Butch Davis

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
10 80-75-0 51.61% 8-3 72.73%

Coaching Tree


Jimmy Johnson, Barry Switzer


Chuck Pagano, Todd Bowles, Bruce Arians, Rob Chudzinski


Career Summary

Butch Davis was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 1989 to 2004, finishing his career as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Over his ten years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative win/loss record of 81-79-0. He was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns from 2001 until the 2004 season, during which time the Browns went 25-39-0. During his career he was a head coach for four seasons. He was fired from the Browns on Tuesday, November 30, 2004. Davis resigned from the Browns with five games remaining in the 2004 season.

Butch Davis Coaching Tree

Before he was a head coach, Davis served as an assistant coach for Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer. Five of these years were spent on Johnson's coaching staff. During his time as head coach, four assistant coaches, (Chuck Pagano, Todd Bowles, Bruce Arians, and Rob Chudzinski) on his coaching staff were hired as head coaches across the league. His coaching tree has combined for a record of 168-157-1 in the regular season and 10-8 in the playoffs during their twenty-two seasons as head coach after serving on his coaching staffs. The coaching tree has won a single championship, in 2020 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, led by Bruce Arians.

Personal Information

Davis was born on Saturday, November 17, 1951 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.


Year Position Record Playoff record
2004 Cleveland Browns Head Coach 3-8-0 0-0
2003 Cleveland Browns Head Coach 5-11-0 0-0
2002 Cleveland Browns Head Coach 9-7-0 0-1
2001 Cleveland Browns Head Coach 7-9-0 0-0
1994 Dallas Cowboys Defensive Coordinator 12-4-0 1-1
1993 Dallas Cowboys Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers Coach 12-4-0 3-0
1992 Dallas Cowboys Defensive Line Coach 13-3-0 3-0
1991 Dallas Cowboys Defensive Line Coach 11-5-0 1-1
1990 Dallas Cowboys Defensive Line Coach 7-9-0 0-0
1989 Dallas Cowboys Defensive Line Coach 1-15-0 0-0

Coach history guide

Seasons with a championship win Seasons with a conference championship

Coach facts

  • Years as head coach: 4
  • Years as a coordinator: 2
  • Championships won: 1992 and 1993
  • Conference Championships won: 1992 and 1993
  • Past teams coached for: Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys
  • College Attended: Arkansas Razorbacks
  • Date of Birth: Saturday, November 17, 1951 (72 years old), Tahlequah, Oklahoma