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Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin, who has led the

Jaguars since their inception and has taken them to the NFL

playoffs in each of the last three seasons, has agreed to an

extension of his contract through the 2003 NFL season. In

accordance with Jaguars policy, no details of the terms of the

agreement were announced.

"Tom Coughlin has done an outstanding job of building the Jaguars

into a strong contender in the NFL," said team owner Wayne

Weaver. "The Jaguars have been very fortunate to have a leader of

his skill and character. Tom and I are excited about the opportunity

to continue to work together toward the ultimate goal, a Super Bowl


"I am grateful to Wayne for his continued commitment," Coughlin

said. "Following our first season on paper and four on the field, we

are entering a new cycle with our football team. This is a time for

vision; to evaluate, re-tool and refocus ourselves to where we are

and where we are headed. While the 1998 season was significant in

winning our first division title, we are continuously researching new

ways to accomplish our ultimate goal. Wayne and I have always

shared the same vision: constant improvement in the never-ending

pursuit of a Super Bowl Championship."

Coughlin, 52, joined the Jaguars on February 21, 1994 and spent that

year scouting and preparing for the Jaguars' inaugural season in

  1. After a 4-12 first season, Coughlin has led the Jaguars to

three straight playoff appearances, including the AFC Championship

game in 1996. In the just-completed 1998 season, the Jaguars won

the AFC Central Division Championship for the first time and

advanced to the second round of the playoffs following a home

playoff win against New England. The Jaguars are the first NFL

expansion team to go to the playoffs three times in its first four

seasons, and they are one of only six teams to have been in the

playoffs each of the past three years.

A veteran of 30 years in the coaching profession, Coughlin had 25

years of coaching experience before he took over the Jaguars,

including seven years as a college head coach and seven seasons as

an NFL assistant coach. He began his coaching career as a

graduate assistant at his alma mater, Syracuse University, and a

year later he was named head coach at Rochester Institute of

Technology. He went back to Syracuse for seven years, then on to

Boston College for three seasons before making the jump to the

NFL. He spent two years each with the Philadelphia Eagles and

Green Bay Packers before joining Bill Parcells' New York Giants

staff in 1988. He stayed with the Giants for three seasons, including

the team's Super Bowl XXV championship, and then was named

head coach at Boston College in 1991. There he turned a struggling

football program into a top 20 team, posting a 21-13-1 record in

three seasons, including a stunning upset of No. 1-ranked Notre


Coughlin and his wife, Judy, have two daughters, Keli and Katie,

and two sons, Tim and Brian.

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