George Seifert

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
20 204-107-1 65.54% 20-9 68.97%

Coaching Tree

Parents:

Bill Walsh

Children:

Jeff Fisher, Jon Gruden, Mike Holmgren, Gary Kubiak, Ray Rhodes, Mike Shanahan, Mike McCoy, Marc Trestman


Biography

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Career Summary

George Seifert was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 1980 to 2001, finishing his career as the head coach of the Carolina Panthers. Over his twenty years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative win/loss record of 204-107-1. 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 98-30-0. During his time leading the 49ers the team won the Super Bowl in 1989 and 1994. He resigned from the 49ers on Thursday, January 16, 1997. He stepped down after a successful run with the 49ers in which he led the team to two Super Bowls. However, consecutive seasons where the team lost to the Packers in the playoffs led the team to let him know the following year would be his last. Seifert stepped down as head coach rather than coach his final season. His next head coaching stint was with the Carolina Panthers from 1999 to 2001, as he led the team to a 16-32-0 record. He was fired from the Panthers on Monday, January 7, 2002. During his three-year stint with the team, the Panthers failed to make the playoffs. In his final season, the team lost fifteen consecutive games after starting 1-0. During his entire head coaching career, his two teams combined for a record of 114-62-0 across eleven seasons including going 10-5-0 in the playoffs.

Career Awards

As the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers he coached five players to award-winning seasons: Joe Montana, AP Offensive Player of the Year in 1989; Joe Montana, Most Valuable Player in 1989; Joe Montana, Most Valuable Player in 1990; Steve Young, AP Offensive Player of the Year in 1992; Steve Young, Most Valuable Player in 1992; Dana Stubblefield, AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1993; Jerry Rice, AP Offensive Player of the Year in 1993; Deion Sanders, AP Defensive Player of the Year in 1994; Steve Young, Most Valuable Player in 1994.

George Seifert Coaching Tree

Before he was a head coach, Seifert served as an assistant coach for Bill Walsh. He spent nine years as an assistant coach to Bill Walsh, finishing as the head coach in 1996. During his time as head coach, seven assistant coaches, (Ray Rhodes, Mike Holmgren, Jon Gruden, Jeff Fisher, Gary Kubiak, Marc Trestman, and Mike McCoy) on his coaching staff were hired as head coaches across the league. His coaching tree has combined for a record of 771-681-2 in the regular season and 37-32 in the playoffs during their ninety-two seasons as head coach after serving on his coaching staffs. The coaching tree has combined for five championships, most recently in 2015 by the Denver Broncos, led by Gary Kubiak.

Personal Information

Seifert was born on Monday, January 22, 1940 in San Francisco, California.


History

Year Position Record Playoff record
2001 Carolina Panthers Head Coach 1-15-0 0-0
2000 Carolina Panthers Head Coach 7-9-0 0-0
1999 Carolina Panthers Head Coach 8-8-0 0-0
1996 San Francisco 49ers Head Coach 12-4-0 1-1
1995 San Francisco 49ers Head Coach 11-5-0 0-1
1994 San Francisco 49ers Head Coach 13-3-0 3-0
1993 San Francisco 49ers Head Coach 10-6-0 1-1
1992 San Francisco 49ers Head Coach 14-2-0 1-1
1991 San Francisco 49ers Head Coach 10-6-0 0-0
1990 San Francisco 49ers Head Coach 14-2-0 1-1
1989 San Francisco 49ers Head Coach 14-2-0 3-0
1988 San Francisco 49ers Defensive Coordinator 10-6-0 3-0
1987 San Francisco 49ers Defensive Coordinator 13-2-0 0-1
1986 San Francisco 49ers Defensive Coordinator 10-5-1 0-1
1985 San Francisco 49ers Defensive Coordinator 10-6-0 0-1
1984 San Francisco 49ers Defensive Coordinator 15-1-0 3-0
1983 San Francisco 49ers Defensive Coordinator 10-6-0 1-1
1982 San Francisco 49ers Defensive Backs Coach 3-6-0 0-0
1981 San Francisco 49ers Defensive Backs Coach 13-3-0 3-0
1980 San Francisco 49ers Defensive Backs Coach 6-10-0 0-0

Coach history guide

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Coach facts

  • Years as head coach: 11
  • Years as a coordinator: 6
  • Championships won: 1981, 1984, 1988, 1989, and 1994
  • Conference Championships won: 1981, 1984, 1988, 1989, and 1994
  • First in total wins for the San Francisco 49ers.
  • Fourth in total wins for the Carolina Panthers.
  • First in winning percentage for the San Francisco 49ers.
  • Fourth in winning percentage for the Carolina Panthers.
  • Most playoff wins in San Francisco 49ers history (10)
  • Past teams coached for: Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers
  • College Attended: Utah Utes
  • Date of Birth: Monday, January 22, 1940 (82 years old), San Francisco, California