Youngest NFL Coaches (Modern Era)

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Lane Kiffin (left) became the youngest head coach of the NFL's modern era when the Oakland Raiders selected him to guide the team on January 23, 2007.

At age 31 years, 8 months, Kiffin is three months younger than Harland Svare who earned his first coaching job with the Los Angeles Rams in 1962. In 3 1/2 seasons, Svare compiled a 14-31-3 record with Los Angeles. He later served as the head coach of the San Diego Chargers from 1971 to 1973.

Here is a look at the youngest coaches over the years.


  Name, Team Date of Birth Age at Signing Date
  Lane Kiffin, Oakland Raiders May 9, 1975 31 years, 8 months
  Harland Svare, Los Angeles Rams November 25, 1930 31 years, 11 months
  John Michelosen, Pittsburgh Steelers February 13, 1916 32 years, 2 months
  Raheem Morris, Tampa Bay Buccaneers September 3, 1976 32 years, 4 months
  David Shula, Cincinnati Bengals May 28, 1959 32 years, 7 months
  Josh McDaniels, Denver Broncos April 22, 1976 32 years, 8 months
  John Madden, Oakland Raiders April 10, 1936 32 years, 10 months
  Don Shula, Baltimore Colts January 4, 1930 33 years, 4 days
  Al Davis, Oakland Raiders July 4, 1929 33 years, 6 months
  Joe Collier, Buffalo Bills June 7, 1932 33 years, 7 months
  Bob Snyder, Los Angeles Rams February 6, 1913 33 years, 11 month
  Jim Trimble, Philadelphia Eagles May 29, 1918 34 years, 3 months
  Jon Gruden, Oakland Raiders August 17, 1963 34 years, 5 months
  Bill Cowher, Pittsburgh Steelers May 8, 1957 34 years, 8 months, 13 days
  Joe Kuharich, Chicago Cardinals April 14, 1917 34 years, 8 months, 25 days
  Jack Christiansen, San Francisco 49ers December 20, 1928 34 years, 9 months, 10 days
  Norm Van Brocklin, Minnesota Vikings March 15, 1926 34 years, 10 months, 3 days
  Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers March 15, 1972 34 years, 10 months, 7 days
  Joe Schmidt, Detroit Lions January 18, 1932 34 years, 11 months, 23 days
  Eric Mangini, New York Jets January 19, 1971 34 years, 11 months, 28 days
  Mike Shanahan, Los Angeles Raiders August 24, 1952 35 years, 6 months
  Dick Nolan, San Francisco 49ers March 26, 1932 35 years, 10 months