Pete Carroll who was born on September 15, 1951 in San Francisco, California. He is the Head Coach for the Seattle Seahawks and has been coaching since 1973 and in the NFL since 1984. Pete Carroll is one of the few coaches who never played professional football at any level.
10 interesting facts about Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll
Pete Carroll is the second oldest coach in the NFL and the second oldest coach to win the Super Bowl.
He grew up in California and developed a love for water recreation activities., He owns a second home today in Southern California which allows him to jet ski, surf, paddle boarding and boating.
Pete Carroll’s “Win Forever” philosophy has evolved to the internet. He launched CampPete to teach children this philosophy thru arcade games, motivational messaging while playing, virtual football skills challenges and sports trivia.
In 2003, as an answer to the growing incidents of gang violence, Pete Carroll founded “A Better LA,” a charity aimed at the poorer areas of the Los Angeles community and focused on violence and crisis intervention and prevention.
Pete Carroll was nicknamed “Big Balls Pete” by the University of Southern California School Band because of his propensity for calling “trick” plays and going for it on 4th down rather than punting the ball.
His coaching philosophy developed after he read a book in graduate school called, “The Inner Game of Tennis.” It was written by tennis coach, Timothy Gallwey that adapted the philosophy that athletes “must clear their minds of all confusion and earn the ability to let themselves play freely.”
Pete Carroll after being fired as head coach of the New England Patriots in 1999, read a book by former UCLA Hall of Fame basketball coach, John Wooden. Being a life long “Dead Head”, he decided to combine the philosophy of Grateful Dead member Jerry Garcia and Wooden o form his own philosophy that he would take to USC. It was simply called, “I’m a competitor.”
He is a known prankster with some pranks being extreme. He once had Running Back LenDale White at a practice on Halloween stage a fake argument and faked his own death. He also had a fake L.A. Police Officer come into a team meeting and “arrest” Defensive End Everson Griffen for abusing “freshman” players. He often uses USC alumnus to help with his practical jokes and has even included actor Will Ferrell.
Pete Carroll has had three stints with NFL teams. He was the Head Coach of the New York Jets in 1994, The New England Patriots from 1997 to 1999 and currently is the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks since the 2010 season.
Pete Carroll, after being fired by the New York Jets and Patriots, spent a year working as an analyst before deciding to go down to the college ranks. He took the USC Head Coaching position in 2000 and stayed for 10 years, earning him a nod from ESPN as the person who did the most for the BCS era in 2008.
Sources: TV Guide, Famous Birthdays, Ultimate Fun Facts, Esquire, Seahawks Teampage, Pete Carroll “Win Forever”
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