Tomlin though never a professional NFL player, Tomlin began his coaching career in 1995 as a wide receiver coach for Virginia Military Institute. Tomlin caught the attention of Arkansas State University who hired him to coach the defensive backs. He spent two seasons there before moving on as a defensive back coach for University of Cincinnati. By the millennium, Tomlin was an NFL coach, taking on the position of assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
After spending 2006 as the Vikings defensive coordinator, Tomlin was selected to interview for the vacant head coaching position with the 2005 Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers. With only a year of experience as a defensive coordinator, Tomlin was hired on January 27, 2007 to become the sixteenth Steelers head coach. In 2007, Tomlin landed his current role as the head coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers. As well as being the first black head coach for the Steelers, Tomlin is the tenth black head coach in NFL history. When the Steelers claimed their victory in Super Bowl XLIII in 2009, Tomlin became the NFL youngest head coach to win a Super Bowl. He was aged 36 at the time of the victory. Tomlin replaced Bill Cowher, who retired after spending 15 years with the team. Tomlin had also interviewed for the head coaching vacancy with the Miami Dolphins, a job that eventually went to Cam Cameron.
Mike Tomlin has a net worth of $16 million and annual salary of $6 million. Mike Tomlin accumulated his net worth as one of the youngest coaches in the history of American sports and he is the first black head coach to lead the Steelers.