The Dallas Cowboys added Steve Loney as their assistant offensive line coach in 2015, a position held by Frank Pollack (2013-14) prior to his promotion to offensive line coach. In 2016 Loney moves to a senior offensive assistant role where he can lend his wealth of knowledge to various facets of the offense.
Loney, who brings 40 years of coaching experience, including 13 years in the NFL, has enjoyed success in developing prolific offensive attacks at both the National Football League and collegiate levels.
As the assistant offensive line coach in 2015 during his first season with the Cowboys, Loney helped coach a unit anchored by three 2015 Pro Bowlers in Tyron Smith (third), Travis Frederick (second) and Zack Martin (second). The starting line also featured veteran mainstay Doug Free, who like Frederick, Martin and Smith, started all 16 games during the season. The line also welcomed undrafted, yet heralded, rookie La’el Collins, who broke into the starting lineup at left guard by Week 6. The offensive line once again paved the way for a 1,000-yard rusher as free agent addition Darren McFadden produced 1,089 yards - his second career 1,000-yard season - on a career-high 239 carries while averaging 4.6 yards-per-carry. He posted five 100-yard games to tie for second in the NFL and give him the second-most in a season in his career. The offense averaged 118.1 rushing yards-per-game to finish ninth in the NFL. The group was also tasked with the challenge of protecting fourth different starting quarterbacks in 2015 following injuries to Tony Romo.
Loney spent the 2014 season as a consultant to the coaching staff at the University of Arkansas. He came to Dallas to help tutor one of the most talented and youngest offensive line groups in the NFL with all five starters, including three Pro Bowl selections, returning from the 2014 squad.
Loney was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant offensive line coach for two seasons (2012-13), during which he helped foster a rushing attack that produced the second-highest individual rushing total in team history - 1,454 yards by Doug Martin - and ranked in the top half of the league in carries of 10-plus yards. He spent 2008-11 as the St. Louis Rams offensive line coach, overseeing a unit that paved the way for Steven Jackson to rush for at least 1,000 yards in each of Loney’s four years.
Loney joined the Rams after one season (2007) as Drake University’s interim head coach. Before landing at Drake, he was the Arizona Cardinals offensive line coach (2006) after spending four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. While in Minnesota, Loney worked with offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, coaching the offensive line (2002-04), and upon Linehan’s departure, became the offensive coordinator in 2005. Loney tutored the 2003 Vikings offensive line featuring a starting five that appeared in all 16 games as a unit, marking only the fourth time in Vikings history that all five linemen started every game. Although Loney used six different combinations on the offensive line in 2004, the offense finished fourth overall - setting a team record for yardage - and Daunte Culpepper posted the then fourth-best passer rating in NFL history. In his two previous seasons with Minnesota, the Vikings led the NFL in total offense in 2003 and in rushing in 2002.
Loney had three coaching stints at his alma mater, Iowa State, starting off as a graduate assistant in 1974. He was the school’s offensive coordinator/offensive line coach from 1995-97 and again from 2000-01. During his third stay with the Cyclones, Loney’s offense produced back-to-back bowl seasons in 2000 and 2001. In 2001 the Cyclones averaged 423.1 total yards-per-game and 26.9 points-per-outing. In 2000 his offense averaged 424.4 yards-per-game, the third-best total in school history. In his second stint from 1995-97, he engineered a rush attack that produced the only tailback in NCAA history to rush for a pair of 2,000-yard seasons, Heisman Trophy finalist Troy Davis (1995-96).
Between his last two stops in Ames, Loney served as the offensive coordinator and line coach at the University of Minnesota (1998-99). He was the assistant head coach/wide receivers at Connecticut (1994) after making his NFL coaching debut with the Phoenix Cardinals as an assistant offensive line coach in 1993. He also coached collegiately at Colorado State (1989-92), The Citadel (1984-86), Morehead State (1979-83) and Missouri Western (1975-76). Loney coached two seasons of high school ball at Leavenworth, Kan., High School from 1977-78.
Loney was a letterman on the offensive line at Iowa State in 1973 and earned his bachelor’s degree in distributed studies and his master’s in secondary school administration.
Loney and his wife, Terri, have three children, Matt, Katie and Kylan, and eight grandchildren.