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Marvin Lewis, a record-setting NFL defensive coordinator and one of the brightest and most innovative minds in the league, became the ninth coach in Cincinnati Bengals history on January 14, 2003. Lewis has orchestrated an organizational overhaul in Cincinnati, leaving his imprint on the roster, coaching staff and front office. The effects of these changes have been felt throughout the community, as well as on the field, where Coach Lewis has directed the Bengals to the top of the AFC North division. His role in the Bengals’ stunning turn-around has been one of the biggest stories in sports.

Prior to his head coaching opportunity in Cincinnati, Lewis directed the NFL’s fifth ranked defensive unit with Washington, serving as assistant head coach in addition to

his coordinator’s role. He came to the Redskins after six seasons as defensive

coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens, a stint that included a Super Bowl victory

following the 2000 season. The 2000 unit has been widely considered as the best NFL

defense of all time.

Lewis has 24 years of coaching experience, as well as a long list of personal and professional accolades. Prior to his tenure with the Ravens, he spent four seasons (1992-95) with the Pittsburgh Steelers as the linebackers coach. From 1993-95, the Steelers’ defense ranked among the top three in the NFL each season.

Since his arrival in Cincinnati, Lewis has made an indelible impression in the community, making more than 100 appearances in his first two years. To date, he has participated in activities supporting organizations such as the YWCA, Cincinnati Public Library, Free Store Food Bank, Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce, Taft High School, Cystic Fibrosis, Calvary United Methodist Church, Procter & Gamble’s A.D.O.P.T. program, NAACP, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation,

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati, Boys Hope Girls Hope, The Youth Foundation, Youth, Incorporated and countless others. In October of 2003, Peggy and Marvin Lewis launched the Marvin Lewis Community Fund to empower,

educate, and inspire children while enriching the region. In its short existence, the Marvin Lewis Community Fund has donated over $600,000 to its recipients and programs.


1978-80: Idaho State - linebacker, quarterback and safety.

1981-84: Idaho State - Assistant Coach.

1985-86: Long Beach State Assistant Coach.

1987-89: New Mexico Assistant Coach.

1990-91: University of Pittsburgh Assistant Coach.

1992-95: Pittsburgh Steelers – Assistant Coach.

1996-2001: Baltimore Ravens - Defensive Coordinator.

2002: Washington Redskins - Defensive Coordinator.

2003: Cincinnati Bengals Head Coach.

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