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Charlie Weis
Weis in May 2008
Date of birth March 30, 1956 (1956-03-30) (age 53)
Place of birth Trenton, New Jersey, USA
Position(s) Offensive coordinator
Career record 34–25 (College Regular Season)
1–2 (College Bowl games)
35–27–0 (College Overall)
Team(s) as a coach/administrator








New York Giants
(offensive assistant)
New York Giants
(running backs coach)
New England Patriots
(tight ends coach)
New England Patriots
(running backs coach)
New England Patriots
(wide receivers coach)
New York Jets
(offensive coordinator)
New England Patriots
(offensive coordinator)
University of Notre Dame
(Head coach)
Kansas City Chiefs
(offensive coordinator)

Charles "Chubby" Weis (born March 30, 1956 in Trenton, New Jersey) is an American football coach. He currently serves as offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs. For five years, from December of 2004 through 2009, he was the head football coach at the University of Notre Dame. From 1997 to 2004, he was an NFL offensive coordinator for the New York Jets, and later for the New England Patriots.


Coaching career

After graduating from Notre Dame in 1978, Weis began his coaching career in 1979 at Boonton High School in New Jersey. He spent the next five seasons at Morristown High School in New Jersey as a football assistant.[1] In 1985, he was hired by head coach Joe Morrison at the University of South Carolina, where he served four seasons on the Gamecock staff before returning to New Jersey as the head coach at Franklin High School in 1989. That year, he directed Franklin Township to the New Jersey state championship while also assisting in the New York Giants' pro personnel department.


Assistant to Bill Parcells

Weis launched his professional coaching career in 1990 when he was named offensive assistant and assistant special teams coach under Giants head coach Bill Parcells. The Giants went on to win Super Bowl XXV at the end of that season, beating the Buffalo Bills by a score of 20–19. After Ray Handley took over as head coach in 1991, Weis stayed on as the running back coach for two seasons, then began a four-year stint with the New England Patriots. For the first two years, Weis served as the tight end coach (1993–94).

In New York, Weis served his first year as the wide receiver coach (1997). In 1997, Weis became the offensive coordinator of the Jets, in addition to duties as the primary receivers coach. In his second year as offensive coordinator, the New York Jets finished fourth in the National Football League in offense. Weis served as the team's offensive coordinator from 1997 to 1999.

Patriots offensive coordinator

Weis returned to New England Patriots following Parcells' announced retirement after the 1999 season. He served as offensive coordinator under head coach Bill Belichick from 2000 through 2004, installing the Erhardt - Perkins offensive system, and assisting the Patriots in three Super Bowl victories (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX).

Notre Dame head coach

On November 30, 2004, after finishing its football season with a 6–5 record, Notre Dame released head coach Tyrone Willingham.[2] After first choice Urban Meyer accepted the head coaching position at the University of Florida,[3] the university ultimately hired Weis, who was named Notre Dame's 28th head football coach on December 12, 2004. Weis signed a six-year contract worth a reported $2 million per year. He is the first Notre Dame graduate to hold the football head coaching position since Hugh Devore (a 1934 graduate) served as interim coach in 1945 and 1963, and the first alumnus to serve as the Irish football coach on a full-fledged basis since Joe Kuharich (a 1938 Notre Dame graduate), who coached at Notre Dame from 1959 through 1962.[4] He was atypical among NCAA Division I head football coaches, as he did not play football at the college level.


In his first season as head coach of the Fighting Irish, Weis was widely quoted as telling his team that they would have a "decided schematic advantage" against their opponents, apparently in the belief that his schemes and strategies developed in the NFL were superior to the schemes being run by other college coaches.[5] Indeed the team's play, particularly that of junior quarterback Brady Quinn and junior wide receiver Jeff Samardzija, improved greatly. Samardzija, previously a little-used wide receiver, became Quinn's favorite target and a frequent game-breaker, and set school records for most touchdown receptions in a season (15), most receiving yardage in a season (1,249), and most consecutive games with a touchdown reception (8),[6] after having no touchdown receptions in his previous two years at Notre Dame.[7] Notre Dame lost to Michigan State in a dramatic 3 overtime loss. He was quoted as saying that they would never lose to Michigan State on his watch. Weis was 2–3 against the Spartans over his career.

