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Lou Spanos enters his 20th year of coaching, his 18th in the NFL and first year for the Titans. Spanos joined the staff after spending two seasons as UCLA’s defensive coordinator.

Last year, as defensive coordinator for the Bruins, Spanos’ defense only allowed 23.2 points per game and 34.9 percent on third down, to rank among the top teams in the PAC-12. The team finished eighth in the nation in sacks; and in his two years as coordinator, the Bruins totaled 79 sacks and 58 forced turnovers. During his two seasons with the Bruins, he transitioned 2014 first-round pick Anthony Barr from an offensive player into an All-American linebacker who totaled 23.5 sacks. He also coached defensive end Datone Jones, who would become the Green Bay Packers first-round pick in 2013.

Lou Spanos enters his 20th year of coaching, his 18th in the NFL and first year for the Titans. Spanos joined the staff after spending two seasons as UCLA’s defensive coordinator.

Last year, as defensive coordinator for the Bruins, Spanos’ defense only allowed 23.2 points per game and 34.9 percent on third down, to rank among the top teams in the PAC-12. The team finished eighth in the nation in sacks; and in his two years as coordinator, the Bruins totaled 79 sacks and 58 forced turnovers. During his two seasons with the Bruins, he transitioned 2014 first-round pick Anthony Barr from an offensive player into an All-American linebacker who totaled 23.5 sacks. He also coached defensive end Datone Jones, who would become the Green Bay Packers first-round pick in 2013.

Prior to his time with the Bruins, Spanos spent two seasons (2010-11) as the linebackers coach for the Washington Redskins, during which time linebacker London Fletcher earned two Pro Bowl selections and Brian Orakpo earned one invite.

The previous 15 seasons, Spanos was a defensive assistant with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He joined the Steelers in 1994 as an intern in the scouting department before being promoted to a defensive assistant the following season. As an assistant, he worked closely with the linebackers and the secondary. During this time, the Steelers defense ranked among the top 10 in total yards allowed 13 times, including four number-one rankings. Spanos earned two championships in Super Bowls XL and XLIII, and coached in Super Bowl XXX. During his tenure, nine Steeler linebackers made a total of 19 Pro Bowl appearances – Kevin Greene (2), Greg Lloyd (2), Chad Brown (1), Levon Kirkland (2), Jason Gildon (3), Kendrell Bell (1), Joey Porter (3), James Farrior (2) and James Harrison (3).

Raised in Pittsburgh, Pa., Spanos played four years (1989-92) at center/guard for Tulsa, where he spent one additional season as a student assistant working with the linebackers. He and his wife, Timme, have three children: Zachary, Caleb, and Gabriella.

Lou Spanos Coaching Ledger:

2014: Linebackers, Tennessee Titans
2012-13: Defensive Coordinator, UCLA
2010-11: Linebackers, Washington Redskins

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