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Chan Gailey
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Date of birth January 5, 1952 (1952-01-05) (age 58)
Place of birth Gainesville, Georgia
Position(s) Offensive Coordinator
College Florida
Regular season 18–14–0
Postseason 0–2–0
Career record 18–16–0 (NFL)
64–40–0 (NCAA)
1984 NCAA Division II National Champion
Coaching stats Pro Football Reference
Coaching stats DatabaseFootball
Team(s) as a player
1971–1973 University of Florida
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
















(Graduate Assistant)
Troy State
(Defensive Backfield Coach)
Air Force
(Defensive Backfield Coach)
Air Force
(Defensive Coordinator)
Troy State
(Head Coach)
Denver Broncos
(Special Teams/Tight Ends)
Denver Broncos
(Tight Ends/Receivers)
Denver Broncos
(Quarterbacks Coach)
Denver Broncos
(Offensive Coordinator)
(Receivers Coach)
Birmingham Fire
(Head Coach)
(Head Coach)
Pittsburgh Steelers
(Wide Receivers Coach)
Pittsburgh Steelers
(Offensive Coordinator)
Dallas Cowboys
(Head Coach)
Miami Dolphins
(Offensive Coordinator)
Georgia Tech
(Head Coach)
Kansas City Chiefs
(Offensive Coordinator)

Thomas Chandler Gailey, Jr. (born January 5, 1952, in Gainesville, Georgia) is an American football coach who last served as offensive coordinator for the National Football League's Kansas City Chiefs. He was formerly head coach of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team and the Dallas Cowboys.

Gailey had previously served as offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins in 2000–01 when the Dolphins posted consecutive 11–5 records. He was on the Pittsburgh Steelers staff from 1994-97 when the Steelers won four straight AFC Central titles and played in one Super Bowl (XXX). He was offensive coordinator in 1997 when Pittsburgh ranked sixth in the NFL in total offense and seventh in scoring.[1] Gailey served as the offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008 and three games of the 2009 pre-season before he was relieved of duties by Chiefs head coach Todd Haley.


High school years

Gailey attended Americus High School in Americus, Georgia and was a student, an Eagle Scout, and a letterman in football, basketball, baseball, and golf. In football, he was an All-State selection as a quarterback. Gailey graduated in 1970.

College years

Gailey attended the University of Florida, and was a student and a three-year letterman for the Gators as a quarterback. In 1974, Chan Gailey graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education.

Coaching career


Troy State, Air Force, Troy

Gailey stayed with Florida as a graduate assistant for two years before taking his first actual coaching job as the secondary coach for Troy State University in Alabama. After two seasons there, he spent four seasons with the Air Force Academy, including two as defensive coordinator under head coach Ken Hatfield.[2] In 1983, he took over the head coaching duties at Troy, where he led the Trojans to a 12-1 record in 1984 en route to the Division II championship.[3]

Professional Leagues (1984-1992, 1994-2001)

Gailey moved to the National Football League the next year, when the Denver Broncos signed him as a defensive assistant and special teams coach. The team made three Super Bowl appearances during his six-year tenure. In 1991, Gailey left the NFL to become the head coach of the Birmingham Fire of the World League of American Football, where the team made the playoffs in both years that he was coach.

After a one-year stint as head coach at Samford University, he returned to the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers. After starting off as coach for the wide receivers, then moved up to offensive coordinator for the 1996 and 1997 NFL seasons. The Steelers won their division all four years, and made one Super Bowl appearance.

In 1998, Gailey was hired to take over a struggling Dallas Cowboys squad, one that had faltered under Barry Switzer during his last year. Gailey's Cowboys won the NFC East in 1998, and made the playoffs under his two years at the reins, although they failed to win a playoff game. Gailey is the only Cowboys coach to make the playoffs every season with his team.

Gailey returned to the offensive coordinator role, this time with the Miami Dolphins for the 2000 and 2001 seasons.[4]

Georgia Tech

Gailey was hired by the Yellow Jackets in 2002 to replace George O'Leary who left to become Head Coach at the University of Notre Dame, and was fired in 2007.[5] In his first five years at Georgia Tech, he had compiled a 37-27 record. Georgia Tech went to bowl games each year under Gailey, and won two: the 2003 Humanitarian Bowl (a 52-10 win over the University of Tulsa), and the 2004 Champs Sports Bowl (a 51-14 victory over Syracuse University). Gailey compiled six winning seasons in six years at the helm. However, he never defeated Tech's biggest rival, the University of Georgia, never won the ACC, never went to a BCS bowl, never won more than 9 games, and never finished in the top 25. The 2006 season was his most successful at Georgia Tech winning the ACC Coastal Division, but losing his last 3 games to rival UGA, Wake Forest in the ACC championship game and West Virginia in the Gator Bowl.[6]

