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Ivan Fears

Ivan Fears
Fears during an August 28, 2009 preseason game against the Washington Redskins.
Current position
Team New England Patriots
Personal information
Date of birth (1954-11-15) November 15, 1954 (age 65)
Place of birth Portsmouth, Virginia
Career information
Position(s) Running Backs Coach
College William & Mary
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1976 William & Mary
(Graduate Assistant)
1977 William & Mary
(Wide Receivers Coach)
1978–1979 William & Mary
(Quarterbacks Coach)
1980–1990 Syracuse
(Wide Receivers Coach)
1991–1992 New England Patriots
(Wide Receivers Coach)
1993–1998 Chicago Bears
(Wide Receivers Coach)
1999–2001 New England Patriots
(Wide Receivers Coach)
2002–present New England Patriots
(Running Backs Coach)

Ivan Fears (born November 15, 1954 in Portsmouth, Virginia) is the current American football running backs coach for the New England Patriots of the National Football League.

Playing career

High school

Fears attended John Yeates High School in Suffolk, Virginia, and was a letterman in football. In football, he was twice named the school's "Outstanding Player of the Year", and as a senior, was also an All-State selection.


Fears attended The College of William & Mary, where he played football as a running back from 1973 to 1975.

Coaching career


Fears began his coaching career in 1976 with his alma mater, William & Mary as a graduate assistant and in 1977-1978 was the team's Receivers coach. In 1979 he served as the team's quarterbacks coach before moving to Syracuse University in 1980 as the [1] wide receivers coach.


Fears joined the Patriots' coaching staff in 1991. He spent two seasons with the Patriots before moving on to coach the Chicago Bears' wide receivers starting in 1993, but rejoined New England in 1999 as their wide receivers coach. In 2002, he was reassigned to running backs coach.


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