A former assistant and quality control coach, Shane Steichen will coach quarterbacks for the Chargers for a second season in 2017.
In Steichen’s first season as quarterbacks coach in 2016, Philip Rivers passed for 4,386 yards and he tossed 33 touchdown passes. It was the fifth-highest single-season yardage total of his career and seventh-highest in franchise history, and it was the second-highest season touchdown total of his career and tied for the second-highest season mark in franchise annals. Rivers also completed a career-high 16 passes of 40 yards or longer, a total that ranked second in the NFL.
A native of Sacramento, Calif., Steichen played quarterback at Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills, Calif. He was named area MVP by the Sacramento Bee in 2002 after leading his squad to conference CIF sectional titles. Steichen went on to play collegiately at Nevada-Las Vegas, where he left as the school’s 12th all-time leading passer. He earned a degree in journalism and media studies and after graduation, spent one season as a student assistant and two as an offensive graduate assistant at UNLV.
Steichen worked as an offensive assistant at Louisville in 2010 before spending 2011-12 as a defensive assistant with the Chargers. He also spent 2013 as an offensive quality control coach in Cleveland, working with the quarterbacks. Because of injuries, three Browns quarterbacks started multiple games that season with each passing for over 300 yards at least once. It marked the first time in franchise history and sixth time in NFL history that it had ever happened.
From 2014-15, Steichen was an offensive quality control coach for the Chargers, working primarily with the team’s wide receivers. In 2014, the Chargers were the only team in the NFL to feature four players with at least 778 yards receiving and four touchdown catches. Three of the four were wide receivers. The same four players each also finished the season with more than 50 catches, just the fourth time in franchise history that a team had four 50-catch players. In 2015, the Chargers were the only team in the NFL with seven players who each had at least 400 yards receiving and three touchdown catches. Four of the seven were again wide receivers.
Steichen and wife, Nina, have a son, Hudson. Steichen’s older brother, Sean, was a former punter at Boise State.