Lions Name Patricia New Head Coach

The Detroit Lions made it official on Monday by hiring New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as the organization’s new head coach.

A 20-year coaching veteran, Patricia has spent time in the professional and college ranks and spent the previous 14 seasons with the Patriots. Patricia helped lead New England to three Super Bowl championships, six AFC championships and 13 AFC East Division championships.

“When we launched the search for our next head coach, I wanted to find a leader that could take us to the next level and I am confident we have found that in Matt Patricia,” Lions executive vice president and general manager Bob Quinn said in a statement. “He has been preparing for this opportunity his entire career, and he’s ready for the responsibility and its challenges.

“Matt is driven to succeed, has extreme passion for the game and excels in preparation. He embodies the same hard-working, blue-collar attributes that represent our organization and the great City of Detroit.”

Patricia coached both offense and defense with New England, including the last six seasons as the defensive coordinator. Patricia also served as New England’s safeties coach, linebackers coach, assistant offensive line coach and as a coaching assistant.

Patricia’s defense over the last six years ranked second in points allowed (19.2), fourth in games allowing 20 points or fewer (53) and second in games allowing 17 points or fewer (47).

Prior to joining New England, Patricia, a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, served as a graduate assistant at Syracuse (2001-03) and defensive line coach at Amherst College (1999-2000).

Terms of Patricia’s deal have not be released.