Ed Donatell
Minnesota Vikings
Position:Defensive coordinator
Personal information
Born: (1957-02-04) February 4, 1957 (age 65)
Akron, Ohio
Career information
High school:Stow (OH)
College:Glenville State
Career history
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Coaching stats at PFR

Ed Donatell (born February 4, 1957 in Akron, Ohio[1]) is an American football coach who is the defensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). Donatell has 42 years of coaching experience, including 31 seasons in the NFL. In addition to coaching defensive backs for Broncos Head Coach Vic Fangio for eight years with the Denver Broncos (2019-21), Chicago Bears (2015–18) and San Francisco 49ers (2011–14), he has been a defensive coordinator for eight seasons with Green Bay Packers (2000–03), Atlanta Falcons (2004–06), University of Washington (2008) and the Denver Broncos (2019-21).


Donatell served as the defensive coordinator for the University of Washington Huskies football team from January to December 2008 under Tyrone Willingham.[2] He and the entire staff were let go after the winless 2008 season.[3] Previously he served as a special assistant to the New York Jets. Donatell served as the defensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League under head coach Jim Mora for three seasons, prior to which he occupied this position for the Green Bay Packers.

He eventually started working as the San Francisco 49ers defensive backs coach under defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. When Fangio joined the Chicago Bears in 2015, Donatell followed.[4]

On January 15, 2019, the Denver Broncos hired Donatell as their defensive coordinator.[5] He tested positive for COVID-19 on November 1, 2020,[6] and missed six games before returning in Week 14.[7]

On February 4, 2022, it was announced that the Seattle Seahawks had hired Donatell in a senior defensive roll.[8] However, on February 10, it was announced that Donatell would not be joining the Seahawks and would instead join the Minnesota Vikings as their defensive coordinator for the 2022 season.[9]

Personal life

He graduated from Stow High School in Stow, Ohio,[10] and later earned a master's degree in administration from Kent State University. He is married and has three children.[3] His son Tom is defensive quality control coach for the Seattle Seahawks.[11]


  1. ^ http://www.nfl.com/teams/coaches?coaType=head&team=SF
  2. ^ Donatell to coach Huskies defense
  3. ^ a b Holt takes over Washington's defense, Associated Press, January 5, 2009, Accessed January 5, 2009.
  4. ^ Campbell, Rich (January 21, 2015). "Bears hire seasoned assistant Ed Donatell as defensive backs coach". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 22, 2015.
  5. ^ DiLalla, Aric (January 15, 2019). "Broncos name Ed Donatell as defensive coordinator". Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  6. ^ Baca, Michael (November 1, 2020). "Denver Broncos DC Ed Donatell tests positive for COVID-19, won't coach Sunday". Retrieved November 1, 2020.
  7. ^ Legwold, Jeff (December 10, 2020). "Denver Broncos DC Ed Donatell expects to return to field Sunday after battle with COVID-19". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  8. ^ "How Seattle Seahawks hire of ed Donatell helps new DC Clint Hurtt". February 4, 2022.
  9. ^ "Vikings expected to hire former Broncos DC ed Donatell as defensive coordinator". NFL.com.
  10. ^ Ridenour, Marla (January 8, 2005). "Savage Joins Search for Coach: Browns General Manager Helps Interview Crennel, Says He Doesn't Think Ferentz Wants to Leave Iowa". Akron Beacon Journal. Beacon Journal Publishing Co. p. C3 - Sports. ... Ed Donatell, an Akron native and product of Stow High School.
  11. ^ Crabtree, Curtis (March 2, 2017). "Seahawks add Tom Donatell to coaching staff, promote three". NBC Sports. Retrieved March 7, 2017.