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Ernie Hefferle
Title Head coach
College Boston College
Sport Football
Career highlights
Overall 7-12-1
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
Coaching career (HC unless noted)

Pittsburgh (AC)
Washington Redskins (AC)
Boston College
Pittsburgh (AC)
Pittsburgh Steelers (AC)
Pittsburgh (AC)
New Orleans Saints (personnel director)
New Orleans Saints

Ernie Hefferle is a former head football coach for Boston College and the New Orleans Saints. A former football star at Duquesne University, he served as a high school coach in South Huntingdon, Pennsylvania and Tarentum, Pennsylvania from 1947-1950. From 1950-1958 he was assistant coach at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1959, he was an assistant under Mike Nixon with the Washington Redskins. He was head coach of the Boston College Eagles from 1960-1961, where he had a 7-12-1 record. On December 21, 1961 he resigned his position as head coach. From 1962-1964 and from 1966-1971, he was again and assistant at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1965, he served under former boss Mike Nixon on the Pittsburgh Steelers coaching staff. In 1975 Hefferle, then the Saints' director of pro personnel was hired as interim head after the firing of John North. He had a record 1-7 in his one half season as the Saints interim head coach.

Head Coaching Record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Coaches# AP°
1960 Boston College 3-6-1
1961 Boston College 4-6-0
Total: 7-12-1
Indicates BCS bowl game. #Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
Preceded by
Mike Holovak
Boston College Eagles Head Coach
Succeeded by
Jim Miller
Preceded by
John North
New Orleans Saints Head Coach
Succeeded by
Hank Stram


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