Chan Gailey

Cowboys Head Coach Chan Gailey

Dallas Cowboys Head Coach 1998-1999

Dallas Cowboys Coach Chan Gailey’s Bio

Date of birth: January 5, 1952
Birth Place: Gainesville, Georgia
College: University of Florida

Cowboys Head Coach Chan Gailey Career Stats

Season Team League Record Playoffs/Bowl
1983 Troy State Division II 7-4
1984 Troy State Division II 12-1 Division II National Championship
1991 Birmingham WLAF 5-5 Playoff Semifinals
1992 Birmingham WLAF 7-2-1 Playoff Semifinals
1993 Samford Division I-AA 5-6
1998 Dallas NFL 10-6 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Cardinals)
1999 Dallas NFL 8-8 Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Vikings)
2002 Georgia Tech Division I 7-6 Lost Silicon Valley Classic (Fresno State)
2003 Georgia Tech Division I 7-6 Won Humanitarian Bowl (Tulsa)
2004 Georgia Tech Division I 7-5 Won Champs Sports Bowl (Syracuse)
2005 Georgia Tech Division I 7-5 Lost Emerald Bowl (Utah)
2006 Georgia Tech Division I 9-5 Lost Gator Bowl (West Virginia)
Head Coaching Totals For Gailey 91-58-1

Chan Gailey began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for Florida in 1974 and 1975. He was an assistant at Troy State and the Air Force Academy before returning to Troy State as head coach in 1983. He guided Troy State to the NCAA Division II national championship in only his second year as head coach. He was an assistant for the Denver Broncos from 1985-90 before serving as head coach of the Birmingham Fire in the World League in 1991-92 (making the playoffs both years). He was head coach at Samford in 1993. He returned to the NFL level in 1994 as receiver coach in Pittsburgh. He became offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh in 1996 after the Super Bowl XXX loss to the Cowboys. 

Before joining the Cowboys in 1998, Gailey spent the previous four seasons (1994-97) with the Pittsburgh Steelers, including each of the last two as offensive coordinator. His first two years there were spent tutoring the club’s wide receivers. In his four seasons with the Steelers, the team won the AFC Central Division crown each time, appeared in the AFC Championship Game on three occasions and reached the Super Bowl. Pittsburgh finished second in the NFL in rushing offense in 1996, averaging 143.7 yards per game. In Gailey’s final season with the Steelers, he presided over the league’s top-ranked rushing team, averaging 154.9 yards per contest.

The NFL team with which Gailey coached reached postseason play each of his last eight years in the league, and 11 of his 14 seasons overall.

Coach Gailey Once Said:

“I want to win a championship. That’s why you play. That’s why you line up and that’s why you go out and work and lift weights in the off season, to have a chance to be the best of the best and that’s one of the goals. I get a chance to come back to my home state and I get an opportunity to work in a great city and to be involved with an unbelievable institute.” 

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