Friday, August 26, 2016

Two-Time Super Bowl Champion, Tom Coughlin, To Be Enshrined in the Little League® Hall of Excellence

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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (August 3, 2016) – Accomplished National Football League coach and two-time Super Bowl champion, Tom Coughlin, will be recognized as a 2016 enshrinee into the Little League® Hall of Excellence. Mr. Coughlin, who played in the Waterloo Little League in Waterloo, New York, in the 1950s, will be honored in an on-field ceremony prior to the 2016 Little League Baseball® World Series U.S. Championship Game on Saturday, Aug., 27. Enshrinement into the Hall of Excellence is the highest honor that Little League can bestow.


“Mr. Coughlin approached his coaching career, both in college and the National Football League with passion, commitment, leadership, hard work, as well as a deep appreciation of the players – all of these are tenants of the Little League program,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. “Mr. Coughlin leads by example both on and off the field, and we are honored to enshrine him into the Little League Hall of Excellence.”

Mr. Coughlin was a fullback on the Syracuse University football team, sharing the field with greats Larry Csonka and Floyd Little. After his playing days, he entered coaching. At Boston College, Mr. Coughlin was the quarterback coach for Heisman Trophy winner, Doug Flutie, and was the school’s head coach from 1981 to 1983. In the NFL, Mr. Coughlin was the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars from 1995 to 2002, leading the team to a pair of AFC Championship games. Mr. Coughlin then became the head coach of the New York Giants, where he spent 12 seasons, ultimately winning two Super Bowls. Respected for his disciplined and fair coaching style, Mr. Coughlin ranks No. 12 on the Top 25 NFL Coaching Wins list, compiling 177 victories. In 1996, Mr. Coughlin and his family established the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund to assist families who are tackling childhood cancer.

Mr. Coughlin credits Little League with building the foundation that would lead to such a successful career.

“Little League was a big part of my life,” said Mr. Coughlin. “It taught me about dealing with success and failure. It was the first time it got my competitive juices flowing. The drive to be successful starts on the Little League diamond. I am so honored to be inducted into the Hall of Excellence. To be in the company of people like President George W. Bush and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is huge.”

Established in 1988, enshrinement in the World of Little League Hall of Excellence is an annual honor bestowed on a Little League graduate (or graduates) who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in their chosen profession and exemplify the values learned as children in Little League Baseball or Softball.

Mr. Coughlin is joining Cat Osterman, former collegiate, Olympic, and professional softball player, and Torii Hunter, former MLB player, as 2016 Hall of Excellence Enshrinees. After their enshrinement, there will be 52 people honored as members of the Little League Hall of Excellence. For more information and a complete list of Hall of Excellence enshrinees, visit LittleLeagueMuseum.org.

Over the course of 10 days, 32 games will be played in the 2016 Little League Baseball World Series, beginning on Thursday, August 18 and concluding with the Little League Baseball World Series Championship Game, which is scheduled for 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 28. For more information on the 2016 Little League Baseball World Series, visit LLBWS.org.