Frankie Albert

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
4 23-24-1 48.96% 0-1 0.00%

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Norman "Red" Strader


Phil Bengtson, Red Hickey, Bill Johnson


Career Summary

Frankie Albert was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 1955 to 1958, finishing his career as the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Over his four years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative win/loss record of 23-24-1. He was the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers from 1956 until the 1958 season, during which time the 49ers went 19-16-1. During his career he was a head coach for three seasons.

Frankie Albert Coaching Tree

Before he was a head coach, Albert served as an assistant coach for Norman "Red" Strader. He spent one years as an assistant coach to Norman "Red" Strader, finishing as the backfield tutor/assistant coach in 1955. During his time as head coach, three assistant coaches, (Phil Bengtson, Red Hickey, and Bill Johnson) on his coaching staff were hired as head coaches across the league. His coaching tree has combined for a record of 69-70-2 in the regular season and 0-0 in the playoffs during their eleven seasons as head coach after serving on his coaching staffs.

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Playing Career


Albert played college football at Stanford University. In 1939, his sophomore year, he played tailback, but Stanford won only one game. For his junior year, new coach Clark Shaughnessy moved him to play quarterback in the T-Formation. As quarterback, Albert became a 2-time all-American (’40-’41) and led Stanford to a Rose Bowl victory after the 1940 season. He also finished 3rd in the Heisman Trophy contest after the ’40 season. During his time at Stanford, Albert would perfect and popularize the bootleg pass.


After college, he was drafted #1 overall by the Chicago Bears. However, Albert did not play football after college, instead serving in the Navy. After taking several years off to fight in World War II, Albert returned to football as the first quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers. He played seven seasons with the 49ers. During that time, he shared the 1948 MVP award with Otto Graham, the quarterback for the [[franchise"32]], and played in the inaugural Pro Bowl in 1950. After his final year with the 49ers, Albert played one final year in the CFL as the quarterback for the Calgary Stampeders.

Coaching Career

After his retirement from the CFL, Albert was hired by the 49ers as a scout and assistant coach in 1955. The 49ers struggled to a 4-8 record and head coach Norman "Red" Strader was fired. Albert replaced Strader for the 1956 season. In Albert’s three year stint as head coach, the team finished 3rd, 2nd, and 4th in the NFL Western Division with only one playoff appearance (1957). Albert resigned after the 1958 season.


Year Position Record Playoff record
1958 San Francisco 49ers Head Coach 6-6-0 0-0
1957 San Francisco 49ers Head Coach 8-4-0 0-1
1956 San Francisco 49ers Head Coach 5-6-1 0-0
1955 San Francisco 49ers Backfield Tutor / Assistant Coach 4-8-0 0-0

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