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Dean Pees
Defensive Coordinator
Age:
65
College:
Bowling Green
Hometown:
Dola, OH
Experience:
12

Biography

Dean Pees, the sixth defensive coordinator in team history, is in his fourth season leading the Ravens’ defense. Pees, one of eight defensive coordinators in NFL history to coach in a Super Bowl with two different teams, directs the acclaimed Baltimore unit, whose history speaks for itself. Always among the league leaders in the top defensive categories, the 2014 Ravens allowed the sixth-fewest points (18.9) and eighth-fewest yards per game (336.9). Pees’ defense also was the No. 2 red zone unit, allowing a 42.6% TD conversion rate. Baltimore is the only team to rank in the Top 7 in red zone defense each of the last 11 years (2004-14). The 2013 defense ranked 12th overall (335.5 ypg) and was stellar on third down, permitting a 33.5% conversion rate (third in NFL). In 2012, his first year as coordinator, Pees guided a group that was depleted by injuries to key starters, including the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year, OLB Terrell Suggs, who missed the first six games, and future Hall of Fame LB Ray Lewis, who missed the final 10 regular season games. Led by Pro Bowl selections DT Haloti Ngata and another future Hall of Famer, S Ed Reed, the Super Bowl-winning defense was the NFL’s second best in the red zone, surrendering a 43.4% TD mark inside the 20. Pees joined the Ravens in 2010 as linebackers coach and helped the unit finish as the third-best scoring defense (points allowed per game) in four-consecutive years (2008-11). The four-straight years tied an NFL record for consecutive seasons of being in the Top 3 for points allowed. Pees arrived in Baltimore following a six-year stint (2004-09) with the New England Patriots, the final four as defensive coordinator. During his tenure guiding the defense, the Patriots were the only NFL team to finish in the Top 10 in scoring defense in four-straight seasons. New England’s unit also allowed fewer than 20 points per game in every season under Pees’ guidance, the best run of any coordinator in the Bill Belichick era. Pees’ coaching credentials include six years (1998-2003) as head coach at Kent State and 15 seasons as a defensive coordinator on the collegiate level, including the 1983 season when he coached Ravens head coach John Harbaugh at Miami (OH).

2010-14: (with Baltimore) 2014: Led by Pro Bowlers OLB Elvis Dumervil (fourth) and LB C.J. Mosley (first), the Ravens, who ranked No. 2 in red zone defense (42.6%), allowed league’s sixth-fewest points (18.9) and eighth-fewest yards per game (336.9)...Finished tied for second in sacks (49) and allowed the fourth-fewest rushing yards per game (88.3)...Dumervil (a franchise-record 17) and OLB Terrell Suggs (12) combined to produce the most sacks (29) among NFL duos. 2013: Unit ranked third in third-down defense (33.5%) and finished 12th both in points (22.0 ppg) and yards (335.5 ypg) allowed...Pro Bowlers NT Haloti Ngata (fifth) and Suggs (sixth) led the group that lost stalwarts LB Ray Lewis and S Ed Reed...Ravens were seventh in red zone defense, surrendering a 48.8% TD mark inside the 20...LB Daryl Smith was one of three NFL defenders to post at least 100 tackles, 5 sacks and 3 INTs (his 123 tackles led the Ravens), while his 19 PD set a team record by a LB, breaking Ray Lewis’ mark of 13 in 2003...CB Lardarius Webb was second in the league with 22 PD. 2012: Led by Pro Bowl selections Ngata (fourth) and Reed (ninth), the Super Bowl-winning defense was the NFL’s second best in the red zone (43.4%)...Team permitted 21.5 points per game, tying (NYG) for the NFL’s 12th-best mark. 2011: Defense allowed the NFL’s third-fewest points (16.6 ppg) for the fourth-consecutive season...Two of Pees’ LBs, Lewis (13th) and Suggs (fifth), were Pro Bowlers...Despite missing four games (toe injury), Lewis led the team with 95 tackles, and Suggs, who was named the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year, posted a team-leading and career-high 14 sacks, while also forcing an NFL-high 7 FFs. 2010: Ravens allowed the NFL’s third-fewest points (16.9 ppg) for the third-consecutive season...Lewis led the team with 145 tackles and became the only player in NFL history with at least 35 sacks and 30 INTs...Joined Baltimore as the team’s LBs coach.

