Kyle Shanahan is an American football coach who presently coaches the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). Kyle was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but grew up in California. He has been a passionate football player since he was a child, thanks to the fact that his father is a football coach. After graduating from high school, Kyle was granted a scholarship to "Duke University," but he chose the "University of Texas" instead. Kyle was a wide receiver for his college football club. He did not, however, pursue a career as a player and instead accepted a position as a graduate assistant for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) football team. Later, he worked as a wide receivers coach for the Houston Texans and as an assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After that, he worked as a coach for clubs like the "Washington Redskins," "Cleveland Browns," and "Atlanta Falcons." In 2017, he took over as the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Since Kyle joined the team, every season has been successful.

Childhood and adolescence

Kyle Shanahan was born Kyle Michael Shanahan to Mike and Peggy Shanahan on December 14, 1979, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. Krystal Shanahan, his sister, was his childhood companion.

Kyle has enjoyed football since he was a child. Kyle's father, a former player who was also the head football coach at the "University of Minnesota" when Kyle was born, deserves full credit for his passion for the game. Peggy, Kyle's mother, was a stay-at-home mom.

After spending the first few years of his life in Minnesota, Kyle and his family moved to Saratoga, California, where his father had gotten a new position as an offensive coordinator coach for the San Francisco 49ers,

Kyle grew up watching his father play football. Having a father who is a professional football coach helped him much in establishing his playing style. He went to Saratoga High School and was a member of the football squad there.

Due to his father's new job as the head coach of the "Denver Broncos" in another city, he dropped out of high school in the middle of the year. As a result, the family was forced to relocate to Denver, Colorado. Kyle enrolled in "Cherry Creek High School" and finished his high school studies there.

The 'Duke University' offered Shanahan a scholarship, which he initially accepted. He did, however, later transfer to Austin's "University of Texas." In the 'Texas Longhorns Football Program,' he was a wide receiver. He did an outstanding job. Despite being an above-average athlete, he exhibited little interest in playing in the NFL, preferring instead to pursue a coaching career.


Kyle began his coaching career at UCLA after graduating from Texas University. Karl Dorrell had recently been hired as the team's new head coach, and Kyle had been hired as his graduate assistant. His first season, however, was not particularly successful, as the college squad only managed a 6–7 record and abysmally played in the "Silicon Valley Bowl."

Kyle only coached at the college level for one season before moving on to the NFL for his next coaching position.

Under the leadership of head coach Jon Gruden, he joined the NFL team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as an assistant to the offensive quality control coach. Over the next two seasons, Kyle assisted the squad in game preparation and broke down opposing defenses. His time with the team was not very fruitful, but it was also not disastrous.

He coached the team for two years before stepping down. During Kyle's second year, his club had a record of 11–5 before losing their first playoff game. He was offered a job as a first-position coach with the "Houston Texans," so he left the team.

Texas has had its entire coaching staff overhauled. For the first season in 2006, under new head coach Gary Kubiak, Kyle took over as wide receivers coach. For the final three seasons of his career with the team, he worked as a quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. At the time, in 2006, Kyle was known as the youngest "NFL" position coach.

When Gary and Kyle took over, the team was in tatters. The team improved slowly but steadily, and from 6–0 in 2006 to 9–7 in 2009, the team made a significant leap. However, making the playoffs remained a distant dream for the club.

The squad, on the other hand, improved dramatically in the areas where Kyle took over as coach. Andre Johnson, the team's star wide receiver, was named to three "All-Pro" teams while he was the wide receivers coach.

Kyle joined the "Washington Redskins" as offensive coordinator in 2010 following four years with the "Texans." Mike Shanahan, his father, had recently been named as the team's new head coach.

The father-son combo, on the other hand, was unable to lift the team's morale, and the first two seasons were a complete failure. In the 2012 season, the club stunned the fans by winning the "NFC East" with a 10–6 record.

Kyle's status on the coaching staff, however, was not secure as a result of this. In 2013, he was sacked. The "Cleveland Browns" hired him in 2014. Kyle was hired as the team's offensive coordinator, but he quit in 2015 after a disagreement with the team's administration.

He was named as the new offensive coordinator by the Atlanta Falcons in early 2015. In his debut season, he earned the NFL Assistant Coach of the Year award.

In 2017, he was hired as the new head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, and he did well enough to keep his job. Toward the close of the regular season in 2017, he guided his club to a winning streak.

Personal and Family Life

Kyle has three children with his wife, Mandy. In July of 2005, they were married.

When he first started his coaching career, Kyle turned down a couple of early offers to work as a coaching assistant for his father. He desired to pursue a profession on his own. When he eventually earned a reputation for himself, he accepted the coaching job with the "Washington Redskins" with his father.