Inside Tom Coughlin's Family And His Upbringing
Tom Coughlin was born to his parents, mother Betty Coughlin and father John Louis Coughlin, in Waterloo, New York. Tom is the oldest of seven siblings, with five younger sisters and one brother.
Tom was close to all five sisters: Christine Cohn, Carole Kingston, Luann Coughlin, Kathleen Troutman, and Patricia Reed. His younger brother John Coughlin passed away at Hackensack University Medical Center at 63.
The football coach played in basketball games against Jim Boeheim, a player for Lyons High School. When Coughlin served as the wide receivers coach for the Giants under Bill Parcells, he received guidance from Parcells.
He earned the nickname "Colonel Coughlin" since, like his mentor, he was a strict enforcer who paid close attention to every little thing. To make sure players were early for team meetings, he was known for setting the clocks at team facilities anywhere from five to fifteen minutes ahead.
His Brother John Coughlin Passed Away At The Age Of 63
Tom Coughlin's brother John Coughlin passed away at age 63 in a tragic accident after watching a New York Giants game. He fell out of a taxi in front of his Hackensack, N.J, home after watching the Giants game.
John Coughlin worked in the harness racing industry in New Jersey for more than 20 years. He was both the owner and operator of Coughlin's Stables at the Meadowlands.
He had formerly belonged to the New York Standardbred Owners Association and the New Jersey Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association.
Tom Has Four Children With His Wife, Judy Coughlin
Tom Coughlin and his wife Judy are blessed with four children, two daughters, Katie and Keli, and two sons, Brian and Tim. They have 11 grandchildren.
His daughter Keli is the executive director of the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation. Katie studied at Boston College, and she married former Giants lineman Chris Snee.
Tim Coughlin works in the New York office of Spencer Stuart's Financial Officer, Private Equity, and Boards practices. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in history from Colgate University and a Master of Business Administration with a specialty in finance from Boston College's Carroll School of Management.
Tom Coughlin's Wife Judy Coughlin Passed Away After A Rare Brain Disease
Judy Coughlin passed away on November 2, 2022, at 77, after a long battle with an incurable brain disorder. In July 2020, Judy was diagnosed with progressive supranuclear palsy, a chronic neurological condition that impairs speech, cognition, walking, and other bodily activities.
Tom assumed full-time caregiving responsibilities due to Judy's health with the help of their four children and 11 grandchildren. Tom and Judy started dating while attending Waterloo High School in the Finger Lakes region of New York when Tom was a junior and Judy was a senior.
Before Judy graduated from Brockport State University, now known as SUNY Brockport, and before Tom started his junior year at Syracuse University, they married in 1967.