Feb 04, 2014
Compiled by Fred Baer for the California Community College Football Coaches Association and College of San Mateo
3 Super Bowls have paired former CCC players as head coaches
If you want to coach in the Super Bowl, a good way to start college is by playing football at a California Community College. The 2014 Super Bowl featured the third match-up of teams coached by former CCC student-athletes.
Pete Carroll from College of Marin (in Kentfield) and the Seattle Seahawks defeated John Fox from Southwestern College (in Chula Vista) and the Denver Broncos, 43-8.
It was the ELEVENTH time a former California CC player has been the head coach of the winning team. That includes a five-year streak, 1981-86 -- with every winning SB team coached by a former CCC player (and two head-to-head match-ups).
Carroll, a San Francisco native, played at Marin in 1969 and 1970 and then at University of Pacific (1971-72), where he started coaching as a Grad Assistant in 1973.
Fox played at Southwestern in 1974 and 1975 and then at San Diego State, where he also started his coaching career as a G.A. He previously coached the losing Super Bowl XXXVIII Panthers team in 2004 against the Patriots.
Tom Flores (Fresno City College) won Super Bowl XV with the Raiders against Dick Vermeil (Napa JC) and the Eagles in 1981. Flores also won Super Bowl XVIII over Joe Gibbs(Cerritos) and the Washington Redskins in 1984.
Vermeil, who also coached at College of San Mateo and Napa, later won Super Bowl XXXIV with the St. Louis Rams in 2000. Gibbs won a record-tying three Super Bowls with Washington: XVII in 1983, XXII in 1988, and XXVI in 1992.
College of San Mateo makes a super statement with 14 rings by its former players, including the first winning Super Bowl coach; also a General Manager -- 16 total rings (including two by former CSM coaches Dick Vermeil and Steve Shafer).
Here is the impact made by just three former CSM players from the 1950's:
--John Madden was the first JC player to take a team to the Super Bowl and won SB XI in 1977 over the Vikings. He also coached at Allan Hancock College.
--Bill Walsh won a record three Super Bowls (later equaled by Gibbs).
--Neal Dahlen is believed to be the first CC player to win as a GM (with Denver) and has a recordseven Rings (five in coaching/administration with the 49ers and two with the Broncos).
Jim Fassel (Fullerton College) took his New York Giants team to Super Bowl XXXV in 2001, but lost to the Ravens. Fox was Fassel's defensive coordinator with the Giants from 1997-2001. So Fox has coached in three Super Bowls. Another former NFL head coach from the CC ranks, former Monterey Peninsula College star Herman Edwards, was Fox's defensive backfield teammate at San Diego State.
Former California Community College Players as Super Bowl Head Coaches:
SB # YEAR Coach Team Calif. CC Played
XI 1977 John Madden Oakland Raiders San Mateo (Hancock coach)
XV 1981 Tom Flores Oakland Raiders Fresno d. Dick Vermeil, Eagles (Napa JC/CSM)
XVI 1982 Bill Walsh San Francisco 49ers San Mateo
XVII 1983 Joe Gibbs Washington Redskins Cerritos
XVIII 1984 Tom Flores LA Raiders Fresno d. Joe Gibbs, Redskins (Cerritos)
XIX 1985 Bill Walsh San Francisco 49ers San Mateo
XXII 1988 Joe Gibbs Washington Redskins Cerritos
XXIII 1989 Bill Walsh San Francisco 49ers San Mateo
XXVI 1992 Joe Gibbs Washington Redskins Cerritos
XXXIV 2000 Dick Vermeil St. Louis Rams Napa JC (CSM coach)
XLVIII 2014 Pete Carroll Seattle Seahawks Marin d. John Fox, Broncos (Southwestern)
Additional Super Bowl Coaches (losing team):
XXXV 2001 Jim Fassel New York Giants Fullerton (lost to Ravens)
XXXVI 2002 Mike Martz St. Louis Rams San Diego Mesa (lost to Patriots)
XXXVIII 2004 John Fox Carolina Panthers Southwestern (lost to Patriots)
Note: Martz has a Super Bowl XXXIV ring as Vermeil's offensive coordinator.
He was also an assistant coach at two community colleges, SD Mesa and Santa Ana.
California CC north-south rivalry scores – playing roots of winning Super Bowl coaches:
Northern California Football Association teams: 8 wins
Southern California Football Association teams: 3 wins (all by Gibbs).
Former NCFA players have won all three head-to-head coaching match-ups against SCFA players.
ALL FOUR CHAMPIONSHIP GAME FINALISTS THIS SEASON FEATURED FORMER CC PLAYERS IN KEY ROLES:
Any of the 2013-2014 season league championship game finalists would have produced another Super Bowl ring for a former California CC player. College of San Mateo was looking for a New England – San Francisco match-up that would have included a pair of former Bulldogs players: Julian Edelman (top receiver for the Patriots), and current 49ers offensive line coach Mike Solari (a previous ring winner with the 49ers).