Multi-sport Coaches/Managers

Just saw former Super Bowl champion coach Joe Gibbs’ NASCAR team won another championship. Now I guess we could debate if NASCAR is a “sport” and if Gibbs really runs or just owns his team, but his success at the highest level in two completely different competitions is something I find remarkable.

The only other example I can think of is Stanley Cup champion Fred Shero coaching the New Jersey Rockets of the Major Indoor Soccer League.

Are there other examples of 2-sport coaches, and even better ones that had success in both sports?

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I don’t see any evidence that Shero coached soccer. The Rockets only existed for one season and he wasn’t the coach.

Stretching the definition of coach quite a bit, but there is a guy in the UK called Steve Peters who is an elite sports psychiatrist, and has a serious reputation for coaching performance across diverse sports.
He was full time at British cycling for years when they dominated track cycling, and moved onto dominate the road with TeamSky. He’s worked with football teams, track and field, snooker players [the green baize is up there with the oche as the loneliest, most pressured place in sport].

I guess it’s hard to quantify a sports psychiatrist’s results, and the field is mired with charlatans, but Peters is held in very high esteem. He also wrote a book called the Chimp paradox that was a bestseller and dealt with recognising and harnessing one’s irrational and rational emotions to deliver performance.

Lou Boudreau. Managed the St. Louis Cardinals and was coach of the freshman basketball team at Illinois for a year.

He also played pro ball in the NBL. I’ve seen reports that he coached there, too, though it seems to be unofficial.

Greasy Neale coached football, basketball, and baseball at the college level, and coached the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL for ten seasons in the 1940s.

Maybe a stretch, but Ted Williams was a baseball manager as well as a champion sports fisherman. Oh, he also played a little baseball.

If you stretch the definition of coach, Stan Karsten was general manager of the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA and president of the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals in the National League.

Should we stretch further and include Jerry Reinsdorf? Who as owner won championships with the Chicsgo Bulls and Chicago White Sox.

Just a minor correction. He never managed the Cardinals. He was player-manager for the Cleveland Indians and led the Tribe to their most recent World Series victory in 1948. He later managed the Red Sox, Athletics and A’s, but never the Cardinals. I never knew he had coached college basketball, which is interesting.

Seems like an awesome example and even more awesome name.

Head coach of the University of Cincinnati Basketball team. Won 2 national championships. He was also head coach of the baseball prior to that. He coached Sandy Koufax in both sports.

I always wondered where the nickname came from. :slight_smile:

He was definitely a multi-sport star; before he really got into coaching, he was playing both major league baseball and pro football (in the days before the NFL), at the same time.

As a coach, he primarily coached football, and was pretty successful at it – he took his Washington & Jefferson team to the Rose Bowl in 1921, and won two NFL championships with the Eagles in the 1940s. He did double-duty as coach of both football and baseball when he was at Marietta, and as coach of both football and basketball when he was at Virginia; he had a winning record as a coach in all three sports.

Yeah you are right I wonder why I thought this. Maybe because he coached the Rangers.
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Before he owned the Yankees, George Steinbrenner was an assistant FB coach in college.

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Odds are high that most of you have never heard of him, and as his coaching career was at the high school and Division III college level, the OP may not feel that he qualifies, but Don LaViolette was extremely successful coaching both football and basketball.

(I know of him because he was our coach at Abbot Pennings High School, just outside of Green Bay, WI; he left Pennings to become the coach at St. Norbert College the same year that I graduated from high school.)

Owners aren’t coaches…

Bruce Arena has been a coach around US soccer for a long time and was an assistant lacrosse coach at UVA for a bit.

Hugo Bezdek was a major league baseball manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates 1917-19 and the head coach of the NFL Cleveland Rams 1937-38.
Red Rolfe was a major league baseball manager of the Detroit Tigers 1949-52 and the head coach of the Toronto Huskies of the Basketball Association of America, fore-runner to the NBA, in the 1946-47 season.