Sean Desai : Ethnicity | Coaching history | Salary

The Philadelphia Eagles have their new defensive coordinator, as Sean Desai has been hired by the team. Check out his coaching history here.

Sean Desai : Ethnicity | Coaching history | Salary

Desai received his undergraduate degree in philosophy and political science, with a minor in biology, from Boston University in 2004.

Sean Desai : Ethnicity | Coaching history | Salary

Desai earned a master’s degree in higher and postsecondary education from Columbia University in 2005.

Then Desai earned his doctorate in educational administration in 2008 at Temple University, and was an adjunct professor for two years.

He previously served as the associate head coach and defensive assistant for the Seattle Seahawks and also previously served as an assistant coach for the Chicago Bears, Boston College, University of Miami and Temple University.

Sean Desai Ethnicity 

Indian-American Sean Desai has been named new defensive coordinator for Chicago Bears, making him the first National Football League (NFL) Coordinator of South Asian and Indian descent.

Last week, the Chicago Bears promoted Desai, 37, from safeties coach to defensive coordinator. He replaces Chuck Pagano, who announced retirement early after 36 years in coaching.

Sean Desai : Ethnicity | Coaching history | Salary

“We are very fortunate and excited to promote from within and announce Sean Desai has been named defensive coordinator for our football team,” Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy said in a statement.

“He is a person of high football intelligence, extremely detail-oriented, has a very strong work ethic and I cannot think of someone more deserving to lead our defense. Sean is a family man of high character and the respect he has within our building from coaches, players and staff is unparalleled,” Nagy said.

Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi welcomed Desai’s promotion.

“As a die-hard Chicago Bears fan, a person of South Asian and Indian descent, and as an American, I’m thrilled by the news that the Bears have chosen Sean Desai as their new Defensive Coordinator, making him the first coordinator of South Asian and Indian descent in NFL history,” he said.

Sean Desai Coaching history 

Desai began his coaching career at Temple University as a defensive and special teams coach from 2006 until 2010. In 2010, he served as the special teams coordinator for the Owls.

Sean Desai : Ethnicity | Coaching history | Salary

Career history
As a coach:
  • Temple (2006–2010)
    Defensive & special teams coach
  • Miami (FL) (2011)
    Assistant director of football operations
  • Boston College (2012)
    Running backs coach & special teams coordinator
  • Chicago Bears (2013–2018)
    Defensive quality control coach
  • Chicago Bears (2019–2020)
    Safeties coach
  • Chicago Bears (2021)
    Defensive coordinator
  • Seattle Seahawks (2022)
    Associate head coach & defensive assistant
  • Philadelphia Eagles (2023–present)
    Defensive coordinator

In 2011, Desai joined the University of Miami as their assistant director of football operations.

And in 2012, Desai joined as the running backs coach and special teams coordinator at Boston College.

In 2013, Desai was hired by the Chicago Bears as a quality control assistant under head coach Marc Trestman.

As a quality control assistant, he worked with the Bears’ defensive backs and linebackers while also assisting the special teams coaches.

Desai was retained by head coach John Fox in 2015 and Matt Nagy in 2018. On February 8, 2019, Desai was promoted to safeties coaches.

The Bears went 8–8 in 2019 and missed the playoffs. Under his coaching, Eddie Jackson was named to the Pro Bowl.

He was not retained by the team following the departure of head coach Matt Nagy after the 2021 season.

On February 11, 2022, Desai was hired by the Seattle Seahawks as an Associate Defensive head coach.

On February 28, 2023, Desai was hired by the Philadelphia Eagles as their defensive coordinator under head coach Nick Sirianni, replacing Jonathan Gannon, who departed to become the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.


Information regarding Sean Desai salary is not readily available.

Sean Desai : Ethnicity | Coaching history | Salary

However, the average salary for a defensive coordinator in the SEC last season was just below $900,000 as they were paid an average of a little more than $600,000.

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