DALLAS — Former Kansas City Chiefs coach Frank Gansz, who spent much of his NFL and collegiate career working with special teams, died Monday at a Dallas hospital.
SMU spokesman Brad Sutton said Gansz developed complications after undergoing knee replacement surgery last week and died Monday afternoon. Gansz had been special teams coach for the Mustangs last year.
“In his over 30 years in football, Frank was a tremendous coach, a beloved teacher and an outstanding person,” Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said in a statement. “He will be missed.”
Gansz, who was 70, coached for 38 years, 24 in the NFL. He was head coach of the Chiefs from 1987-88. He also was an assistant for the Chiefs twice before taking over the head coaching job. Other stops included special teams coordinator for Jacksonville, Atlanta, St. Louis and Detroit, and well as stints at Philadelphia, Cincinnati and San Francisco. He was on the Rams’ staff for their 2000 Super Bowl win.
The Altoona, Pa., native played college football for Navy. After serving as a pilot in the Air Force, he was on the coaching staffs at the Air Force Academy, UCLA, Oklahoma State, Army, Navy and Colgate.