Don Martindale
Martindale at Arlington Memorial Amphitheater in 2017
New York Giants
Position:Defensive coordinator
Personal information
Born: (1963-05-19) May 19, 1963 (age 58)
Dayton, Ohio
Career information
High school:Trotwood-Madison (OH)
College:Defiance College
Career history
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Coaching stats at PFR

Don "Wink" Martindale[1] (born May 19, 1963) is an American football coach who is the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). From 2018 to 2021, he held the same position for the Baltimore Ravens after spending the previous six seasons as the team's linebackers coach.[2]

Early years

Don Martindale was born on May 19, 1963, in Dayton, Ohio. Martindale attended Trotwood-Madison High School where he played linebacker for the Trotwood-Madison Rams and was an All-State selection his senior year.[3]

He is an alumnus of Defiance College, where he played on the football team and first earned the nickname "Wink", which he received due to sharing a last name with the famous game show host of the era.[4]

Coaching career


Right after college, Martindale took a job with his family's trucking company, hauling brake parts every day from Dayton, Ohio, to Detroit. It was a grueling 6 hour drive round-trip and he hated it. He stopped after a year so he could pursue his real passion, coaching.[5] Martindale started his coaching career as an assistant for the team he had played for in college, the Defiance College Yellow Jackets in the late 1980s.[6] Martindale also coached for three seasons at Western Kentucky University on the staff of Jack Harbaugh, father of Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh. He also coached for three years at the University of Cincinnati, and in 1994 and 1995 was a defensive assistant at Notre Dame for teams that went to the Fiesta Bowl and Orange Bowl.

Oakland Raiders

From 2004 to 2008 he was the linebackers coach for the Oakland Raiders and was at one time under consideration for the job of Raiders defensive coordinator.[7]

Denver Broncos

In 2009, Martindale was hired by the Denver Broncos as their linebackers coach. He was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2010.

Baltimore Ravens

On February 2, 2012, the Ravens signed Martindale as linebackers coach.[3]

Martindale was part of the Ravens' coaching staff that won Super Bowl XLVII.[8] In 2018, Martindale was promoted to defensive coordinator.

On January 21, 2022, Martindale and the Ravens parted ways.[9]

New York Giants

Martindale was hired on February 11, 2022, by the New York Giants to be their defensive coordinator.[10]

Personal life

Martindale and his wife, Laura, have two children.[11]


  1. ^ Wink gets the Call - Martindale to lead Broncos defense
  2. ^ Martindale replaces Nolan in Denver
  3. ^ a b "DON MARTINDALE" (PDF). Baltimore Ravens. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  4. ^ "Five Things to Know About Don 'Wink' Martindale".
  5. ^ Hensley, Jamison (December 5, 2018). "An ex-truck driver, Wink Martindale steers NFL's No. 1 defense". ESPN. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  6. ^ "Former Defiance College Product Set to Coach in Super Bowl". Defiance College. February 2013. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  7. ^ Smith, Michael (January 19, 2009). "Sources: Raiders consider Martindale". espn.con. ESPN. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  8. ^ "Super Bowl XLVII - San Francisco 49ers vs. Baltimore Ravens - February 3rd, 2013". Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  9. ^ Scott, Jelani (January 21, 2022). "Ravens part ways with DC Don 'Wink' Martindale". Retrieved January 21, 2022.
  10. ^ "Mike Kafka, Don Martindale, Thomas McGaughey named Giants coordinators".
  11. ^ "Don Martindale Bio". Baltimore Ravens. Retrieved December 7, 2019.