With a record of 9–2, his team finished the regular season ranked sixth in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings, granting them a berth in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Arizona, on January 2, 2006 which they lost to the Ohio State Buckeyes by a score of 34–20.[8] The Irish finished ninth in the final AP Poll and eleventh in the Coaches Poll.[9][10] His team's success on the field helped make Weis winner of the 2005 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, selected by the Football Writers Association of America.[11]

On October 29, 2005, barely halfway through the first year of a six-year contract, and with only a 5–2 record, Weis signed a contract extension with Notre Dame. The new 10-year deal, which began with the 2006 season, and which was to be worth a reported $30–40 million, would keep Weis at Notre Dame through 2015.[12] The extension was particularly controversial because Weis' predecessor, Tyrone Willingham, started 8–0 and finished with a similar 10–3 record his first year, but was never offered an extension by Notre Dame.[13][14]


During the 2006 season, Weis led the Fighting Irish to a 10–2 regular season record, and a second straight BCS berth, this time losing 41–14 in the Sugar Bowl to the LSU Tigers. This loss was the second straight bowl loss under Weis and the ninth straight bowl loss for the Irish.[15] The Irish finished #17 in the final AP poll, and #19 in the final Coaches' Poll.[16][17] While this season could be considered a disappointment based on Notre Dame's #2 pre-season ranking, Weis led the Irish to its second straight season of nine wins or more, something not achieved since the 1992 and 1993 seasons under Lou Holtz.[18] Also for the second straight year Weis put together a top 10 recruiting class,[19] including national player of the year Jimmy Clausen.[20]


In the 2007 season, Notre Dame went 3–9, with their only wins coming against UCLA, Duke and Stanford.[21][22] Their loss to Navy on November 3 snapped an NCAA-record 43-game winning streak over the Midshipmen, dating back to the Heisman Trophy-winning tenure of Roger Staubach at the Naval Academy.[23] The team ranked near the bottom of Division I-FBS in both rushing yards per game and total yards per game.[24][25] Along with being third from last in scoring per game,[26] the team was shut out twice en route to its first nine-loss season ever.[27][28] Weis attributed the team's downfall to his own mistakes, including his failure to use full-speed practices and to develop his players properly, as well as to the graduation of star quarterback Brady Quinn.[29] Despite the poor season, which was Notre Dame's worst ever (by losses), Weis nonetheless managed to recruit one of the top recruiting classes in the country.[30]


In 2008, The Irish started 4–1, but completed the regular season with a 6–6 record, including a 24–23 loss to Syracuse, the first time that Notre Dame had fallen to an eight-loss team. The combined 15 losses from 2007-08 marks the most losses for any two-year span. Despite speculation the university might fire Weis, it was announced shortly after the conclusion of the regular season that he would remain head coach in 2009.[31] Weis's Notre Dame squad ended the season on a positive note, finally breaking the Irish's NCAA record nine-game bowl losing streak by beating Hawai'i 49-21.[32] In the process, Notre Dame scored its highest point total of the season, its highest point total ever in a bowl game, and broke 8 other bowl records.[32] The bowl win also helped Notre Dame to a 7–6 final record, its 102nd winning season in 120 years of football and Weis' third in four years.[32] Notre Dame ended the year with a top 15 recruiting class, including signing the top defensive player in the nation.


The Fighting Irish finished the 2009 regular season with a 6–6 record. A poor record for the season in addition to high preseason expectations for the team, including a preseason top 25 ranking, caused widespread speculation that Notre Dame would fire Weis. [33] Weis was fired on November 30, 2009.[34]

Kansas City Chiefs

Weis was named offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs by head coach Todd Haley (with whom Weis coached for the New York Jets under Bill Parcells) on January 8, 2010.[35]


Charlie Weis signs a football for a young fan at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.

Weis and his wife, Maura, have two children, Charles Joseph and Hannah Margaret. In 2003, Weis and his wife established the Hannah & Friends Foundation, dedicated to children affected by developmental disorders and named after his daughter, who is autistic. In the spring of 2004, the inaugural Hannah & Friends Celebrity Golf Classic was held to benefit the foundation.

Weis told YES Network commentators at the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers MLB game on Friday, July 17, 2009, that his favorite baseball team is the Yankees. He was there to celebrate the announcement of the Notre Dame and Army football game to be played at the new Yankee Stadium in November 2010.[36]

Weis was born in Trenton, New Jersey, and graduated from Middlesex High School in Middlesex, NJ. He has one older sister and three younger brothers, one of whom attended West Point.

