The league has recently transitioned to a real youth movement when it has come to their head coaches, and LaFleur fits right in with that idea. Coaches like Mike McDaniel (Miami Dolphins) and Sean McVay (Los Angeles Rams) come to mind when you think about the youth movement, but right in the mix with that group is LaFleur in Green Bay.
While the other two have had more success, or at least quicker success to date, LaFleur is certainly a young coach who has a bright future in the NFL.
How Old Is Green Bay Packers Head Coach Matt LaFleur?
LaFleur was born on Nov. 3, 1979, making him 43 years old. Now in his fifth season as the Packers head coach, LaFleur was just 38 years old when he got the opportunity to be the leader of the franchise.
LaFleur’s Coaching History
Like most NFL coaches, LaFleur’s coaching career didn’t start in the bright lights. He had humble beginnings as he worked his way up.
LaFleur began coaching in 2003 at his alma mater, Saginaw Valley State, where he was an offensive graduate assistant. During that time, to make ends meet, he also substituted at the area high schools.
He would only be at his alma mater for one season before heading to Central Michigan University and becoming an offensive staff assistant for two seasons. Following his time at CMU, in 2006, he coached quarterbacks and receivers at Northern Michigan University before heading for another opportunity the following year to be the offensive coordinator at Ashland University.
LaFleur received his first opportunity to join the NFL in 2008 when he became an offensive assistant for the Houston Texans. He spent two seasons in that role and made a key friendship with another young coach on the staff, Kyle Shanahan.
LaFleur’s first real breakthrough in the NFL came in 2010 due to the friendship he built. Shanahan’s father, Mike, was hired by Washington to be their head coach, and LaFleur was brought in to coach the quarterbacks as a result.
LaFleur would eventually test the college ranks by joining the staff at Notre Dame to be their QBs coach before ultimately coming back to the NFL after just one season. He has stayed in the NFL ever since and has now parlayed his expertise and connections to earn him the head job in Green Bay since 2019.