He’s an accomplished National Football League coach and a two-time Super Bowl champion. Tom Coughlin is honored and will be recognized as a 2016 enshrinee that’s into the Little League® Hall of Excellence. This is a fitting award for the former coach of the New York Giants. Coughlin has played in the Waterloo Little League in Waterloo, New York, in the 1950s, and now will be honored in an on-field ceremony prior to the 2016 Little League Baseball® World Series U.S. Championship Game on Saturday, Aug., 27. This enshrinement will be in the Hall of Excellence and this is the highest honor that Little League can bestow.
“Mr. Coughlin approached his coaching career, both in college and the National Football League with passion, commitment, leadership, hard work, as well as a deep appreciation of the players – all of these are tenants of the Little League program,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. “Mr. Coughlin leads by example both on and off the field, and we are honored to enshrine him into the Little League Hall of Excellence.”
If you haven’t heard of Coughlin or known of him, he was a fullback on the Syracuse Orangemen football team, sharing the field with greats alums like Larry Csonka and Floyd Little. After his playing days, he entered coaching. In the NFL, Mr. Coughlin was the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars from 1995 to 2002 where lead the team to a pair of AFC Championship games. Then he became the head coach of the New York Giants, where he spent 12 seasons, ultimately winning two Super Bowls. He was all respected for his disciplined and fair coaching style from the organization and his die-hard fans. Now Mr. Coughlin is ranked No. 12 on the Top 25 NFL Coaching Wins list, compiling 177 victories.
“Little League was a big part of my life,” said Mr. Coughlin. “It taught me about dealing with success and failure. It was the first time it got my competitive juices flowing. The drive to be successful starts on the Little League diamond. I am so honored to be inducted into the Hall of Excellence. To be in the company of people like President George W. Bush and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is huge.”