Juwan Howard joins record of stars who returned to educate crew

Juwan Howard has joined Penny Hardaway and Patrick Ewing as a part of a rising development in faculty basketball.

Howard, a member of Michigan’s fabled “Fab 5” as a Wolverines participant from 1991 to ’94, was named his alma mater’s head coach on Wednesday, succeeding John Beilein. Like Hardaway (Memphis) and Ewing (Georgetown), Howard is a well known ex-star who will now be requested to educate on the place the place he earned fame as a participant.

It is not an unusual phenomenon in all of sports activities — although outcomes have diversified broadly among the many figures who’ve tried it.

Listed below are a few of the most distinguished latest examples of legendary gamers who returned to their previous stomping grounds and served as head coaches:


Clyde Drexler, Houston Cougars

Clyde Drexler’s run teaching at Houston was a dud, lasting simply two seasons with an total file of 19-39. AP Picture/Tim Johnson

Enjoying profession at Houston: Drexler dazzled together with his dunks in faculty and was the chief of a fraternity that the Common Joe in Houston may solely dream of belonging to: Phi Slama Jama. But it surely wasn’t simply the flashy dunks that introduced Clyde the Glide notoriety. He was a winner, main the Cougars to 2 Last Fours in his three seasons. He was an All-American and had averages of 14.Four factors, three.three assists and 9.9 rebounds.

Discovering his approach again: Drexler shocked many when he introduced in March 1998 that he was retiring from the Houston Rockets after the completion of the NBA season to change into the pinnacle coach of the Cougars. Making it all of the extra shocking was the truth that Drexler was nonetheless a high-level participant, averaging 18.Four factors per sport in his remaining NBA season, and he had zero teaching expertise.

The way it went: Anticipation at Houston was on excessive with Drexler coming in to revitalize a sputtering program. In line with the college’s web site, season-ticket gross sales for the 1998-99 season greater than quadrupled, and for the primary time at school historical past, Hofheinz Pavilion was bought out for the whole season. These followers may need wished a refund. Drexler went 10-17 in 12 months 1 and failed to enhance the next marketing campaign, going 9-22. He resigned after his second season with a 19-39 file, together with a 7-25 mark in Convention USA play.

Patrick Ewing, Georgetown Hoyas

The arrow appears to be pointing up for Georgetown beneath Patrick Ewing. Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports activities

Enjoying profession at Georgetown: Speak about intimidating. Ewing may need been essentially the most bodily presence throughout his period in faculty basketball. He averaged greater than three blocks per sport in every of his 4 seasons and completed with profession averages of 15.three factors and 9.2 rebounds per sport. He led Georgetown to 3 nationwide finals appearances, successful the 1984 crown, and was a three-time first-team All-American.

Discovering his approach again: In 2017, after lacking the NCAA event in three of John Thompson III’s final 4 seasons, Georgetown fired the person whose father put this system on the map within the ’80s. The decision went to Ewing to revive Hoya Paranoia. It was the Corridor of Famer’s first head-coaching gig after he spent a lot of the earlier 15 years as an NBA assistant.

The way it’s going: Ewing is 34-29 in two seasons as head coach at Georgetown, together with a 19-14 file and NIT look with a younger crew in 2018-19. Subsequent season could possibly be the 12 months after we see Ewing and Georgetown again within the NCAA event collectively for the primary time since his enjoying days — guards Mac McClung and James Akinjo will return to kind one of many nation’s prime backcourts.

Tony Gwynn, San Diego State Aztecs

Tony Gwynn delivered San Diego State to 3 NCAA regional berths throughout his 12 seasons as head coach. AP Picture/Chris Park

Enjoying profession at San Diego State: Faculty baseball coaches all over the place flat-out whiffed when it got here to evaluating Gwynn, maybe the best hitter within the majors through the trendy period. With zero scholarship presents to play baseball, he went to San Diego State on a basketball scholarship, promising coach Tim Vezie that he wouldn’t pursue baseball there for at the least two seasons. However when these seasons have been up, Gwynn dazzled on the diamond. He performed for 3 seasons, ending with a profession common of .398, and earned first-team All-America honors in his remaining 12 months. Gwynn, who performed 4 seasons of basketball, is the one participant within the historical past of the Western Athletic Convention to earn all-conference honors in two sports activities.

