Where Are They Now?

I was wondering what Wayne Fontes was doing, now that he no longer is leading the Detroit Lions, and then I wondered, "Who were his predecessors, and what are they doing?", since it seems that after you coach the Detroit Lions, you coach no more.  I was able to find info on our most recent former coach, but haven't had much luck with the others.   

If you know where former Detroit Lions' Head Coaches are now, please let me know, and I'll update this page. 


 
Years  Coach  Win  Lose  Tie  Percentage  Rank 
1930  Hal (Tubby) Griffen 
5
6
3
.464
11
1931-36  George (Potsy) Clark 
49
20
6
.693
1
1937-38  Earl (Dutch) Clark 
14
8
0
.636
3
1939  Elmer (Gus) Henderson 
6
5
0
.546
7
1940  George (Potsy) Clark 
5
5
1
.500
8
1941-42  Bill Edwards * 
4
9
1
.321
19
1942  John Karcis 
0
8
0
.000
21
1943-47  Charles (Gus) Dorais 
20
31
2
.396
16
1948-50  Alvin (Bo) McMillin 
12
24
0
.333
18
1951-56  Raymond (Buddy) Parker 
50
24
2
.671
2
1957-64  George Wilson 
55
45
6
.547
5
1965-66  Harry Gilmer 
10
16
2
.393
17
1967-72  Joe Schmidt 
43
35
7
.547
6
1973  Don McCafferty 
6
7
1
.464
12
1974-76  Rick Forzano ** 
15
17
0
.469
10
1976-77  Tommy Hudspeth 
11
13
0
.458
13
1978-84  Monte Clark 
43
63
1
.407
15
1985-88  Darryl Rogers *** 
18
40
0
.310
20
1988-96  Wayne Fontes # 
67
71
0
.486
9
1997-00 Bobby Ross ## 27 32 0 .458 14
2000 Gary Moeller 4 3 0 .571 4
2001 Marty Mornhinweg 0 0 0 .000 22
*     Released after three games in 1942  
**   Resigned after four games in 1976  
*** Released after 11 games in 1988  
#     Released after the 1996 season  
##   Resigned after 9 games in the 2000 season 

Wayne Fontes 1988 - 1996 
67-71-0 (48.6%) 
Ninth Most Winning Lions Coach
Where do I go from here?  

  
Former Detroit Lions head coach Wayne Fontes arrived in Europe the week of April 22, 1997 for a two-week stint as a color commentator on FOX's English-language broadcasts of WL games.   

Mr. Fontes is an expert in the primary colors and beige. 

Rumor has it, Wayne's next stop is Disney Land.

This Just In

JRich3040@aol.com writes: "You may have been close in your prediction of Wayne going to Disney, but I think it may have been Disney World (Orlando, FL) not Disney Land (California).

You wanted to know some info on Wayne Fontes. He is currently living in the Tampa Bay area, Florida. Which city I don't know? So far during the 2000 NFL season Wayne has been a regular at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers home games. He has a box seat and cheers on the Buccaneers. 

That is all the info I can give you, hope this information is of help in your quest for Fontes info."

I fear that Wayne's cheers are only there to fools the public.  I hope I'm mistaken, and that all is well...  we may never know for certain.

 


Monte Clark 1978 - 1984 
43-63-1 (40.7%) 
Fifteenth Most Winning Lions Coach
Is good help hard to find?

The latest casualties of the Miami Dolphins' 1995 coaching staff were announced on Wednesday, January 17, 1996.Offensive line coach Monte Clark was fired on Monday January 15, 1996 by new head coach Jimmy Johnson. 

Coach Johnson began scouting later that week in Mobile, Alabama for a less offensive line coach to replace Mr. Clark.
 


Joe Schmidt 1967  - 1972 
43-35-7 (54.7%) 
Sixth Most Winning Lions Coach
Everbody have fun tonight....
  • Born January 18, 1932, in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Enshrined in 1973 (Pittsburgh) 
  • LINEBACKER 6-0 , 222 
  • 1953-1965 Detroit Lions
  • Pittsburgh All-America, 1952
  • Lions' No. 7 draft pick,1953
  • Mastered new middle line backing position
  • A superb field leader
  • Exceptional at diagnosing foe's plays
  • All-NFL eight years
  • Played in Pro Bowl nine straight years,1955-1963
  • Team captain nine years
  • Lions' MVP  four times
  • Had 24 career interceptions
  • Favorite band: Wang Chung

Don McCafferty 1973  
6-7-1 (46.4%)  
Twelfth Most Winning Lions Coach 
 
 
  • 1970 - Don McCafferty replaced Don Shula in Baltimore where he served as an assistant for 11 years. 
  • 1970 - First rookie coach to win Super Bowl (Baltimore Colts -vs- Dallas Cowboys 16-13, Super Bowl V. McCafferty was so confident that the Colts would win, that he arranged for the team to leave Monday, the day after the Super Bowl,  for Freeport in the Bahamas for a week to savor individual $15,000 winners shares.) 
  • Jan. 26, 1973 Don McCafferty named Lions' head coach. 
  • July 28, 1974 McCafferty dies of heart attack.

Tommy Hudspeth 1976 - 1977  
11-13-0 (45.8%)  
Thirteenth Most Winning Lions Coach 
 
 
  • Oct. 5, 1976 Tommy Hudspeth named interim head coach.
  • Feb. 9, 1977 Hudspeth signs three-year contract as head coach.
  • Jan. 10, 1978 Founds the Psychic Hotline.
  • Jan. 11, 1978 Thirteen losses later...Monte Clark (Fifteenth most winning Lions coach) is named head coach and director of football operations.
  • Jan. 12, 1978 Claims he saw it coming and that his thirteen losses and his thirteenth spot in all-time wins is a "mere coincidence".

Next Up....  
John Karcis 1942 
0-8-0 (0.00%) 
Twenty-first Most Winning Lions Coach

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