Lou Rymkus

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
11 66-73-3 47.54% 5-0 100.00%

Coaching Tree


Lisle Blackbourn, Sid Gillman


Wally Lemm, Mac Speedie


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Career Summary

Lou Rymkus was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 1954 to 1970, finishing his career as the offensive line coach of the Baltimore Colts. Over his eleven years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative win/loss record of 66-73-3. He was the head coach of the Houston Oilers from 1960 until the 1961 season, during which time the Oilers went 20-7-1. During his career he was a head coach for two seasons. During his time leading the Oilers the team won the championship in 1960 and 1961.

Career Awards

During the 1961 season as the head coach of the Houston Oilers he coached George Blanda to the AP AFL Player of the Year.

Lou Rymkus Coaching Tree

Before he was a head coach, Rymkus served as an assistant coach for Lisle Blackbourn, Sid Gillman, Hugh Taylor, Harry Gilmer, and Don McCafferty. Four of these years were spent on Blackbourn's coaching staff. During his time as head coach, two assistant coaches, (Wally Lemm and Mac Speedie) on his coaching staff were hired as head coaches across the league. His coaching tree has combined for a record of 59-76-7 in the regular season and 0-2 in the playoffs during their eleven seasons as head coach after serving on his coaching staffs.

Personal Information

Rymkus was born on Thursday, November 6, 1919 in Royalton, Illinois. He died on Saturday, October 31, 1998 at the age of 78.


Year Position Record Playoff record
1970 Baltimore Colts Offensive Line Coach 11-2-1 3-0
1966 Detroit Lions Offensive Line Coach 4-9-1 0-0
1965 Houston Oilers Offensive Line Coach 4-10-0 0-0
1961 Houston Oilers Head Coach 10-3-1 1-0
1960 Houston Oilers Head Coach 10-4-0 1-0
1959 Los Angeles Rams Offensive Line Coach 2-10-0 0-0
1958 Los Angeles Rams Offensive Line Coach 8-4-0 0-0
1957 Green Bay Packers Line Coach 3-9-0 0-0
1956 Green Bay Packers Line Coach 4-8-0 0-0
1955 Green Bay Packers Line Coach 6-6-0 0-0
1954 Green Bay Packers Line Coach 4-8-0 0-0

Coach history guide

Seasons with a championship win Seasons with a conference championship

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