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Matthew Edward Patricia (born September 13, 1974) is an American football coach who is the head coach of the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He previously served 14 seasons as an assistant coach with the New England Patriots, including six seasons as the team's defensive coordinator from 2012 to 2017, having been with the Patriots since their 2004 Super Bowl-winning season. During his tenure with the Patriots, Patricia won 3 Super Bowls and 5 AFC Championships. Patricia played college football at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), where he was a four-year letterman as an offensive lineman.

Matt Patricia
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Patricia in 2018
Detroit Lions
Position:Head coach
Personal information
Born: (1974-09-13) September 13, 1974 (age 44)
Sherrill, New York
Career information
High school:Vernon-Verona-Sherrill (NY)
College:Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Career history
As coach:
  • RPI (1996)
    Graduate assistant
  • Amherst (1999–2000)
    Defensive line coach
  • Syracuse (2001–2003)
    Offensive graduate assistant
  • New England Patriots (2004–2017)
    – Offensive assistant (2004)
    – Assistant offensive line coach (2005)
    – Linebackers coach (2006–2010)
    – Safeties coach (2011)
    – Defensive coordinator (2012–2017)
  • Detroit Lions (2018–present)
    Head Coach
Career highlights and awards
Head coaching record
Regular season:6–10 (.375)
Coaching stats at PFR


Playing careerEdit

Patricia played at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) where he was a four-year letterman as a center and guard with the Engineers football team from 1992 to 1995. He received a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from RPI in 1996.

Coaching careerEdit

Early coaching careerEdit

Patricia remained at RPI to begin his coaching career as a graduate assistant in 1996.[1] He spent the next two years as an application engineer with Hoffman Air & Filtration Systems in East Syracuse, New York.[2] After graduating, Patricia received an offer to maintain nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers with the Westinghouse Electric Company,[3] but decided to return to football as the defensive line coach for Amherst College from 1999 to 2000. In 2001, he moved to Syracuse University as an offensive graduate assistant for the team, a position he held for three seasons.[4]

New England PatriotsEdit

Patricia joined the Patriots under head coach Bill Belichick as an offensive coaching assistant in 2004. In 2005, upon the departure of assistant offensive line/tight ends coach Jeff Davidson, Patricia was reassigned as the Patriots' assistant offensive line coach. Then-linebackers coach Dean Pees was promoted to defensive coordinator after the season, prompting another reassignment for Patricia, this time to linebackers coach for the 2006 season. Patricia was named the team's safeties coach in 2011. In 2012, he was promoted to the title of defensive coordinator, though he had been calling the plays on defense since the departure of Pees following the 2009 season. In January 2016, the Patriots gave permission for Patricia to interview for the head-coaching position of the Cleveland Browns, but Patricia would remain with the Patriots as defensive coordinator going into the 2016 season. The Patriots won three Super Bowls with Patricia: Super Bowl XXXIX at the end of the 2004 season, Super Bowl XLIX at the end of the 2014 season, and Super Bowl LI at the end of the 2016 season. On January 1, 2018 (NFL Black Monday), it was revealed that Patricia was the subject of the Detroit Lions' and New York Giants' head coaching searches.[5]

Detroit LionsEdit

On February 5, 2018, Patricia was named the head coach of the Detroit Lions. Patricia lost his first two games of the season, the first against the New York Jets, 17-48, on Monday Night Football on September 10, 2018, and the following week against the San Francisco 49ers, 27-30, on September 16, 2018.

His first win as a head coach came on September 23, 2018, against his previous team, the New England Patriots, with Coach Patricia beating his old mentor, Bill Belichick, in the process. It was also the Lions' first win over the Patriots since 2000, which was also Belichick's first year coaching the Patriots.

Coaching treeEdit

NFL head coaches under whom Matt Patricia has served:

Coach Team Tenure
Bill Belichick New England Patriots (2004–2017)

Head coaching recordEdit

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Wins Losses Ties Win % Finish Wins Losses Win % Result
DET 2018 6 10 0 .375 4th in NFC North
Total 6 10 0 .375 0 0 .000

Personal lifeEdit

Patricia married his wife, Raina, in 2009. They have 2 sons, Dominic and Dante, and a daughter, Giamina.


  1. ^ Beattie, Kevin. "Andrew Franks '15 & Matt Patricia '96 To Go Head-to-Head in NFL," Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Athletics, Thursday, October 29, 2015. Retrieved November 19, 2017
  2. ^ Rohan, Tim. "Matt Patricia, Belichick’s Rocket Scientist," Sports Illustrated, November 29, 2016.
  3. ^ Hubbuch, Bart. "How an engineer gave up his job and became Patriots mastermind," New York Post, Wednesday, January 25, 2017.
  4. ^ Reiss, Mike. "Drawn to X's and O's". Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  5. ^ Alper, Josh (January 1, 2018). "Lions reportedly request interviews with Pat Shurmur, Matt Patricia". Retrieved January 1, 2018.

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