Discovering his approach again: When Jim Dietz, Gwynn’s coach at SDSU, introduced he was going to retire after the 2002 season, Gwynn lobbied to change into the college’s subsequent head coach. Throughout Gwynn’s remaining main league season in 2001, he signed a contract to take over in 2003. It was probably a simple name for the college, contemplating its baseball stadium is known as after Gwynn.

The way it went: Whereas there have been some turbulent instances — this system from 2007 to 2011 was penalized with a discount in scholarships for failing to satisfy the NCAA’s Tutorial Progress Charge — Gwynn had his share of success. He gained three Mountain West Convention titles, made three journeys to the NCAA regionals and produced a No. 1 total choose within the MLB draft: Stephen Strasburg in 2009. Gwynn, who missed time intermittently on account of his bout with most cancers, completed with a 321-342 file over 12 seasons. Days earlier than he died in June 2014, he was given a one-year contract extension.

Jim Harbaugh, Michigan Wolverines

Jim Harbaugh has improved Michigan’s program, however has not distinguished himself in rivalries. Lon Horwedel/Icon Sportswire/Getty Photographs

Enjoying profession at Michigan: Harbaugh was a three-year starter at quarterback for the Wolverines (1984-86), graduating because the crew’s all-time main passer and likewise setting the I-A file for passing effectivity. As a senior, Harbaugh completed third in Heisman Trophy voting, and led the Wolverines to a Rose Bowl look. He’d go on to play greater than a decade within the NFL, reaching the Professional Bowl as a member of the Indianapolis Colts.

Discovering his approach again: After profitable stints as a university coach on the College of San Diego and Stanford, and within the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers, Harbaugh was employed to succeed Brady Hoke as head coach at his alma mater on Dec. 30, 2014.

The way it’s going: Harbaugh has been profitable on stability throughout his four-year tenure in Ann Arbor, successful 10 video games 3 times and maintaining the Wolverines within the Large Ten title race yearly. That stated, Harbaugh has but to win the Large Ten or attain the Faculty Soccer Playoff to this point, and his 2-6 file towards rivals Ohio State and Michigan State (Zero-Four vs. the Buckeyes) has annoyed some crew supporters. Harbaugh will convey a file of 38-14 into the 2019 season.

Penny Hardaway, Memphis Tigers

Memphis is hoping that Penny Hardaway can have the identical type of success as a coach that he did whereas enjoying basketball on the college. Andrea Morales for The Undefeated

Enjoying profession at Memphis: Hardaway performed two seasons at Memphis (1991-93), averaging 20 factors, 7.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists and main Larry Finch’s Tigers to a pair of NCAA event appearances. Hardaway was the No. three total choose within the 1993 NBA draft, starring primarily for the Orlando Magic earlier than accidents derailed his profession.

Discovering his approach again: Hardaway, a fixture as a coach within the native highschool and AAU ranks, was chosen to succeed Tubby Smith as Memphis coach on March 19, 2018.

The way it’s going: Hardaway went a decent 22-14 in his first 12 months at Memphis, reaching the NIT. However the true headlines have are available in latest weeks, when the Memphis enjoying legend put collectively the highest recruiting class in faculty basketball for 2019, together with No. 1 total prospect James Wiseman. It is protected to say a lot will likely be anticipated of Hardaway and the Tigers in 2019-20.

Chris Mullin, St. John’s Purple Storm

Chris Mullin didn’t lead St. John’s to the identical heights he skilled as a participant. Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports activities

Enjoying profession at St. John’s: Mullin introduced sizzle to St. John’s as arguably the nation’s prime scoring guard throughout his period. The lefty averaged 19.5 factors per sport in his four-year profession, ending as the college’s all-time main scorer with 2,400 profession factors. A 3-time All-American, Mullin was Large East Participant of the 12 months in his remaining three seasons. As a senior in 1985, he led St. John’s to the Last 4.

Discovering his approach again: After Steve Lavin was dismissed following the 2015 season, St. John’s reached out to Mullin, even though he had no teaching expertise. A nonissue, stated Corridor of Famer Lou Carnesecca, Mullin’s coach at St. John’s. “Folks appear to be apprehensive about his lack of teaching expertise, however how many individuals have had the basketball schooling he has?” Carnesecca informed the Related Press.

