Tom Coughlin is the executive vice president of football operations for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL) and the former head coach of the New York Giants of the NFL. He was born and raised in Waterloo, New York, and spent his high school years playing football and basketball. Following high school graduation, he enrolled at Syracuse University, where he played football. When Bill Parcells was the head coach of the New York Giants, he assisted him. When Tom coached the football team at the Rochester Institute of Technology for the first time in 1970, he became the head coach for the first time. He worked as a wide receivers coach for the NFL "s" Philadelphia Eagles in the early 1980s, as well as for the "Giants" and the "Packers." He returned to "Boston College" after the 1990 season and took over as head coach. He was hired as the head coach of the "Jacksonville Jaguars" in 1995, a position that earned him respect for his harsh disciplinary policies. When he was hired to coach the "New York Giants" in 2004, he drew national attention. He served in this capacity for 12 years, becoming one of the most well-known head coaches in NFL history.

Childhood and adolescence

Thomas Richard Coughlin was born on August 31, 1946, in Waterloo, New York City, to Betty and John Louis Coughlin. He was the youngest of six siblings, with one brother and five sisters. He was the oldest sibling in the family.

He had always wanted to be an athlete since he was a child, and his favorite sports were basketball and football, which he used to play in elementary school.

He went to "Lyons High School" and became interested in pursuing a football career.

After seeing Tom play, the assistant coach at Syracuse University offered him a scholarship in exchange for playing on the school's squad. During his collegiate years, he was advised by Jim Boeheim, and despite his ability to play, he revealed a preference for working "behind the scenes."

Following his undergraduate graduation, he worked as a graduate assistant while pursuing a master's degree at Syracuse University.


Tom began his coaching career in 1970 when he was hired as the head coach of the football team at Rochester Institute of Technology. He returned to "Syracuse University" after a three-year stint there and began working as an offensive coordinator. Later, at "Boston College," he worked in the same job.

He left collegiate coaching in 1980 to join the NFL as a wide receivers coach with the Philadelphia Eagles. He also coached wide receivers for the "New York Giants" and the "Green Bay Packers."

He aided Bill Parcells, the then-head coach while working as a coach with the "New York Giants." They worked together to help the squad win the "Super Bowl XXV."

He remained with the "Giants" until the 1990 season when he returned to "Boston College" to become the team's head coach. He became one of the team's most successful coaches in the first three years of his employment. "Boston" upset "Notre Dame," the then-number one team, for the first time. It was a great success story that cemented Tom's reputation as a top entry-level coach.

When Tom was chosen as the first head coach of the "NFL" expansion franchise, the "Jacksonville Jaguars," in 1995, it paid off handsomely. During his eight years as the head coach, Tom built the most successful expansion team in NFL history. He was selected as "Coach of the Year" by United Press International in 1996. He took his underdog squad to the "NFL" playoffs on multiple occasions.

During his first five years on the job, he led his side to 49 regular-season victories. However, the team's performance declined considerably during the next four years. Wayne Weaver, the team's owner, sacked him shortly after. When Wayne later sold his team to Shahid Khan, he stated that firing Tom was his greatest regret in his career.

Tom did not play football in 2003. The next year, he made a big comeback as the head coach of the "New York Giants," one of the most popular "NFL" teams. He'd inherited the ruins of a team that had failed horribly the previous season.

Tom led his squad to victory in five of the first seven games of the 2004 season. Tom made some aggressive decisions when the club was on a losing streak, which drew a lot of criticism. Tom, on the other hand, stuck to his guns.

It paid off the next season when the squad won the "NFC East." Tom has changed the team from a weak team to the greatest possible candidate for the "Super Bowl" title in 2006 by the end of the season.

The "Giants" went on a losing skid in the second part of the season after a strong start to the season. The fans chanted "Fire Coughlin" during a game versus the "New Orleans Saints." However, the squad was able to secure a playoff berth, and Tom was spared from being fired.

The Giants' fortunes began to improve in 2007 when they qualified for the playoffs and eventually the "Super Bowl." The "Giants" stunned the football world by winning "Super Bowl XLII."

The "Giants" extended his contract in 2008 after winning the "Super Bowl," making him one of the highest-paid coaches in "NFL" history. Tom continued to lead his squad to another "Super Bowl" triumph in 2012, proving that his decision was correct.

As a result of the team's poor performance in succeeding seasons, Tom resigned from his post. In 2017, he returned to the Jacksonville Jaguars as an executive, and the team advanced to the AFC Championship under his guidance. His contract was renewed till 2021.

Personal and Family Life

Tom's wife, Judy Coughlin, is Tom's wife, and the couple has four children: two sons and two daughters. They have 11 grandchildren as well.

Tom is a devout Roman Catholic who continues to practice his faith.