Read a quick bio and recap of the various head coaches the Vikings have had throughout the team's history.
Norm Van Brocklin - Named Vikings Head Coach on January 18, 1961...The former quarterback had retired from the NFL following the 1960 season after 12 professional seasons with the Los Angeles Rams (1949-57) and Philadelphia Eagles (1958-60)...”The Dutchman” led the Eagles to the NFL crown in 1960 and was the League MVP...Set an NFL record with 554 passing yards in the 1951 season opener...Threw for 23,611 yards and 173 TDs in his NFL career and played in 10 Pro Bowls...Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971...Coached 84 games with the Vikings with a 29-51-4 record....Went on to coach the Atlanta Falcons from 1968-73...Born March 15, 1926, in Eagle Butte, SD...Died May 2, 1983...Attended the University of Oregon where he was an All-American.
Bud Grant - Named Vikings Head Coach on March 10, 1967...Came to Minnesota following a successful coaching career in the Canadian Football League with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, leading the team to 4 Grey Cup championships and playing in the game 6 times...Coached the Vikings in 281 total games, retiring after the 1983 season only to be coaxed back to coach the team again in 1985 before retiring for good...Led Vikings to Super Bowl IV, VIII, IX and XI...Won 11 Central Division titles and made 12 appearances in the playoffs...Member of both the CFL and Pro Football Halls of Fame...Born May 20, 1927 in Superior, WI...Resides in Bloomington, MN...An avid outdoorsman who travels the world hunting and fishing.
Les Steckel - Named Vikings Head Coach on January 29, 1984...Coached the Vikings for the 1984 season, finishing 3-13...Served as an offensive assistant with the Vikings for 5 seasons prior to taking over head coaching duties...Came to Minnesota in 1979 after working on the San Francisco 49ers staff...Was the youngest Head Coach in the NFL in 1984 at age 38...Born July 1, 1946, in Whitehall, PA...Began his playing career at Kansas as a walk-on, playing 4 seasons for the Jayhawks as a running back...Worked for Senator Robert Kennedy’s campaign as a volunteer following his 1968 graduation...Joined the Marine Corps and served as an infantry Lieutenant, seeing combat in Vietnam...Left the service in 1972 and began his coaching career at Colorado, working with the Buffaloes from 1972-76, the US Naval Academy in 1977 and the 49ers in 1978.
Jerry Burns - Named Vikings Head Coach on January 7, 1986...Served as Vikings offensive coordinator from 1968-85, guiding the team to 4 Super Bowl berths and 11 Central Division titles...Served as Vikings Head Coach 6 seasons, 1986-91...Coached the team in 101 total games, going 52-43 in the regular season and 3-3 in the playoffs...Led the Vikings to the NFC Championship game in 1987, earning upset wins at New Orleans and San Francisco along the way before falling to the Redskins 17-10 in Washington...Won the NFC Central in 1989...Coached in 6 Super Bowls, 4 as Vikings offensive coordinator and 2 as the Green Bay Packers’ defensive backs coach in Super Bowls I and II...Played QB for Michigan on the 1950 Rose Bowl team...Began his coaching career in 1951 at University of Hawaii...Head Coach at the University of Iowa from 1961-65...Born January 24, 1927...Resides in Eden Prairie, MN.
Dennis Green - Named Vikings Head Coach on January 10, 1992...Came to Minnesota after reviving the Stanford University football program, serving as Head Coach from 1989-91, the only Vikings Head Coach to come directly from the college ranks...Coached 171 total games in 10 seasons with the Vikings, leading the team to 4 Central Division titles and the NFC Championship game twice...Vikings made the playoffs 8 of Green’s 10 seasons and the 1998 club set the NFL single-season scoring record at 556 points, averaging 34.8 points per game...An advocate of community involvement, Green initiated Community Tuesdays, which had players active in the Twin Cities on their day off, a concept that spread to the entire National Football League...Born February 17, 1949 in Harrisburg, PA...Named NFL Coach of the Year in 1992 by the Washington Touchdown Club and in 1998 by Sports Illustrated and the Maxwell Club.
Mike Tice - Named Vikings Head Coach on January 10, 2002 after serving as the team’s coach for the final regular season game of the 2001 season...Became the 1st Vikings player to go on and serve as Head Coach...Enjoyed a 14-year NFL playing career as a TE, including 1992-93, ‘95 with the Vikings...Played in 177 career games with Seattle, Washington and Minnesota...Originally signed by Seattle as a rookie free agent QB in 1981...Born February 2, 1959, in Bayshore, NY...Began coaching career with Minnesota Vikings as TE coach in 1996...Coached offensive line from 1997-2001 and added title of Assistant Head Coach in 2001.
Brad Childress - Named Vikings Head Coach on January 6, 2006...Led Vikings to consecutive NFC North titles in 2008-09...Won first game with Vikings over Washington on Monday Night Football...Joined the Vikings after 7 seasons with Philadelphia, working from 2002-05 as the Eagles’ offensive coordinator...Helped guide Eagles to Super Bowl XXXIX...Coached at University of Wisconsin from 1991-98...Got first taste of NFL coaching with Indianapolis Colts in 1985...Started coaching career at University of Illinois from 1978-84...Born June 27, 1956 and raised in Aurora, IL.
Leslie Frazier - Named Vikings Head Coach on January 3, 2011 after serving as Interim Head Coach for final 6 games of 2010 season, going 3-3...Currently 16-22 as Head Coach in the regular season...Made his 1st playoff appearance as a head coach in 2012 after going 10-6... Led the team to the biggest single-season turnaround in team history and finished tied for 3rd in Coach of the Year voting...Won 1st game as interim coach at Washington (11/28/10)...Spent 2007-10 as Vikings Defensive Coordinator... The 1st Vikings Head Coach to come from a defensive background...Played for Divison rival Chicago from 1981-86, starting at CB on Bears Super Bowl XX championship team...Joined Bears as a rookie free agent in 1981 from Alcorn State...Entered NFL as assistant coach with Philadelphia in 1999...Began coaching career in 1988 at tiny Trinity College in suburban Chicago, starting the football program from the ground up as the 1st coach in program history...Part of Super Bowl winner with Chicago as a player and Indianapolis as an assistant coach...Born 4/3/59 in Columbus, MS.
Mike Zimmer - Named Vikings Head Coach on January 15, 2014...Went 18-14, including an 11-5 record at TCF Bank Stadium, in his first two seasons as a head coach... A 22-year NFL coaching veteran, had served as a defensive coordinator for the previous 14 seasons for Cincinnati (2008-13), Atlanta (2007) and Dallas (2000-06)...Has been a part of 12 playoff teams in his NFL tenure and teams that have won 8 Division titles...Coached the Cowboys DBs when the team won Super Bowl XXX over Pittsburgh after the 1995 season...His Bengals defenses since 2008 ranked in the NFL’s top 10 in total defense 4 times, climbing to #3 in 2013...Had a top 7 defense 4 of the past 5 seasons with Cincinnati...Before moving to the NFL ranks, spent 15 seasons coaching at the collegiate level where he spent his final 5 seasons in the college ranks as defensive coordinator at Washington State from 1989-93...Was at Weber State from 1981-88 serving as defensive coordinator from 1983-88...Entered the coaching profession at Missouri where he served as an assistant from 1979-80...Played QB and then later LB at Illinois State...Has 3 children, son Adam and daughters Corri and Marki. Adam serves as the Vikings LBs coach. Wife, Vikki, passed in 2009...Born June 5, 1956 in Peoria, IL.