The way it went: That hoops expertise, which incorporates 16 NBA seasons, two journeys to the Olympics and 7 years as an NBA govt, supplied restricted returns. Mullin went 59-73 in 4 seasons, main the Purple Storm to the NCAA event, however didn’t win a postseason sport throughout his tenure as coach. Mullin stepped down following the 2018-19 season.


Maurice Cheeks, Philadelphia 76ers

Maurice Cheeks didn’t file a successful season in 4 years teaching the Sixers. Rob Carr/Getty Photographs

Enjoying profession with the Sixers: Whereas guys named Dr. J, Moses and Sir Charles garnered nightly consideration, it was the purpose guard who steadily drove the Sixers throughout their run within the ’80s. Cheeks helped the Sixers earn three journeys to the NBA Finals in a four-year span from 1980 to 1983, successful the crown in ’83. He performed 11 years in Philly, incomes 4 journeys to the All-Star Sport. He was named to the NBA All-Defensive crew for 4 straight seasons from 1983 to 1986 and ranks fifth in league historical past in steals and 11th in assists.

Discovering his approach again: In line with Sixers president Billy King again in 2005, hiring Cheeks to guide the Sixers was a no brainer. “Mo is household. Mo bleeds 76ers. He bleeds Philadelphia,” King stated. Cheeks took over for Jim O’Brien, who was fired after one season regardless of going 43-39. Cheeks had spent the 4 seasons prior as coach of the Blazers.

The way it went: Cheeks struggled operating the Sixers’ present, failing to interrupt the .500 mark in every of his 4 seasons. Regardless of a 40-42 file in 2007-08, a younger Sixers crew reached the playoffs, however there have been no indicators of development early within the following season. The Sixers moved on from Cheeks after a 9-14 begin in 2008.

Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers

Magic Johnson shortly discovered that teaching the Lakers wasn’t for him after he took over the crew late within the 1993-94 season. Jon Soohoo/NBAE through Getty Photographs

Enjoying profession with the Lakers: Of all of the reveals stemming from Hollywood within the 1980s, the one no person in L.A. wished to overlook was the one spearheaded by Magic. Certainly, the “Showtime” Lakers have been the recent ticket, thanks largely to their flashy level guard. Behind their up-tempo type, Johnson led the Lakers to 9 journeys to the NBA Finals, successful 5 titles. He was named Finals MVP 3 times, together with as a rookie in ’80, earned three league MVP awards, performed in 12 All-Star video games and is one in all 5 gamers in NBA historical past to file greater than 10,000 profession assists.

Discovering his approach again: After Johnson introduced that he had contracted HIV and was compelled to retire in 1991, the Lakers have been now not must-see. They have been a sub-.500 crew, and coach Randy Pfund was dismissed through the 1993-94 season. Lakers proprietor Jerry Buss urged his former star to take over because the crew’s coach, and Magic accepted.

The way it went: The Lakers rolled early with Magic on the bench, successful 5 of his first six video games. Then the nice vibes light. L.A. misplaced its subsequent 5, and Johnson introduced that he would resign at season’s finish. The Lakers misplaced 5 extra, giving Johnson a 5-11 file, and missed the playoffs for the primary time since 1976.

Jason Kidd, New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets

Jason Kidd delivered a playoff collection win in his lone season as coach of the Nets. Al Bello/Getty Photographs

Enjoying profession with the Nets: The Nets have been a digital laughingstock, ending 20 or extra video games beneath .500 in 5 of seven seasons previous to the savvy veteran’s arrival in 2001. And what an influence he made. Kidd sparked a 26-game turnaround and led the 52-win Nets to their first NBA Finals look in 2002. He guided the Nets again to the Finals the next season after main the league in assists. In his seven seasons in New Jersey, Kidd averaged 14.6 factors, 7.2 rebounds and 9.1 assists. He completed his profession second in NBA historical past in assists and steals.

Discovering his approach again: It is protected to say, Kidd could not kick the basketball bug. Lower than 10 days after saying his retirement in 2013, Kidd agreed to take over as coach of the Brooklyn Nets. “He has the hearth within the stomach we want and has achieved as a participant every thing the Brooklyn Nets are striving to attain. We imagine he’ll lead us there,” Nets proprietor Mikhail Prokhorov stated.

