List of Los Angeles Chargers head coaches

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Don Coryell, head coach for the Chargers from 1978 to 1986, was famous for his "Air Coryell" offense.

The Los Angeles Chargers are a professional American football team based in the Greater Los Angeles Area. The Chargers compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) West division. There have been 15 coaches in Los Angeles Chargers franchise history, including Sid Gillman, who coached the Los Angeles Chargers' first and only season in 1960 before the team's move to San Diego, California in 1961. Gillman is also the only Hall of Fame coach from the Chargers franchise.[1]

Coach Gillman and the Chargers won one AFL title in 1963 and reached the AFL playoffs five times and the AFL Championship four times before joining the NFL in 1970 as part of the AFL–NFL merger.[2] In the 45 years since then, the Chargers have made 13 trips to the playoffs and four appearances in the AFC Championship game.[2]

The current head coach for the Chargers is Anthony Lynn, who replaced Mike McCoy after he was fired at the end of the 2016 season. In 2007, Turner had led the team to a win in the playoffs for the first time since Bobby Ross in 1992. Turner was fired on December 31, 2012, after six seasons in charge of the franchise.[3] Marty Schottenheimer, the head coach before Turner, led the team into the playoffs in 2004 and 2006, but they were unsuccessful both times.[4] Six coaches—Gillman, Don Coryell, Ross, Schottenheimer, Turner and McCoy—have led the Chargers into the playoffs.

Key

# Number of coaches
GC Games coached
W Wins
L Losses
T Ties
Win% Winning percentage
00 Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a coach
00 Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a player
00* Spent entire NFL head coaching career with the Chargers

Coaches

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2016 NFL season.

# Name Term Regular Season Playoffs Awards Reference
GC W L T Win% GC W L
Los Angeles Chargers
1 Sid Gillman 1960 14 10 4 0 .714 1 0 1 [5]
San Diego Chargers
Sid Gillman 19611969, 1971 131 76 49 6 .603 4 1 3 [5]
2 Charlie Waller* 19691970* 19 9 7 3 .553 [6]
3 Harland Svare 19711973 26 7 17 2 .308 [7]
4 Ron Waller* 1973* 6 1 5 0 .167 [8]
5 Tommy Prothro 19741978 60 21 39 0 .350 [9]
6 Don Coryell 19781986 125 69 56 0 .552 7 3 4 [10]
7 Al Saunders* 19861988* 39 17 22 0 .436 [11]
8 Dan Henning 19891991 48 16 32 0 .333 [12]
9 Bobby Ross 19921996 80 47 33 0 .588 6 3 3 Pro Football Weekly NFL Coach of the Year (1992)

Maxwell Football Club NFL Coach of the Year (1992)
UPI NFL Coach of the Year (1992)

[13]
10 Kevin Gilbride* 19971998* 22 6 16 0 .273 [14]
11 June Jones 1998 10 3 7 0 .300 [15]
12 Mike Riley* 19992001* 48 14 34 0 .292 [16]
13 Marty Schottenheimer 20022006 80 47 33 0 .588 2 0 2 [17]
14 Norv Turner 20072012 96 56 40 0 .583 6 3 3 [18]
15 Mike McCoy 20132016 64 27 37 0 .422 2 1 1 [19]
Los Angeles Chargers
16 Anthony Lynn 2017–present 0 0 0 0 [20]

References

  1. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame members". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2008-04-27. 
  2. ^ a b "Chronology". chargers.com. Archived from the original on October 20, 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  3. ^ "Norv Turner fired after meeting with San Diego Chargers". NFL.com. NFL Enterprises LLC. December 31, 2012. Retrieved December 31, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Coaches". Chargers.com. Retrieved 2008-05-16. 
  5. ^ a b "Sid Gillman". databaseSports.com. Archived from the original on 2007-02-05. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  6. ^ "Charlie Waller". databaseSports.com. Archived from the original on 2010-02-19. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  7. ^ "Harland Svare". databaseSports.com. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  8. ^ "Ron Waller". databaseSports.com. Archived from the original on 2007-02-16. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  9. ^ "Tommy Prothro". databaseSports.com. Archived from the original on 2007-02-05. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  10. ^ "Don Coryell". databaseSports.com. Archived from the original on 2007-02-05. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  11. ^ "Al Saunders". databaseSports.com. Archived from the original on 2008-01-30. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  12. ^ "Dan Henning". databaseSports.com. Archived from the original on 2007-02-06. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  13. ^ "Bobby Ross". databaseSports.com. Archived from the original on 2007-02-05. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  14. ^ "Kevin Gilbride". databaseSports.com. Archived from the original on 2008-02-09. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  15. ^ "June Jones". databaseSports.com. Archived from the original on 2007-02-05. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  16. ^ "Mike Riley". databaseSports.com. Archived from the original on 2010-02-19. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  17. ^ "Marty Schottenheimer". databaseSports.com. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  18. ^ "Norv Turner". databaseSports.com. Archived from the original on 2007-02-06. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  19. ^ "Mike McCoy Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 4, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Anthony Lynn Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 12, 2017. 
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