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David Donald Shula (born May 28, 1959) is an American football coach and former player. He is the wide receivers coach at Dartmouth College. Shula served as the head coach for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL) from 1992 to 1996, compiling a record of 19–52. He is the son of Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Don Shula and brother of fellow football coach Mike Shula.

Dave Shula
No. 85
Position:Wide receiver, punt returner
Personal information
Born: (1959-05-28) May 28, 1959 (age 60)
Lexington, Kentucky
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:182 lb (83 kg)
Career information
High school:Chaminade
(Hollywood, Florida)
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Head coaching record
Regular season:19–52 (.268)
Player stats at PFR
Coaching stats at PFR


The Shula family moved to Detroit in 1960 and Baltimore in 1963, following Don Shula's career in the NFL. The family settled in Miami Lakes, Florida in 1970, where Dave Shula was a high school football and baseball player at Hollywood Chaminade High School.

NFL careerEdit

Shula's career as an NFL player was a brief one-season appearance as a wide receiver and punt returner with the Baltimore Colts in 1981. He began his coaching career with the Miami Dolphins in 1982, under his father as head coach. In 1989, Shula was hired by Jimmy Johnson to be his offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, a position he held for two seasons. Shula was demoted from that position after the 1990 season, and soon thereafter left the Cowboys to take an assistant coaching position with the Cincinnati Bengals in 1991.

In 1992, Shula was named head coach of the Bengals. At age 32, he was one of the youngest men to achieve such a position with an NFL team. The younger Shula faced off against his father twice, dubbed Shula Bowl I and Shula Bowl II by the media, the first father and son head coaches to face each other in NFL history. Don's Dolphins beat Dave's Bengals in both games, 23–7 in 1994 and 26–23 in 1995. Both games were played in Cincinnati. The younger Shula's stint with the Bengals was unsuccessful and the team was dismal during the 1990s. The team compiled a 19–52 record over Shula's four and a half years at the helm. Infamously, Shula was hired over Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Bill Cowher. Cowher took the head coaching position with the rival Pittsburgh Steelers that same offseason and woent on to have a 22–9 career record against the Bengals, the most wins he had against any team as a head coach. This included an 8–1 record against Shula.

The Bengals fired Shula after starting the 1996 season 1–6. Shula lost 50 games faster than any NFL coach in history, in 69 games.

After a 22 year absence from coaching, Dave Shula was hired as a wide receiver coach by Dartmouth College on March 29, 2018.[1][2]

Business careerEdit

After leaving football, Shula joined the family steakhouse business in 1997 and has helped expand the franchise internationally.[3] He is an amateur golfer, tennis player, and marathon runner.[citation needed]

Head coaching recordEdit

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
CIN 1992 5 11 0 .313 4th in AFC Central
CIN 1993 3 13 0 .188 4th in AFC Central
CIN 1994 3 13 0 .188 3rd in AFC Central
CIN 1995 7 9 0 .438 3rd in AFC Central
CIN 1996 1 6 0 .143 3rd in AFC Central Fired midseason
CIN Total 19 52 0 .268
Total 19 52 0 .268


  1. ^ Cote, Greg (April 2, 2018). "He never fell out of love with coaching and he's back after 21 years. His name is Shula". Miami Herald. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
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  3. ^ "After 22-year sabbatical, Dave Shula back as Dartmouth WRs coach". CollegeFootballTalk. April 3, 2018. Retrieved April 4, 2018.

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