The way it went: Kidd had a profitable first season, main the Nets to a 44-38 file and a win of their first-round playoff collection. However based on experiences, Coach Kidd wished to change into the boss of the whole operation, too, and the Nets stated no. After denying Kidd’s request to change into the crew’s president of basketball operations, the Nets allowed the Bucks to speak to Kidd about turning into their coach. Kidd accepted, and the Bucks despatched the Nets two second-round draft picks as compensation.

Wes Unseld, Baltimore/Washington Bullets

Wes Unseld served as Washington’s coach for seven seasons, making one journey to the playoffs. AP Picture/Brian Ok. Diggs

Enjoying profession with the Bullets: Clearly, Wes Unseld did not care to fiddle when he began his NBA profession. The No. 2 total choose within the 1968 NBA draft, Unseld turned the second participant in NBA historical past to be named Rookie of the 12 months and Most Invaluable Participant in the identical season (Wilt Chamberlain was the opposite) after main the Bullets to a 57-25 file in 1968-69. He averaged 13.Eight factors and a whopping 18.2 rebounds that season. Unseld performed all 13 seasons for the Bullets franchise. He went to the NBA Finals 4 instances, successful the title in 1978. Identified for his energy within the paint, Unseld completed with profession averages of 10.Eight factors, 14 rebounds and three.9 assists per sport.

Discovering his approach again: After his retirement in 1981, Unseld served because the Bullets’ vp for six seasons. He was named head coach in 1988 by crew proprietor Abe Pollin, taking up a squad that began the season Eight-19.

The way it went: The Bullets confirmed early indicators of promise beneath Unseld, recovering from their depressing begin in 1987-88 to make the playoffs. They went 30-25 with Unseld in cost, however that was the one season through which he completed over .500. Unseld gained 40 video games the next season however by no means gained greater than 31 in his remaining 5 seasons. He resigned after the 1994 marketing campaign with a 202-345 file.

Lenny Wilkens, St. Louis/Atlanta Hawks

Lenny Wilkens turned the primary coach in NBA historical past to win 1,000 video games throughout his seven-season run main the Hawks. Doug Collier/AFP/Getty Photographs

Enjoying profession with the Hawks: Whereas Wilkens had a number of stellar seasons in Seattle, he had his longest run with the Hawks throughout his 15-year profession. Wilkens was a five-time All-Star in his eight seasons with the Hawks, main them to a Finals look as a rookie in 1960-61. In 1967-68, he positioned second in MVP balloting to Wilt Chamberlain. Wilkens, who on the time of his retirement in 1975 was second all time in profession assists, was inducted into the Corridor of Fame as a participant in 1989.

Discovering his approach again: After Wilkens resigned from his publish because the Cavaliers’ head coach in 1993, the Hawks, together with a number of different groups, shortly got here calling. Already with an 869-749 profession file, Wilkens accepted the Hawks’ provide, taking up for Bob Weiss.

The way it went: Wilkens simply added to his Corridor of Fame résumé. He coached the Hawks for seven seasons, main them to the playoffs in his first six, and completed with a 310-232 file. His best particular person teaching achievements additionally got here with the Hawks. Wilkens turned the winningest coach in NBA historical past in 1995, incomes his 939th victory to surpass Purple Auerbach. (Wilkens is at present second all time in wins behind Don Nelson.) The next season, Wilkens turned the primary coach in NBA historical past to file 1,000 regular-season victories. He was enshrined as a Corridor of Fame coach in 1998.


Paul Molitor, Minnesota Twins

Paul Molitor acquired a three-year contract extension after guiding the Twins to the postseason in 2017. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports activities

Enjoying profession with the Twins: Whereas Molitor constructed his résumé with the Brewers throughout his first 15 seasons, he cemented his Corridor of Fame standing the place he grew up — in Minnesota. The St. Paul native wowed Twins followers in his remaining three seasons, particularly in 1996, his first with the membership. Molitor, who turned 40 throughout that season, hit .341 and led the American League with 225 hits. He drove in 113 runs and stole 18 bases. His greatest spotlight in ’96, although, got here late within the season, when he joined the three,000-hit membership. Molitor hit a mixed .312 in these three seasons with Minnesota.

