johnson

Jimmy Johnson is a former football coach who worked nine seasons as a head coach in NFL. He began as an assistant coach in 1965 for Louisiana Tech.

Jimmy Johnson (Fox Sports)
Jimmy Johnson (Source: Fox Sports)

The Dallas Cowboys hired Johnson as their head coach in 1989. He led the team to two consecutive Super Bowl wins in Super Bowl XXVII and XXVIII.

6. Tom Flores

Another head coach with two Super Bowl wins is Tom Flores. He is a former football quarterback and coach who is the second individual to win the Super Bowl as a player, assistant coach, and head coach in NFL history.

Tom Flores
Tom Flores (Source: NBC News)

From 1979 to 1987, Flores worked as the head coach for the Los Angeles Raiders. During this span, he helped the Raiders to win the Super Bowl XV and XVIII.

5. Vince Lombardi

Regarded by many as one of the greatest football coaches, Vince Lombardi won two Super Bowls as a head coach. He is best known for being the head coach for the Green Bay Packers.

Vince Lombardi
Vince Lombardi (Source: Encyclopedia Britannica)

In his term from 1959 to 1967, he led the team to their first two Super Bowl appearances and won both. 

In 1969, Lombardi became head coach for the Washington Redskins. However, his career came to a sudden halt after he got cancer.

The Super Bowl trophy, the Vince Lombardi trophy, was named in his honor.  

4. Joe Gibbs

Joe Gibbs is a former football coach who won three Super Bowl titles as a head coach in NFL. He began his coaching career as the offensive line coach for San Diego State in 1964.

Joe Gibbs
Joe Gibbs (Source: Sports Business Journal)

Gibbs was appointed the head coach for the Washington Redskins on two occasions. He served the team once from 1981 to 1992 and for the second time from 2004 to 2007.

During his first tenure, Gibbs helped the Redskins to make four Super Bowl appearances while winning three of them.

3. Bill Walsh

Tied with Joe Gibbs with three Super Bowl titles win is Bill Walsh. He was a professional and college football coach who began his career as the receivers coach for California in 1960.

Bill Walsh
Bill Walsh (Source: Britannica)

The San Francisco 49ers hired him as their head coach in 1979. In his tenure with the 49ers from 1979 to 1988, he helped the team make their first three Super Bowl appearances and win all three championships.

2. Chuck Noll

Chuck Noll was a former football player and coach with the second-highest Super Bowl win as a head coach in NFL. He was the head coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1969 to 1991.

Under Noll’s masterful coaching, the Steelers made their first Super Bowl appearance and win in 1974. Similarly, he helped the team to win Super Bowl X, XIII, and XIV.

Chuck Noll with Vince Lombardi Trophy
Chuck Noll with Vince Lombardi Trophy (Source: Yahoo Sports)

With the Steelers, Noll earned the title of one of the greatest head coaches. He helped the team make their first four appearances in the Super Bowl and win all four.

1. Bill Belichick

The highest number of Super Bowl-winning head coaches in the NFL is the head coach for the New England Patriots, Bill Belichick. The 66 year-old has won six Super Bowls as a head coach.

Bill Belichick
Bill Belichick (Source: SBNation)

In 2000, he became the head coach for the New England Patriots. The Patriots are tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for most Super Bowl wins, i.e., six.

The team won all their Super Bowl championships under the head coaching of Belichick.

Conclusion

So, this was our ranking for Super Bowl-winning head coaches, from the legendary to the lucky. Thank you for reading! 

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