Al Luginbill

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Al Luginbill
Biographical details
Born (1946-11-13) November 13, 1946 (age 73)
Pomona, California
Playing career
1965–1967Cal Poly Pomona
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1968–1971Pasadena City CC (assistant)
1972–1973Arizona State (assistant)
1974–1976Pasadena City CC (assistant)
1977Pasadena City CC
1978Wyoming (DB)
1979–1981Arizona State (LB)
1982–1984Arizona State (DC)
1989–1993San Diego State
1995–2000Amsterdam Admirals
2001Los Angeles Xtreme
2003Detroit Fury
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1985–1988San Diego State (associate AD)
2003Detroit Fury (GM)
Head coaching record
Overall31–25–3 (college)
52–39 (professional)
Bowls0–1 (college)
Tournaments3–2 (professional playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
Million Dollar Game (2001)

John Alan Luginbill (born November 13, 1946) is a former American football coach.

College coaching career[edit]

Luginbill began his college coaching career at Pasadena City College, where he served as an assistant from 1968–1971 and returned from 1974–1976. In 1977 Luginbill was promoted to head coach and guided PCC to a Jr. Rose Bowl Championship, National Championship and finished the regular season with a record of 11–1.

Luginbill got his Division I college break with the Arizona State Sun Devils. He worked at ASU for two years as assistant coach. After a one-year stint with the University of Wyoming, he returned to Arizona State. Luginbill remained as a coach at ASU until 1984, when he left to enter the athletic administration at San Diego State University.[1]

After spending three years on the administrative side, Luginbill was given control of a slumping Aztec program. Three years later, Luginbill’s Aztecs went 8–4–1, including a 52-all tie with BYU before 56,737 at Jack Murphy Stadium. While at SDSU, Luginbill recruited running back Marshall Faulk. Luginbill served as head coach of the Aztecs for five years, where he earned an overall record of 31–25–3. In those five years, he never suffered a losing season.

Luginbill is currently Director of Player Personnel at Arizona State University.[2]

Professional coaching career[edit]

Luginbill served as the inaugural head coach for the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe from 1995 to 2000. He led the Admirals to a 34–26 record. Amsterdam went 9–1 in 1995 and played in the World Bowl.[3]

After coaching in Europe, Luginbill returned to the States to serve as the head coach and director of football operations for the XFL’s Los Angeles Xtreme. In the league’s first and only year, he guided the Xtreme to a championship.

Luginbill served as head coach and general manager for the Detroit Fury of the Arena Football League in 2003.


Luginbill and his wife, Susan, are the parents of twins, a daughter, Kerry, and a son, Tom, who is a college football analyst for ESPN.

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
San Diego State Aztecs (Western Athletic Conference) (1989–1993)
1989 San Diego State 6–5–1 4–3 T–5th
1990 San Diego State 6–5 5–2 3rd
1991 San Diego State 8–4–1 6–1–1 2nd L Freedom
1992 San Diego State 8–4–1 6–1–1 2nd
1993 San Diego State 6–6 4–4 T–3rd
San Diego State: 31–25–3 25–11–2
Total: 31–25–3

NFL Europe[edit]

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
AMS 1995 9 1 0 .900 1st (League) 0 1 .000 Lost to Frankfurt Galaxy in World Bowl '95
AMS 1996 5 5 0 .500 3rd (League)
AMS 1997 5 5 0 .500 4th (League)
AMS 1998 7 3 0 .700 3rd (League)
AMS 1999 4 6 0 .400 4th (League)
AMS 2000 4 6 0 .400 4th (League)
Total 34 26 0 .567 0 1 .000


Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
LAX 2001 7 3 0 .700 1st (Western) 2 0 1.000 Million Dollar Game champions
Total 7 3 0 .700 2 0 1.000

Arena Football League[edit]

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
DET 2003 8 8 0 .500 2nd (National Eastern) 1 1 .500 Lost to Tampa Bay Storm in quarterfinals
Total 8 8 0 .500 1 1 .500

Coaching tree[edit]

Assistants under Luginbill who became college or NFL head coaches:


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