Art Shell is not actually the first black head coach in the NFL. Fritz Pollard became the first head coach in NFL in 1922 when he recruited players for Brown Bombers. Art Shell is the first modern-day NFL head coach, but not technically the first ever.
Art Shell is considered the frst black head coach in the modern era.
The first head coach in the was Art Shell, but the first coach was Fritz Pollard.
The first black head coach for the Steelers, is current coach Mike Tomlin. He has been the head coach for the Steelers since 2007.
That was Fritz Pollard who was head coach of the Akron Pros in 1921. As far as 'modern day' NFL goes, that would be Art Shell who became head coach of the Los Angeles Raiders in the 1989 season.
Fritz Pollard of the 1921 Akron Pros is considered the first black head coach in the history of the National Football League.
Al Davis hired Al Shell, the first black head coach of the modern era, in 1988. He hired Tom Flores, the first Latino coach, and Amy Trask, the first woman CEO.
Art Shell was the head coach of the Oakland Raiders in 2006.