Coaching Roster

2005 Coaching Roster


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Head Coach:
Mike Tice
Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line: Steve Loney
Defensive Coordinator: Ted Cottrell
Wide Receivers: Wes Chandler
Quarterbacks: Rich Olson
Defensive Line: Brian Baker
Linbackers: Pete Bercich
Running Backs
: Dean Dalton
Special Teams: Rusty Tillman
Secondary: Chuck Knox, Jr.
Offensive Quality Control: Randy Hanson
Defensive Quality Control: Jim Panagos
Asst. Secondary: Kevin Ross
Tight Ends/Asst. Offensive Line: John Tice
Strength & Conditioning: Kurtis Shultz
Asst. Strength & Conditioning: Mark Ellis
Coaches Support Administrator: Sid Pillai
Football Systems Analyst: Todd Downing
Coordinator of Medical Services: Fred Zamberletti
Head Trainer: Chuck Barta

Mike Tice
Head Coach
Mike Tice



Coaches Gained in 2005
Offensive Cordinator/Offensive Line: Steve Loney added the title of offensive coordinator in addition to being offensive line coach.
Quarterbacks: Rich Olson, former San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks coach, was hired.
Wide Receivers: Wes Chandler, former San Diego Chargers Pro Bowl receiver and Dallas Cowboys receivers coach, was hired.
Linebackers: Pete Bercich was promoted from assistant linebackers coach.

Coaches Lost in 2005
Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks: Scott Linehan was hired as offensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins.
Wide Receivers: Charlie Baggett was hired as wide receivers coach for the Miami Dolphins.

Coaches Gained in 2004
Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers: Former NY Jets/Buffalo Bills coordinator Ted Cottrell was hired.
Strength & Conditioning: Kurtis Shultz, assistant strength and conditioning coach with the Cincinatti Bengals, was hired.
Asst. Strength & Conditioning: Mark Ellis, former training camp speed and agility consultant for the Vikings, was hired.
Defensive Line: Brian Baker moved from linebackers to defensive line coach, a position he coached formerly with the Vikings and Detroit Lions.

Coaches Lost in 2004
Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line: George O'Leary accepted the head coaching job at the University of Central Florida.
Strength and Conditioning: Steve Wetzel accepted the same job with the Arizona Cardinals.
Ass't Strength and Conditioning: Daryl Lawrence accepted the same job with the Arizona Cardinals.

Coaches Lost in 2003
Defensive Coordinator/Secondary: Willie Shaw was fired.
Quarterbacks: Alex Wood's contract was not renewed.
Special Teams: Jay Hayes took the defensive line job with Cincinnati.

Coaches Gained in 2003
Defensive Coordinator: George O'Leary added defensive coordinator to his title of defensive line coach.
Quarterbacks: Scott Linehan added quarterbacks coach to his title of offensive coordinator.
Secondary: Chuck Knox, Jr. promoted to secondary coach from defensive backfield coach.
Special Teams: Rusty Tillman, out of coaching last year, was hired.
Asst. Defensive Line: Pete Bercich promoted from defensive quality control
Defensive Quality Control: Jim Panagos moved from offensive quality control.
Asst. Secondary: Former 14-year NFL safety Kevin Ross (Kansas City, Atlanta, San Diego) was hired.
Offensive Quality Control: Randy Hanson, former Portland State secondary/special teams coordinator, hired.
Coaches Support Administrator: Sid Pillai moved from football systems analyst.
Football Systems Analyst: Todd Downing moved from football assistant/public relations.

Coaches Lost in 2002
Head Coach: Dennis Green's contract was bought out.
Offensive Coordinator: Sherman Lewis' contract was not renewed.
Defensive Coordinator: Emmitt Thomas' contract was not renewed.
Special Teams Coordinator: Gary Zauner was fired after refusing a pay cut.
Inside Linebackers: Richard Solomon was fired.
Outside Linebackers: Trent Walters took a position with Notre Dame.
Running Backs: Carl Hargrave's contract was not renewed.

