Born: June 21, 1947 in Orange, Texas
Wade Phillips attended Port Neches-Groves High School and was a three-year starter linebacker at the University of Houston.
Phillips began his coaching career at his alma mater in 1969, moving to Oklahoma State in 1973 and Kansas in 1975. Phillips spent five seasons with the Houston Oilers from 1976 to 1980.
He served as the defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints from 1981 to 1985 and Philadelphia from 1986 to 1988. Phillips then moved to the Denver Broncos. Under his leadership, the Broncos' defense led the AFC in fewest points allowed.
Phillips became the tenth head coach in the Denver Broncos history on January 25, 1993. The team led the AFC in points scored (373, third in the NFL). Their 27 touchdown passes tied for the most ever by a Denver team. Fired by the Broncos after a mediocre 1994 season, Phillips moved to the Buffalo Bills as defensive coordinator from 1995 – 1997 and head coach from 1998 - 2000. During this time, the team had 29 wins and two playoff appearances. Between 2004 and 2006, Phillips served as defensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons and San Diego Chargers.
In 2007, Phillips returned to the Cowboys as head coach, but was fired in 2010 following the second-worst start in franchise history. Phillips went to the Houston Texans as a defensive coordinator and made major improvements to the team.
He returned to the Broncos as a defensive coordinator in 2015. Denver’s top-ranked defense carried the team to a 12-4 record and the No. 1 seed in the AFC.
In Super Bowl 50, Denver's defense shut down Carolina in a 24-10 victory, giving Phillips his first Super Bowl win. That same year, 2015, Wade was awarded the National Football League Assistant Coach of the Year Award that is presented annually by the Associated Press (AP) to the top assistant coach in the National Football League (NFL).
After a successful stint with the Denver Broncos, Phillips left to become defensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Rams.
Wade Phillips is the son of coach “Bum” Phillips.