Don McCafferty

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
15 133-67-6 66.02% 7-4 63.64%

Coaching Tree

Parents:

Weeb Ewbank, Don Shula

Children:

Raymond Berry, Rick Forzano, Red Miller


Biography

Career Summary

Don McCafferty was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 1959 to 1973, finishing his career as the head coach of the Detroit Lions. Over his fifteen years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative win/loss record of 133-67-6. During his career he was a head coach for four seasons, first with the Baltimore Colts. He led the Colts for three seasons, compiling a record of 26-15-1. In 1970, the Colts won the Super Bowl against the Dallas Cowboys 16-13. His next head coaching stint was with the Detroit Lions for the 1973 season, leading the team to a 6-7-1 record. During his entire head coaching career, his two teams combined for a record of 32-22-2 across four seasons including going 4-1-0 in the playoffs.

Don McCafferty Coaching Tree

Before he was a head coach, McCafferty served as an assistant coach for Weeb Ewbank and Don Shula. Seven of these years were spent on Shula's coaching staff. During his time as head coach, three assistant coaches, (Red Miller, Raymond Berry, and Rick Forzano) on his coaching staff were hired as head coaches across the league. His coaching tree has combined for a record of 104-79-0 in the regular season and 5-5 in the playoffs during their twelve seasons as head coach after serving on his coaching staffs.

Personal Information

McCafferty was born on Saturday, March 12, 1921 in Cleveland, Ohio.


History

Year Position Record Playoff record
1973 Detroit Lions Head Coach 6-7-1 0-0
1972 Baltimore Colts Head Coach 5-9-0 0-0
1971 Baltimore Colts Head Coach 10-4-0 1-1
1970 Baltimore Colts Head Coach 11-2-1 3-0
1969 Baltimore Colts Offensive Backfield Coach 8-5-1 0-0
1968 Baltimore Colts Offensive Backfield Coach 13-1-0 2-1
1967 Baltimore Colts Offensive Backfield Coach 11-1-2 0-0
1966 Baltimore Colts Offensive Backfield Coach 9-5-0 0-0
1965 Baltimore Colts Offensive Backfield Coach 10-3-1 0-1
1964 Baltimore Colts Offensive Backfield Coach 12-2-0 0-1
1963 Baltimore Colts Offensive Backfield Coach 8-6-0 0-0
1962 Baltimore Colts Wide Receivers Coach 7-7-0 0-0
1961 Baltimore Colts Wide Receivers Coach 8-6-0 0-0
1960 Baltimore Colts Wide Receivers Coach 6-6-0 0-0
1959 Baltimore Colts Wide Receivers Coach 9-3-0 1-0

Coach history guide

Seasons with a championship win Seasons with a conference championship

Coach facts

  • Years as head coach: 4
  • Championships won: 1959, 1968, and 1970
  • Conference Championships won: 1970
  • Third in winning percentage for the Indianapolis Colts.
  • Past teams coached for: Detroit Lions, Baltimore Colts
  • Date of Birth: Saturday, March 12, 1921 (53 years old), Cleveland, Ohio
  • Don McCafferty has the fewest wins (28) of all Superbowl Winning Coaches.