Coaches Gained in 2002
Head Coach: Mike Tice was promoted from offensive line coach/assistant head coach to full-time head coach.
Offensive Coordinator: Scott Linehan was hired from the University of Louisville..
Defensive Coordinator: Willie Shaw was promoted from defensive backs coach/assistant head coach to defensive coordinator.
Special Teams: Former Pittsburgh Steelers special teams coach Jay Hayes hired.
Offensive Line: Former University of Minnesota and Iowa State assistant Steve Loney hired. Loney worked with Tice at some football clinics in the past.
Running Backs: Deal Dalton moved from assistant offensive line coach to running backs coach.
Defensive Line/Assistant Head Coach-Defense: Former Georgia Tech head coach and San Diego Chargers offensive line coach George O'Leary hired. O'Leary coached Mike Tice in high school
Linebackers: Brian Baker moved from defensive line to linebackers coach.
Defensive Backs: In addition to being defensive coordinator, Willie Shaw remains in charge of defensive backs with Chuck Knox, Jr. assisting him.
Defensive Quality Control: Former Vikigns linebacker Pete Bercich hired.
Offensive Quality Control: Former University of Maryland lineman Jim Panagos hired.

Coaches Lost in 2001
Defensive Line: Fred vonAppen was fired.
Outside Linebackers: John Fontes was fired.

Coaches Gained in 2001
Defensive Line: The Vikings hired Brian Baker away from the Detroit Lions, where he held the same position but was in a precarious situation after Gary Moeller was fired.
Outside Linebackers: Chuck Knox, Jr. was moved from a defensive assistant to outside linebackers coach when John Fontes was fired.
Inside Linebackers: Former defensive backs and assistant head coach Richard Solomon was moved to inside linebackers coach when Willie Shaw was hired as defensive backs and assistant head coach and Trent Walters was reassigned as a defensive assistant.

Coaches Lost in 2000
Offensive Coordinator: Ray Sherman resigned after being offered the wide receivers coaching job. He became wide receivers coach at Green Bay.
Defensive Coordinator: Foge Fazio resigned after Tom Olivadotti was fired. Fazio became the linebackers coach in Washington.
Wide Receivers Coach: Hubbard Alexander was briefly moved to a front office position before accepting a job as receivers coach in Dallas.
Tight Ends Coach: Dave Atkins was fired.
Inside Linebackers Coach: Tom Olivadotti was fired.
Outside Linebackers Coach: Trent Walters was moved to inside linebackers after Olivadotti was fired.
Defensive Line Coach: Andre Patterson accepted a job as the defensive line coach with Dallas.
Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach: John Kasper was given a two-year leave of absence to pursue a medal in 2002 Winter Olympic on the bobsledding team.

Coaches Gained in 2000
Offensive Coordinator: Sherman Lewis was hired after being fired with the entire coaching staff as offensive coordinator in Green Bay.
Defensive Coordinator: Emmitt Thomas was hired after being fired with the entire coaching staff as defensive coordinator in Green Bay.
Wide Receivers Coach: Charlie Baggett was hired after being fired with the entire coaching staff as wide receivers coach in Green Bay.
Tight Ends Coach: John Tice, the brother of offensive line coach Mike Tice, was promoted from his coaching internship to tight ends coach after Atkins was fired.
Inside Linebackers Coach: Trent Walters moved from inside to outside linebackers coach after Olivadotti was fired.
Outside Linebackers Coach: John Fontes, the brother of former Detroit coach Wayne Fontes, replaced Walters.
Defensive Line Coach: Fred vonAppen, formerly the head coach at the University of Hawaii and a former assistant coach with Dennis Green at the San Francisco 49ers, replaced Patterson.
Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach: Daryl Lawrence, formerly in the same position with the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, was hired in April to replace Kasper.

Coaches Lost in 1999
Offensive Coordinator: Sadly, Chip Meyers died as a result of a sudden heart attack at the age of 53 on Feb. 22.
Offensive Coordinator: Brian Billick accepted head coach position with Baltimore Ravens on a $9 mill. 6 year deal.
Quaterbacks Coach: Chip Meyers was promoted to Offensive Coordinator.
Quaterbacks Coach: Ray Sherman was promoted to Offensive Coordinator after the death of Chip Meyers.
Asst. Strength & Conditioning: Jeff Friday left for the Ravens when he was hired by former Viking OC Brian Billick.

Coaches Gained in 1999
Quality Control Assistant Coach - Dean Dalton.
Offensive Coordinator: Ray Sherman, was Vikings' current QB coach and was promoted after the death of Chip Meyers.
Offensive Coordinator: Chip Meyers, was Vikings' current QB coach and was promoted.
Quaterback Coach: Ray Sherman, returning from Pittsburgh Steelers to take his old QB coach position after resigning as Steelers' offensive coordinator.
Quaterback Coach: Alex Wood, James Madison's football coach for the past four years, left two years before his contract expires to become quarterback coach with the Minnesota Vikings.
Assistant Speed, Strength, and Conditioning Coach: John Kasper, 30, joins the Vikings after spending the past three years in the United States Bobsled Federation, where he was a competitor and a coach. Kasper's four-man bobsled team finished 12th at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.


