Kay Stephenson

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
8 49-72-0 40.50% 1-2 33.33%

Coaching Tree


Chuck Knox


Hank Bullough, Pete Carroll, Jerry Glanville, Dick Jauron


Career Summary

Kay Stephenson was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 1978 to 1985, finishing his career as the head coach of the Buffalo Bills. Over his eight years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative win/loss record of 49-72-0. He was the head coach of the Buffalo Bills from 1983 until the 1985 season, during which time the Bills went 12-36-0. During his career he was a head coach for three seasons.

Kay Stephenson Coaching Tree

Before he was a head coach, Stephenson served as an assistant coach for Chuck Knox. He spent five years as an assistant coach to Chuck Knox, finishing as the quarterbacks coach in 1982. During his time as head coach, four assistant coaches, (Jerry Glanville, Pete Carroll, Hank Bullough, and Dick Jauron) on his coaching staff were hired as head coaches across the league. His coaching tree has combined for a record of 293-277-1 in the regular season and 14-16 in the playoffs during their thirty-six seasons as head coach after serving on his coaching staffs. The coaching tree has won a single championship, in 2013 by the Seattle Seahawks, led by Pete Carroll.

Personal Information

Stephenson was born on Sunday, December 17, 1944 in DeFuniak Springs, Florida.


Year Position Record Playoff record
1985 Buffalo Bills Head Coach 2-14-0 0-0
1984 Buffalo Bills Head Coach 2-14-0 0-0
1983 Buffalo Bills Head Coach 8-8-0 0-0
1982 Buffalo Bills Quarterbacks Coach 4-5-0 0-0
1981 Buffalo Bills Quarterbacks Coach 10-6-0 1-1
1980 Buffalo Bills Quarterbacks Coach 11-5-0 0-1
1979 Buffalo Bills Quarterbacks Coach 7-9-0 0-0
1978 Buffalo Bills Quarterbacks Coach 5-11-0 0-0

Coach history guide

Seasons with a championship win Seasons with a conference championship

Coach facts

  • Years as head coach: 3
  • Past teams coached for: Buffalo Bills
  • College Attended: Florida Gators
  • Date of Birth: Sunday, December 17, 1944 (79 years old), DeFuniak Springs, Florida