Discovering his approach again: Following 4 straight 90-loss seasons, the Twins fired longtime skipper Ron Gardenhire in 2014 and turned to Molitor to spark the crew. He was nicknamed “The Ignitor” as a participant, in spite of everything. Molitor had served on the Twins’ teaching workers in 2014 and spent the 2005-13 seasons as a Twins minor league teacher.

The way it went: The Twins discovered their approach again to the postseason in 12 months three beneath Molitor, claiming an AL wild-card berth in 2017. He was named AL Supervisor of the 12 months and was rewarded by the membership with a three-year contract extension by means of 2020. Nonetheless, issues did not go so effectively in 2018, and Molitor was fired on Oct. 2 with an total file of 305-343.

Tony Perez, Cincinnati Reds

Tony Perez was fired as Reds supervisor after lower than two months on the job. AP Picture/David Kohl

Enjoying profession with the Reds: Perez proved to be a serious key in jump-starting the “Large Purple Machine.” From 1967 to 1976, Perez drove in 90 or extra runs in every season, making seven NL All-Star groups in that span. Starting in 1970, he helped the Reds attain the World Sequence 4 instances in a seven-year stretch, with the crew successful consecutive titles in 1975 and ’76. In his profession, Perez had 100 or extra RBIs in a season seven instances, with six coming with Cincinnati.

Discovering his approach again: The Reds named the favored Perez the crew’s supervisor after Lou Piniella resigned following the 1992 season. Perez had been a coach with the crew the earlier six seasons. He was signed to a one-year contract. Preserve that in thoughts …

The way it went: Proving that it is a lot simpler to eliminate somebody with one 12 months left on a deal, the Reds axed Perez simply 44 video games — sure, 44 — into the ’93 season. The Reds, who completed in second place within the NL West the prior season, weren’t enjoying as much as par, and GM Jim Bowden made the decision to half with Perez after a 20-24 begin. “I do not suppose it is truthful. It is a fast hook. … I’ve by no means been extra disillusioned,” Perez stated.

Frank Robinson, Baltimore Orioles

Frank Robinson was named AL Supervisor of the 12 months after main the Orioles to a 33-win turnaround in 1989. AP Picture/Jason Lee

Enjoying profession with the Orioles: The Orioles pulled off what turned out to be one in all baseball’s most lopsided trades after they acquired Robinson, a six-time All-Star nonetheless in his prime, from the Reds for Milt Pappas, Jack Baldschun and Dick Simpson earlier than the 1966 season. All Robinson did in ’66 was win the Triple Crown and AL MVP and lead the Orioles to a world title. He was named World Sequence MVP. His sturdy work continued all through his six seasons in Baltimore. He once more led the Orioles to a world championship in 1970, beating who else however the Reds, and was an All-Star in 5 of these six seasons.

Discovering his approach again: Robinson, who in 1975 turned the primary African-American supervisor in baseball historical past, was named Orioles supervisor after they fired Cal Ripken Sr. early within the 1988 season. Robinson was a coach with the Orioles the earlier three seasons.

The way it went: Robinson had only one successful season in Baltimore from 1988 to 1991. That got here in 12 months 2, when he led the Orioles to an 87-75 mark and a second-place end within the AL East. It was a 33-win turnaround that earned Robinson the AL Supervisor of the 12 months Award. However after a shedding season in 1992 and a 13-24 begin in ’93, the Orioles fired the person who had helped them win 4 pennants as a participant.

Pete Rose, Cincinnati Reds

Bumping umpire Dave Pallone was one in all a number of notorious incidents involving Pete Rose throughout his time as supervisor of the Reds. AP Picture/Gregor Mahany

Enjoying profession with the Reds: He may not be in Cooperstown, however Rose’s title is throughout baseball’s file e book, largely by means of his work in Cincinnati. Rose, baseball’s all-time chief in hits, singles, video games performed and at-bats, spent 19 seasons with the Reds and was a serious key in serving to the “Large Purple Machine” earn consecutive world championships in 1975 and ’76. With Cincinnati, Rose was named NL Rookie of the 12 months in 1963 and NL MVP in ’73, gained three batting titles and was a 13-time All-Star. Of his Four,256 profession hits, three,358 got here with the Reds. In 1978, Rose recorded a 44-game hit streak — the third-longest in historical past.

Discovering his approach again: Rose was traded by the Expos to the Reds in August 1984 and instantly turned a player-manager, changing Vern Rapp. The Reds reportedly wished Rose again solely as supervisor, however crew president Robert Howsam gave in to Rose’s request to proceed enjoying.

