Terry Shea

Terry Shea
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head Coach
Team Brooklyn Bolts
Biographical details
Born (1946-06-12) June 12, 1946
San Mateo, California
Alma mater University of Oregon
Playing career
1964–1967 Oregon
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1968–1969 Oregon (GA)
1970–1975 Mt. Hood CC (assistant)
1976–1983 Utah State (assistant)
1984–1986 San Jose State (OC)
1987–1989 California (OC)
1990–1991 San Jose State
1992–1994 Stanford (AHC/OC)
1995 BC Lions (QB)
1996–2000 Rutgers
2001–2003 Kansas City Chiefs (QB)
2004 Chicago Bears (OC)
2005–2006 Kansas City Chiefs (QB)
2007 Miami Dolphins (QB)
2008 St. Louis Rams (QB)
2011–2012 Virginia Destroyers (OC/QB)
2014 Boston Brawlers
2015 Brooklyn Bolts
Head coaching record
Overall 26–50–2
Bowls 1–0
Accomplishments and honors
2 Big West (1990, 1991)
Big West Coach of the Year (1990)
Big East Coach of the Year (1998)

Terrence William "Terry" Shea (born June 12, 1946) is an American football coach and former player. Currently, Shea does quarterback consulting work for future NFL draft prospects. Most recently he worked with Robert Griffin III "RG3" (2nd overall pick 2012), Blaine Gabbert (10th overall pick 2011), Sam Bradford (1st overall pick 2010), Matthew Stafford (1st overall pick 2009), and Josh Freeman (17th overall pick 2009. whom Shea later brought to the Bolts in 2015). Shea also trained and developed current college quarterbacks Collin Klein (Kansas State) and Tommy Rees (Notre Dame).

Born in San Mateo, California , Shea graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose in 1964.[1][2]

From 1964 to 1967, he was one of the quarterbacks on the University of Oregon's football team. From 1968 to 1969, he was a graduate assistant coach at Oregon. From 1970 to 1975, he coached at Mount Hood Community College. From 1976 to 1983, he coached at Utah State. From 1984 to 1986, he was the offensive coordinator at San Jose State. From 1987 to 1989, he was the Offensive Coordinator at Cal.

From 1990 to 1991, he was the head football coach at San Jose State, where he compiled a 15-6-2 record. From 1992 to 1994, he coached at Stanford under Bill Walsh, and in 1995, he coached the British Columbia Lions. From 1996 to 2000, he was the head football coach at Rutgers University. At Rutgers, he compiled an 11-44 record, awarded the Big East Coach of the Year in 1998 after posting a 5-6 record, the second biggest turnaround in college football at that time, and recruited and coached future NFL players L.J. Smith, Mike McMahon, Mike Barr, Nate Jones, and Reggie Stephens.

From 2001 to 2003, he was the Quarterbacks Coach for the Kansas City Chiefs. In 2004, he became the Offensive Coordinator for the Chicago Bears. Following the 2004 season, he was replaced by former University of Illinois head coach Ron Turner. He then returned to the Kansas City Chiefs, once again as the Quarterbacks Coach in 2005. On January 12, 2007, he was fired by coach Herm Edwards and joined the Miami Dolphins shortly thereafter. Shea went on to coach the quarterbacks for the St. Louis Rams for the 2008 season.

Shea has coached mostly in alternative pro football leagues since 2011. For 2011 and 2012, Shea was offensive coordinator for the Virginia Destroyers of the United Football League. He coached in the Fall Experimental Football League for its entire existence; he helmed the Boston Brawlers in 2014 and the Brooklyn Bolts in 2015.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Rank#
San Jose State Spartans (Big West Conference) (1990–1991)
1990 San Jose State 9–2–1 7–0 1st W California 20
1991 San Jose State 6–4–1 6–1 T–1st
San Jose State: 15–6–2 13–1
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (Big East Conference) (1996–2000)
1996 Rutgers 2–9 1–6 7th
1997 Rutgers 0–11 0–7 8th
1998 Rutgers 5–6 2–5 T–6th
1999 Rutgers 1–10 1–6 8th
2000 Rutgers 3–8 0–7 8th
Rutgers: 11–44 4–31
Total: 26–50–2
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.


  1. Kelly, Doug (January 25, 2004). "Shea believes in self, throwing the football". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 19, 2016.
  2. "Terry Shea". Rutgers University. Archived from the original on June 12, 2000. Retrieved October 19, 2016.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
John Shoop
Chicago Bears Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Ron Turner
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