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Kevin O'Dea
Special Teams Coordinator

Biography

On January 9, 2014, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Kevin O’Dea as special teams coordinator.

O’Dea enters his 20th NFL season, previously having 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 (Assistant 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 Leon Washington (N.Y. Jets, 2008); special teamer Brendon Ayanbadejo (Chicago, 2006-07); kicker Robbie Gould (Chicago, 2006); kicker Neil Rackers (Arizona, 2005); Martin Gramatica (2000); punter Darren Bennett (San Diego 1995) and K 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.


On January 9, 2014, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Kevin O’Dea as special teams coordinator.

O’Dea enters his 20th NFL season, previously having 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 (Assistant 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 Leon Washington (N.Y. Jets, 2008); special teamer Brendon Ayanbadejo (Chicago, 2006-07); kicker Robbie Gould (Chicago, 2006); kicker Neil Rackers (Arizona, 2005); Martin Gramatica (2000); punter Darren Bennett (San Diego 1995) and K 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.


 

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