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Russell Dean Pees (born September 4, 1949) is an American football coach who is the defensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). Pees previously served as the defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots of the National Football League, as well as the head football coach at Kent State University from 1998 to 2003, compiling a record of 17–51.

Dean Pees
Candid photograph of Pees wearing a blue t-shirt and white baseball cap bearing the New England Patriots logo on a football field
Pees in 2009
Tennessee Titans
Position:Defensive coordinator
Personal information
Born: (1949-09-04) September 4, 1949 (age 70)
Dunkirk, Ohio
Career information
College:Bowling Green
Career history
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Head coaching record
Regular season:NCAA: 17–51 (.250)
Coaching stats at PFR

Coaching careerEdit


Pees began his college coaching career in 1979 at the University of Findlay as their defensive coordinator and secondary coach following six years as a high school coach. In 1983, Pees moved to Miami University, where he was also the defensive coordinator and secondary coach of the team. From 1987 to 1989, Pees served as the secondary coach at the United States Naval Academy. Pees then took the defensive coordinator job, under Nick Saban, at the University of Toledo, which he held for four seasons with the team. He spent the 1994 season under head coach Lou Holtz as the secondary coach for the University of Notre Dame. From 1995 to 1997, Pees worked as the defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach again under Saban at Michigan State University. In 1998, he earned his first head coaching job at Kent State University. Pees left the program after the 2003 season with a six-year record of 17–51.

New England PatriotsEdit

Prior to the 2004 NFL season, Pees left Kent State for the Patriots, spending two years as the Patriots' linebackers coach under head coach Bill Belichick, another Saban associate. Pees had coached alongside Bill's father, Steve Belichick, at Navy in the late 1980s. After the 2005 season, Pees was promoted to defensive coordinator, replacing Eric Mangini, who became the head coach of the New York Jets. With his contract set to expire following the 2009 season, Pees chose not to return to the Patriots on January 14, 2010.

Baltimore RavensEdit

On January 26, 2010, Pees was hired as the linebackers coach for the Baltimore Ravens. On January 27, 2012, Pees was promoted to defensive coordinator by head coach John Harbaugh. Pees was on the coaching staff that won Super Bowl XLVII.[1] Pees announced his retirement on January 1, 2018.[2]

Tennessee TitansEdit

On January 29, 2018, Pees was hired as the defensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans.[3][4]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Kent State Golden Flashes (Mid-American Conference) (1998–2003)
1998 Kent State 0–11 0–8 6th (East)
1999 Kent State 2–9 2–6 6th (East)
2000 Kent State 1–10 1–7 7th (East)
2001 Kent State 6–5 5–3 T–4th (East)
2002 Kent State 3–9 1–7 6th (East)
2003 Kent State 5–7 4–4 4th (East)
Kent State: 17–51 13–35
Total: 17–51

Coaching treeEdit

Assistant coaches under Pees who became college head coaches:

Personal lifeEdit

Pees' son, Matt, is the Assistant Defensive Line Coach for the Titans.


  1. ^ "Super Bowl XLVII - San Francisco 49ers vs. Baltimore Ravens - February 3rd, 2013". Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  2. ^ "Dean Pees will officially retire as Ravens defensive coordinator today". Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  3. ^ Wolf, Jason (January 29, 2018). "Titans to hire Dean Pees as defensive coordinator". Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  4. ^ "Titans Name Dean Pees DC, Matt LaFleur OC".

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