Brief Background on Mike Tice
Named the sixth head coach in Vikings history on January 10, 2002, Tice has been associated with the Vikings since 1992. He was a tight end in the NFL, starting with the Seattle Seahawk (1981-88) and the Washington Redskins (1989) before going back to the Seahawks (1990-91) and the Vikings (1992-93, 1995).

Tice started his coaching career the year after he finished his playing career with the Vikings. He coached tight ends in 1996 and moved to the offensive line from 1997-2001, being named assistant head coach for the 2001 season. He became interim head coach for the final game of the 2001 season before being named the full-time head coach three days after his head-coaching debut.

As an offensive line coach, Tice gained the reputation of being tough but fair with his pupils. In his five years as coach of that unit, he finished with none of the same players he inherited in 1997, but he ended up coaching five different players to 10 Pro Bowl appearances. It started with Randall McDaniel and continued with Jeff Christy, Todd Steussie, Korey Stringer and Matt Birk. Birk was named to his second Pro Bowl appearance in 2002 and was the only Viking chosen for the 2001 season. Tice's offensive line was also part of the Vikings' record-breaking 1998 season.

As a player, Tice was converted from a quarterback coming out of Maryland in 1980 to a tight end. He caught a career-high four touchdown passes with Seattle in 1991and a career-high 29 receptions in 1988. He also helped the Seahawks to the AFC Championship Game in 1983.

Tice was born in Bayshore, N.Y. on Feb. 2, 1959 and attended Central Islip High School in Long Island, where he lettered in football, basketball and lacrosse. He was the winner of the Byron "Whizzer" White Humanitarian Award in 1987. His brother John coaches tight ends for the Vikings, and Mike and wife Diane have two children, Adrienne and Nathan, the latter who says his dad "yells a lot" while coaching junior high football.


Brief Background on Dennis Green
Named the fifth head coach in Vikings History on January 10, 1992 and was only one of seven people in the NFL to lead his team to the playoffs in each of his first three seasons (also eight times in 10 years) and won three NFC Central titles in the process. NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue appointed Green to the league's Competition Committee in 1994.

In 1992, Green led the Vikings (11-5) to their first division title under a first-year head coach. He earned NFL coach of the year honors from the Washington Touchdown Club and NFC coach of the year honors from the United Press International and College & Pro Football Newsweekly. Green coached the Vikings to a 9-7 mark in 1993 by winning their final three regular-season games for the first time since 1974 and qualified as a wild card playoff entrant.

In 1994, the Vikings won their second NFC Central title under Green with a 10-6 record. Their only time missing the playoffs before 2001 under Green was in 1995, when they went 8-8. A 9-7 record in 1996 and 1997 earned the team wild card berths before exploding in 1998.

In 1998, the Vikings set all kinds of team and NFL records, including the single-season scoring record en route to a 15-1 season. However, that season ended in the NFC Championship game at the Metrodome. 1999's high expectations were met with a 10-6 record and another wild card berth before losing in the divisional playoffs to the eventual Super Bowl champions.

In 2000, Green led the Vikings from predictions of a fourth- or fifth-place finish in the division to an 11-5 record and the Central Division title under the leadership of a first-year starting quarterback in Daunte Culpepper. They gained the No. 2 playoff seed in the NFC and advanced to the NFC Championship game before being blown out 41-0 at Giants Stadium.

In 2001, Green's Vikings were again predicted to finish four or fifth in the division, but this time they lived up to those predictions with a fourth-place finish and a 5-11 record. The training camp death of Korey Stringer started a season that grew more frustrating as the regular season wore on. Amid allegations that he had lost control and the confidence of his players, Green accepted a buyout of his contract after 15 games (a 5-10 record) and Mike Tice was named interim coach for the final game of the season.


All-Time Head Coach: Bud Grant
All-Time Head Coach:
Bud Grant

All-Time Coaching Records

Norm Van Brocklin 1961-1966 29-51-4
Bud Grant 1967-1983; 1985 168-108-5
Les Steckel 1984 3-13-0
Jerry Burns 1986-1991 55-46-0
Dennis Green 1992-2001* 101-70
Mike Tice 2001**-present 23-26

Win / Loss Records Include Playoffs
* Left after 15 games in 2001

** Interim head coach for one game in 2001

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