Doug Graber

Doug Graber
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1944-09-26) September 26, 1944
Detroit, Michigan
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1966 St. Frances Cabrini HS (MI) (assistant)
1967–1968 St. Frances Cabrini HS (MI)
1969–1971 Michigan Tech (DC)
1972–1975 Eastern Michigan (DC)
1976–1977 Ball State (DB)
1978–1981 Wisconsin (DB)
1982 Montana State
1983–1986 Kansas City Chiefs (DB)
1987–1989 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (DC)
1990–1995 Rutgers
2001–2003 Frankfurt Galaxy
2004 New York Jets (DB)
2009 Ball State (DC)
Head coaching record
Overall 35–41–1 (college)
16–15 (NFL Europe)
Accomplishments and honors
1 World Bowl (XI)
NFL Europe Coach of the Year (2003)

Douglas Graber (born September 26, 1944) is a former American football coach. He graduated from Wayne State University (1966) in Detroit, Michigan. He began his coaching career at St. Frances Cabrini Elementary School and High School in Allen Park, Michigan. He served as the head football coach at Montana State University in 1982 and at Rutgers University – New Brunswick from 1990 to 1995, compiling a career college football record of 35–41–1. Graber was also the head coach of the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe from 2001 to 2003. He led the Galaxy to an overall record of 16–15, including a World Bowl XI championship.

Coaching career

Montana State

Graber got his first collegiate head coaching job on December 16, 1981, when he was hired by Montana State University.[1] During his only season in Bozeman, he led the Bobcats to a 6–5 overall record and a tie for the first place in the Big Sky Conference with a 5–2 league record.[2][3] He left the school in February 1983 to become an assistant coach with the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League.[4]

National Football League

Graber was a member of the Chiefs' staff for four seasons, working for head coach John Mackovic. He handled defensive quality control duties during his first year, while also helping defensive coordinator Bud Carson coach the defensive backs. In August 1984, Carson resigned and Graber took over coaching the secondary.[5]

Frankfurt Galaxy

After a five-year hiatus from coaching, Graber was hired as the head coach of NFL Europe's Frankfurt Galaxy on September 18, 2000.[6] He became the fourth coach in team history, succeeding Jack Elway (1991–1992), Ernie Stautner (1995–1997) and Dick Curl (1998–2000). In his first year at the helm, the Galaxy finished sixth in the league with a record of 3–7.

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Montana State Bobcats (Big Sky Conference) (1982)
1982 Montana State 6–5 5–2 3rd
Montana State: 6–5 5–2
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (NCAA Division I-A independent) (1990)
1990 Rutgers 3–8
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (Big East Conference) (1991–1995)
1991 Rutgers 6–5 2–3
1992 Rutgers 7–4 4–2
1993 Rutgers 4–7 1–6 7th
1994 Rutgers 5–5–1 2–4–1 6th
1995 Rutgers 4–7 2–5 6th
Rutgers: 29–36–1 11–20–1
Total: 35–41–1


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Frankfurt Galaxy (NFL Europe) (2001–2003)
2001 Frankfurt Galaxy 3–7 6th
2002 Frankfurt Galaxy 6–4 3rd
2003 Frankfurt Galaxy 6–4 1st W World Bowl XI
Frankfurt Galaxy: 16–15
Total: 16–15


  1. Sauerberg, George (December 16, 1981). "Montana State to name Graber head coach". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved December 26, 2011.
  2. "Montana State Bobcats". 2011 Big Sky Conference Football Media Guide (PDF). Big Sky Conference. p. 37. Retrieved December 26, 2011.
  3. "All-Time Conference Standings". 2011 Big Sky Conference Football Media Guide (PDF). Big Sky Conference. p. 61. Retrieved December 26, 2011.
  4. Associated Press (February 27, 1983). "Doug Graber named new Chiefs coach". The Sunday Union. Retrieved December 26, 2011.
  5. Associated Press (August 14, 1984). "Carson Leaves Kansas City". Star-Banner. Retrieved December 26, 2011.
  6. Associated Press (September 18, 2000). "Graber to coach Galaxy". Retrieved December 26, 2011.

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