Gailey's name was mentioned for both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins head coaching jobs following the 2006 season, two teams for which he was offensive coordinator.[7] Gailey got neither job. On January 19, 2007 Gailey announced he would return to Georgia Tech.[8]

After a 7-5 2007 regular season and losing for the sixth straight year to the Georgia Bulldogs football team, it was announced on November 26, 2007 that Gailey had been dismissed and his $1 million/year contract bought out.[9][10][11][12]

Professional Leagues (2008-present)

Gailey was hired on January 16, 2008 to become the offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs. Gailey inherited a Chiefs offense that ranked at the bottom of the league in almost every category the previous season.[13] He was demoted after three pre-season games in 2009 and relieved of playcalling duties by head coach Todd Haley.[14]

Head coaching records

College career

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Coaches# AP°
Troy Trojans (Gulf South Conference (NCAA Division II)) (1983–1984)
1983 Troy 7-4 4-3 N/A N/A N/A
1984 Troy 12-1 6-1 1 N/A N/A N/A
Troy: 19-5 10-4
Samford University Bulldogs (NCAA Division I-AA Independent) (1993–1993)
1993 Samford 5-6 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Samford: 5-6
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2002–2007)
2002 Georgia Tech 7-6 4-4 5 (tied) L Silicon Valley Classic
2003 Georgia Tech 7-6 4-4 4 (tied) W Humanitarian Bowl
2004 Georgia Tech 7-5 4-4 6 (tied) W Champs Sports Bowl
2005 Georgia Tech 7-5 5-3 3 (Coastal) L Emerald Bowl
2006 Georgia Tech 9-5 7-1 1 (Coastal) L Gator Bowl
2007 Georgia Tech 7-6 4-4 3 (Coastal) L Humanitarian Bowl
Georgia Tech: 44-32 28-20
Total: 67-41
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

National Football League

Record with Dallas Cowboys

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties

Season W L T Finish Playoff results
1998 10 6 0 1st NFC East Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Cardinals)
1999 8 8 0 2nd NFC East Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Vikings)
Totals 18 16 0 (including playoffs)

World League of American Football

Record with Birmingham Fire

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties

Season W L T Finish Playoff results
1991 5 5 0 1st North American West Lost Semifinals (Dragons)
1992 7 2 1 2nd North American West Lost Semifinals (Thunder)
Totals 12 9 1 (including playoffs)


  1. ^ Associated Press. Former Cowboys head coach hopes to revive Chiefs' sputtering offense, 16 January 2008.
  2. ^ Van Brimmer, Adam (2007-10-18). "Army life different, say Tech coaches". The Telegraph ( Retrieved 2007-10-23.  
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Winning Style". Tech Topics (Georgia Tech Alumni Association). Spring 2002. Retrieved 2007-09-17.  
  5. ^ Clarke, Michael (2005-11-18). "Gailey signs new five-year contract, will coach through 2010 campaign". The Technique. Retrieved 2007-05-16.  
  6. ^ Associated Press (2006-12-02). "Skinner, Swank lift Wake to ACC title; next stop: Orange Bowl". ESPN ( Retrieved 2007-09-17.  
  7. ^ "Miami interviews Gailey". The Technique. 2007-01-19. Retrieved 2007-03-22.  
  8. ^ "Gailey to Remain at Tech". Georgia Tech Athletic Association. 2007-01-19. Retrieved 2007-03-22.  
  9. ^ Knobler, Mike (2007-11-26). "Georgia Tech fires Gailey after six seasons". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2007-11-26.  
  10. ^ "Sources: Gailey fired at Tech after six seasons". ESPN ( 2007-11-26. Retrieved 2007-11-26.  
  11. ^ Knobler, Mike (2007-11-26). "Tech owes Gailey $4 million". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2007-11-26.  
  12. ^ "Gailey Relieved Of Duties As Georgia Tech Head Coach". (Georgia Tech Athletic Association). 2007-11-26. Retrieved 2007-11-26.  
  13. ^ . Retrieved 2009-08-31.  
  14. ^ Clayton, John (2009-08-31). "Gailey no longer running Chiefs offense". Retrieved 2009-08-31.  

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mike Shanahan
Denver Broncos Offensive Coordinators
Succeeded by
Mike Shanahan
Preceded by
Ron Erhardt
Pittsburgh Steelers Offensive Coordinators
Succeeded by
Ray Sherman
Preceded by
Barry Switzer
Dallas Cowboys Head Coaches
Succeeded by
Dave Campo
Preceded by
Kippy Brown
Miami Dolphins Offensive Coordinators
Succeeded by
Norv Turner
Preceded by
Mac McWhorter
Georgia Tech Head Coaches
Succeeded by
Paul Johnson
Preceded by
Mike Solari
Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Coordinators
Succeeded by
Charlie Weis


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