2004-09: (with New England) 2009: Pees led the Patriots’ defense that ranked 11th in the NFL in total defense (320.2 ypg) and fifth in scoring defense (17.8 ppg). 2008: New England’s defensive unit ranked 10th in the NFL, allowing just 309.0 yards per contest…Patriots surrendered 19.3 points per game and earned an 11-5 record despite using 22 different starters on defense. 2007: NE’s defense contributed to the first 16-0 regular season in NFL history…Defense allowed 274 points (17.4 ppg) and ranked fourth in the NFL in yards per game (288.3), which were the fewest permitted by a Patriots’ defense in 28 years...NE finished second in the league with 47 sacks and sent three starters to the Pro Bowl (LB Mike Vrabel, NT Vince Wilfork and CB Asante Samuel). 2006: In his first season as defensive coordinator, Pees’ defense set a franchise record for points allowed per game (14.8), which was second in the NFL...Defense was fourth in the NFL in take-aways (35). 2005: Tutored a linebacker unit that featured three of the defense’s Top 5 tacklers and accounted for 22 of the team’s 33 sacks. 2004: In his first NFL season, Pees mentored a linebacker group that produced three of the team’s top four tacklers…Defense ranked sixth in the NFL against the run, while the linebackers recorded 27.5 sacks…LB Tedy Bruschi finished second on the team with 128 tackles and earned his first Pro Bowl selection, while LB Willie McGinest paced the defense with 9.5 sacks.

1998-2003: (with Kent State) 2002: QB Joshua Cribbs became only the second player in NCAA history with two “double” (passing/rushing) 1,000-yard seasons and would later go on to break 13 different school records. 2001: Pees led KSU to a 6-5 record, the school’s best mark in 14 years and only its second winning season in 25 years...LB James Harrison – a multi-year NFL Pro Bowler – finished second in school history with 12 sacks and 20 TFL. 1998: Named head coach.

1995-97: (with Michigan State) Was the defensive coordinator/inside linebackers coach on Nick Saban’s staff...Spartans qualified for a postseason bowl game in each of Pees’ three seasons and finished with the 13th-ranked defense in his final year.

1994: (with Notre Dame) Was the secondary coach on Lou Holtz’s staff…Coached future Pro Bowl CB Bobby Taylor during his senior year in which he was named to numerous All-American teams.

1990-93: (with Toledo) Spent four years as the defensive coordinator at Toledo, where he was first hired by head coach Nick Saban in 1990. 1992: Pees’ defense allowed just 13.9 points per game when Toledo posted an 8-3 record, including two shutout victories...Unit did not allow a second-half TD in any of their eight conference games.

1987-89: (with Navy) Held a three-year post as the Naval Academy’s secondary coach.

1983-86: (with Miami-OH) Completed four years as the defensive coordinator/secondary coach. 1983: Was the defensive coordinator and position coach for Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, who played defensive back.

1979-82: (with Findlay) First collegiate coaching experience came as the defensive coordinator/secondary coach during four seasons at the University of Findlay. 1979: Findlay won the Division II National Championship.

1973-78: Coached six years of high school football at Elmwood (Bloomdale, OH) HS, first as an assistant coach (1973-74) and then as a head coach (1975-78).

College: Earned his bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Bowling Green State University.

Personal: Pees, who attended Hardin Northern (Dola, OH) HS, received a distinguished alumni award and was inducted into the school’s newly-formed Hall of Fame in 2013…Dean, who is also a member of the Hardin County Ohio Sports Hall of Fame (2011), was honored with the second annual “A Tribute to Ohio’s Finest” award by Ohio State University in a spring 2015 ceremony at the university...The Dunkirk, Ohio, native was the second-ever NFL coach (Paul Brown, 2014) to receive the honor, which is also awarded to a high school and college coach from Ohio...Dean and his wife, Melody, have six children: Laura (son-in-law Austin), Meredith (son-in-law Scott), Steffani (son-in-law Brian), Matt (daughter-in-law Emily), Elli (son-in-law Chad) and Tarrin, and 10 grandchildren: Kade, Cole, Parker, twins Samantha and Brody, Julian, Ellis, Kyla, Dominic and newborn Wyatt Dean.

