- Ditka (Bears, Fired in 1992): Iron Mike is one of only two people (with Tom Flores) to win Super Bowls as a player, assistant coach, and head coach. He’s also the only player involved in the Bears’ last two championships–as a player in 1963 and as Da Coach in 1985.
- Dave Wannstedt (Bears, Fired in 1998): Wannstedt was drafted by the Packers in 1974, but spent his only season in the NFL on the reserve list with a neck injury. On the day he was fired (December 28, 1998), five NFL coaches (1/6 of the league) lost their jobs.
- Jim Riggleman (Cubs, Fired in 1999): Riggleman was the Cubs coach during their historic 1998 season, when Sammy Sosa chased Roger Maris’ home run record.
- Don Baylor (Cubs, Fired in 2002): Baylor ranks 4th all-time in getting hit by pitches, a total of 267 times. He twice beat team records for most Hit By Pitches in a season (24 in 1985 for the Yankees and 35 in 1986 for the Red Sox).
- Jerry Manuel (Sox, Fired in 2003): In 1972, Manuel and high school classmate Mike Ondina became the first high school classmates drafted in the first round of a Major League draft. They went to Cordova High School in California.
- Scott Skiles (Bulls, Fired in 2006): Skiles holds the NBA record for most assists in a single game (30). Coaching the Bulls, he won Best Eastern Conference Coach of the Month in January 2005.
- Denis Hamlett (Fire, Fired in 2009): In the early 1990’s, Hamlett played for the Harrisburg Heat, where he broke the jaw of a Baltimore Spirit (now Baltimore Blast) player. He received several death threats after the incident.
- Denis Savard (Blackhawks, Fired in 2008): Savard was drafted by the Blackhawks in 1980. He was the highest-drafted Blackhawk (3rd overall), until Patrick Kane in 2007. He trails only Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita for total points in Blackhawks’ history. Savard’s number (#18) was retired by the Blackhawks in 1998.
- Trent Yawney (Blackhawks, Fired in 2006): We share a birthday! Yawney is currently an assistant coach for the San Jose Sharks. He was born in Saskatchewan.
- Dick Jauron (Bears, Fired in 2003): Poor guy, before he was fired by the Bills last week, he was fired by the Bears. In 2001, Jauron was named AP Coach of the Year and was the third coach (behind Halas and Ditka) to coach the Bears to 13 wins in a season.
Fired Chicago Coaches Trivia!
December 8, 2009 by Clem