Vincent Michael Tobin

Passed: July 3, 2023


Vincent Tobin,79, passed away peacefully at his home in Goodyear, AZ on Monday July 3rd.

He is survived by his wife Kathy, son Ryan, daughter Shannon, sisters Teresa Hackett and Kathleen Dolph, brother Bill Tobin, brother-in-law Tom Dolph, sisters-in-laws Katy Tobin and Dusene Tobin, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ed and Nora Tobin, brothers Paul and Al Tobin, sister Louise Madden, sister-in-law Melba Tobin, and brothers-in-law Bill Hackett and Jim Madden.

He spent his entire career coaching football starting at the University of Missouri. After leaving the University of Missouri, he joined the Canadian Football League. Following a six-year stint with the B.C. Lions, Vince joined the USFL with the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars. As the defensive coordinator he helped lead them to two league championships. He next joined the NFL serving as the defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears. His 1986 Chicago Bears defense set the then league record for fewest points allowed in a seasons. His next stop was as the defensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts for two season. He was named the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals in 1996. His Cardinals career was highlighted in 1998 with the franchise’s first playoff victory in 51 years. He finished his career coaching one season with the Detroit Lions and one season with the Green Bay Packers.

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2 responses to Vincent Michael Tobin

  1. My Cousin Vince. Never my cousin Vinny. I was lucky to spend summer vacations on Ed & Nora’s farm where Vince was kind to spend time with a younger generation cousin 8 years his junior. I got to go in the locker rooms in Colorado & Air Force with him & Bill when they played for Missouri in the early 60’s and followed his career in coaching proudly. He was always Vince – calm, cool & collected and willing to talk football or anything else. In the midst of 150 Tobin cousins, talking with Vince was talking with just him & Kathy & maybe the kids if they weren’t off somewhere. A true gentleman who will be missed.

  2. From one Missou Tiger to another, God rest your Soul Vince. It was a pleasure to have known you and to have followed your remarkable career. My sincere condolences to your family.

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