Joe Gibbs’ Story
Given his unique rise to the top of two different sports NFL Football and NASCAR racing, Coach Gibbs is often asked to speak and share his personal testimony with crowds. Men especially want to know what it takes to be “successful” and “relevant.” The Game Plan helps men to find true success and relevance in their own lives. However, it is less about Joe, than it is about who men are, why they were created and what they can really do with their lives.
As Head Coach of the Washington Redskins NFL football team, Joe Gibbs led the team to three Super Bowl Championships in four tries. As a NASCAR team owner, Joe Gibbs Racing has won three NASCAR Cup Series Championships.
Joe Gibbs was born November 25, 1940 in Mocksville, North Carolina. He is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame due to his success as coach of the Redskins. During Joe Gibbs’ first tenure with the Redskins, from 1981-1992, he led them to eight playoff appearances, four NFC championships, and three Super Bowl titles. During Coach Gibbs’ second tenure with the Redskins (between 2004-2008) he led the Redskins to the NFC playoffs in his second year back.
Coach Gibbs starting coaching as an offensive line coach under Don Coryell at San Diego State from 1964-1966, held the same position at Florida State from 1967-1968. He then served under John McKay at USC from 1969-1970 and Frank Boyles at Arkansas, from 1971-1972. In the pro ranks he served as an offensive backfield coach for the St. Louis Cardinals, from 1973-1977, again for Don Coryell; was offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in 1978, under McKay, and rejoined Coryell with the San Diego Chargers for the 1979 and 1980 seasons. With Gibbs as the offensive coordinator for the Chargers, the “Air Coryell” offense set numerous records, including becoming the first ever to average more than 400 yards per game of total offense. In 1981 Redskins’ owner Jack Kent Cooke gave Joe Gibbs a chance to become a head coach after 17 years as an assistant coach.
As Joe finished up coaching, his good friend Don Meredith began exploring NASCAR for opportunities to race and Joe Gibbs Racing was launched in 1991. With major sponsors like Home Depot, FedEx, Mars Candy, Coca Cola and Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing is a powerhouse which has won three Cup championships. His Nextel Cup team includes Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin. The main race shop is in Huntersville, NC, employing over 450 and occupying a 250,000 square foot facility.
Serving others through Christian ministry has always been close to Joe Gibbs’ heart and in 1986 he helped found Youth for Tomorrow, a residential youth home, private school, and counseling center for at-risk teenage girls and boys in the Washington metropolitan area. More than 800 young people have been touched by the center.
Joe is also the author of Fourth and One and Racing to Win.
Coach Gibbs lives in North Carolina. He is married to Pat and has two sons, JD (Melissa) and Coy (Heather), and eight grandchildren.