Dan Quinn is one of the most celebrated coaches in the National Football League (NFL). Currently, the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, Dan Quinn has coached some of the brightest minds and best players in the football business. He was the defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks and led them to two Super Bowls, for which they won one (Super Bowl XLVIII).
Quinn played college football at the University of Salisbury, Maryland, formerly Salisbury State, as a defensive player from 1990 to 1993. After college, he decided to take a coaching job instead of playing professional football.
Dan Quinn’s Bio
He was born on September 11, 1970, in Morristown, New Jersey, as Daniel Patrick Quinn. He is the youngest of his parents Jim and Sue Quinn’s six children. Dan has one sister (Maribeth) and four brothers (Peter, Mike, Tim, and Brian).
Quinn attended Morristown High School in Morristown where he played high school soccer. He did not receive many scholarships offers so he settled at Salisbury University, Maryland, formerly called Salisbury State, and played in the school team as a defensive player. He started all games in those four years and was also the captain of the team.
Dan was also good at athletics events and represented his school at the 1994 NCAA Athletics Championships where he broke a 168.8-foot hammer throw and was named All Mason-Dixon for that year. He is also a recipient of the Bobby Richards Award. In 2005 Dan Quinn was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Athletics at Salisbury University.
NFL Coaching Career
After college, Quinn decided to become a coach and the first team he coached was the college of the William & Mary soccer team (William & Mary Tribe). He coached the team’s defensive line for one season before he coached the Virginia Military Institute soccer team for another season.
From 1996 to 2000, Dan coached the Hofstra soccer team. He started as a defensive player before being promoted to the Defense Coordinator in 2000. Hofstra completed his seventy-two-year-old soccer program in 2009.
He began his career as an NFL coach in 2001 with the San Francisco 49ers as their defensive quality control coach. After two years with the 49ers, he was appointed Defensive Line Coach and spent another two seasons in the franchise before moving to the Miami Dolphins, where he held the same position before leaving the company in 2006.
From 2007 to 2008 Dan served on the New York Jet before joining the Seattle Seahawks in 2009. He later left the Seahawks to serve as defensive coordinator for the Florida Gators for the 2011-2012 season and returned to the Seahawks in 2013 to replace Gus Bradley who left the Seahawks for Jacksonville Jaguars. At the end of the 2012 season, Dan Quinn was named a finalist of the year for the Broyles Award, which is presented annually to the best assistant coach in the country.
In his first season as defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks, the team led the league in points, yards, and takeaways and was the first team after the Chicago Bears to accomplish this feat. The Seahawks led the league with the fewest points, yards, and takeaways allowed, and were the first team since 1985 with 231, 4,378, and 39 respectively. In the same year, the Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos and won the Super Bowl XLVIII.
In February 2015 he agreed to become head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. That season, the Falcons finished the season 8-8 and missed the playoffs. The following season, they set an 11-5 record that earned them NFC South. The Falcons also defeated the Seattle Seahawks 36-20, earning them a ticket to the NFC Championship for the fourth time in the franchise’s history.
In 2017, the Atlanta Falcons won the NFC Championship after defeating the Green Bay Packers. They made the jump into the Super Bowl LI but lost the game in overtime 34-28.
How Much Does He Earn? His Salary
Most coach salaries in the NFL are not as officially announced as players’ salaries, so the best you can find is an estimate based on sources that actually give approximate contracts. So based on these estimates, the Falcon coach earns $4,500,000 a year, including compensation.
Dan Quinn’s Wife, Family
Quinn has been married to Stacey Quinn for about two decades. There are no details as to whether the couple has children together, it’s really not an issue, what matters is that they have been together for so long and still love each other so much.
- Dan Quinn has more than a decade of experience in NFL coaching.
- Dan and Stacey Quinn started a foundation called Quinn’s Corps. The foundation is a nonprofit foundation that supports military families and helps veterans.
- The foundation provides free meals, free tickets, and parking to military families on game days.
- It also donates to the Fisher House (a series of houses in the Seattle area where veteran families can stay for free while a member of their family is undergoing treatment).