Monte Clark

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
16 132-101-2 56.60% 8-6 57.14%

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Career Summary

Monte Clark was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 1970 to 1998, finishing his career as the special adviser to the team of the Detroit Lions. Over his sixteen years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative win/loss record of 132-101-2. During his career he was a head coach for eight seasons, first with the San Francisco 49ers. He led the 49ers for one season, compiling a record of 8-6-0. His next head coaching stint was with the Detroit Lions from 1978 to 1984, as he led the team to a 43-61-1 record. During his entire head coaching career, his two teams combined for a record of 51-67-1 across eight seasons including going 0-2-0 in the playoffs.

Career Awards

As the head coach of the Detroit Lions he coached two players to award-winning seasons: Al Baker, AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1978; Billy Sims, AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1980.

Monte Clark Coaching Tree

Before he was a head coach, Clark served as an assistant coach for Don Shula and Bobby Ross. Seven of these years were spent on Shula's coaching staff. One assistant coach from his coaching staffs, Marty Schottenheimer, was eventually hired as a head coach. After coaching on Monte Clark's coaching staff, he was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins, and San Diego Chargers for twenty seasons where he combined for a regular season record of 196-122-1 and 5-13 in the playoffs.

Personal Information

Clark was born on Sunday, January 24, 1937 in Kingsburg, California. He died on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at the age of 72.


Year Position Record Playoff record
1998 Detroit Lions Special Adviser to the Team 5-11-0 0-0
1995 Miami Dolphins Offensive Line Coach 9-7-0 0-1
1984 Detroit Lions Head Coach 4-11-1 0-0
1983 Detroit Lions Head Coach 9-7-0 0-1
1982 Detroit Lions Head Coach 4-5-0 0-1
1981 Detroit Lions Head Coach 8-8-0 0-0
1980 Detroit Lions Head Coach 9-7-0 0-0
1979 Detroit Lions Head Coach 2-14-0 0-0
1978 Detroit Lions Head Coach / Director of Football Operations 7-9-0 0-0
1976 San Francisco 49ers Head Coach 8-6-0 0-0
1975 Miami Dolphins Offensive Run Game Coordinator / Offensive Line Coach / Offensive Assistant Coach 10-4-0 0-0
1974 Miami Dolphins Offensive Assistant Coach 11-3-0 0-1
1973 Miami Dolphins Offensive Line Coach 12-2-0 3-0
1972 Miami Dolphins Offensive Line Coach 14-0-0 3-0
1971 Miami Dolphins Offensive Line Coach 10-3-1 2-1
1970 Miami Dolphins Offensive Line Coach 10-4-0 0-1

Coach history guide

Seasons with a championship win Seasons with a conference championship

Coach facts

  • Years as head coach: 8
  • Championships won: 1972 and 1973
  • Conference Championships won: 1971, 1972, and 1973
  • Fifth in total wins for the Detroit Lions.
  • Past teams coached for: Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers
  • College Attended: USC Trojans
  • Date of Birth: Sunday, January 24, 1937 (72 years old), Kingsburg, California