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Kevin O'Dea
Special Teams Coordinator

Biography

21st NFL Season, 8th with Buccaneers

Kevin O’Dea begins his second season as special teams coordinator with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In 2014, O’Dea oversaw a Buccaneers special teams unit that was one of the best in punt coverage in the league, allowing only 5.8 yards per punt return the second-lowest mark in the NFL, while forcing 26 fair catches, the fifth-most in the league. In addition, punter Michael Koenen recorded touchbacks on only two of his 79 punts, tied for the fewest among qualified punters (min. 32 punts). Another factor in Tampa Bay’s punt coverage was wide receiver Russell Shepard, whose 14 solo special teams tackles tied for the league lead.

O’Dea also oversaw the development of rookie kicker Patrick Murray, who ended the season making his final 13 field goals, the longest active streak in the NFL and the fourth-longest in Buccaneers history. Murray also proved to be a weapon from long distance, connecting on five field goals of 50-or-more yards, tied for the second-most in a season in team history and tied for the fourth-most in the NFL in 2014. His 83.3 percent conversion rate (5-of-6) from 50 or more yards was the highest among 15 players with at least four attempts.

The Bucs also posted the too field goal block unit in the NFL, holding opponents to a 74% conversion rate (29-of-39), while blocking one field goal.

Entering his 21st NFL season, O’Dea has previously coached with the San Diego Chargers (Defensive/Special Teams Assistant 1994-95), Tampa Bay (Offensive/Defensive Assistant, 1996-2001), Detroit Lions (Special Teams Assistant 2002-03), Arizona Cardinals (Special Teams Coordinator 2004-05), Chicago Bears (Assistant Special Teams Coach 2006-07; 2011-12), New York Jets (Special Teams Coach 2008-09) and Kansas City Chiefs (Assistant Special Teams Coach 2013). O’Dea has also coached in the UFL (2010 Hartford Colonials Special Teams Coordinator) and in the collegiate ranks.

With Kansas City in 2013, O’Dea helped guide one of the top special teams units in the NFL, recording a league-leading four return touchdowns (two punt, two kick), including Dexter McCluster’s two punt return touchdowns, the most in the NFL. O’Dea also helped punter Dustin Colquitt tie for the league lead in punts inside the 20-yard line, while allowing the fourth-lowest punt return average in the NFL.

During O’Dea’s stints in Chicago, the Bears had one of the top special teams units in the NFL, including the 2007 team that recorded six return touchdowns (four punt, two kick), the most in a single season in NFL history. O’Dea also helped Devin Hester into one of the top return specialists in the NFL, earning Pro Bowl and All-Pro berths in 2006-07, when he recorded 12 return touchdowns (seven punt, four kick, one missed field goal), the most ever in consecutive seasons.

In addition to working with Hester, O’Dea has assisted in coaching several other special teams players to Pro Bowls: kick returner Dexter McCluster (Kansas City, 2013); special teamer Corey Graham (Chicago, 2011); kick returner Leon Washington (N.Y. Jets, 2008); special teamer Brendon Ayanbadejo (Chicago, 2006-07); kicker Robbie Gould (Chicago, 2006); kicker Neil Rackers (Arizona, 2005); kicker Martin Gramatica (2000); punter Darren Bennett (San Diego 1995) and kicker John Carney (San Diego 1994).

Prior to joining the NFL, O’Dea spent eight years as a collegiate coach. He began his coaching career at his alma mater of Lock Haven University, where, when his playing career was cut short, he coached wide receivers (1986). Following his time with Lock Haven, O’Dea spent one season coaching freshman defensive backs at Cornell (1987) before working as a graduate assistant at Virginia (1989-90) and Penn State (1991), before being promoted to assistant strength and conditioning/defensive line/linebackers coach (1992-93).

A native of Williamsport, Pa., O’Dea spent four years in the Coast Guard (1979-83) before enrolling in Lock Haven, where he earned a fitness management degree and later obtained a master’s degree in education from Virginia. O’Dea and his wife, Mary Anne, have two sons, Sean and Ryan.

O’DEA AT A GLANCE

YEARS                                                                                                                         POSITION

1984-85                                                                                        Lock Haven University, Player

1986                                                                 Lock Haven University, Wide Receivers Coach

1987                                                                                   Cornell, Defensive Backs-Freshmen

1988-89                                                                                             Virginia, Graduate Assistant

1990                                                                                        Virginia, Assistant Strength Coach

1991                                                                                             Penn State, Graduate Assistant

1992-93                              Penn State, Assistant Strength/Defensive Line/Linebackers Coach

1994-95                                           San Diego Chargers, Defensive/Special Teams Assistant

1996-2001                                           Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Offensive/Defensive Assistant

2002-03                                                                          Detroit Lions, Special Teams Assistant

2004-05                                                             Arizona Cardinals, Special Teams Coordinator

2006-07                                                           Chicago Bears, Assistant Special Teams Coach

2008-09                                                                 New York Jets, Special Teams Coordinator

2010                                                       Harford Colonials (UFL), Special Teams Coordinator

2011-12                                                           Chicago Bears, Assistant Special Teams Coach

2013                                                         Kansas City Chiefs, Assistant Special Teams Coach

2014-                                                       Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Special Teams Coordinator

21st NFL Season, 8th with Buccaneers

Kevin O’Dea begins his second season as special teams coordinator with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In 2014, O’Dea oversaw a Buccaneers special teams unit that was one of the best in punt coverage in the league, allowing only 5.8 yards per punt return the second-lowest mark in the NFL, while forcing 26 fair catches, the fifth-most in the league. In addition, punter Michael Koenen recorded touchbacks on only two of his 79 punts, tied for the fewest among qualified punters (min. 32 punts). Another factor in Tampa Bay’s punt coverage was wide receiver Russell Shepard, whose 14 solo special teams tackles tied for the league lead.