 


Dean Pees, the sixth defensive coordinator in team history, is in his fourth season leading the Ravens’ defense. Pees, one of eight defensive coordinators in NFL history to coach in a Super Bowl with two different teams, directs the acclaimed Baltimore unit, whose history speaks for itself. Always among the league leaders in the top defensive categories, the 2014 Ravens allowed the sixth-fewest points (18.9) and eighth-fewest yards per game (336.9). Pees’ defense also was the No. 2 red zone unit, allowing a 42.6% TD conversion rate. Baltimore is the only team to rank in the Top 7 in red zone defense each of the last 11 years (2004-14). The 2013 defense ranked 12th overall (335.5 ypg) and was stellar on third down, permitting a 33.5% conversion rate (third in NFL). In 2012, his first year as coordinator, Pees guided a group that was depleted by injuries to key starters, including the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year, OLB Terrell Suggs, who missed the first six games, and future Hall of Fame LB Ray Lewis, who missed the final 10 regular season games. Led by Pro Bowl selections DT Haloti Ngata and another future Hall of Famer, S Ed Reed, the Super Bowl-winning defense was the NFL’s second best in the red zone, surrendering a 43.4% TD mark inside the 20. Pees joined the Ravens in 2010 as linebackers coach and helped the unit finish as the third-best scoring defense (points allowed per game) in four-consecutive years (2008-11). The four-straight years tied an NFL record for consecutive seasons of being in the Top 3 for points allowed. Pees arrived in Baltimore following a six-year stint (2004-09) with the New England Patriots, the final four as defensive coordinator. During his tenure guiding the defense, the Patriots were the only NFL team to finish in the Top 10 in scoring defense in four-straight seasons. New England’s unit also allowed fewer than 20 points per game in every season under Pees’ guidance, the best run of any coordinator in the Bill Belichick era. Pees’ coaching credentials include six years (1998-2003) as head coach at Kent State and 15 seasons as a defensive coordinator on the collegiate level, including the 1983 season when he coached Ravens head coach John Harbaugh at Miami (OH).

2010-14: (with Baltimore) 2014: Led by Pro Bowlers OLB Elvis Dumervil (fourth) and LB C.J. Mosley (first), the Ravens, who ranked No. 2 in red zone defense (42.6%), allowed league’s sixth-fewest points (18.9) and eighth-fewest yards per game (336.9)...Finished tied for second in sacks (49) and allowed the fourth-fewest rushing yards per game (88.3)...Dumervil (a franchise-record 17) and OLB Terrell Suggs (12) combined to produce the most sacks (29) among NFL duos. 2013: Unit ranked third in third-down defense (33.5%) and finished 12th both in points (22.0 ppg) and yards (335.5 ypg) allowed...Pro Bowlers NT Haloti Ngata (fifth) and Suggs (sixth) led the group that lost stalwarts LB Ray Lewis and S Ed Reed...Ravens were seventh in red zone defense, surrendering a 48.8% TD mark inside the 20...LB Daryl Smith was one of three NFL defenders to post at least 100 tackles, 5 sacks and 3 INTs (his 123 tackles led the Ravens), while his 19 PD set a team record by a LB, breaking Ray Lewis’ mark of 13 in 2003...CB Lardarius Webb was second in the league with 22 PD. 2012: Led by Pro Bowl selections Ngata (fourth) and Reed (ninth), the Super Bowl-winning defense was the NFL’s second best in the red zone (43.4%)...Team permitted 21.5 points per game, tying (NYG) for the NFL’s 12th-best mark. 2011: Defense allowed the NFL’s third-fewest points (16.6 ppg) for the fourth-consecutive season...Two of Pees’ LBs, Lewis (13th) and Suggs (fifth), were Pro Bowlers...Despite missing four games (toe injury), Lewis led the team with 95 tackles, and Suggs, who was named the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year, posted a team-leading and career-high 14 sacks, while also forcing an NFL-high 7 FFs. 2010: Ravens allowed the NFL’s third-fewest points (16.9 ppg) for the third-consecutive season...Lewis led the team with 145 tackles and became the only player in NFL history with at least 35 sacks and 30 INTs...Joined Baltimore as the team’s LBs coach.