The way it went: Rose was a profitable supervisor, recording a 412-373 mark from 1984 to 1989, and he completed second within the NL West 4 instances. However he discovered himself on the forefront of controversy. In April 1988, Rose was suspended for 30 days — the longest suspension levied on a supervisor in historical past for an on-field incident — after he pushed umpire Dave Pallone. However that was a wrist slap in comparison with what occurred the next 12 months.

Amid experiences that he had wager on baseball, Rose was questioned in February 1989 by baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth and NL president Bart Giamatti. After Giamatti took over as commissioner two months later, he appointed lawyer John M. Dowd to analyze the fees towards Rose. The Dowd Report documented alleged bets by Rose on 52 Reds video games in 1987. Rose denied all accusations, however on Aug. 24, 1989, he voluntarily accepted a everlasting place on baseball’s ineligible record. All of his makes an attempt at reinstatement have been denied.

Alan Trammell, Detroit Tigers

Alan Trammell definitely had a irritating three seasons managing the Tigers, ending with a file of 186-300. Ron Scheffler/USA TODAY Sports activities

Enjoying profession with the Tigers: Trammell, who spent all 20 of his large league seasons with the Tigers, was one of many steadiest gamers in his period. He helped lead the highly effective 1984 Tigers to an eye-popping 35-5 begin en path to a world title, and he was named World Sequence MVP. A six-time All-Star, Trammell’s greatest season got here in 1987. He set profession highs with a .343 common, 28 homers and 105 RBIs and completed second in AL MVP balloting.

Discovering his approach again: The Tigers turned to their former star shortstop to take over throughout a woeful time. Trammell, who had been the Padres’ first-base coach, was named Tigers supervisor after the 2002 season, when the crew parted with Luis Pujols. The Tigers had suffered by means of 9 consecutive shedding seasons, and Trammell was their fifth supervisor in seven seasons.

The way it went: Yikes! Trammell and the 2003 Tigers misplaced extra video games than some other AL crew in historical past, going 43-119. They gained 5 of their remaining six video games of the 12 months to keep away from matching the 1962 Mets for essentially the most losses in a season. Trammell had two extra shedding seasons, ending 186-300 total, and was fired in October 2005.


Mike Ditka, Chicago Bears

Profitable the Tremendous Bowl within the 1985 season helped Mike Ditka change into a family title. Give attention to Sport/Getty Photographs

Enjoying profession with the Bears: Ditka was a direct hit in Chicago, reworking the tight-end place as a rookie in 1961. Whereas he was identified for being a fierce blocker, Ditka doubled as a star pass-catcher, recording 1,076 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns in incomes Rookie of the 12 months honors. He was a Professional Bowler in every of his first 5 seasons and was a part of the Bears’ 1963 NFL championship crew. Regardless of enjoying simply six seasons in Chicago, Ditka is within the prime 5 in franchise historical past in receiving yards, receptions and landing catches. In 1988, “Iron Mike” was the primary tight finish in historical past inducted into the Corridor of Fame.

Discovering his approach again: After the Bears fired Neill Armstrong after the 1981 season, crew proprietor George Halas, who additionally coached Ditka in Chicago, introduced his former star tight finish again to guide the crew again to prominence. Turning to Ditka was thought-about a shock transfer on the time, as different candidates with head-coaching expertise — together with George Allen — have been nonetheless out there. Ditka’s earlier teaching expertise got here as an assistant in Dallas from 1973 to 1981. In Ditka’s 9 seasons with the Cowboys, they made the playoffs eight instances and gained Tremendous Bowl XII.

The way it went: Not solely did Ditka win a Tremendous Bowl, however he additionally turned some of the recognizable sports activities figures in America whereas main the Bears for 11 largely profitable seasons. Amongst his achievements: two NFL Coach of the 12 months awards, seven playoff appearances and main the 1985 squad — broadly thought to be one of many NFL’s best groups — to a 15-1 common season and a victory in Tremendous Bowl XX. He completed with a file of 106-62, turning into the second-winningest coach in Bears historical past behind Halas.

