The New York Giants are one of the NFL's most storied franchises and have produced some of its greatest coaches. Vince Lombardi, Bill Belichick, and Bill Parcells can all trace their routes back to the Giants organization.
Producing great NFL coaches is a Giant tradition, and with that in mind let's take a look at the Giants coaching staff for 2009.
Tom Coughlin: Head Coach
If Tom Coughlin continues on his current path he may find his name amongst the greats in the annals of Giants history. Having led the Giants to a Super Bowl victory in 2007 and four straight post-season appearances, Coughlin has reaffirmed his place among the premier NFL coaches.
Before Tom Coughlin became the Giants head coach he held a number of positions in both professional and collegiate football.
He began his coaching career in 1969 as a graduate assistant at Syracuse, where he had attended college. From 1970-73 Coughlin was head coach at the Rochester Institute of Technology. In 1974 Coughlin returned to Syracuse putting in three years of work first, as quarterbacks coach and then as offensive backfield coach.He was then promoted to offensive coordinator and served in that role for four more seasons.
In 1981 Coughlin became the quarterbacks coach for the Boston College Eagles, his first stint with the team.
His first foray into the NFL came in 1984-85 as the Eagles wide receivers coach. He served in that same capacity for the Green Bay Packers in 1986-87 before moving to his first stint with the New York Giants from 1988-90 helping them to win their second Super Bowl.
In 1991 Coughlin went back to Boston College to take on the head coaching duties. In his three years as head coach Coughlin turned a struggling program into a Top 20 team. His last Boston College team finished ranked 12th in the USA Today/CNN coaches poll and 13th in the AP poll. He finished his career at B.C. with a 21-13-1 record.
In 1994 Coughlin received his first NFL head coaching position for the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars. Coughlin and the Jaguars became the NFL's most successful expansion team of all time and made the playoffs in just their second year of existence, earning Coughlin NFL Coach of the Year honors.
Coughlin led the Jaguars to four consecutive playoff seasons including two AFC title games.
Coughlin was fired from the Jaguars in 2002 after a 6-10 season and was out of football in the 2003 season.
In 2004 Coughlin became the 16th head coach in Giants history and was called upon to rebuild a struggling Giants franchise...the rest is Giants history.
Kevin Gilbride: Offensive Coordinator
Gilbride is another Giants coach with an extensive and successful coaching background.
He began his coaching career in 1974-75 as a graduate assistant at Idaho State. The following season Gilbride assumed the role of linebackers coach at Tufts University. In 1978-79 Gilbride became the defensive coordinator at American International.
Gilbrides first head coaching job came in the 1980 season when he was hired by Southern Connecticut State. He held this position for the next five seasons before moving to his first professional coaching position as the quarterbacks/receivers coach with the Ottawa Rough Riders of the CFL.
After his brief stint with the CFL, Gilbride returned to colleigate football with East Carolina becoming the passing game coordinator in 1987, and the offensive coordinator in 1988.
Finally, in 1989 Gilbride made the jump to the NFL as the Houston Oilers quarterbacks coach. He was promoted to offensive coordinator the following season and filled that role for the next three years. In 1994 Gilbride was promoted once again to assitant head coach in charge of offense.
In 1995 Gilbride teamed up with his current colleague Tom Coughlin as the Jaguars offensive coordinator and held that position until 1997 when he was offered the head coaching job for the San Diego Chargers.
In 2004 Gilbride was reunited with Tom Coughlin as the Giants quarterbacks coach and was instrumental in the grooming of Eli Manning. Prior to the 2006 season finale against the Washington Redskins Gilbride assumed the role of offensive coordinator from John Hufnagel and hasn't looked back since.
Bill Sheridan: Defensive Coordinator
If you've noticed an improvement in the Giants linebackers play the last 4 years you can thank this man, Bill Sheridan.
Sheridan began his coaching career at Shrine High School in Royal Oak, Michigan. He coached that teams DB's, LB's, WR's, and OL from 1981-1984. Sheridan moved to college level football when he became a graduate assitant at Michigan for two years from 1985-86.
He continued to coach linebackers at three different schools from 1987-95 including Maine, Cincinnati and Army. In 1996 and 1997 Sheridan became the dfensive backs coach at West Point.
In 1998 Sheridan returned to his home state of Michigan where he became the linebackers coach for Michigan State, a position he held for three years. In 2001 Sheridan moved to Notre Dame where he coached safeties and special teams.
His career came full circle when he returned to Michigan in 2002 to coach the teams linebacking corps. From 2003-04 Sheridan helped mold Michigan's defensive line until finally getting the call to the NFL in 2005 from the New York Giants.
Sheridan has been the Giants linebackers coach since 2005 and has helped to mold players like Antonio Pierce into Pro-Bowl linebackers.
The 2009 season will mark Sheridan's first stint as a defensive coordinator.