Northern Ohio Coaches Combine for 13 Super Bowls & 33 NCAA Titles: Something in the Water?

Swinging Johnson

Friday, May 29, 2015 5:48 PM UTC

Friday, May. 29, 2015 5:48 PM UTC

Joining the college and professional coaching ranks is the pinnacle of every football strategist who’s roamed the sidelines, worn a headphone and carried a clipboard. But one small section of the country has delivered a bounty of top coaches – Northern Ohio.

Why Northern Ohio?
Why Northern Ohio indeed. Is it something in the water? Do they all come from a distant, common bloodline? Or perhaps in the grand cosmic scheme of things, the Northern Ohio professional football entry known as the Cleveland Browns has endured such a humiliating existence, and has wrought nothing but shame to a city in need of all the PR help it can get; that evening the score with a bounty of coaching talent almost seems downright fair.

In any event here is the list of names that have made the grade, exceeded expectations and beaten the college football odds to ascend to the highest ranks of their chosen profession. All were either born or raised in Northern Ohio.

Urban Meyer- Ashtabula

Jim Tressel- Berea

Bob Stoops- Youngstown

Mike Stoops- Youngstown

Paul Brown- Norwalk

Woody Hayes- Clifton

Les Miles- Elyria

Bo Schembechler- Barbarton

Jim Harbaugh- Toledo

John Harbaugh- Toledo

Larry Kehres- Diamond

Ara Parseghian- Akron

Chuck Noll- Cleveland

John Heisman- Cleveland

Josh McDaniels- Canton

Dom Capers- Cambridge

Dick LeBeau- London

Bo Pelini- Youngstown

Ron Zook- Ashland

Don James- Massillon

Jon Gruden- Sandusky

Jay Gruden- Sandusky

Wayne Fontes- Canton

Gary Pinkel- Akron

Jerry Glanville- Perrysburg


Championships in the Future?
Certainly there are coaches on this list that are no longer active like Wayne Fontes and those that are no longer with us like the long-since-gone Woody Hayes. Believe it or not legendary Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian is still amongst the living and at age 92 he is lending his good name to medical causes and philanthropic endeavors.

But then we have men like Jim and John Harbaugh, in the midst of their coaching primes, who were/are among the exclusive club of 32 NFL coaches. Let’s see what the future holds for them this upcoming season and one other in the Northern Ohio clan.


Jim Harbaugh – University of Michigan
Harbaugh departed the San Francisco 49’ers at about the same time his hand-picked quarterback Colin Kaepernick was exposed as a one dimensional player with a penchant for bad decisions. Last season the Niners fell to 8-8 which signaled the end of his tenure in the Bay Area and a new beginning with his alma mater the University of Michigan. It was a welcomed exodus from the NFL ranks and a return as a conquering hero to a program that is desperate to rekindle their previous stature among the best in the nation.

At 60-1 NCAAF betting odds to win the 2016 national Championship don’t look for this dark horse to return to its previous glory just yet with your college football picks. But if Harbaugh can work his magic as he did in San Francisco, there’s no reason not to believe the Wolverines will be back in the spotlight once more.


John Harbaugh – Baltimore Ravens
Entering his eighth year at the helm of the Baltimore Ravens Harbaugh has kept the Ravens in postseason play in all but one of his seven seasons. The Ravens are once again slated to win the AFC North or at the very least enter the playoffs as a wildcard entry. Harbaugh is going nowhere as long as Baltimore continues to compete. This season the NFL odds being offered on his team are 28-1 to take home the Super Bowl hardware.


Urban Meyer – Ohio State University
Now here is one guy who has already been there, done that and has three National Championships to prove it. Fresh off leading his Buckeyes to the program’s eighth college football crown Meyer is back in the saddle to defend his school’s title and further cement his legacy as one of the greatest college coaches of all time.

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