George Wilson

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
23 149-135-10 52.38% 5-1 83.33%

Coaching Tree


George Halas, Bo McMillin, Buddy Parker


Buster Ramsey, Don Shula


Career Summary

George Wilson was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 1947 to 1969, finishing his career as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. Over his twenty-three years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative win/loss record of 149-135-10. During his career he was a head coach for twelve seasons, first with the Detroit Lions. He led the Lions for eight seasons, compiling a record of 53-45-6. In 1957, the Lions won the championship against the Cleveland Browns 59-14. His next head coaching stint was with the Miami Dolphins from 1966 to 1969, as he led the team to a 15-39-2 record. During his entire head coaching career, his two teams combined for a record of 68-84-8 across twelve seasons including going 2-0-0 in the playoffs.

Career Awards

Wilson won the NFL's Coach of the Year award in 1957 after guiding the Lions to a 8-4-0 record and a a league championship.

George Wilson Coaching Tree

Before he was a head coach, Wilson served as an assistant coach for George Halas, Bo McMillin, Buddy Parker, and Bill McPeak. Six of these years were spent on Parker's coaching staff. During his time as head coach, two assistant coaches, (Buster Ramsey and Don Shula) on his coaching staff were hired as head coaches across the league. His coaching tree has combined for a record of 339-172-7 in the regular season and 19-17 in the playoffs during their thirty-five seasons as head coach after serving on his coaching staffs. The coaching tree has combined for three championships, most recently in 1973 by the Miami Dolphins, led by Don Shula.


Year Position Record Playoff record
1969 Miami Dolphins Head Coach 3-10-1 0-0
1968 Miami Dolphins Head Coach 5-8-1 0-0
1967 Miami Dolphins Head Coach 4-10-0 0-0
1966 Miami Dolphins Head Coach 3-11-0 0-0
1965 Washington Redskins Offensive Backfield Coach / Assistant Coach 6-8-0 0-0
1964 Detroit Lions Head Coach 7-5-2 0-0
1963 Detroit Lions Head Coach 5-8-1 0-0
1962 Detroit Lions Head Coach 11-3-0 0-0
1961 Detroit Lions Head Coach 8-5-1 0-0
1960 Detroit Lions Head Coach 7-5-0 0-0
1959 Detroit Lions Head Coach 3-8-1 0-0
1958 Detroit Lions Head Coach 4-7-1 0-0
1957 Detroit Lions Head Coach 8-4-0 2-0
1956 Detroit Lions Ends Coach 9-3-0 0-0
1955 Detroit Lions Ends Coach 3-9-0 0-0
1954 Detroit Lions Ends Coach 9-2-1 0-1
1953 Detroit Lions Ends Coach 10-2-0 1-0
1952 Detroit Lions Ends Coach 9-3-0 2-0
1951 Detroit Lions Ends Coach 7-4-1 0-0
1950 Detroit Lions Ends Coach 6-6-0 0-0
1949 Detroit Lions Ends Coach 4-8-0 0-0
1948 Chicago Bears Assistant Coach 10-2-0 0-0
1947 Chicago Bears Assistant Coach 8-4-0 0-0

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