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Gary Moeller
Title Head coach
Sport Football
Born January 26, 1941 (1941-01-26) (age 69)
Place of birth Lima, Ohio
Career highlights
Overall 50–37–6
Bowls 4–1
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
3 Big Ten (1990–1992)
2x Big Ten Coach of the Year (1991–1992)
Playing career
1961–1963 Ohio State
Position Linebacker / Center
Coaching career (HC unless noted)












Miami University
Defensive ends
Defensive coordinator
Head coach
Defensive coordinator
Offensive coordinator
Head coach
Cincinnati Bengals
Tight ends
Detroit Lions
Assistant Head coach
Detroit Lions
Head coach
Jacksonville Jaguars
Defensive coordinator
Chicago Bears

Gary O. Moeller (born January 26, 1941(1941-01-26) in Lima, Ohio) is an American football coach best known for being head coach at the University of Michigan from 1990 to 1994. During his five seasons at Michigan, he won 44 games, lost 13 and tied 3 for a winning percentage of .758. In Big Ten Conference play, his teams won 30 games, lost 8 and tied 2 for a winning percentage of .775, and won or shared conference titles in 1990, 1991 and 1992.[1]

Moeller resigned in May 1995 after tapes were released of his alleged drunken outburst following an arrest on a charge of disorderly conduct at the now-defunct Excalibur restaurant in Southfield, Michigan on April 28.[2][3][4] He was succeeded by Lloyd Carr, who had assisted him at both Illinois and Michigan. Both Moeller and Carr served under UM coach Bo Schembechler from 1980 to 1989.



Moeller was a three-year letterwinner at Ohio State University, playing primarily at linebacker. He served as team co-captain in his senior year, along with offensive tackle Bob Vogel.

After graduation in 1963, Moeller coached in the high school levels for several years before joining Bo Schembechler at Miami University. He moved with Schembechler to Michigan in 1969, where he served as defensive ends coach until 1973, when he was promoted to defensive coordinator.

Moeller was head coach of the University of Illinois from 1977 to 1979. He rejoined the Wolverines as quarterbacks coach for a season in 1981. Moeller has the rare distinction of serving as both an offensive (1987–1990) and defensive (1974–1976, 1982–1987) coordinator during his time at Michigan. He coached the Wolverines to a victory over Alabama in the 1988 Hall of Fame Bowl, while Schembechler recovered from heart surgery. Individual Michigan players to win national honors under Moeller include Desmond Howard, winner of the Heisman Trophy and other awards in 1991. Erick Anderson won the Dick Butkus Award in 1991.

After Michigan, Moeller was hired in June 1995 by the Cincinnati Bengals as tight ends coach under head coach David Shula and spent two seasons there. In 1997, he joined the Detroit Lions as the assistant head coach and linebackers coach under new head coach Bobby Ross. In 2000, Moeller was named head coach following Ross's sudden resignation nine games into the season.[5] He was given a contract for the remainder of the season and two additional years by owner William Clay Ford, Sr., a move that seemingly guaranteed a future with the team. After the team narrowly missed the playoffs (losing their final game on a last-second 54 yard field goal), ownership endorsed Moeller as the Lions head coach for the foreseeable future. However, he was eventually fired by new team president Matt Millen in early 2001 and replaced by Marty Mornhinweg.[6] Moeller finished with a 4–3 record as head coach, making him the only Lions head coach in the past 30 years to post a winning record during his tenure.

In 2001, Moeller joined the Jacksonville Jaguars as defensive coordinator under head coach Tom Coughlin.[7] He voluntarily stepped down from that position after one season, signing a three-year contract with the Chicago Bears as linebackers coach under head coach Dick Jauron.[8] He served in that role for two seasons, leaving when Jauron was fired after the 2003 season.

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Coaches# AP°
Illinois Fighting Illini (Big Ten Conference) (1977–1979)
1977 Illinois 3–8 2–6 9th
1978 Illinois 1–8–2 0–6–2 9th
1979 Illinois 2–8–1 1–6–1 9th
Illinois: 6–24–3 3–18–3
Michigan Wolverines (Big Ten Conference) (1990–1994)
1990 Michigan 9–3 6–2 T–1st W Gator 8 7
1991 Michigan 10–2 8–0 1st L Rose 6 6
1992 Michigan 9–0–3 6–0–2 1st W Rose 5 5
1993 Michigan 8–4 5–3 T–4th W Hall of Fame 19 21
1994 Michigan 8–4 5–3 3rd W Holiday 12 12
Michigan: 44–13–3 30–8–2
Total: 50–37–6
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
DET 2000 4 3 0 .571 3rd in NFC Central 0 0 .000
Lions' Total 4 3 0 .571 0 0 .000 -
Total 4 3 0 .571 0 0 .000 -


  1. ^ Biography at University of Michigan Athletics History. Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan. Retrieved on 2009-07-14.
  2. ^ Cain, Charlie. "Reports Detail Moeller's Confrontation With Police." Detroit News, in Seattle Times, May 3, 1995. Retrieved on 2009-07-14.
  3. ^ "Moeller resigns; Carr will be named interim coach; Players voice respect for Moeller." The University Record (University of Michigan), May 8, 1995. Retrieved on 2009-07-14.
  4. ^ "Document Indicates Coach Was Forced Out Of Program." Detroit News, in Seattle Times, July 6, 1995. Retrieved on 2009-07-14.
  5. ^ Pennington, Bill. "Giants to Face Lions, And a Persistent Moeller." New York Times, November 18, 2000. Retrieved on 2009-07-14.
  6. ^ "Mornhinweg Hired To Coach the Lions." New York Times, January 25, 2001. Retrieved on 2009-07-14.
  7. ^ "New Jobs for Moeller And Cunningham." New York Times, February 7, 2001. Retrieved on 2009-07-14.
  8. ^ Mullin, John. "Bears hire Gary Moeller as linebackers coach." Chicago Tribune, February 22, 2002.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bob Blackman
University of Illinois Football Head Coach
Succeeded by
Mike White
Preceded by
Bo Schembechler
University of Michigan Head Football Coach
Succeeded by
Lloyd Carr

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