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Jacoby Ellsbury
10-31-11, 07:53 AM
Wondering what the longest a coach has been tenured with a team and won a championship in pro sports. It doesnt have to be their first championship just any championship. Im just thinking coaching/managerial styles get stale and other teams know what to expect and it seems like newer coaches have more success than veterans. Obviously there is a lot of turnover in the coaching ranks and you have to have success to be tenured for a while.

Bill Cowher won in his 14th year I believe with the Steelers, is anyone else close in the NFL?

mcnabb
10-31-11, 08:08 AM
Tom Landry took over the expansion Cowboys in 1960 and didn't win til 1971, so I think Cowher holds the record.

starman9000
10-31-11, 08:09 AM
Landry won in 78 and started in 60.

La Russa just won in his 16th season with the Cards.

starman9000
10-31-11, 08:19 AM
Connie Mack won the World Series in his 30th year with the A's. :eek:

John McGraw won in his 20th with the Giants.

I doubt anyone will top Mack.

Red Dog
10-31-11, 11:44 AM
Thinking of college, Dean Smith was at UNC for 21 years before he won his first title. He won his 2nd title in his 32nd year. Coach K won a title in his 30th season at Duke.

starman9000
10-31-11, 11:50 AM
How about hockey? Arbour or Bowman have to be high, but I don't know much about the old timers.

Looks like Jack Adams in Detroit might be the longest Started in 27, won in 43.

starman9000
10-31-11, 12:01 PM
Thinking of college, Dean Smith was at UNC for 21 years before he won his first title. He won his 2nd title in his 32nd year. Coach K won a title in his 30th season at Duke.

Reaching further, but in Division III football in 2003, John Gagliardi won 50 years after he started. He even coached track and the hockey team for a while during that time (.625 winning percentage). :lol:

WallyOPD
10-31-11, 12:12 PM
Still in college (and outside the money sports), but Al Scates of UCLA men's volleyball won the NCAA title in his 44th season (his 19th NCAA title overall).

Shannon Nutt
10-31-11, 02:34 PM
Penn St.'s Joe Paterno started coaching in 1966, and didn't win his first national title until 1982 (and then antoher in 1986).

Hope springs eternal for Andy Reid. Fortunately, he keeps himself in top physical condition - so he could be at the helm for a long time.

LurkerDan
10-31-11, 03:07 PM
Penn St.'s Joe Paterno started coaching in 1966, and didn't win his first national title until 1982 (and then antoher in 1986).

And sort of won one in 1994, but got jobbed. :)