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Spagnuolo was the only coach to work under highly-respected defensive coordinator Jim Johnson during his entire tenure in Philadelphia. During six of his eight seasons with the Eagles, Spagnuolo coached a player that earned Pro Bowl honors.
Spagnuolo (pronounced SPAG-no-low) helped coach an Eagles defense that is traditionally one of the NFL's best. This season, Philadelphia ranked 15th in the NFL, allowing 328.1 yards a game. The Eagles were 26th against the run (136.4) but ninth versus the pass (191.7). Philadelphia allowed 328 points, tying the Eagles with Atlanta for 15th in the league.
Spagnuolo originally joined the Eagles' coaching staff in 1999 as a defensive assistant/quality control coach working specifically with the team's safeties. Two years later, he was promoted to defensive backs coach, where he spent three seasons tutoring Pro Bowlers Brian Dawkins, Bobby Taylor, Troy Vincent and Michael Lewis. In those three seasons, the Eagles pass defense ranked in the NFL's top 10 in three key statistical categories: third-down defense, touchdown passes allowed and net yards per pass attempt.
Prior to joining the Eagles, Spagnuolo, 47, spent 15 seasons in the collegiate coaching ranks and two years in NFL Europe.
He spent the 1998 season as the defensive coordinator of NFL Europe's Frankfurt Galaxy, who finished second in the league in total defense en route to a World Bowl appearance. Four of the six linebackers and nine of the 11 defensive starters he tutored went on to play in the NFL. Spagnuolo also served as the defensive line and special teams coach of the Barcelona Dragons in 1992.
A native of Grafton, Mass. Spagnuolo has served as a defensive coordinator on the college level with Connecticut and Maine. In addition, he served as assistant coach at Massachusetts, Lafayette, Rutgers and Bowling Green.
Prior to his stint at Maine, Spagnuolo spent four months as a scout for the San Diego Chargers under then-general manager Bobby Beathard. His first NFL experience came in 1983 as an intern with the Washington Redskins under then-assistant general manager Charlie Casserly.
Spagnuolo was born on Dec. 21, 1959 in Whitinsville, Mass. He attended Grafton High School and earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Springfield (Mass.) College and a master's degree in sports management from the University of Massachusetts. He is married (Maria).
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