Forrest Gregg, Inexperienced Bay Packers

Forrest Gregg didn’t propel the Packers to the playoffs in his 4 seasons as coach. Manny Rubio/USA TODAY Sports activities

Enjoying profession with the Packers: Gregg anchored the offensive line of one of many best dynasties in soccer historical past, the 1960s Packers. Gregg gained 5 NFL championships, together with the primary two Tremendous Bowls, in his 14 seasons with Inexperienced Bay. He was a seven-time first-team All-Professional and a nine-time Professional Bowler, and he performed in what was then a league-record 188 consecutive video games from 1956 to 1971.

Discovering his approach again: When the Packers fired coach Bart Starr in 1983, Gregg was allowed out of his contract as coach of the Bengals to take over for his former teammate. Simply two seasons prior, Gregg had led the Bengals to a berth in Tremendous Bowl XVI.

The way it went: Gregg was removed from successful in main the Packers from 1984 to 1987. He by no means completed a season above .500, recording a 25-37-1 total file. Gregg left the Packers in January 1988 to take over at his alma mater, SMU, which was making an attempt to rebuild its program after receiving the “dying penalty” from the NCAA for main guidelines violations.

Mike Munchak, Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans

Mike Munchak’s unwillingness to overtake his teaching workers after the 2013 season finally value him his job with the Titans. Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports activities

Enjoying profession with the Oilers: Munchak performed his complete 12-year profession with the Oilers, offering stability on the left aspect of the offensive line. He was named a Professional Bowler in 9 of the ultimate 10 seasons of his profession and was named to the 1980s All-Decade Group.

Discovering his approach again: Munchak technically by no means left the franchise, taking over an assistant-coaching position after he retired as a participant in 1993. He coached the O-line from 1997 to 2010 and was promoted to move coach after the Titans fired Jeff Fisher after 14 seasons in 2011.

The way it went: Sadly for Munchak, it appeared that his loyalty ended up costing him his job. He went 22-26 in three seasons, together with two second-place finishes within the AFC South. The crew reportedly was prepared to offer him one other 12 months after a 7-9 displaying in 2013, however beneath one situation: Munchak needed to half methods with a variety of his assistants. He was unwilling to take action, thus ending a 31-year run with the franchise.

Artwork Shell, Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders

Artwork Shell went to the playoffs 3 times in six seasons throughout his first stint as coach of the Raiders. USA TODAY Sports activities

Enjoying profession with the Raiders: Shell was some of the dominant offensive linemen in soccer throughout his 15-year profession, incomes eight Professional Bowl nods in a nine-year span from 1972 to 1980. He gained two Tremendous Bowls and was inducted into Canton in 1989.

Discovering his approach again: After crew proprietor Al Davis pink-slipped Mike Shanahan 4 video games into the 1989 season, Shell, who had served because the Raiders’ offensive line coach the earlier six seasons, was named head coach. He turned the NFL’s first African-American coach within the trendy period.

The way it went: Shell simply gained, child. After taking up for Shanahan, Shell led the Raiders to a 7-5 mark of their final 12 video games, setting the tone for coming seasons. He went 12-Four in 1990 because the Raiders performed within the AFC Championship Sport. He made two extra journeys to the playoffs and had a 54-38 total file after the 1994 season. However that apparently wasn’t ok for Davis, who fired Shell following a 9-7 marketing campaign in ’94. Shell was introduced again by Davis to guide the Raiders in 2006 however was once more fired after a 2-14 marketing campaign.


Patrick Roy, Colorado Avalanche

Patrick Roy gained the Jack Adams Award because the NHL’s prime coach in 2013-14, his first season main the Avalanche. Doug Pensinger/Getty Photographs

Enjoying profession with the Avalanche: Already a celebrity, Roy helped make the Avalanche’s first 12 months in Denver a memorable one upon his arrival after a midseason commerce with Montreal through the 1995-96 season. Roy helped Colorado win the Stanley Cup that season and did it once more in 2000-01, incomes the Conn Smythe Trophy because the Stanley Cup Playoffs MVP. Roy is the one participant in NHL historical past to earn the award 3 times. He was inducted into the Hockey Corridor of Fame in 2006.

Discovering his approach again: After lacking the playoffs in 4 of the earlier 5 seasons, the Avalanche employed Roy as head coach and vp of hockey operations in 2013. On the time, he was thought-about the one coach within the NHL to have the ultimate say on hockey choices.

