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Sticking Around

Philly's all-time longest tenured professional head coaches.

Sticking Around

Andy Reid assembled the Eagles roster that is 4-11 and has matched the most losses since Reid became head coach in 1999. (Michael Perez/AP)
Andy Reid assembled the Eagles roster that is 4-11 and has matched the most losses since Reid became head coach in 1999. (Michael Perez/AP)

By all accounts, Andy Reid’s tenure as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles will come to an conclusion very soon. But it will end as the second-longest coaching reign in the city’s history ... and the longest by a coach who didn’t also own the team.

Cornelius Alexander McGillicuddy — Connie Mack to you and me — managed the Philadelphia Athletics for 48 full seasons and parts of two others (1937 and 1939, due to illnesses). He managed five World Series champions.

Other than Mack, the Eagles have the only other two double-digit tenured Philly head coaches — Reid and Earle “Greasy” Neale. (Neale won NFL titles in 1948 and 1949.)

Here are the 13 head coaches/managers that stuck around Philadelphia for at least six complete seasons (additional partial seasons in parentheses):

 Full  
 (P) 
 Coach  Team  Years
 48  (2)  Connie Mack
 Athletics  
 1901-50  
 14  (0)  Andy Reid
 Eagles  1999-12
 10  (0)  Greasy Neale
 Eagles  1941-50
   9
 (1)  Harry Wright
 Phillies  1884-93
   9
 (0)  Eddie Gottlieb
 Warriors  1946-55
   8
 (0)  Charlie Manuel
 Phillies  2005-12
   7
 (1)  Gene Mauch
 Phillies  1961-68
   7
 (1)  Billy Cunningham  
 Sixers  1977-85
   7
 (0)  Fred Shero
 Flyers  1971-78
   7
 (0)  Dick Vermeil
 Eagles  1976-82
   6
 (1)  Danny Ozark
 Phillies  1973-79
   6
 (0)  Burt Shotton
 Phillies  1928-33
   6
 (0)  Larry Brown
 Sixers  1997-03
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