Tommy Rees
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Rees playing in the 2010 Sun Bowl
Cleveland Browns
Position:Tight ends coach
Personal information
Born: (1992-05-22) May 22, 1992 (age 31)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:192 lb (87 kg)
Career information
College:Notre Dame
Career history
As a player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As a coach:

Thomas Kevin Rees (born May 22, 1992) is an American football coach and former player who is the tight ends coach for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He was most recently the offensive coordinator at Alabama. Before that, he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Notre Dame, where he played college football from 2010 to 2013.

Early years

Rees was born to Bill and Susan (née Cantwell) Rees in Los Angeles, California[1] and grew up in Lake Bluff, Illinois.[2] His father played college football at Ohio Wesleyan and served as an assistant coach at Northwestern and UCLA. Tommy played football at Lake Forest High School. As a senior in 2009, he completed 215 of 308 passes for 2,572 yards and 23 touchdowns while only throwing 3 interceptions the entire season. Rees had several explosive games including a 526-yard, six-touchdown performance against Bradford.[3] His brother Danny Rees played football at UCLA.[4]

Rees was rated a three-star recruit by ESPN[5] and,[6] and signed with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in July 2009.[5][6]

College career

2010 season

As a freshman at Notre Dame, Rees saw limited action in games against Michigan and Navy, before being forced into action early against Tulsa when starting quarterback Dayne Crist ruptured his patellar tendon. Rees finished the game with 334 yards and four touchdown passes but threw a costly interception in the waning minutes of the game which sealed the victory for the Golden Hurricane. Rees led the Irish to victories in his first four starts at quarterback, including upsets of Utah and USC, culminating in a 33–17 victory over Miami in the Sun Bowl. He finished the season with 1,106 yards passing, 12 touchdowns, and eight interceptions.[7]

2011 season

In the 2011 season, Rees passed for 2,869 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. Notre Dame went 8–4 in the regular season with a bowl loss. Andrew Hendrix and Everett Golson competed with Rees for the starting QB position in the 2012 season.[citation needed]

After Michigan's comeback in the September 10 rivalry game, the derisive nickname "Turnover Tommy" began to circulate,[8] which stuck with Rees following his performance in 2011,[9] and through his college career.[10][11] Despite this reputation, Rees finished the season with a completion percentage of 65.5%, a second to the Irish record of 68% held by Jimmy Clausen.[12] Rees' 14 interceptions this season was a tie for 11th in the FBS.[13]

2012 season

Rees was suspended by head coach Brian Kelly for the first game of the 2012 season after the junior quarterback was arrested and charged with resisting law enforcement and illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor after fleeing from an off-campus party.[14] Everett Golson was named the starter for the opening game against Navy in Dublin, Ireland. Golson played most of the second game of the 2012 season against Purdue but was injured leading Rees to come in. Rees entered the game to a cascade of boos yet exited after piloting the game-winning drive, which ended with a winning field goal for Notre Dame.[15] However, after the game, Kelly indicated that the team was staying with their initial starter, Golson, for the third game of the 2012 season at Michigan State. Rees started two games that year as Notre Dame made the BCS title game. All 13 games during the 2012 season were vacated soon after for use of ineligible players.[16]

2013 season

On June 5, 2013, it was announced Rees would start at quarterback for the 2013 season.[17]

Career statistics

Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Season Team Games Passing Rushing
GP GS Cmp Att Pct Yds TD Int Avg Att Yds TD Avg
2010 Notre Dame 9 4 100 164 61.0 1,106 12 8 6.7 12 −2 0 −0.2
2011 Notre Dame 13 12 269 411 65.5 2,871 20 14 7.0 31 −56 0 −1.8
2012 Notre Dame 11 2 34 59 57.6 436 2 2 7.4 4 −13 1 −3.3
2013 Notre Dame 12 12 197 367 53.7 2,938 27 13 8.0 9 −62 0 −6.9
Career 45 30 600 1,001 59.9 7,351 61 37 7.3 56 −133 1 −2.4

Professional career

Washington Redskins

After going undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft, Rees was signed by the Washington Redskins on May 10, 2014.[18][19] He was released by the team on May 17.[20][21]

Coaching career


Rees began his coaching career at Northwestern, where he spent one season as an offensive graduate assistant for the 2015 team.[22]

San Diego Chargers

On February 9, 2016, Rees joined the San Diego Chargers coaching staff as an offensive assistant.[23]

Notre Dame

In January 2017, Rees returned to Notre Dame to be the quarterbacks coach. On January 14, 2020, Rees was officially promoted to offensive coordinator, replacing Chip Long.[24] In his first season as offensive coordinator, the Irish finished the 2020 campaign 10–2 with a loss to eventual national champion Alabama in the College Football Playoff semifinal.


On February 3, 2023, CBS reported that Rees had reached a deal with Alabama to become the offensive coordinator for the Crimson Tide.[25]

Cleveland Browns

On February 5, 2024, Rees was hired by the Cleveland Browns as a pass game specialist and tight ends coach.[26]

Personal life

Rees' father, Bill, works for the University of Notre Dame.[27] His mother's name is Susan. He has an older brother, Danny, who played football at UCLA, and a sister named Meghan.[28]



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