Coaches

Louie Cioffi
Defensive Backs
College:
SUNY-Stony Brook
Experience:
20

Biography

Sigismondo “Louie” Cioffi was named the Browns’ Defensive Backs coach on January 22, 2013. He brings 18 years of NFL coaching experience, including spending the past two seasons (2011-12) as the Arizona Cardinals’ defensive backs coach.

Sigismondo “Louie” Cioffi was named the Browns’ Defensive Backs coach on January 22, 2013. He brings 18 years of NFL coaching experience, including spending the past two seasons (2011-12) as the Arizona Cardinals’ defensive backs coach.

This past season with the Cardinals, Cioffi’s defensive backs were a part of a defensive unit that led the NFL in passer rating allowed (71.2) and interception percentage (4.4%). The defense also ranked second in the NFL in interceptions (22), second in third-down efficiency (32.9%), fourth in takeaways (33) and fifth in passing defense (200.8 ypg). Cioffi played a pivotal role in the development of 2011 first round draft pick, cornerbackPatrick Peterson. In 2012, Peterson ranked fourth in the NFL with seven interceptions and led the league with five fumble recoveries en route to being the only Cardinal selected to the 2013 Pro Bowl. In his first season with the Cardinals, Cioffi helped guide strong safety Adrian Wilson to a Pro Bowl selection.

Prior to Arizona, Cioffi spent 14 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, first as a defensive assistant (1997-2002) and then as assistant defensive backs coach (2003-10). During Cioffi’s tenure with the defensive backs in Cincinnati, the Bengals collected 150 interceptions, the fifth-highest total in the NFL during that eight-year span. In 2009, Cincinnati’s defense ranked fourth in the NFL in fewest yards allowed (301.4 per game), sixth in fewest passing yards allowed (203.1) and sixth in fewest average points allowed (18.2). Hired in 1997 as a defensive assistant at the age of 23, Cioffi was the youngest fulltime assistant coach in the NFL at that time. In addition to his on-field duties with players, he also handled much of the preparation work for the entire defense on the team’s upcoming opponent.

He began his coaching career in 1993 as a staff assistant with the New York Jets. Following two seasons with the Jets, Cioffi coached wide receivers for two seasons (1995-96) at C.W. Post University in Brookville, N.Y. The 1996 team won the ECAC Division II Championship.

Born in Queens, N.Y., Cioffi attended college at SUNY-Stony Brook. Cioffi and his wife, Cindy, have two daughters, Cecilia Elle and Corrine, and a son, Sigismondo Connor.

Louie Cioffi’s Coaching Background:

1993-94 New York Jets, staff assistant

1995-96 C.W. Post University, wide receivers

1997-2002 Cincinnati Bengals, defensive assistant

2003-2010 Cincinnati Bengals, assistant defensive backs

2011-12 Arizona Cardinals, defensive backs

2013- Cleveland Browns, defensive backs

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