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Ed Donatell (born February 4, 1957 in Akron, Ohio[1]) is an American football coach who is currently the defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL).

Ed Donatell
Denver Broncos
Position:Defensive coordinator
Personal information
Born: (1957-02-04) February 4, 1957 (age 62)
Akron, Ohio
Career information
High school:Stow (OH)
College:Glenville State
Career history
As coach:
Career highlights and awards


Donatell served as the defensive coordinator for the University of Washington Huskies football team from January to December 2008 under Tyrone Willingham.[2] He and the entire staff were let go after the winless 2008 season.[3] Previously he served as a special assistant to the New York Jets. Donatell served as the defensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League under head coach Jim Mora for three seasons, prior to which he occupied this position for the Green Bay Packers.

He eventually started working as the San Francisco 49ers defensive backs coach under defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. When Fangio joined the Chicago Bears in 2015, Donatell followed.[4]

On January 15, 2019, the Denver Broncos hired Donatell as their defensive coordinator.[5] With said hiring, Donatell will now have worked for the Broncos on three separate occasions. Donatell's hiring also allows him to continue coaching with Fangio for a ninth consecutive season.

Personal lifeEdit

He graduated from Stow High School in Stow, Ohio,[6] and later earned a master's degree in administration from Kent State University. He is married and has three children.[3] His son Tom is defensive quality control coach for the Seattle Seahawks.[7]


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  2. ^ Donatell to coach Huskies defense
  3. ^ a b Holt takes over Washington's defense, Associated Press, January 5, 2009, Accessed January 5, 2009.
  4. ^ Campbell, Rich (January 21, 2015). "Bears hire seasoned assistant Ed Donatell as defensive backs coach". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 22, 2015.
  5. ^ DiLalla, Aric (January 15, 2019). "Broncos name Ed Donatell as defensive coordinator". Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  6. ^ Ridenour, Marla (January 8, 2005). "Savage Joins Search for Coach: Browns General Manager Helps Interview Crennel, Says He Doesn't Think Ferentz Wants to Leave Iowa". Akron Beacon Journal. Beacon Journal Publishing Co. p. C3 - Sports. ... Ed Donatell, an Akron native and product of Stow High School.
  7. ^ Crabtree, Curtis (March 2, 2017). "Seahawks add Tom Donatell to coaching staff, promote three". NBC Sports. Retrieved March 7, 2017.