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John Fox
John Fox at Pearl Harbor 2-9-06 060209-N-4965F-006.jpg
Fox in February 2006
Date of birth February 8, 1955 (1955-02-08) (age 54)
Place of birth Virginia Beach, Virginia
College San Diego State
Career record 63-49-0 (Regular Season)
5-3 (Postseason)
68-52-0 (Overall)
2003 NFC Championship
Playing stats DatabaseFootball
Coaching stats Pro Football Reference
Team(s) as a coach/administrator













San Diego State University
(graduate assistant)
Boise State University
(defensive backs coach)
Long Beach State University
(defensive backs coach)
University of Utah
(defensive backs coach)
University of Kansas
(defensive backs coach)
Iowa State University
(defensive backs coach)
Los Angeles Express
(defensive backs coach)
University of Pittsburgh
(defensive coordinator & defensive backs coach)
Pittsburgh Steelers
(defensive backs coach)
San Diego Chargers
(defensive backs coach)
Los Angeles Raiders
(defensive coordinator)
St. Louis Rams
(personnel consultant)
New York Giants
(defensive coordinator)
Carolina Panthers
(head coach)

John Fox (born February 8, 1955) is the third and current head coach of the Carolina Panthers of the NFL.


Playing career

John Fox played football at Castle Park High School under local celebrated coaches Gil Warren and Reldon "Bing" Dawson and Southwestern College (California) in Chula Vista from 1974-1975 before going to San Diego State, where he played defensive back with future NFL player & head coach Herman Edwards. Fox received a bachelor’s degree in physical education and earned teaching credentials from San Diego State.

Early Coaching Career

In 1983, John Fox was a member of Mike Gottfried's University of Kansas staff, as the secondary coach. While there he roamed the sidelines of the oldest standing stadium west of the Mississippi River. He coached at the school that produced such legends as John Hadl, John Riggins, and Gale Sayers.


Fox began his first professional football coaching stint in the short-lived United States Football League with the Los Angeles Express.


He entered the NFL in 1989 as the secondary coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, later also holding this job with the San Diego Chargers. Fox was the defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Raiders and later that of the New York Giants during Super Bowl XXXV, which they lost.

Carolina Panthers

In 2002 Fox was signed as the third head coach of the Panthers, whose previous coach George Seifert had led the team to a disastrous 1-15 record in 2001. Fox's first regular season game was a 10-7 victory over the Baltimore Ravens which ended the Panthers' 15-game losing streak dating to the previous season. Fox and the Panthers posted a 7-9 record for the 2002 season (his first with the team), demonstrating a drastic improvement over the previous season.

In the 2003 season Fox led the Panthers to Super Bowl XXXVIII, losing 32-29 to the New England Patriots on a last-minute field goal by Adam Vinatieri. In taking the Panthers to the Super Bowl, Fox joined Vince Lombardi as the only coaches to inherit a team that had won only one game in the season immediately prior to their hiring, and then took that team to the Super Bowl. John Fox took the Carolina Panthers to the NFC Championship game in the 2005 season, but they were defeated by the Seattle Seahawks.

The 2006 season was disappointing for Fox and the Panthers, as a team that had Super Bowl aspirations fell out of the playoffs.

The 2007 season saw the team finish with a record of 7-9, before finishing with a 12-4 record in the 2008 season, again heading to the playoffs in which they were routed by the Arizona Cardinals.

Personal life

John Fox was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia and raised in San Diego, California after moving there at age 15. His father Ron was a US Navy SEAL. Fox is married to Robin Fox. They have three sons: Matthew, Mark and Cody, and a daughter, Halle. Fox is an active community leader in the Carolinas. He and his wife Robin co-chair the annual Angels & Stars Gala benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.[1]

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
CAR 2002 7 9 0 .438 4th in NFC South - - - -
CAR 2003 11 5 0 .688 1st in NFC South 3 1 .750 Lost to New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVIII.
CAR 2004 7 9 0 .438 3rd in NFC South - - - -
CAR 2005 11 5 0 .688 2nd in NFC South 2 1 .667 Lost to Seattle Seahawks in NFC Championship Game.
CAR 2006 8 8 0 .500 2nd in NFC South - - - -
CAR 2007 7 9 0 .438 2nd in NFC South - - - -
CAR 2008 12 4 0 .750 1st in NFC South 0 1 .000 Lost to Arizona Cardinals in NFC Divisonal Game.
CAR 2009 8 8 0 .500 3rd in NFC South - - - -
Total[2] 71 57 0 .554 5 3 .625 -

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom John Fox has served:

Assistant coaches under John Fox whom became NFL head coaches:


Preceded by
Mike Nolan
New York Giants Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Johnnie Lynn
Preceded by
George Seifert
Carolina Panthers Head Coaches
Succeeded by
Current Coach


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