Tribe Football in the Pros
The following lists and links are intended to provide Tribe football fans with information on W&M alumni and former coaches who are currently playing, coaching or working within the ranks of professional football. This page is a work in progress, please check back frequently for updates. Please direct omissions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As of May 11, 2010
Mike Tomlin ('95) - Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach
Tomlin's Steelers Bio
Headlining the list of coaches and players with ties to the College is 1995 graduate Mike Tomlin, head coach of the Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers.
Tomlin, who was named the 16th head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers on January 22, 2007, is the youngest head coach to win a Super Bowl in NFL history. Tomlin was also named Motorola Coach of the Year for the 2008 season.
Tomlin, who was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at receiver for the Tribe, is just the third Steelers Head Coach since the 1969 season.
The last W&M alum to lead an NFL team was Dan Henning, who had two head coaching stints, one with the Atlanta Falcons (1983-1986) and another with the San Diego Chargers (1989-91).
Tomlin finished his first year as Steelers head coach with a 10-6 record in the regular season and became just the second coach in team history to post a winning record, win a division title and earn a playoff berth in his inaugural season. Additionally, the Steelers were the NFLís top-ranked defense, allowing just 266.4 yards per game, while the team ranked third in the league in rushing (135.5 ypg).
Tomlin was named the head coach in Pittsburgh after spending the 2006 season as the defensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings. The position was both his first with the team and as a coordinator, but showed immediate results as he oversaw a unit that ranked eighth in the NFL in total defense.
Michael "Pinball" Clemons ('87) - Toronto Argonauts (CFL) Chief Executive Officer
Clemons' Argo's Bio
Brian Daboll (Former Assistant Coach, 1997) - Cleveland Browns Offensive Coordinator
Daboll's Browns Bio
Mark Duffner ('75) - Jacksonville Jaguars Linebackers Coach
Duffner's Jaguars Bio
Ivan Fears ('76) - New England Patriots Running Backs Coach
Fears' Patriots Bio
Dan Henning ('64) - Miami Dolphins Offensive Coordinator
Henning's Dolphins Bio
Hal Hunter - San Diego Chargers Offensive Line Coach
Hunter's Chargers Bio
Marv Levy (Former head coach, 1964-68) Ė Former Buffalo Bills Head Coach and Member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Levy's Pro Football Hall of Fame Bio
Sean McDermott ('98) - Philadelphia Eagles Defensive Coordinator
McDermott's Eagles Bio
Kevin Rogers ('74) - Minnesota Vikings Quarterbacks Coach
Rogers' Vikings Bio
Rip Scherer ('75) - Carolina Panthers Quarterbacks Coach
Scherer's Panthers Bio
Danny Smith (Former Assistant Coach, 1980-83) - Washington Redskins Special Teams Coordinator
Smith's Redskins Bio
Alan Williams ('92) - Indianapolis Colts Defensive Backs Coach
Williams' Colts Bio
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Derek Cox - Jacksonville Jaguars
Cox's Jaguars Bio
Mike Leach ('00) - Arizona Cardinals
Leach's Cardinals Bio
Sean Lissemore ('10) - Dallas Cowboys
Lissemore's Cowboys Bio
R.J. Archer ('10) - Spokane Shock
Arhcer's Shock Bio
Billy Parker ('04) - Montreal Alouettes (CFL)
Parker's Alouette Bio
Feature on Parker
Darren Sharper ('96) - New Orleans Saints
Sharper's Saints Bio
Adrian Tracy ('10) - New York Giants
Tracy's Giants Bio