Bud Grant

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
22 196-121-5 61.65% 13-15 46.43%

Coaching Tree


Neill Armstrong, Jerry Burns, Pete Carroll, Bob Hollway, Jack Patera, Buddy Ryan, Les Steckel, Marc Trestman


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Career Summary

Bud Grant was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 1967 to 1989, finishing his career as the consultant of the Minnesota Vikings. Over his twenty-two years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative win/loss record of 196-121-5. He was the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings from 1967 until the 1985 season, during which time the Vikings went 158-96-5. During his career he was a head coach for eighteen seasons.

Grant was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1994 after his coaching career.

Career Awards

Grant won the NFL's Coach of the Year award in 1969 after guiding the Vikings to a 12-2-0 record and a a berth in Super Bowl IV. As the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings he coached four players to award-winning seasons: Alan Page, AP Defensive Player of the Year in 1971; Alan Page, Most Valuable Player in 1971; Chuck Foreman, AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1973; Fran Tarkenton, AP Offensive Player of the Year in 1975; Fran Tarkenton, Most Valuable Player in 1975; Sammy White, AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1976.

Bud Grant Coaching Tree

Before he was a head coach, Grant served as an assistant coach for Jerry Burns. He spent four years as an assistant coach to Jerry Burns, finishing as the consultant in 1989. During his time as head coach, eight assistant coaches, (Bob Hollway, Jerry Burns, Jack Patera, Neill Armstrong, Buddy Ryan, Les Steckel, Pete Carroll, and Marc Trestman) on his coaching staff were hired as head coaches across the league. His coaching tree has combined for a record of 366-361-4 in the regular season and 14-18 in the playoffs during their forty-seven seasons as head coach after serving on his coaching staffs. The coaching tree has won a single championship, in 2013 by the Seattle Seahawks, led by Pete Carroll.

Personal Information

Grant was born on Friday, May 20, 1927 in Superior, Wisconsin.


Year Position Record Playoff record
1989 Minnesota Vikings Consultant 10-6-0 0-1
1988 Minnesota Vikings Consultant 11-5-0 1-1
1987 Minnesota Vikings Consultant 8-7-0 2-1
1986 Minnesota Vikings Consultant 9-7-0 0-0
1985 Minnesota Vikings Head Coach 7-9-0 0-0
1983 Minnesota Vikings Head Coach 8-8-0 0-0
1982 Minnesota Vikings Head Coach 5-4-0 1-1
1981 Minnesota Vikings Head Coach 7-9-0 0-0
1980 Minnesota Vikings Head Coach 9-7-0 0-1
1979 Minnesota Vikings Head Coach 7-9-0 0-0
1978 Minnesota Vikings Head Coach 8-7-1 0-1
1977 Minnesota Vikings Head Coach 9-5-0 1-1
1976 Minnesota Vikings Head Coach 11-2-1 2-1
1975 Minnesota Vikings Head Coach 12-2-0 0-1
1974 Minnesota Vikings Head Coach 10-4-0 2-1
1973 Minnesota Vikings Head Coach 12-2-0 2-1
1972 Minnesota Vikings Head Coach 7-7-0 0-0
1971 Minnesota Vikings Head Coach 11-3-0 0-1
1970 Minnesota Vikings Head Coach 12-2-0 0-1
1969 Minnesota Vikings Head Coach 12-2-0 2-1
1968 Minnesota Vikings Head Coach 8-6-0 0-1
1967 Minnesota Vikings Head Coach 3-8-3 0-0

Coach history guide

Seasons with a championship win Seasons with a conference championship

Coach facts

  • Years as head coach: 18
  • Championships won: 1969
  • Conference Championships won: 1973, 1974, and 1976
  • Coach of the Year: 1969
  • Led the league in wins: 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1975
  • First in total wins for the Minnesota Vikings.
  • First in winning percentage for the Minnesota Vikings.
  • Most playoff wins in Minnesota Vikings history (10)
  • Past teams coached for: Minnesota Vikings
  • College Attended: Minnesota Golden Gophers
  • Date of Birth: Friday, May 20, 1927 (97 years old), Superior, Wisconsin
  • Bud Grant is one of two coaches to both a coach AND play in the NFL and CFL.