The first head coach in the was Art Shell, but the first coach was Fritz Pollard.
Bill Russell was the first black NBA coach.
Fritz Pollard was the first African American quarterback in the NFL. He was also the first African American coach in the NFL.
The first African-American head coach in the National Football league was Frederick Douglass 'Fritz' Pollard. He was the coach of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Bill Russell the first African-American to coach a major league professional sports team. The next season he became the first African-American coach to win an NBA championship.
The first African American Division 1 head football coach was Willie Jeffries at Wichita State in 1979.
Art Shell became the first African American NFL head coach of the modern era when he was hired by the Los Angeles Raiders in 1989.
Earl Lloyd was the first black NBA player in 1950. *Became the first African-American to play in an NBA game on October 31, 1950 *Became the first African-American to win an NBA championship (1955 with Syracuse) *Became first African-American Assistant Coach with Detroit Pistons (1968-70) *Became second African-American head coach and first African-American bench coach with Detroit Pistons (1970-71) Earl Lloyd, who in 1950 became the first African-American to play in a NBA game with the Washington Capitols, was instrumental in integrating professional basketball as a player and coach.
Tony Dungy as head coach of the Colts in 2007.