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Dan Quinn (American football)

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Quinn in 2015
Atlanta Falcons
Position: Head coach
Personal information
Date of birth: (1970-09-11) September 11, 1970 (age 45)
Place of birth: Morristown, New Jersey
Career information
High school: Morristown (NJ)
College: Salisbury State
Career history
As coach:

Daniel Patrick "Dan" Quinn (born September 11, 1970) is an American football coach. He currently is the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL.

Early life and playing career

Quinn played high school football at Morristown High School in Morristown, New Jersey.[1] He attended Salisbury State University (now Salisbury University), an NCAA Division III school, and played on its football team as a defensive lineman from 1990 to 1993. He was a four-year starter in football and track and field and was named All Mason-Dixon in 1994 for his record breaking hammer throw (168.8 feet) while representing Salisbury State in the NCAA track championships that year as well. Dan was a two-time football team captain and captained the track and field team in 1994. After the 1993 football season, Quinn was co-awarded the prestigious Bobby Richards award. Quinn was inducted in the Salisbury University athletics Hall of Fame in 2005.

Coaching career

Quinn began his collegiate coaching career at William & Mary in 1994 and at Virginia Military Institute in 1995, working with their defensive lines.

In professional football, Quinn spent six years coaching the defensive lines, for the San Francisco 49ers (2003–2004), the Miami Dolphins (2005–2006) and the New York Jets (2007–08). He began his NFL coaching career in San Francisco as their defensive quality control coach in 2001 before moving to the defensive line. Quinn joined the Seattle Seahawks on January 12, 2009, but also served as the defensive coordinator for the Florida Gators during the 2011 and 2012 seasons, before returning to the Seahawks on January 17, 2013, to replace Gus Bradley, who became the Jacksonville Jaguars head coach.

In Quinn's first season as defensive coordinator, the Seahawks led the league in fewest points allowed, fewest yards allowed and takeaways with 231, 4,378 and 39, respectively, to become the first team since the 1985 Chicago Bears to accomplish the feat; the Seahawks went on to win Super Bowl XLVIII.[2]

On February 2, 2015, Quinn reached an agreement to become the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons.[3]

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
ATL 2015 0 0 0 .000 NFC South
ATL Total 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 .000


  1. ^ Bonasera, Paul. "Quinn coaching winners on the field and off in Morris Twp.", Daily Record (Morristown), December 10, 2008. Accessed February 27, 2013. "Dan, the youngest of six children, was captain of the Morristown High School football team."
  2. ^ Mayer, Larry (February 4, 2014). "Comparing Seahawks to '85 Bears". Chicago Bears. Retrieved February 5, 2014. 
  3. ^ Mcclure, Vaughn (February 2, 2015). "Falcons to introduce Dan Quinn". ESPN. Retrieved February 2, 2015. 

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Preceded by
Gus Bradley
Seattle Seahawks Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Kris Richard