Youngest Head Coaches in the NFL (Updated 2024): Where do Mike Macdonald, Jerod Mayo Rank?

    Who are the youngest head coaches in the NFL right now, and which head coach was the youngest when he was originally hired?

    Let’s take a look at the list of the youngest NFL head coaches as it stands, as well as the youngest head coaches to have been hired in league history.

    Youngest Head Coaches in the NFL

    The NFL head coach circuit has certainly been getting younger and younger. Here’s the list of the youngest head coaches in the league right now, with their listed dates of birth and age as of Jan. 31, 2024.

    • Mike Macdonald | 06/26/87 (36)
      Seattle Seahawks
    • Jerod Mayo | 02/23/86 (37)
      New England Patriots
    • Sean McVay | 01/24/86 (37)
      Los Angeles Rams
    • Kevin O’Connell | 05/25/85 (38)
      Minnesota Vikings
    • Shane Steichen | 05/11/85 (38)
      Indianapolis Colts
    • DeMeco Ryans | 07/28/84 (39)
      Houston Texans
    • Mike McDaniel | 03/06/83 (40)
      Miami Dolphins
    • Zac Taylor | 05/10/83 (40)
      Cincinnati Bengals
    • Kevin Stefanski | 05/08/82 (41)
      Cleveland Browns
    • Nick Sirianni | 06/15/81 (42)
      Philadelphia Eagles
    • Kyle Shanahan | 12/14/79 (44)
      San Francisco 49ers

    Who Are the Youngest Head Coaches Hired by NFL Teams?

    The youngest head coach in the NFL is now Mike Macdonald for the Seattle Seahawks. Macdonald was hired by Seattle during the 2024 NFL hiring cycle. After spending the 2021 campaign as the University of Michigan’s DC under Jim Harbaugh, Macdonald joined John Harbaugh as the Ravens’ defensive play-caller in 2022, replacing Wink Martindale.

    Jerod Mayo was the youngest NFL head coach before the Macdonald announcement. When it comes to the youngest head coach ever hired, Sean McVay was just 30 years and 11 months old when the Rams hired him. He was almost a year younger than Lane Kiffin was when the Raiders hired him in 2007.

    MORE: List of Current NFL Head Coaches (Updated 2024)

    When Kiffin became the youngest head coach to be hired at the time in 2007, it ended a 45-year record. For those years, the youngest head coach was Harland Svare of the Los Angeles Rams in 1962.

    Svare was 31 years and 11 months old when the Rams hired him. The presence of both Svare and McVay on this list means that the Rams have hired two of the youngest three head coaches in league history.

    10 Youngest Head Coaches in League History

    Listed below are the 10 youngest head coaches in league history. Also listed is their year/age at the time they were hired and the team who hired them.

    • Sean McVay | 30 years, 11 months
      Los Angeles Rams – 2017
    • Zac Taylor | 31 years, 8 months
      Las Vegas Raiders – 2007
    • Harland Svare | 31 years, 11 months
      Los Angeles Rams – 1962
    • John Michelosen | 32 years, 2 months
      Pittsburgh Steelers – 1948
    • Raheem Morris | 32 years, 4 months
      Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 2009
    • David Shula | 32 years, 7 months
      Cincinnati Bengals – 1992
    • Josh McDaniels | 32 years, 8 months
      Denver Broncos – 2009
    • Don Shula | 33 years, 4 days
      Baltimore Colts – 1963
    • Al Davis | 33 years, 6 months
      Oakland Raiders – 1963
    • Joe Collier | 33 years, 7 months
      Arizona Cardinals – 1966

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