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Ron Rivera
Carolina Panthers
Head Coach
Personal information
Date of birth: (1962-01-07) January 7, 1962 (age 51)
Place of birth: Fort Ord, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)Weight: 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
College: California
NFL Draft: 1984 / Round: 2 / Pick: 44
Debuted in 1984 for the Chicago Bears
Last played in 1992 for the Chicago Bears
Made coaching debut in 1997 for the Chicago Bears
Career history
 As player:
 As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 1992
Sacks7.5
Interceptions9
Stats at NFL.com
Head coaching record
Regular season13–19 (.406)
Postseason0–0 (–)
Career record13–19 (.406)
Coaching stats at pro-football-reference.com
 
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Ron Rivera
Carolina Panthers
Head Coach
Personal information
Date of birth: (1962-01-07) January 7, 1962 (age 51)
Place of birth: Fort Ord, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)Weight: 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
College: California
NFL Draft: 1984 / Round: 2 / Pick: 44
Debuted in 1984 for the Chicago Bears
Last played in 1992 for the Chicago Bears
Made coaching debut in 1997 for the Chicago Bears
Career history
 As player:
 As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 1992
Sacks7.5
Interceptions9
Stats at NFL.com
Head coaching record
Regular season13–19 (.406)
Postseason0–0 (–)
Career record13–19 (.406)
Coaching stats at pro-football-reference.com

Ronald Eugene Rivera (born January 7, 1962) is an American football coach and former player, and is currently the head coach of the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL).[1] Rivera played college football for the University of California, and was recognized as an All-American linebacker. He was selected in the second round of the 1984 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the 1985 Chicago Bears, who won Super Bowl XX. As a coach, Rivera was the defensive coordinator for the 2006 Chicago Bears, who won the National Football Conference championship and competed in Super Bowl XLI.

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Early years

Rivera was born in Fort Ord, California. His father was a Puerto Rican commissioned officer in the United States Army stationed in California. There he met his future wife, Rivera's mother of Mexican heritage. As a result of his father's military service, Rivera had to travel and was educated in military bases in Germany, Panama, Washington, D.C., and Maryland. Finally his family moved to central California. There, he attended Seaside High School, where he first started playing football.

Playing career

College career

Rivera was granted a college scholarship and played for the Golden Bears at the University of California, Berkeley. He was an All-American linebacker who once held his school's all-time sack and career tackles records. Rivera still holds the Cal record for most tackles for loss in a season, which he set in 1983.

Pro career

In the 1984 NFL Draft, Rivera was selected in the second round by the Chicago Bears. During the 1985 season, Rivera played in Super Bowl XX, where the Bears beat the New England Patriots, 46-10. He thus became the first Puerto Rican to play on a Super Bowl Championship Team. Rivera played for the Bears for a total of nine seasons (1984–1992).

Coaching career

In 1993, Rivera went to work for WGN-TV and SportsChannel Chicago as a TV analyst covering the Bears and college football. In 1996, he became a defense quality control coach for the Bears.

Philadelphia Eagles

In 1999, Rivera was named linebackers coach for the Philadelphia Eagles. During his tenure the Eagles advanced to the NFC Championship for three consecutive seasons. He is credited with developing linebacker Jeremiah Trotter into a two-time Pro Bowl performer.

Back in Chicago

On January 23, 2004, Rivera was named the Chicago Bears Defensive Coordinator. In 2005, the Chicago Bears defense was rated second-best in the NFL.[2] The Bears qualified for the NFC playoffs losing in the 2nd Round to the Carolina Panthers 29-21. The 2005 performance of the Chicago Bears earned him consideration for Head Coach assignments from several NFL teams.

In 2006, the Bears’ defensive efforts failed to match the success of their 2005 season. Nevertheless, the team was still a notable presence in league, finishing with the league’s third ranked and conference’s top-ranked points allowed category.[2] The defense’s success earned Rivera recognition among franchises looking for new head coaches. The Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers interviewed him in January 2007. He was a candidate for the vacant Dallas Cowboys head coaching position, a job that ultimately went to San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. Rivera was named as a potential candidate to replace the fired Marty Schottenheimer in San Diego, but the job was filled by Norv Turner, the brother of fellow offensive coordinator, Ron Turner, Rivera's offensive counterpart in Chicago.[3][4][5] After the announcement, ESPN reported that the Bears were considering letting Rivera go. This came after several other teams interviewed him, and the negotiations between his representatives and the Bears were making little progress.[6] On February 19, 2007, it was announced that Ron Rivera's contract with the Bears would not be renewed.[7]

San Diego Chargers

The San Diego Chargers hired Rivera as team's inside linebackers coach after he left the Bears.[8] On October 28, 2008, Rivera was promoted to defensive coordinator with the Chargers after the team released former defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell.[9] Rivera had used the 4-3 defense for most of his coaching career, but adopted a 3-4 scheme with the Chargers.

Carolina Panthers

On January 11, 2011, Rivera was named the fourth head coach of the Carolina Panthers. He is the third Latino to be an NFL head coach, the first being New Orleans Saints coach Tom Fears and former Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks coach Tom Flores the second. At his press conference, Rivera announced the Panthers would use a 4-3. He has had a hard time winning close games as 7 out of the 9 Panthers losses have come via 7 points or less.

Head Coaching Record

TeamYearRegular SeasonPost Season
WonLostTiesWin %FinishWonLostWin %Result
CAR20116100.3753rd in NFC South----
CAR2012790.4382nd in NFC South----
CAR Total13190.40600.000
Total13190.40600.000

Personal life

Rivera is married and has two children, Christopher and Courtney, with his wife Stephanie, a former assistant coach for the WNBA's Washington Mystics.[10] In 2003, Rivera was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the California Sports Hall of Fame.

See also


References

  1. ^ Ron Rivera hired as Panthers' coach. ESPN, 2011-01-11
  2. ^ a b "2005 Chicago Bears Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/chi2005.htm. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  3. ^ "Prisuta: Steelers assistant talks with Cardinals - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review". Pittsburghlive.com. 2007-01-19. http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_489267.html. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  4. ^ "Brown: Is Rivera worth the wait? - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review". Pittsburghlive.com. 2007-01-19. http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_489264.html. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  5. ^ John ClaytonNFL senior writerFollowArchive (2007-02-13). "ESPN - Don't expect many big names in Chargers' search - NFL". Sports.espn.go.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=clayton_john&id=2764022&lpos=spotlight&lid=tab2pos1. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  6. ^ "ESPN - Chicago not retaining D-coordinator Rivera - NFL". Sports.espn.go.com. 2007-02-19. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2771399. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  7. ^ "NFL News, Videos, Scores, Teams, Standings, Stats - FOX Sports on MSN". Msn.foxsports.com. http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/6485778. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  8. ^ John ClaytonNFL senior writerFollowArchive (2007-02-20). "ESPN - Rivera joins the Chargers as linebackers coach - NFL". Sports.espn.go.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2771716. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  9. ^ "ESPN - Chargers fire Cottrell, name Rivera new defensive coordinator". Sports.espn.go.com. 2008-10-28. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3669441. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  10. ^ http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2000-05-17/sports/0005170049_1_assistant-basketball-basketball-coach-stambaugh

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Greg Blache
Chicago Bears Defensive Coordinators
2004–2006
Succeeded by
Bob Babich
Preceded by
Greg Manusky
San Diego Chargers Linebackers Coaches
2007–2010
Succeeded by
Vacant
Preceded by
Ted Cottrell
San Diego Chargers Defensive Coordinators
2008–2010
Succeeded by
Greg Manusky