Former Bengals coach Lewis joins Sun Devils staff

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Former Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis has a new job. Lewis — who parted ways with the Bengals at the conclusion of the NFL season — has been hired by the Arizona State Sun Devils.

With this move, he is joining Herman Edwards’ staff, as a senior advisor.

Former Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis looks on against the Atlanta Falcons
Marvin Lewis looks on against the Atlanta Falcons (Getty Images)

“Marvin Lewis is one of the most respected minds in our game,” said Edwards. “Whether as the winningest coach in the franchise history of the Cincinnati Bengals, or the architect of one the greatest defenses in NFL history, the 2000 Baltimore Ravens, Marvin has succeeded everywhere he has been and he has done it the right way. His passion for teaching will be an incredible benefit not only for our coaches, but also for the young men we are responsible for as students and athletes.”

The 60-year-old McDonald, Pennsylvania native was the Bengals head coach from 2003 through 2018. He also was the Washington Redskins Assistant Head Coach & Defensive Coordinator in 2002.

He was the Baltimore Ravens Defensive Coordinator from 1996 through 2001. He also served as the Pittsburgh Steelers Linebackers Coach from 1992 through 1995.

Lewis served as the Pittsburgh Panthers Linebackers Coach in 1990 and 1991. He also was the New Mexico Lobos Linebackers Coach from 1987 through 1989.

He was the Long Beach State 49ers Linebackers Coach in 1985 and 1986. Lewis was the Idaho State Bengals Linebackers Coach from 1981 through 1984.

“I’ve known Herman for almost 30 years and the opportunity to come and assist him and his coaches win football games is very exciting and appealing,” said Lewis. “Arizona State and Tempe have always been special to me. When I was a young coach I came to visit (ASU defensive coaches) Willie Shaw and Bob Padilla back in 1983. Dirk Koetter, who is one of my closest friends, was the head coach there, Ray Anderson, who I’ve known for more than 20 years, used to represent me, and my daughter (Whitney) went to school there.

“I envision just being another set of eyes, another set of ears, and doing anything I can to help the coaches. I was really impressed with the staff and what they accomplished after they hit the ground running last season. ASU is a great university and is known for having an outstanding athletic program that has always been able to attract top athletes from around the country and I look forward to doing all I can to help the program.”

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