Fergodsakes.com takes a look at all former Michigan football players, coaches, and/or alums who have coached in a Super Bowl.
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Michigan Bloodlines as Head Coach in Super Bowl
George Allen (B.A. 1947; M.A. 1948). Inducted posthumously into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002, Allen earned his degrees from the University of Michigan but never played football for the Wolverines (as written in this space last week). He was an assistant coach to Cliff Keen on the 1947 UM Lightweight Team, whose members weighed 150 pounds and less. Allen did coach the Washington Redskins to Super Bowl VII, which they lost 14-7 to the undefeated Miami Dolphins on January 14, 1973.
Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-87). Now San Francisco 49ers Head Coach. This will be Harbaugh’s second Super Bowl as a coach – he was an offensive assistant coach with the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII, a game which Tampa Bay won 48-21.
National Championship with Michigan and Super Bowl Coach
Bob Hollway (offensive end, 1947-49). Hollway, who passed away in 1999, was a letterman for the National Championship Michigan squads in 1947 and 48. He went on to coach the defense for the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV, a game won by the Kansas City Chiefs 23-7. One of Hollway’s teammates at Michigan was Jerry Burns, who coached with Hollway on the Vikings for the Super Bowl IV loss.
Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82; coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005): Now New York Giants Linebackers Coach. Herrmann won his Super Bowl ring as Linebackers Coach of the New York Giants in last year’s Super Bowl, a 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots. Of course, he was Defensive Coordinator for Michigan’s National Title in 1997. He can also lay claim to the fact that he was a player on the team which earned Bo Schembechler’s first Rose Bowl victory, Team 101 at the conclusion of the 1980 season.
Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005): Now New Orleans Saints Tight Ends Coach. Malone was Tight Ends Coach for the Saints when they won Super Bowl XLIV, a 31-17 win over Indianapolis. He also won a National Title with Michigan as Offensive Line Coach for the 1997 team.
Stan Parrish (Quarterbacks Coach 1996-99; Offensive Coordinator 2000-01): Now Eastern Michigan University Offensive Coordinator. Parrish was Quarterbacks Coach for Super Bowl XXXVII Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs defeated Oakland (and offensive assistant coach Jim Harbaugh) 48-21. Parrish also won a National Championship as Quarterbacks Coach with Michigan in 1997.
Michigan Football Bloodlines to Coach in Six Super Bowls
Jerry Burns (quarterback 1947-48, 1950). Better known as the former Minnesota Vikings Head Coach from 1986-91, the online Bentley Library records show that Burns was on the University of Michigan football team in 1947, 1948, and 1950, but never earned his varsity letter. Of course, the 1947 and 1948 teams each won a national title. According to this 1997 Michigan Today article, Burns was the “star quarterback” of the 150 pound and under team, which Michigan fielded for two seasons only, in 1947 and 1948.
His coaching was better than his quarterbacking. Burns was on Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers staff for the first two Super Bowls, and later was an assistant to Bud Grant for all four of the Minnesota Vikings Super Bowl appearances. In total, his teams were 2-4 in the Super Bowl, having won the first two with Green Bay, and losing all four with Minnesota.
Michigan Football Bloodlines to Coach in Three Super Bowls
Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002): Now Baltimore Ravens Secondary Coach. This will be Austin’s third Super Bowl – he is 0-2 in his first two. He was Defensive Backs Coach for the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL and the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII, losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers in both games.
Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Now Arizona Cardinals Offensive Coordinator. He is the brother of 49ers starting offensive lineman (and former Michigan player) Jonathan Goodwin. Harold Goodwin is 1-2 as a coach in the Super Bowl. He was an Assistant Offensive Line Coach with the Steelers when they won Super Bowl XLIII (defeating Austin and the Arizona Cardinals); and when they lost Super Bowl XLV (to Green Bay and its DL Coach, former Wolverine Mike Trgovac). In addition, Goodwin held the same position for the 2006 Chicago Bears when they reached the Super Bowl, losing XLI to Indianapolis 29-17.
Michigan Football Bloodlines to Coach in Two Super Bowls
Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83): Now New York Giants Running Backs Coach. Ingram has two Super Bowl championship rings as a member of the Giants coaching staff, both times defeating the New England Patriots. New York won Super Bowl XLII 17-14; and last year’s XLVI 21-17.
Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-2010): Robinson won two Super Bowl championships rings as Defensive Coordinator of the Denver Broncos. The Broncos defeated Green Bay in Super Bowl XXXII 31-24, and the following season defeated Atlanta 34-19 in Super Bowl XXXIII.
Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach. Trgovac has one Super Bowl ring as a coach, as a Defensive Line Coach with Green Bay in Super Bowl XLV when the Packers defeated Pittsburgh (and its Assistant OL Coach, former Wolverine Harold Goodwin) 31-25. Trgovac was on the losing end as Defensive Coordinator for the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XLV, falling to New England 32-29.
Michigan Football Bloodlines to Coach in One Super Bowl
Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85): Now Jacksonville Jaguars Special Teams Coach. Was on the Saints coaching staff as Assistant Special Teams Coach for New Orleans’ Super Bowl XLIV victory over Indianapolis 31-17.
Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86; Tight Ends Coach 2000-01; Offensive Line Coach 2002-2007): Now Baltimore Ravens Offensive Line Coach. This will be Moeller’s first Super Bowl as a coach.
Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): Now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator. Sheridan won a Super Bowl ring as Linebackers Coach of the New York Giants for New York’s Super Bowl XLII 17-14 victory over the New England Patriots.