The last eight Super Bowls, and 10 of the last 11, have included a former Michigan player or coach as an assistant coach for at least one of the Super Bowl teams. Using the Fergodsakes Method of predicting Super Bowl Teams, the San Francisco 49ers (Head Coach is former UM quarterback Jim Harbaugh), New Orleans Saints (Tight Ends Coach is ex-UM Offensive Coordinator Terry Malone), or Green Bay Packers (Defensive Line Coach is former UM defensive lineman Mike Trgovac) will represent the NFC in this season’s Super Bowl. In this season’s playoffs, there are no AFC teams with a former Wolverine on the coaching staff.
The last four Super Bowls, and five of the last six, have had at least one former Wolverine earn a ring as an assistant coach. In Super Bowl history, there have been 28 coaching appearances in the Super Bowl by those with a University of Michigan football connection. Those 28 appearances have netted 15 championship rings for coaches with a Michigan background.
Going all the way back to the very first Super Bowl, here is a chronological listing of Michigan Men coaching in the Super Bowl:
2012 Season, Super Bowl 47
Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86; Tight Ends Coach 2000-01; Offensive Line Coach 2002-2007): Offensive Line Coach for the Baltimore Ravens in last season’s 34-31 Ravens Super Bowl victory over San Francisco
Teryl Austin: (DB Coach 1999-2002): In his third Super Bowl, Austin earned his first ring. He was Defensive Backs Coach for the Baltimore Ravens in last season’s 34-31 Ravens Super Bowl victory over San Francisco
Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Head Coach of the losing San Francisco 49ers. It was Harbaugh’s second appearance as a coach in a Super Bowl, losing both times.
2011 Season, Super Bowl 46
Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82; coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005); and
Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83):
Herrmann was Linebackers Coach and Ingram was Running Backs Coach for the Giants’ thrilling 21-17 win over New England.
2010 Season, Super Bowl 45
Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Earned his first Super Bowl ring as Defensive Line Coach of the Green Bay Packers, who defeated Pittsburgh 31-25.
Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Has coached in three Super Bowls, being on the winning side once. He was Assistant Offensive Line Coach for the Steelers this season in their Super Bowl loss to the Packers.
2009 Season, Super Bowl 44
Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85); and
Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005):
Both coached with the Saints. Mallory was Assistant Special Teams Coach, and Malone was Tight Ends Coach as New Orleans defeated Indianapolis 31-17.
2008 Season, Super Bowl 43
Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Was Assistant Offensive Line Coach for the Super Bowl winning Pittsburgh Steelers, who defeated Arizona 27-23.
Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002): Was Defensive Backs Coach for Arizona in this Super Bowl
2007 Season, Super Bowl 42
Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83); and
Bill Sheridan ((OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04):
Both were coaches with the Super Bowl winning New York Giants – Ingram as Running Backs Coach, Sheridan as Linebackers Coach. The Giants defeated New England 17-14.
2006 Season, Super Bowl 41
Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Coaching in his first Super Bowl as Assistant Offensive Line Coach for the Chicago Bears, Goodwin saw Indianapolis defeat Chicago 29-17.
2005 Season, Super Bowl 40
Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002): Coaching in his first Super Bowl, Austin and the Seattle Seahawks fell to Pittsburgh 21-10.
2003 Season, Super Bowl 38
Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Trgovac was Defensive Coordinator for the Carolina Panthers, who fell to New England 32-29.
2002 Season, Super Bowl 37
Stan Parrish (Quarterbacks Coach 1996-99; Offensive Coordinator 2000-01): Parrish was Quarterbacks Coach for the Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who defeated Oakland 48-21.
Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Harbaugh was offensive assistant coach with the Raiders in their Super Bowl loss.
1998 Season, Super Bowl 33
Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-2010): Robinson earned his second consecutive Super Bowl ring as Defensive Coordinator of the Denver Broncos, who defeated Atlanta 34-19.
1997 Season, Super Bowl 32
Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-2010): Robinson was Defensive Coordinator of the Super Bowl winning Denver Broncos, who defeated Green Bay 31-24.
1976 Season, Super Bowl 11
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.
Coaching in his sixth and final Super Bowl, Burns was Offensive Coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl 11. The Vikings fell to the Oakland Raiders 32-14.
1974 Season, Super Bowl 9
Jerry Burns (quarterback 1947-48, 1950). Offensive Coordinator for Minnesota, the Vikings lost to Pittsburgh 16-6.
1973 Season, Super Bowl 8
Jerry Burns (quarterback 1947-48, 1950). Offensive Coordinator for Minnesota, the Vikings lost to the Miami Dolphins 24-7.
1972 Season, Super Bowl 7
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 before last season’s Super Bowl). He was an assistant coach to Cliff Keen on the 1947 UM Lightweight Team, whose members weighed 150 pounds and less.
Allen was the Head Coach of the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII, losing 14-7 to the undefeated Miami Dolphins.
1969 Season, Super Bowl 4
Bob Hollway (offensive end, 1947-49); and
Jerry Burns (quarterback 1947-48, 1950).
Both were on the Minnesota Vikings coaching staff – Hollway as a defensive assistant, Burns as Offensive Coordinator. Minnesota fell to the Kansas City Chiefs, 23-7.
1967 Season, Super Bowl 2
Jerry Burns (quarterback 1947-48, 1950). An assistant with Vince Lombardi, the Packers defeated the Oakland Raiders 33-14, earning Burns his second consecutive Super Bowl ring.
1966 Season, Super Bowl 1
Jerry Burns (quarterback 1947-48, 1950). An assistant with Vince Lombardi, Burns and the Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10.