Hank Stram
Head Coach, 1960-74
University of Purdue
Chiefs Hall of Fame (1987)
Pro Football Hall of Fame (2003)

Member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Hank Stram
Hank Stram was an assistant coach at the University of Miami in 1959 when Lamar Hunt hired him as the first head coach of the Dallas Texans (the Texans moved to Kansas City in 1963 and were renamed the Chiefs) of the new American Football League.

The young coach was an immediate winner in Dallas and won the 1962 AFL championship. He went on to become the only coach in AFL history to take his team to two Super Bowls, losing to the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl I and defeating the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV. His 23-7 Super Bowl IV victory over the Vikings not only spotlighted his powerful team, it gave credibility to the entire AFL.

During the 10-year history of the AFL, Stram’s Texans/Chiefs won more games than any other AFL team and more championships than any other coach (1962, 1966, 1969). He also led the 1971 Chiefs to an AFC Western Division championship.

An innovative coach, Stram developed or utilized such things as the “moving pocket,” which used the talents of his quarterback Len Dawson. He devised a two-tight end offense – it provided an extra blocker and slowed down the pass rush. On defense, he made famous his “stack defense,” with linebackers stacked behind down linemen. Whether he used a 3-4 defensive alignment or a 4-3, Stram differed from other coaches of that day by always having a man head-up on the center.

An excellent evaluator and developer of talent, five players from the Stram-coached Chiefs are members of the Hall of Fame, including Bobby Bell, Buck Buchanan, Dawson, Willie Lanier, and Jan Stenerud. Lanier, Bell and teammate Jim Lynch were considered by many to be the best linebacker trio of that era.

During his 17 seasons as coach of the Texans/Chiefs (1960-1974) and the New Orleans Saints (1976-1977) Stram compiled an impressive 131-97-10 regular-season record and was 5-3 in the post-season. He was named American Football League Coach of the Year in 1968.

Hank Stram's Pro Coaching Record
Regular Season
Year
Team
W
L
T
Pct.
Division Finish
1960
Dallas (AFL)
8
6
0
.571
2nd
1961
Dallas (AFL)
6
8
0
.429
2nd
1962
Dallas (AFL)
11
3
0
.786
1st
1963
Kansas City
5
7
2
.429
3rd
1964
Kansas City
7
7
0
.500
2nd
1965
Kansas City
7
5
2
.571
3rd
1966
Kansas City
11
2
1
.821
1st
1967
Kansas City
9
5
0
.643
2nd
1968
Kansas City
12
2
0
.857
2nd
1969
Kansas City
11
3
0
.786
2nd
1970
Kansas City
7
5
2
.571
2nd
1971
Kansas City
10
3
1
.750
1st
1972
Kansas City
8
6
0
.571
2nd
1973
Kansas City
7
5
2
.571
3rd
1974
Kansas City
5
9
0
.357
3rd
1976
New Orleans
4
10
0
.286
3rd
1977
New Orleans
3
11
0
.273
4th
Regular Season Totals
131
97
10
.571
Postseason
Year
Team
W
L
T
Pct.
Result
1962
Dallas (AFL)
1
0
0
1.000
AFL Champions
1966
Kansas City
1
1
0
.500
Lost Super Bowl I
1968
Kansas City
0
1
0
.000
Lost AFL Divisional
1969
Kansas City
3
0
0
1.000
Won Super Bowl IV
1971
Kansas City
0
1
0
.000
Lost AFC Divisional
Postseason Totals
5
3
0
.625