Hank Stram

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
17 131-97-10 57.14% 5-3 62.50%

Coaching Tree

Children:

Ed Hughes, Rich Kotite, Sam Rutigliano


Biography

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Career Summary

Hank Stram was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 1960 to 1977, finishing his career as the head coach of the New Orleans Saints. Over his seventeen years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative win/loss record of 131-97-10. During his career he was a head coach for seventeen seasons, first with the Dallas Texans. He led the Texans for fifteen seasons, compiling a record of 124-76-10. During his time leading the Texans the team won the championship in 1962 and 1969. His next head coaching stint was with the New Orleans Saints from 1976 to 1977, as he led the team to a 7-21-0 record. During his entire head coaching career, his two teams combined for a record of 131-97-10 across seventeen seasons including going 5-3-0 in the playoffs. Stram was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003 after his coaching career.

Career Awards

During the 1960 season as the head coach of the Dallas Texans he coached Abner Haynes to the AP AFL Player of the Year.

Hank Stram Coaching Tree

During his time as head coach, three assistant coaches, (Ed Hughes, Sam Rutigliano, and Rich Kotite) on his coaching staff were hired as head coaches across the league. His coaching tree has combined for a record of 95-119-1 in the regular season and 1-3 in the playoffs during their fourteen seasons as head coach after serving on his coaching staffs.

Personal Information

Stram was born on Wednesday, January 3, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois.


History

Year Position Record Playoff record
1977 New Orleans Saints Head Coach 3-11-0 0-0
1976 New Orleans Saints Head Coach 4-10-0 0-0
1974 Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach 5-9-0 0-0
1973 Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach 7-5-2 0-0
1972 Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach 8-6-0 0-0
1971 Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach 10-3-1 0-1
1970 Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach 7-5-2 0-0
1969 Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach 11-3-0 3-0
1968 Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach 12-2-0 0-1
1967 Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach 9-5-0 0-0
1966 Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach 11-2-1 1-1
1965 Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach 7-5-2 0-0
1964 Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach 7-7-0 0-0
1963 Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach 5-7-2 0-0
1962 Dallas Texans Head Coach 11-3-0 1-0
1961 Dallas Texans Head Coach 6-8-0 0-0
1960 Dallas Texans Head Coach 8-6-0 0-0

Coach history guide

Seasons with a championship win Seasons with a conference championship

Coach facts

  • Years as head coach: 17
  • Championships won: 1962, 1966, and 1969
  • First in total wins for the Kansas City Chiefs.
  • Third in winning percentage for the Kansas City Chiefs.
  • Past teams coached for: New Orleans Saints, Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs
  • Date of Birth: Wednesday, January 3, 1923 (82 years old), Chicago, Illinois
  • Hank Stram invented the moving pocket to help his quarterback Len Dawson locate passing lanes.
  • Hank Stram was the first Pro Coach to use the I-Formation and the Two Tight End formation.
  • Hank Stram is largely responsible for Gatorade being introduced to the NFL sidelines due to his relationship with the University of Florida. For Gatorade on the sidelines during games.