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Don Coryell


Donald David Coryell

Inducted 1999

Date of Birth



Seattle, WA


San Diego State University (1961-1972)

Whittier College (1957-1959)


Don Coryell is the first coach to win 100 games at both the college and pro level. He revolutionized the passing game in college. His offense, called "Air Coryell," was a high-scoring bonanza. Coryell coached Whittier College 1957-59 with a 23-5-1 record. He coached San Diego State 1961-72 with a 104-19-2 mark. His college totals, 15 years, 127-24-3, was a high percentage, .834. He coached pro with the St. Louis Cardinals 1973-1977 and San Diego Chargers 1978-86, and his record was 115-89-1. At San Diego State, he was AFCA District Coach of the Year four times. He coached as the school moved from small college scheduling to division I-A (FBS) in the NCAA. In 1967-70 his San Diego State team had a streak of 32 straight games without a defeat. Coryell lettered in football at the University of Washington in 1949. He obtained his bachelor's and master's degrees at Washington.


Wins 127

Losses 24

Ties 3

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