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   Chuck Fairbanks   Head Coach
  Yrs/Pat: 6

Coaching History

Charles Leo “Chuck” Fairbanks became the sixth in a line of Patriot’s head coaches when he joined the organization in the dual capacity of general manager-head coach on January 26, 1973.

Coach Fairbanks came to the Patriots from a remarkably successful career as a college football coach during which he led Oklahoma to a fantastic 52-15-1 record over six years. Prior to his term with the Sooners, his coaching career had run full cycle from high school ranks through collegiate assistant, and has spanned more than two decades.

Since assuming control of the helm of the Patriots forces, coach Fairbanks has more than lived up to the reputation that preceded him to New England – strong organizer, promotes the image of oneness among charges, strives for solidarity and believes in esprit de corps. All of these qualities are applied on the field via his role as head coach, and in the front office which he directs as the General Manager.
In 1976, after three patient years of rebuilding, led the Patriots to an 11-3 record, best in the history of the franchise, and into the playoffs for the first time in 13 years where they lost a last second tilt to the eventual Super Bowl Champion. Last year the Patriots barely missed a playoff spot via a 9-5 record that upped his five year mark to 35-35.

Coach Fairbanks was born in Detroit on June 10 1933 and was educated at Charlevoix (Mich.) High School and Michigan State (’55). An all-State end in high school, he played under Biggie Munn with the Spartans’ 1952 national champion team and the ’53 Big Ten champs who defeated UCLA in the Rose Bowl. He finished off his collegiate career under Duffy Daugherty and earned a berth in the Blue-Gray all-star classic.

He launched his coaching career n 1955 as a student assistant at Michigan State’s spring drills. His first head coaching assignment was at Ishpeming (Mich.) High School, 1955-57, and he moved to the collegiate ranks under Frank Kush at Arizona State where he served as defensive backfield coach from 1958-61. From 1962 to 64 he was backfield coach at Houston and in ’65 he was named assistant head coach under Bill Yeoman. The following year he became defensive backfield coach in Oklahoma and took over the top post in 1967.