49ers Head Coach Kyle Shanahan – Legacy, Salary, Coaching Record & Family

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan is no stranger to the Super Bowl as he’s preparing to coach in his third Super Bowl, his second as the 49ers head coach.

Ahead of the big game, we’ll take an in-depth look at the 49ers coach, going through his coaching record, his salary, and the Shanahan family name.

The Shanahan Legacy

Kyle Shanahan, Mike Shanahan
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Kyle Shanahan’s dad is none other than legendary NFL head coach Mike Shanahan.

The elder Shanahan won three Super Bowls on the sidelines, including back-to-back Super Bowl titles with the Denver Broncos in the 1997 and 1998 seasons.

The two had the pleasure of working closely together from 2010-2013, during Mike Shanahan’s last years in the NFL. Father Shanahan was the head coach and the executive vice president for the then-Washington Redskins while Kyle Shanahan was the team’s offensive coordinator.

Given how much of the NFL coaching brass stemmed from those Washington teams (Shanahan, Matt LeFleur, Sean McVay, Mike McDaniel), it’s little wonder that Kyle Shanahan was able to follow in his father’s footsteps.

Kyle Shanahan’s Stamp on the NFL

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Kyle Shanahan has quickly created a coaching tree of his own.

New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh was a phenomenal defensive coordinator under Shanahan, while Houston Texans head coach DeMeco Ryans took Saleh’s place in 2021 and was the NFL Coach of the Year runner-up this season.

Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel, who also worked under Mike Shanahan, further developed under Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco as their run game coordinator and their offensive coordinator.

Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur and Houston Texans offensive coordinator Bobby Slowik also worked under Shanahan in San Francisco and will almost certainly end up as NFL head coaches in the near future.

Kyle Shanahan’s Coaching Career

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Kyle Shanahan’s football journey started as a wide receiver at Saratoga High School in Saratoga, California, when his father was the San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator.

When Mike Shanahan became the Denver Broncos head coach, Kyle Shanahan moved along with him to Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, Colorado.

Shanahan eventually accepted a scholarship offer to play at Duke University in 1998 but redshirted his freshman year and transferred to the University of Texas, where he played as a walk-on.

Shanahan only caught a total of 14 balls for 127 during his junior and senior seasons and immediately headed to UCLA as a graduate assistant in 2003 to begin his coaching career.

  • UCLA (2003) – Graduate Assistant
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2004-2005) – Offensive Quality Control Coach
  • Houston Texans (2006) – Wide Receivers Coach
  • Houston Texans (2007) – Quarterbacks Coach
  • Houston Texans (2008-2009) – Offensive Coordinator
  • Washington Redskins (2010-2013) – Offensive Coordinator
  • Cleveland Browns (2014) – Offensive Coordinator
  • Atlanta Falcons (2015-2016) – Offensive Coordinator
  • San Francisco 49ers (Since 2017) – Head Coach

Head Coaching Record

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While Kyle Shanahan’s head coaching journey started off slow, the San Francisco brass are certainly happy that they trusted the 49ers coach and the process.

Following a pair of losing seasons, Shanahan’s 49ers went to the Super Bowl, ultimately blowing a 10-point 4th-quarter lead and falling to the Kansas City Chiefs.

After a 6-10 season the following year, the 49ers head coach has led his team to three straight NFC Championship games and has San Francisco in the Super Bowl this year.

  • 2017: 6-10, DNQ
  • 2018: 4-12, DNQ
  • 2019: 13-3, Lost to Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV
  • 2020: 6-10, DNQ
  • 2021: 10-7, Lost to Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship
  • 2022: 13-4, Lost to Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship
  • 2023: 12-5, Facing Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVIII

Kyle Shanahan Salary

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Kyle Shanahan’s salary is certainly deserved given his immediate success.

In 2017, Shanahan signed a six-year, $21 million contract. Following San Francisco’s Super Bowl run in 2019, Shanahan reportedly signed a new six-year deal worth $60 million through the 2025 season.

In the beginning of the 2023 season, the San Francisco 49ers announced that Shanahan had signed a new multi-year contract extension, though the details are not known.

A Family Man

Kyle and Mandy Shanahan
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Of course, we’ve already talked about Kyle Shanahan’s father, Mike Shanahan. Mike has been happily married to his wife, Peggy Shanahan, for nearly 48 years.

Kyle Shanahan’s wife, Mandy Shanahan, is Kyle’s high school sweetheart, having met in Colorado while Mike was the Denver Broncos head coach.

Kyle and Mandy married in 2005 and have three children: Stella (born in 2007), Carter (2008), and Lexi (2012). Carter was named after rapper Lil Wayne, birth name Dwayne Carter, who has since developed a relationship with the family.

Betting on Kyle Shanahan at Super Bowl 2024

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You can bet on Kyle Shanahan and his San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl, the biggest betting event of the year at the best NFL sportsbooks. His team have been two-point favorites to beat the Kansas City Chiefs and hoist the Lombardi trophy for some time.

You can make some prop bets on BetOnline, which are fun ways to make the Super Bowl more entertaining. You can bet on Kyle Shanahan himself, on whether or not he will be the first head coach shown on the broadcast following the opening kickoff.

You can also bet on whether or not the broadcast will bring up the Atlanta Falcons blown 28-3 lead, when Shanahan was the Falcons offensive coordinator.

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Blaise Bourgeois

Blaise is an Expert Gambling Writer and a professional poker player in Brazil. He has traveled throughout Latin America for the last four years. He received his Master's in Sport Management and Sports Analytics from St. John's University. Blaise also holds a Mathematics and Computer Science degree from SUNY Purchase, where he still holds the school's Men's Soccer record for goals in a season. Blaise has worked for Catena Media, OddsSeeker, WSOP, PokerNews, and Poker.Org in various capacities. He has a passion for extensive research and aims to provide accurate and insightful knowledge about whatever topic is thrown his way.…