O’Dea also oversaw the development of rookie kicker Patrick Murray, who ended the season making his final 13 field goals, the longest active streak in the NFL and the fourth-longest in Buccaneers history. Murray also proved to be a weapon from long distance, connecting on five field goals of 50-or-more yards, tied for the second-most in a season in team history and tied for the fourth-most in the NFL in 2014. His 83.3 percent conversion rate (5-of-6) from 50 or more yards was the highest among 15 players with at least four attempts.

The Bucs also posted the too field goal block unit in the NFL, holding opponents to a 74% conversion rate (29-of-39), while blocking one field goal.

Entering his 21st NFL season, O’Dea has previously coached with the San Diego Chargers (Defensive/Special Teams Assistant 1994-95), Tampa Bay (Offensive/Defensive Assistant, 1996-2001), Detroit Lions (Special Teams Assistant 2002-03), Arizona Cardinals (Special Teams Coordinator 2004-05), Chicago Bears (Assistant Special Teams Coach 2006-07; 2011-12), New York Jets (Special Teams Coach 2008-09) and Kansas City Chiefs (Assistant Special Teams Coach 2013). O’Dea has also coached in the UFL (2010 Hartford Colonials Special Teams Coordinator) and in the collegiate ranks.

With Kansas City in 2013, O’Dea helped guide one of the top special teams units in the NFL, recording a league-leading four return touchdowns (two punt, two kick), including Dexter McCluster’s two punt return touchdowns, the most in the NFL. O’Dea also helped punter Dustin Colquitt tie for the league lead in punts inside the 20-yard line, while allowing the fourth-lowest punt return average in the NFL.

During O’Dea’s stints in Chicago, the Bears had one of the top special teams units in the NFL, including the 2007 team that recorded six return touchdowns (four punt, two kick), the most in a single season in NFL history. O’Dea also helped Devin Hester into one of the top return specialists in the NFL, earning Pro Bowl and All-Pro berths in 2006-07, when he recorded 12 return touchdowns (seven punt, four kick, one missed field goal), the most ever in consecutive seasons.

In addition to working with Hester, O’Dea has assisted in coaching several other special teams players to Pro Bowls: kick returner Dexter McCluster (Kansas City, 2013); special teamer Corey Graham (Chicago, 2011); kick returner Leon Washington (N.Y. Jets, 2008); special teamer Brendon Ayanbadejo (Chicago, 2006-07); kicker Robbie Gould (Chicago, 2006); kicker Neil Rackers (Arizona, 2005); kicker Martin Gramatica (2000); punter Darren Bennett (San Diego 1995) and kicker John Carney (San Diego 1994).

Prior to joining the NFL, O’Dea spent eight years as a collegiate coach. He began his coaching career at his alma mater of Lock Haven University, where, when his playing career was cut short, he coached wide receivers (1986). Following his time with Lock Haven, O’Dea spent one season coaching freshman defensive backs at Cornell (1987) before working as a graduate assistant at Virginia (1989-90) and Penn State (1991), before being promoted to assistant strength and conditioning/defensive line/linebackers coach (1992-93).

A native of Williamsport, Pa., O’Dea spent four years in the Coast Guard (1979-83) before enrolling in Lock Haven, where he earned a fitness management degree and later obtained a master’s degree in education from Virginia. O’Dea and his wife, Mary Anne, have two sons, Sean and Ryan.

O’DEA AT A GLANCE

YEARS                                                                                                                         POSITION

1984-85                                                                                        Lock Haven University, Player

1986                                                                 Lock Haven University, Wide Receivers Coach

1987                                                                                   Cornell, Defensive Backs-Freshmen

1988-89                                                                                             Virginia, Graduate Assistant

1990                                                                                        Virginia, Assistant Strength Coach

1991                                                                                             Penn State, Graduate Assistant

1992-93                              Penn State, Assistant Strength/Defensive Line/Linebackers Coach

1994-95                                           San Diego Chargers, Defensive/Special Teams Assistant

1996-2001                                           Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Offensive/Defensive Assistant

2002-03                                                                          Detroit Lions, Special Teams Assistant

2004-05                                                             Arizona Cardinals, Special Teams Coordinator

2006-07                                                           Chicago Bears, Assistant Special Teams Coach

2008-09                                                                 New York Jets, Special Teams Coordinator

2010                                                       Harford Colonials (UFL), Special Teams Coordinator

2011-12                                                           Chicago Bears, Assistant Special Teams Coach

2013                                                         Kansas City Chiefs, Assistant Special Teams Coach

2014-                                                       Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Special Teams Coordinator