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Waterloo native Tom Coughlin and New York Giants part ways

After a press conference on Monday afternoon, the Tom Coughlin era in New York has come to an end. Coughlin and the New York Giants announced at the press conference that the two would be going separate ways — which for fans came as no surprise. A season that was anything but compelling, a 6-10 record, and an absence from the playoffs over the last several years made the decision — even if mutual — a forgone conclusion.At 69 years old, Coughlin had seemingly lost control of his team — which was highlighted by a game between his Giants and the Carolina Panthers. The result of that game wasn’t only another loss, but the loss of their star wide receiver in form of a one-game suspension. Coughlin was born in Waterloo and was the oldest of seven children. He served as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars from 1995 to 2002. After taking a year away from coaching in the NFL, he then took the head coaching job in New York. From 2004 until present day, he served as the head coach of the New York Giants — leading the team to a pair of Super Bowl titles.His statement read in part: “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as head coach of the New York Football Giants. This is a not a sad occasion for me. I have spent 15 years with this organization as an assistant and head coach and was fortunate to be part of three Super Bowl winning teams. A Lombardi Trophy every five years is an achievement in which we all take great pride.”However, in recent years it wasn’t all success — as finishing below .500 became a habit of the New York Giants. He eluded to the recent struggles pointing out that, “Obviously, the past three years have not been what any of us expect, and as head coach, I accept the responsibility for those seasons.” Early in Coughlin’s career he also spent three years each, coaching the Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers, as well as the Boston College Eagles. As a college football coach, he maintained a positive overall record. Coughlin graduated from Waterloo high school and in 2006 the football stadium was named in his honor. He also has done a significant amount of charitable work through his foundation called the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund.Coughlin’s full statement can be read here.

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