2004-09: (with New England) 2009: Pees led the Patriots’ defense that ranked 11th in the NFL in total defense (320.2 ypg) and fifth in scoring defense (17.8 ppg). 2008: New England’s defensive unit ranked 10th in the NFL, allowing just 309.0 yards per contest…Patriots surrendered 19.3 points per game and earned an 11-5 record despite using 22 different starters on defense. 2007: NE’s defense contributed to the first 16-0 regular season in NFL history…Defense allowed 274 points (17.4 ppg) and ranked fourth in the NFL in yards per game (288.3), which were the fewest permitted by a Patriots’ defense in 28 years...NE finished second in the league with 47 sacks and sent three starters to the Pro Bowl (LB Mike Vrabel, NT Vince Wilfork and CB Asante Samuel). 2006: In his first season as defensive coordinator, Pees’ defense set a franchise record for points allowed per game (14.8), which was second in the NFL...Defense was fourth in the NFL in take-aways (35). 2005: Tutored a linebacker unit that featured three of the defense’s Top 5 tacklers and accounted for 22 of the team’s 33 sacks. 2004: In his first NFL season, Pees mentored a linebacker group that produced three of the team’s top four tacklers…Defense ranked sixth in the NFL against the run, while the linebackers recorded 27.5 sacks…LB Tedy Bruschi finished second on the team with 128 tackles and earned his first Pro Bowl selection, while LB Willie McGinest paced the defense with 9.5 sacks.

1998-2003: (with Kent State) 2002: QB Joshua Cribbs became only the second player in NCAA history with two “double” (passing/rushing) 1,000-yard seasons and would later go on to break 13 different school records. 2001: Pees led KSU to a 6-5 record, the school’s best mark in 14 years and only its second winning season in 25 years...LB James Harrison – a multi-year NFL Pro Bowler – finished second in school history with 12 sacks and 20 TFL. 1998: Named head coach.

1995-97: (with Michigan State) Was the defensive coordinator/inside linebackers coach on Nick Saban’s staff...Spartans qualified for a postseason bowl game in each of Pees’ three seasons and finished with the 13th-ranked defense in his final year.

1994: (with Notre Dame) Was the secondary coach on Lou Holtz’s staff…Coached future Pro Bowl CB Bobby Taylor during his senior year in which he was named to numerous All-American teams.

1990-93: (with Toledo) Spent four years as the defensive coordinator at Toledo, where he was first hired by head coach Nick Saban in 1990. 1992: Pees’ defense allowed just 13.9 points per game when Toledo posted an 8-3 record, including two shutout victories...Unit did not allow a second-half TD in any of their eight conference games.

1987-89: (with Navy) Held a three-year post as the Naval Academy’s secondary coach.

1983-86: (with Miami-OH) Completed four years as the defensive coordinator/secondary coach. 1983: Was the defensive coordinator and position coach for Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, who played defensive back.

1979-82: (with Findlay) First collegiate coaching experience came as the defensive coordinator/secondary coach during four seasons at the University of Findlay. 1979: Findlay won the Division II National Championship.

1973-78: Coached six years of high school football at Elmwood (Bloomdale, OH) HS, first as an assistant coach (1973-74) and then as a head coach (1975-78).

College: Earned his bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Bowling Green State University.

Personal: Pees, who attended Hardin Northern (Dola, OH) HS, received a distinguished alumni award and was inducted into the school’s newly-formed Hall of Fame in 2013…Dean, who is also a member of the Hardin County Ohio Sports Hall of Fame (2011), was honored with the second annual “A Tribute to Ohio’s Finest” award by Ohio State University in a spring 2015 ceremony at the university...The Dunkirk, Ohio, native was the second-ever NFL coach (Paul Brown, 2014) to receive the honor, which is also awarded to a high school and college coach from Ohio...Dean and his wife, Melody, have six children: Laura (son-in-law Austin), Meredith (son-in-law Scott), Steffani (son-in-law Brian), Matt (daughter-in-law Emily), Elli (son-in-law Chad) and Tarrin, and 10 grandchildren: Kade, Cole, Parker, twins Samantha and Brody, Julian, Ellis, Kyla, Dominic and newborn Wyatt Dean.

 


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