Jim Fassel began his esteemed coaching career with assistant coaching stints at the University of Utah and Stanford University, recruiting John Elway at Stanford. Prior to becoming the New York Giants head coach, Jim served as head coach of University of Utah, as an Offensive Coordinator with the Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, New York Giants, and Oakland Raiders.
During his time as Giants head coach, his teams were known for numerous post-season runs in December and for winning big games, and in 1997 he was named the NFL Coach of the Year. In 1998 his New York Giants pulled off what would be called the upset of the year in defeating the 13-0 (and eventual Super Bowl Champion) Denver Broncos.
Coach Fassel is also credited with the resurrection of the quarterback Kerry Collins and his acclaimed “playoff guarantee” in the 2000 season which he led the Giants to an improbable Super Bowl appearance continues to make national news reels to this day.
In January 2009 Jim was named President, G.M., and Head Coach of the Las Vegas entrant into the United Football League. The Locos finished the regular season 4-2 and defeated the 6-0 Florida Tuskers in the first UFL Championship Game. Coach Fassel returned to the Locos in 2010 and repeated as champions, again defeating the Tuskers in the 2010 UFL Championship Game. The Locos tried to three-peat in 2011 but this time fell a bit short in what would be the last UFL Championship Game.
“I’ve known Jim very well since my college days and have had the pleasure of playing for him at both Stanford University and later in my NFL career with the Denver Broncos. In addition to possessing one of the brightest minds in all of football, Jim is able to convey this insight to his players and coaches in a manner they’re able to easily understand. His tremendous knowledge of the quarterback position and his complete understanding of football concepts helped me take the next step in my development as a player. I’m grateful for all that I learned during the many meetings, practices, and games with Jim.”
“The passion he brings to coaching and his love of the game is second to none. Jim has an uncanny ability to relate to and motivate others. Whether as an assistant coach, coordinator, or head coach, at both the collegiate and professional levels he has established a proven track record of success. Jim Fassel is a winner and a great coach.” John Elway—Executive Vice President of Football Operations, Denver Broncos