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Mike Pettine

Mike Pettine
File:Mike Pettine 2014 Browns training camp.jpg
Pettine at 2014 Browns training camp.
Current position
Title Head Coach
Team Cleveland Browns
Personal information
Date of birth (1966-09-25) September 25, 1966 (age 49)
Place of birth Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma mater University of Virginia
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1993–1994 University of Pittsburgh
(Graduate Assistant)
1995–1996 William Tennent High School
(Head Coach)
1997–2001 North Penn High School
(Head Coach)
2002–2003 Baltimore Ravens
(Coaching Assistant)
2004 Baltimore Ravens
(Ass't Defensive Line Coach)
2005–2008 Baltimore Ravens
(Outside Linebackers Coach)
2009–2012 New York Jets
(Defensive Coordinator)
2013 Buffalo Bills
(Defensive Coordinator)
2014–present Cleveland Browns
(Head Coach)

Michael M. "Mike" Pettine (born September 25, 1966) is an American football coach, who is currently the head coach of the NFL's Cleveland Browns. He was formerly the defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets and the outside linebackers coach for the Baltimore Ravens.

Pettine is the son of famous Pennsylvania high school football coach Mike Pettine Sr. who compiled a record of 326–42–4 in 33 seasons, including four AAAA state championships, as head coach at Central Bucks High School West.[1]

Playing career

Pettine played free safety at the University of Virginia,[2] graduating in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in economics.[3] He also played high school football on his father's Central Bucks West team, earning all-state honors as a quarterback and defensive back.[4]

High school coaching

Pettine coached high school football in Pennsylvania at North Penn and William Tennent high schools after working as a graduate assistant at the University of Pittsburgh (1993–1994). He also spent four years as an assistant coach for his father, at Central Bucks West High School. In 1999, a New York Times TV crew documented the North Penn football season for ESPN in a film titled The Season. The TV show consisted of two separate hours and followed the team behind the scenes during the 1999 season and highlighted the rivalry between North Penn and Central Bucks West, coached at the time by Pettine's father, Mike Pettine Sr.[1]


Baltimore Ravens

Pettine joined the Ravens in 2001 and was promoted to OLB's coach in 2005 when Ryan became defensive coordinator.

New York Jets

Pettine, Rex Ryan's "right-hand man", reportedly received a three-year deal to lead the Jets defense. Pettine has been credited with contributing strongly to the Jets number one defense in the NFL in 2009. His tenure with the Jets ended after the 2012 season, with the expiration of his contract.[5]

Buffalo Bills

Pettine was hired to be the defensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills on January 9, 2013.[6]

Cleveland Browns

Pettine was hired to be the head coach of the Cleveland Browns on January 23, 2014.[7]

Head coaching record


Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
CLE 2014 7 9 0 .438 4th AFC North
CLE Total 7 9 0 .438 0 0 .000
Total 7 9 0 .438 0 0 .000

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Mike Pettine has served:


External links

Preceded by
Bob Sutton
New York Jets Defensive Coordinators
Succeeded by
Dennis Thurman
Preceded by
Dave Wannstedt
Buffalo Bills Defensive Coordinators
Succeeded by
Jim Schwartz