Dean Pees

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
Baltimore Ravens
Position: Defensive coordinator
Personal information
Date of birth: (1949-09-04) September 4, 1949
Place of birth: 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

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

Coaching career


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 Patriots

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 team on January 14, 2010.

Baltimore Ravens

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.

Head coaching record

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


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