American Football Database
Joe Philbin
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Miami Dolphins
Personal information
Date of birth (1961-07-02) July 2, 1961 (age 61)
Place of birth Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Career information
Position(s) Head Coach
College Washington & Jefferson
Head coaching record
Regular season 7–9 (.438)
Postseason 0–0 (—)
Career record 7-9-0
Coaching stats Pro Football Reference
Coaching stats DatabaseFootball
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
Tulane (GA)
Allegheny College (OC/OL)
Ohio (OL)
Northeastern (OC/OL)
Harvard (OC/OL)
Iowa (OL)
Green Bay Packers (Asst OL)
Green Bay Packers (TE/Asst OL)
Green Bay Packers (OL)
Green Bay Packers (OC)
Miami Dolphins (HC)

Joseph "Joe" Philbin (born July 2, 1961) is an American football coach that is currently the head coach of the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League.

Early life

Philbin was born in Springfield, Massachusetts to Paul and Mary Philbin. He attended Longmeadow High School and did a post-grad year at Worcester Academy. He graduated from Washington and Jefferson College in 1984, where he obtained a B.A. in sociology and played one year on the football team.[1] He was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.[2] He pursued a master's of education in administration and supervision from Tulane University in 1986.

Coaching career


From 1984-2002, Philbin coached at the collegiate level. He won a national championship with Allegheny College in 1990. In 1998, he was offered the position of head football coach at his alma mater, Washington & Jefferson, but turned down the position to coach at Iowa.[3] He served under Kirk Ferentz at Iowa from 1999-2002.

Green Bay Packers

In 2003, Philbin joined the Green Bay Packers coaching staff. He spent nine years in Green Bay. During his tenure as offensive coordinator (2007–2011), the Packers offense ranked in the top 10 in the NFL for points scored and total yards every year, including their Super Bowl season.[4]

Miami Dolphins

On January 20, 2012, Philbin was named the tenth head coach of the Miami Dolphins, [5] beating out interim coach Todd Bowles and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, who were the other two finalists for the job. Philbin praised the Dolphins as a team with a "strong nucleus to build around," and the "passion" of the fans, players and management. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross stated that Joe Philbin has all of the attributes that he was looking for in a head coach.[6]

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular season Post season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
MIA 2012 7 9 0 .438 2nd in AFC East - - - -
Total 7 9 0 .438 0 0 .000

Personal life

Philbin is married to Diane Marie (née Donahue) Philbin. Their son, Michael, was reported missing on January 8, 2012. The following evening, a body pulled from the Fox River in Oshkosh was confirmed to be 21-year-old Michael Philbin.[7] Toxicology results later showed that Michael had been under the influence of alcohol at the time of his death. [8] Philbin and his wife have five other children.


  1. "W&J Grad Named Head Coach of Miami Dolphins". Washington & Jefferson College. January 21, 2012. Archived from the original on February 2, 2012. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  2. Lichtenauer, Tad (March 2011). "Super Bowl Champion Coach". Cross and Crescent. Lambda Chi Alpha. Retrieved February 2, 2010.
  3. Jackson, Barry (January 29, 2010). "Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin wants aggressive, creative offense". The Miami Herald. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  4. NFL website
  5. Miami Herald report on the Miami Dolphins
  6. Smith, Jason. "Dolphins hire Packers OC Philbin to be next head coach". Wire Reports. Retrieved January 27, 2012.
  7. Rymer, Zachary D. (January 9, 2012). "Son of Packers Offensive Coordinator Joe Philbin Found Dead". Bleacher Report. Retrieved January 9, 2012.
  8. Gould, Izzy (August 5, 2012). "Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin issues statement in response to death of Andy Reid's son". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved September 16, 2012.

External links

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