The New York Giants won Super bowl XLVI, defeating the New England Patriots 21-17. And no matter who you were rooting for, it was another great day for the Baby Boomer generation. Boomers’ everywhere should be proud, because the field general of this athletically talented group of Millennials is one of us, Tom Coughlin.
Tom Coughlin born August 31, 1946 is 65 years old; the oldest head coach to win a Super Bowl.
This was the second Super Bowl win with Baby Boomer Tom Coughlin as the New York Giants’ head coach. The Giants won the Super Bowl 4 years ago in 2008, when they defeated the previously-undefeated and heavily favored New England Patriots 17-14 (The Patriots, by the way, is coached by another highly successful boomer, Bill Belichick born April 16, 1952).
The success of Tom Coughlin as the coach of the New York Giants, and the rocky road to this success should be a case study in the importance of these seemingly ageless baby boomers’ leadership and the immense value of the experience they bring to the table when an organization is seeking success.
Coughlin had solid credentials and an impressive resume in his profession before taking the job as the 16th head coach of the New York Giants. He began his coaching career 43 years ago in 1969 at Syracuse, his alma mater. Soon after, he turned around a troubled Boston College program and they became a top -20 team.
Three years post Boston College Coughlin began compiling his significant NFL milestone achievements; he performed coaching miracles with the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars, coaching them to the most successful expansion team in NFL history and AFC Championship game appearances twice, and four postseason berths in the franchise’s first five seasons.
Shortly after Coughlin was hired to coach the Giants’ on January 6, 2004, with his sight set on winning, he began to implement much needed discipline to a group of young men with the reputation as skilled and capable of winning, but lacking in discipline and commitment to do so. The year prior to his arrival, the Giants won only four games. But in spite of Coughlin’s successful track record and these Giants lack thereof, a player revolt and much talk ensued(mostly from the players) in the papers about Coughlin being too old, and too out of touch to relate to today’s players.
Two Super Bowl wins later, this Baby Boomer and his priceless experience at his job and as a leader of young persons, provides another example and further proof of a winning formula for success.
With this success at 65 years of age, is Coach Coughlin planning to retire? No way. He’s too young to retire. Obviously, Giants’ ownership will have a say in this, but still going early Monday morning at a news conference, boomer Tom Coughlin made it very clear that he has every intention of returning to his job next year coaching the New York Giants.
Written by Kenneth Coe