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Lou Saban

Lou SabanAKA Louis Henry Saban

Born: 13-Oct-1921
Birthplace: Brookfield, IL
Died: 29-Mar-2009
Location of death: North Myrtle Beach, SC
Cause of death: Accident - Fall

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Football

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Head Coach in AFL, NFL, and NCAA

Lou Saban had coached at three colleges when he was made the first head coach of a new AFL team, the Boston Patriots. The team was haphazardly assembled, and ended the season with a 5-9 record. Saban was well on the road of getting the team into presentable shape when the owner, Billy Sullivan, replaced him. In 1962, he became head coach of the Buffalo Bills, and brought them to the AFL Championships in 1964 and 1965. After a year at Maryland, he coached the Denver Broncos from 1967 to 1971, in both the AFL and NFL, and then returned to the Buffalo Bills. At Buffalo, O. J. Simpson rushed 2,003 yards in the 1973 season. After 1976 Saban only coached college except for a few years in the late 1980s as a high school coach. It is frequently noted how often Mr. Saban would find himself a new coaching opportunity. In 2009, having coached for nearly five decades and been retired only a few short years, he died after suffering a fall at his home in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Wife: Joyce (until his death, seven children)

    University: Indiana University Bloomington
    Coach: Head Coach, Northwestern University (1955)
    Coach: Head Coach, Western Illinois University (1957-59)
    Coach: Head Coach, University of Maryland College Park (1966)
    Coach: Head Coach, University of Miami Florida (1977-78)
    Coach: Head Coach, University of Central Florida (1983-84)
    Coach: Head Coach, SUNY Canton (1995-2000)
    Coach: Head Coach, Chowan College (2001-02)

    Buffalo Bills Head Coach (1972-76)
    Denver Broncos Head Coach (1970-71)
    Denver Broncos Head Coach (1967-69)
    Buffalo Bills Head Coach (1962-65)
    Boston Patriots Head Coach (1960-61)
    Cleveland Browns (1946-49)

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