Health issues

In 2002, Weis underwent gastric bypass surgery, after which he lost 90 lb (41 kg; 6.4 st) from his top weight of 350 lb (160 kg; 25 st).[37][38] When asked why he underwent surgery, Weis stated he was afraid he would "drop dead" from obesity.[39] Because of complications from the surgery, Weis spent two weeks in a coma and nearly died. Weis was so close to death that he reportedly received the Catholic last rites.[40] Weis later sued the doctors who performed the surgery for malpractice and lost. A major reason cited for the jury's decision is that Weis ignored doctors' advice and pushed to have the operation done quickly, rather than going through a recommended six-week preoperative program.[41]

Playing against Michigan on September 13, 2008, one of Notre Dame's players, John Ryan, ran into Charlie Weis by accident. Weis tore his anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in the process and had to undergo surgery.[42]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Bowl Coaches# AP°
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2005–2009)
2005 Notre Dame 9–3 L Fiesta 11 9
2006 Notre Dame 10–3 L Sugar 20 17
2007 Notre Dame 3–9
2008 Notre Dame 7–6 W Hawaiʻi
2009 Notre Dame 6–6
Notre Dame: 35–27
Total: 35–27
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title
Indicates BCS bowl game. #Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


  • Weis, Charlie & Carucci, Vic (2006), No Excuses: One Man's Incredible Rise Through the NFL to Head Coach of Notre Dame, New York: HarperLargePrint, ISBN 0061233072  


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  21. ^ "Notre Dame takes advantage of UCLA walk-on QB to win first game". 2007-10-06. Retrieved 2007-11-13.  
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  23. ^ "Notre Dame's NCAA-record 43-game win streak over Navy ends". 2007-11-03. Retrieved 2007-11-13.  
  24. ^ "NCAA Division I-A Team Leaders: 2007 (Rushing Offense)". Retrieved 2007-11-13.  
  25. ^ "NCAA Division I-A Team Leaders: 2007 (Total Yards)". Retrieved 2007-11-13.  
  26. ^ "NCAA Division I-A Team Leaders: 2007 (Scoring)". Retrieved 2007-11-13.  
  27. ^ "Michigan has Hart, much more in rout of winless Notre Dame". 2007-09-15. Retrieved 2007-11-13.  
  28. ^ "Sanchez's four touchdowns lead Trojans' rout of Irish". 2007-10-20. Retrieved 2007-11-13.  
  29. ^ "Charlie Weis Press Conference Transcript (Oct. 30)". 2007-10-30. Retrieved 2007-11-13.  
  30. ^ " Team Recruiting Rankings". Retrieved 2007-11-13.  
  31. ^ "Notre Dame keeps Weis, though season ‘fell short’". December 3, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-03.  
  32. ^ a b c "Clausen sets ND records with 401 yards passing, 5 TDs in romp". December 24, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-24.  
  33. ^ "Notre Dame AD Buyout Money not a concern". Chicago Tribune. November 15, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-21.  
  34. ^ "Notre Dame Fighting Irish coach Charlie Weis fired", ESPN, December 1, 2009,  
  35. ^ ,  
  36. ^ Notre Dame/Army to play at Yankee Stadium in 2010, Yahoo! Sports, July 17, 2009
  37. ^ "Weis' malpractice suit over 2002 surgery goes to court",, February 13, 2007,  
  38. ^ "Notre Dame's Weis heading back to court for malpractice suit", ESPN, July 9, 2007,  
  39. ^ "Weis testimony: Afraid I'd 'drop dead' from obesity", Chicago Sun-Times, February 15, 2007,,CST-SPT-swire15.article  .
  40. ^ "Weis can't bypass publicity", Boston Globe, January 24, 2007,  
  41. ^ "Jury finds against Charlie Weis in malpractice lawsuit", USA Today, July 24, 2007,  
  42. ^ "Weis to undergo knee surgery after sideline hit", ESPN, September 13, 2008,  

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tyrone Willingham
Notre Dame Head Coaches
Succeeded by
Brian Kelly
Preceded by
Chan Gailey
Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Coordinators
Succeeded by


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