Kevin Coyle

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
17 114-144-2 44.23% 0-3 0.00%


Career Summary

Kevin Coyle was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 2001 to 2017, finishing his career as the secondary coach of the Cincinnati Bengals. Over his seventeen years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative win/loss record of 119-151-2.

Personal Information

Coyle was born on Saturday, January 14, 1956 in Staten Island, New York.

Table of Contents

Playing Career

College Career

University of Massachusetts

Coyle played football at the University of Massachusetts in 1974 and 1975. Coyle walked on to the football team but never played in a varsity game for the school. After his sophomore season, head coach Dick MacPherson recommended him to pursue other goals, and from there he began his coaching career.

Coaching Career

College Career

University of Cincinnati

After graduating from Massachusetts, Coyle started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Cincinnati in 1978 for two seasons. During his time with the university, the school went 5-6 (1978) and 2-9 (1979).

University of Arkansas

After his stint with the Bearcats, he moved to the University of Arkansas in 1980 under head coach Lou Holtz. In his only season with the Razorbacks he worked as a coaching assistant while the school went 7-5.

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

After Arkansas, Coyle spent a single season (1981) working as the defensive coordinator for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

The College of the Holy Cross

In 1982, Coyle began a nine season stay with Division 1-AA Holy Cross. From 1982 through 1985, he was the outside linebackers coach for the Crusaders. In 1983, the Crusaders made their first ever appearance to the 1-AA playoffs. For the 1986 season, Coyle was promoted to defensive coordinator by new head coach Mark Duffner, a post he kept through 1990. During his five seasons running the defense, the school was the winningest 1-AA program in the nation (49-5-1).

Syracuse University

In 1991, Coyle was hired as the defensive coordinator for Syracuse University by newly promoted head coach Paul Pasqualoni. The Orange posted two straight 10-2 seasons to start his tenure with the school. In addition, his 1992 defense led the nation in interceptions. The team regressed in his final season (1993) with the team as they finished 6-4-1.

University of Maryland

In 1994, Coyle was hired by the University of Maryland and head coach Mark Duffner to turn around a defense that finished last nationally in total defense in 1993. Coyle and Duffner could not replicate their success from their Holy Cross days. From 1994-1996, Maryland never posted a winning season in the ACC and did not go to a bowl game during his time as defensive coordinator.

Fresno State University

In 1997, Coyle took his final college position of his career when he accepted the defensive coordinator position from Fresno State University and new head coach Pat Hill. His time at Fresno State was successful. In 1999 and 2000 the defense led the Western Athletic Conference in first-team All-Conference players (3 each season). The team went to two bowl games during his tenure (1999, 2000).

NFL Career

Cincinnati Bengals

In 2001, Coyle broke into the NFL as a cornerbacks coach with the Cincinnati Bengals under head coach Dick LeBeau. Under LeBeau, the Bengals went 8-24 in his two seasons as head coach and he was fired following the 2002 season. However, Coyle was retained by incoming coach Marvin Lewis as the team's defensive backs coach. Coyle remained with the team through the 2011 season. During his tenure, the Bengals experienced the playoffs three times and in 2005 they had their most wins (11) since 1988. That season, the Bengals defense led the league in interceptions with 31.

Miami Dolphins

In 2012, Coyle was hired by Joe Philbin, newly hired by the Miami Dolphins. The team struggled consistently throughout his tenure, never finishing with a winning record. In 2015, Coyle was fired from his job in the midst of another losing season.


Year Position Record Playoff record
2017 Cincinnati Bengals Secondary Coach 7-9-0 0-0
2016 Cincinnati Bengals Defensive Backs Coach 6-9-1 0-0
2015 Miami Dolphins Defensive Coordinator 1-3-0 0-0
2014 Miami Dolphins Defensive Coordinator 8-8-0 0-0
2013 Miami Dolphins Defensive Coordinator 8-8-0 0-0
2012 Miami Dolphins Defensive Coordinator 7-9-0 0-0
2011 Cincinnati Bengals Defensive Backs Coach 9-7-0 0-1
2010 Cincinnati Bengals Defensive Backs Coach 4-12-0 0-0
2009 Cincinnati Bengals Defensive Backs Coach 10-6-0 0-1
2008 Cincinnati Bengals Defensive Backs Coach 4-11-1 0-0
2007 Cincinnati Bengals Defensive Backs Coach 7-9-0 0-0
2006 Cincinnati Bengals Defensive Backs Coach 8-8-0 0-0
2005 Cincinnati Bengals Defensive Backs Coach 11-5-0 0-1
2004 Cincinnati Bengals Defensive Backs Coach 8-8-0 0-0
2003 Cincinnati Bengals Defensive Backs Coach 8-8-0 0-0
2002 Cincinnati Bengals Cornerbacks Coach 2-14-0 0-0
2001 Cincinnati Bengals Cornerbacks Coach 6-10-0 0-0

Coach history guide

Seasons with a championship win Seasons with a conference championship

Coach facts

  • Years as a coordinator: 4
  • Past teams coached for: Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins
  • College Attended: UMass Minutemen
  • Date of Birth: Saturday, January 14, 1956 (68 years old), Staten Island, New York