Mike Tomlin who was born on March 15, 1972 in Hampton, Virginia. He is the Head Coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers and has been coaching in NCAA Division-1 and in the NFL since 1995.
10 interesting facts about the Head Coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers Mike Tomlin
Mike Tomlin played football at William and Mary as a Wide Receiver/Tight End. He has a school record of 17 career touchdown receptions. In 1994, he was selected to the All-Yankee Conference second team.
Mike Tomlin coached the wide receivers at Virginia Military Institute in 1995. In 1996, he was hired by University of Memphis as a graduate assistant and coached Special teams and the defensive backs. In 1997, Arkansas State University hired him as the wide receiver coach and the following year promoted him to defensive backs coach. The University of Cincinnati hired him in 1999 to coach their defensive backs.
Mike Tomlin first NFL position was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as their defensive backs coach from 2001 to 2005. During Tomlin’s time, the Tampa Bay Bucs always were ranked 6th or better on total defense. In 2006, the Minnesota Vikings hired him to be their Defensive Coordinator and that year the Vikings were ranked 8th overall on defense.
Mike Tomlin in 2008 was named the Motorola NFL Coach of the Year.
Mike Tomlin is the first African-American head coach in the Pittsburgh Steelers history and the 10th in the NFL. Tomlin is also the third youngest coach of all four major U.S. professional sports.
Mike Tomlin became the youngest coach to win a Super Bowl in the NFL when the 2008 Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Arizona Cardinals 27-23 at Super Bowl XLIII.
Mike Tomlin is married to Kiya Winston where they met as undergrads. They have three children; Michael Dean, Mason, and Harlyn Quinn. They reside in Squirrel Hill, Pennsylvania and they are practicing Christians at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church.
Mike Tomlin was fined $100,000, which is tied for the second highest fine by the NFL for interfering with a kickoff return by Jacoby Jones which enabled Jones to be tackled whereas otherwise he would have easily returned it for a touchdown.
Mike Tomlin was hired by the Pittsburgh Steelers on January 22, 2007 to be their 16th head coach after longtime coach Bill Cowher resigned.
Mike Tomlin career record coaching he Pittsburgh Steelers is 71-41 in regular season games. He has a 5-3 playoff record and has had two appearances at the Super Bowl as a head coach, winning one in 2008 and losing the other in 2010. He also has two Wild-Card game loses in the 2007 and 2011 seasons losing to the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Denver Broncos and Tim Tebow.
Sources:The Pittsburgh Steelers Team Page, NFL, All Pro Dad, Richmond Times Dispatch, The New York Times, TV Guide, Pro Football Reference
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