Dick Nolan

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
28 182-220-8 45.37% 5-8 38.46%

Coaching Tree

Parents:

Tom Landry

Children:

Rich Brooks, Ed Hughes, Ken Meyer, Paul Wiggin


Biography

Career Summary

Dick Nolan was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 1962 to 1990, finishing his career as the defensive backs coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Over his twenty-eight years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative win/loss record of 182-220-8. During his career he was a head coach for eleven seasons, first with the San Francisco 49ers. He led the 49ers for eight seasons, compiling a record of 54-53-5. His next head coaching stint was with the New Orleans Saints from 1978 to 1980, as he led the team to a 16-32-0 record. During his entire head coaching career, his two teams combined for a record of 70-85-5 across eleven seasons including going 2-3-0 in the playoffs.

Career Awards

As the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers he coached two players to award-winning seasons: Bruce Taylor, AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1970; John Brodie, Most Valuable Player in 1970.

Dick Nolan Coaching Tree

Before he was a head coach, Nolan served as an assistant coach for Tom Landry, Hank Stram, Ed Biles, and Jimmy Johnson. Thirteen of these years were spent on Landry's coaching staff. During his time as head coach, four assistant coaches, (Ed Hughes, Ken Meyer, Paul Wiggin, and Rich Brooks) on his coaching staff were hired as head coaches across the league. His coaching tree has combined for a record of 33-61-1 in the regular season and 0-0 in the playoffs during their seven seasons as head coach after serving on his coaching staffs.


History

Year Position Record Playoff record
1990 Dallas Cowboys Defensive Backs Coach 7-9-0 0-0
1989 Dallas Cowboys Defensive Backs Coach 1-15-0 0-0
1988 Dallas Cowboys Defensive Backs Coach 3-13-0 0-0
1987 Dallas Cowboys Defensive Backs Coach 7-8-0 0-0
1986 Dallas Cowboys Defensive Backs Coach 7-9-0 0-0
1985 Dallas Cowboys Wide Receivers Coach 10-6-0 0-1
1984 Dallas Cowboys Wide Receivers Coach 9-7-0 0-0
1983 Dallas Cowboys Wide Receivers Coach 12-4-0 0-1
1982 Dallas Cowboys Wide Receivers Coach 6-3-0 2-1
1981 Houston Oilers Defensive Coordinator 7-9-0 0-0
1980 New Orleans Saints Head Coach 1-15-0 0-0
1979 New Orleans Saints Head Coach 8-8-0 0-0
1978 New Orleans Saints Head Coach 7-9-0 0-0
1977 New Orleans Saints Linebackers Coach 3-11-0 0-0
1975 San Francisco 49ers Head Coach 5-9-0 0-0
1974 San Francisco 49ers Head Coach 6-8-0 0-0
1973 San Francisco 49ers Head Coach 5-9-0 0-0
1972 San Francisco 49ers Head Coach 8-5-1 0-1
1971 San Francisco 49ers Head Coach 9-5-0 1-1
1970 San Francisco 49ers Head Coach 10-3-1 1-1
1969 San Francisco 49ers Head Coach 4-8-2 0-0
1968 San Francisco 49ers Head Coach 7-6-1 0-0
1967 Dallas Cowboys Defensive Backfield Coach 9-5-0 1-1
1966 Dallas Cowboys Defensive Backfield Coach 10-3-1 0-1
1965 Dallas Cowboys Defensive Backfield Coach 7-7-0 0-0
1964 Dallas Cowboys Defensive Backfield Coach 5-8-1 0-0
1963 Dallas Cowboys Defensive Backfield Coach 4-10-0 0-0
1962 Dallas Cowboys Defensive Backfield Coach 5-8-1 0-0

Coach history guide

Seasons with a championship win Seasons with a conference championship

Coach facts

  • Years as head coach: 11
  • Years as a coordinator: 1
  • Fifth in total wins for the San Francisco 49ers.
  • Fifth in total wins for the New Orleans Saints.
  • Fifth in winning percentage for the New Orleans Saints.
  • Past teams coached for: Dallas Cowboys, Houston Oilers, New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers
  • College Attended: Maryland Terrapins