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Dave Shula

Dave Shula
Personal information
Date of birth (1959-05-28) May 28, 1959 (age 56)
Place of birth Lexington, Kentucky
Alma mater Dartmouth College
Head coaching record
Career record 19–52 (.268)
Team(s) as a player
1981 Baltimore Colts
Position(s) Wide receiver
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1982–1984 Miami Dolphins (WR)
1985–1987 Miami Dolphins (QB/WR)
1988 Miami Dolphins (QB)
1989–1990 Dallas Cowboys (OC/QB)
1991 Cincinnati Bengals (WR)
1992–1996 Cincinnati Bengals (Head Coach)

David Donald Shula (born May 28, 1959) is a former American football player and coach. The son of famed National Football League coach Don Shula and brother of Mike Shula, he now works with his father in the family's restaurant business, Shula's Steak Houses.


The Shula family moved to Detroit in 1960 and Baltimore in 1963, following Don Shula's career in the NFL. The family settled in Miami Lakes, Florida in 1970, where Dave Shula was a high school football and baseball player at Hollywood Chaminade High School.

NFL career

Shula's career as an NFL player was a brief one-season appearance as a wide receiver and kickoff returner with the Baltimore Colts in 1981. He began his coaching career with the Miami Dolphins in 1982, under his father as head coach. In 1989, Shula was hired by Jimmy Johnson to be his offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, a position he held for two seasons. Shula was demoted from that position after the 1990 season, and soon thereafter left the Cowboys to take an assistant coaching position with the Cincinnati Bengals in 1991.

In 1992, Shula was named head coach of the Bengals. At age 32, he was one of the youngest men to achieve such a position with an NFL team. The younger Shula faced off against his father twice, dubbed Shula Bowl I and Shula Bowl II by the media, the first father and son head coaches to face each other in NFL history. Don's Dolphins beat Dave's Bengals in both games, 23-7 in 1994 and 26-23 in 1995. Both games were played in Cincinnati. The younger Shula's stint with the Bengals was unsuccessful and the team was dismal during the 1990s. The team compiled a 19–52 record over Shula's four and a half years at the helm. He was fired after starting the 1996 season 1-6. Shula lost 50 games faster than any NFL coach in history (71 games).

Business career

After leaving football, Shula joined the family steakhouse business[citation needed] in 1997 and has helped expand the franchise internationally. He is an amateur golfer, tennis player and marathon runner.[citation needed]

Head coaching record


Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
CIN 1992 5 11 0 .313 4th in AFC Central
CIN 1993 3 13 0 .188 4th in AFC Central
CIN 1994 3 13 0 .188 3rd in AFC Central
CIN 1995 7 9 0 .438 3rd in AFC Central
CIN 1996 1 6 0 .143 3rd in AFC Central Fired midseason
CIN Total 19 52 0 .268
Total 19 52 0 .268


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Preceded by
Miami Dolphins Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Gary Stevens