The way it went: Roy’s teaching profession in Colorado resembled his begin there as a goaltender. No, he did not win a Stanley Cup, however he introduced the Avs again to relevance, tying a franchise file with 52 wins in 2013-14. He gained the Jack Adams Award because the NHL’s prime coach. The Avalanche didn’t make the playoffs the subsequent two seasons, nonetheless, and Roy resigned. He had a three-season file of 130-92.

Denis Savard, Chicago Blackhawks

Denis Savard failed to guide the Blackhawks to the postseason throughout his teaching stint, which did not final three full seasons. AP Picture/Ann Heisenfelt

Enjoying profession with the Blackhawks: Savard’s NHL debut was apparently an indication of issues to return. The No. three total draft choose in 1980, Savard had three assists in his first sport as a rookie that 12 months. He went on to play in six All-Star video games throughout his 13 years with the Blackhawks. Savard, who was inducted into the Hockey Corridor of Fame in 2000, trails solely Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita for complete factors in franchise historical past.

Discovering his approach again: The Blackhawks turned to Savard to get the crew out of a funk in 2006. They canned Trent Yawney after shedding 12 of 15 video games and seemed to Savard, who was on the bench as an assistant, to hurry up the crew’s tempo of play.

The way it went: Savard’s stint as head coach was comparatively short-lived. He completed with a sub-.500 total mark from the time he took over in 2006 to 2008, when he was fired 4 video games into the season. Savard did have some success in 12 months 2, going 40-34-Eight and ending three factors shy of a playoff berth, regardless of having an abundance of rookies within the common rotation.


Pep Guardiola, Barcelona

Barcelona gained the Champions League twice throughout Pep Guardiola’s tenure as coach. GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Photographs

Enjoying profession with Barcelona: Born in Catalonia, Guardiola got here by means of the Barcelona system earlier than making virtually 400 appearances for the membership’s first crew. He was a pivotal participant in Johan Cruyff’s early-1990s “Dream Group” and gained six Liga titles in Spain. Furthermore, on the age of 21, Guardiola was a part of the crew that lifted the European Cup for the primary time in membership historical past.

Discovering his approach again: Guardiola left the Camp Nou in 2001 and completed his enjoying profession with spells in Italy, Qatar and Mexico. In 2007, he took his first teaching job as supervisor of Barcelona’s “B” crew, and inside a 12 months, he had been promoted to take cost of the senior aspect, succeeding Frank Rijkaard.

The way it went: Guardiola inherited a proficient, home-grown group of gamers — Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta amongst them — and, having bought two-time FIFA World Participant of the 12 months Ronaldinho, created arguably the best crew of all time. Barcelona gained La Liga 3 times throughout his 4 seasons in cost, in addition to the Champions League on two events.

Diego Maradona, Argentina

Diego Maradona’s Argentina crew seemed like potential favorites within the 2010 World Cup earlier than their run got here to an abrupt finish. Richard Heathcote/Getty Photographs

Enjoying profession with Argentina: Unfold over 17 years, Maradona’s worldwide profession was as controversial because it was spectacular. Take his 4 World Cup appearances: The 1982 event ended with a crimson card vs. archrival Brazil, however 4 years later, he virtually single-handedly dragged Argentina to glory. He almost repeated the trick in 1990, solely to finish the ultimate in tears after defeat to West Germany. He started USA ’94 with a purpose vs. Greece however ended it by testing constructive for a banned substance.

Discovering his approach again: For greater than a decade, Maradona struggled from varied well being issues, in addition to points pertaining to alcohol and drug use. In the meantime, his beloved Argentina slipped from the highest stage of the sport, failing to get previous the quarterfinal stage at three straight World Cups. Issues bought even worse when it appeared the crew may not qualify for the 2010 event.

The way it went: Maradona took over as nationwide crew supervisor after Alfio Basile resigned, however a 6-1 defeat in Bolivia deepened Argentina’s woes. Nonetheless, wins of their final two video games noticed Maradona’s males redeemed, and so they seemed like potential favorites when coasting by means of group play in South Africa earlier than beating Mexico within the Spherical of 16. The run got here to an abrupt finish vs. Germany within the quarterfinals, although. Inside weeks, Maradona was informed his contract wouldn’t be renewed.

ESPN editor Andrew Hush contributed to this story.

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