Who is Kitty Fassel? Meet the wife of late NY Giants coach Jim Fassel

Olivia Olphin June 8, 2021
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Meet Jim Fassel’s wife Kitty Fassel. It has just been announced that the former New York Giants head coach Jim Fassel has died at 71 years old. We give you all the information about his wife Kitty, their relationship, children, as well his incredible career.

Death of New York Giants head coach Jim Fassel

It was announced earlier today that Jim Fassel had passed away at the age of 71.

The Las Vegas resident died of a heart attack while under sedation. This was after he was taken to a hospital on Monday due to pains in his chest.

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Born on 31 August 1949 in Anaheim, California, Jim Fassel went on to become the head coach of the New York Giants from 1997-2003.

He had an incredibly successful career, being given the title of NFL coach of the year in 1997.

Fassel had previously played quarterback at Long Beach State, as well as at USC. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 1972 in the 7th round of the NFL draft.

However, Fassel’s real talent shone as a coach. He began working with college football teams at Utah and Stamford, and then moved to an assistant coaching position with the Arizona Cardinals, the Oakland Raiders and the Denver Bronxos.

Meet Jim’s wife Kitty Fassel

Kitty and Jim married in 1971. However, it appears that Kitty likes to keep her personal life quite private as there is little information about her online.

The pair were only 19 years old when they gave up their eldest son, John Matheison, for adoption on 5 April 1969. This was partially because they were not yet married.

Kitty and John Fassel searched for their son for many years and were reunited with him on 14 May 2003.

However, the couple divorced in 2006 after 35 years together. Although they soon worked through their differences and remarried.

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The Fassel’s also have four other children, including two further sons named John and Brian.

While less is known about Jim Fassel’s other children, John Fassel is now an American Football coach. He is currently the special teams coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL, joining the team in 2020.

John previously attended the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, and then played for Weber State University as a wide receiver.

He initially worked with the Oakland Raiders in 2009, and then moved in 2012 to work for the St Louis Rams as a special teams coordinator.

We send out our condolences to Jim Fassel’s family during this difficult time.

Olivia Olphin is an English Literature graduate and a film and literature fanatic. She has many years of reviewing experience, recently working as accredited press for the London Film Festival. She has also written widely about culture and sex education, as well as LGBTQ+ and women's issues.