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List of Carolina Panthers head coaches

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Ron Rivera (left), the fourth and current head coach of the Carolina Panthers, signing autographs with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell

The Carolina Panthers are a professional American football club based in Charlotte, North Carolina. They play in the southern division of the National Football Conference (NFC), one of the two conferences of the National Football League (NFL). Since the team began play in 1995, there have been four head coaches.[1] In the NFL, head coaches are responsible for managing the team and setting the game plan; play-calling duties are either made by the head coach or delegated by him to an assistant coach.[2]

The team's first head coach, Dom Capers, lead the team for its first four seasons, recording a regular-season record of 30–34 (.469 winning percentage).[1] in 1996.[3] Capers was named coach of the year by Pro Football Weekly/PFWA in 1995 and 1996; he was also awarded coach of the year by several other organizations in 1996, including the Associated Press, the Maxwell Football Club, Sporting News, and United Press International.[4] After Capers' dismissal following the 1998 season, the team brought in George Seifert as their second head coach. Over Seifert's three seasons the team never made the playoffs and the team had a regular-season record of 16–32 (.333 winning percentage).[1] John Fox, the team's third coach, was both the longest-tenured and winningest head coach in Panthers history. In his nine seasons as head coach the Panthers recorded a regular-season record of 73–71. The team's fourth and current head coach, Ron Rivera, is in his fourth season as head coach and has a record of 32–31–1 during his tenure.[1]

Of the four Panthers head coaches, only Seifert has not led the team to the playoffs. Capers led the team to a playoff appearance in the 1996 season, winning once at home before losing in the NFC Championship Game to the Green Bay Packers.[3] Fox led the team to three playoff appearances (2003, 2005, and 2008), winning the NFC Championship in 2003 before losing in Super Bowl XXXVIII to the New England Patriots and making the NFC Championship game in 2005 before losing to the Seattle Seahawks.[3] Rivera led the team to a playoff appearance in 2013 – winning eleven of their last twelve regular season games – but lost in the Divisional round to the San Francisco 49ers. The Panthers again qualified for the playoffs in 2014, winning the NFC South with a 7–8–1 record. They again lost in the Divisional round, this time to the Seattle Seahawks.


Note: Statistics and achievements are correct through the 2014 NFL season.

Item Meaning
# Number of coaches
GC Games coached
W Wins
L Loses
T Ties
Win% Winning percentage
File:Dagger-14-plain.png Spent entire NFL head coaching career with the Panthers

List of head coaches of the Carolina Panthers
# Name Term Regular season Playoffs Achievements Ref.
GC W L T Win% GC W L Win%
1 Dom Capers 19951998 64 30 34 0 .469 2 1 1 .500 AP NFL Coach of the Year (1996)
Earle "Greasy" Neale Award for Professional Coach of the Year (1996)
Pro Football Weekly/PFWA NFL Coach of the Year (1995, 1996)
Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year (1996)
UPI NFL Coach of the Year (1996)
2 George Seifert 19992001 48 16 32 0 .333 [1]
3 John Fox 20022010 144 73 71 0 .507 8 5 3 .625 NFC Championship (2003) [1][3]
4 Ron RiveraFile:Dagger-14-plain.png 2011–present 64 32 31 1 .508 3 1 2 .333 AP NFL Coach of the Year (2013) [1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Head Coaches". Carolina Panthers. November 11, 2013. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ Pompei, Dan (February 1, 2009). "NFL head coaches have decisions to make on play-calling duties". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Carolina Panthers Playoff History". Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Honors". Carolina Panthers. November 11, 2013. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 

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