Coach Bio

David Culley
Assistant Head Coach/Wide Receivers

Biography

David Culley enters his fourth season as the Chiefs assistant head coach/wide receivers in 2016, beginning his 23rd season as an NFL assistant coach. 

Under Culley's tutelage in 2015, veteran WR Jeremy Maclin recorded 1,088 yards in his first season with the Chiefs, marking the first 1,000-yard receving season by a wide receiver since Dwayne Bowe recorded 1,159 receiving yards in 2011. Maclin's 87 catches were an all-time single-season high among wide receivers in Chiefs history. Second-year WR Albert Wilson continued his growth as an NFL receiver solidifying himself as the offense's No. 2 receiver after being signed to the club as a college free agent in 2014. Wilson recorded 35 catches for 451 yards and two touchdowns under Culley's leadership. 

During the 2014 season, Culley led WR Dwayne Bowe to his seventh season with 50 or more receptions making him the second player in franchise history to accomplish the feat. Under Culley’s guidence in 2013, three Chiefs receivers each recorded at least 500 yards receiving and saw expanded roles in the pass-catching portion of the Chiefs attack. With Culley at the helm of the receiving corps under Reid’s watch, an emphasis has been placed on all aspects of playing the position, such as route running and run blocking to develop complete and versitile receivers.

Prior to arriving in Kansas City in 2013, Culley served 14 seasons as the wide receivers coach for the Philadelphia Eagles (1999-2012) working under Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid who held the same title for the Eagles during that timeframe.

With the Eagles, Culley tutored two up-and-coming NFL talents in DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. Jackson earned back-to-back Pro Bowl berths in 2009-10. In his first three years, Maclin caught more passes (189) than any other player in team history besides TE Keith Jackson (194).

Culley joined the Eagles after a three-year stint as the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers coach. During that three-year span, the Steelers reached the playoffs twice, advancing to the AFC title game in 1997 and to the divisional playoffs the previous season. In all, Culley has made six appearances in conference championship games.

Culley was recruited by Bill Parcells as a quarterback at Vanderbilt University. After his collegiate playing career was over, he coached the running backs at Austin Peay University (1978). He then returned to his alma mater to coach the Commodores receivers (1979-81).

He went on to make one-year stops at Middle Tennessee State, Tennessee-Chattanooga and Western Kentucky with a four-year stay as quarterbacks coach at Southwestern Louisiana, where he coached future Eagles player Brian Mitchell. Under Culley’s direction, Mitchell became the first player in NCAA history to pass for more than 5,000 yards and rush for more than 3,000 yards in a career.

Culley served as the offensive coordinator/running backs/wide receivers coach at the University of Texas-El Paso (1989-90) before joining the coaching staff at Texas A&M as the wide receivers coach (1991-93).

His first NFL coaching job came at Tampa Bay as he coached the Buccaneers wideouts (1994-95). He then moved on to coach the wide receivers for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1996-98). In 1997, with Culley’s help, Steelers WR Yancey Thigpen caught 79 passes for a Steelers single-season record 1,398 yards and seven touchdowns en route to Pro Bowl honors.

Culley graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in health and physical education.

Education: ­Vanderbilt University (B.S. 1978). Born: Sparta, Tenn. Family: Wife - Carolyn; Children - Monty and Jessie.

David Culley enters his fourth season as the Chiefs assistant head coach/wide receivers in 2016, beginning his 23rd season as an NFL assistant coach. 

Under Culley's tutelage in 2015, veteran WR Jeremy Maclin recorded 1,088 yards in his first season with the Chiefs, marking the first 1,000-yard receving season by a wide receiver since Dwayne Bowe recorded 1,159 receiving yards in 2011. Maclin's 87 catches were an all-time single-season high among wide receivers in Chiefs history. Second-year WR Albert Wilson continued his growth as an NFL receiver solidifying himself as the offense's No. 2 receiver after being signed to the club as a college free agent in 2014. Wilson recorded 35 catches for 451 yards and two touchdowns under Culley's leadership. 

During the 2014 season, Culley led WR Dwayne Bowe to his seventh season with 50 or more receptions making him the second player in franchise history to accomplish the feat. Under Culley’s guidence in 2013, three Chiefs receivers each recorded at least 500 yards receiving and saw expanded roles in the pass-catching portion of the Chiefs attack. With Culley at the helm of the receiving corps under Reid’s watch, an emphasis has been placed on all aspects of playing the position, such as route running and run blocking to develop complete and versitile receivers.

Prior to arriving in Kansas City in 2013, Culley served 14 seasons as the wide receivers coach for the Philadelphia Eagles (1999-2012) working under Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid who held the same title for the Eagles during that timeframe.

With the Eagles, Culley tutored two up-and-coming NFL talents in DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. Jackson earned back-to-back Pro Bowl berths in 2009-10. In his first three years, Maclin caught more passes (189) than any other player in team history besides TE Keith Jackson (194).

Culley joined the Eagles after a three-year stint as the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers coach. During that three-year span, the Steelers reached the playoffs twice, advancing to the AFC title game in 1997 and to the divisional playoffs the previous season. In all, Culley has made six appearances in conference championship games.

Culley was recruited by Bill Parcells as a quarterback at Vanderbilt University. After his collegiate playing career was over, he coached the running backs at Austin Peay University (1978). He then returned to his alma mater to coach the Commodores receivers (1979-81).

He went on to make one-year stops at Middle Tennessee State, Tennessee-Chattanooga and Western Kentucky with a four-year stay as quarterbacks coach at Southwestern Louisiana, where he coached future Eagles player Brian Mitchell. Under Culley’s direction, Mitchell became the first player in NCAA history to pass for more than 5,000 yards and rush for more than 3,000 yards in a career.

Culley served as the offensive coordinator/running backs/wide receivers coach at the University of Texas-El Paso (1989-90) before joining the coaching staff at Texas A&M as the wide receivers coach (1991-93).

His first NFL coaching job came at Tampa Bay as he coached the Buccaneers wideouts (1994-95). He then moved on to coach the wide receivers for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1996-98). In 1997, with Culley’s help, Steelers WR Yancey Thigpen caught 79 passes for a Steelers single-season record 1,398 yards and seven touchdowns en route to Pro Bowl honors.

Culley graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in health and physical education.

Education: ­Vanderbilt University (B.S. 1978). Born: Sparta, Tenn. Family: Wife - Carolyn; Children - Monty and Jessie.