Lombardi at Saints training camp in 2009.
|Date of birth||June 6, 1971|
|Place of birth||Minnesota|
|Alma mater||U.S. Air Force Academy, 1994|
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Joseph Philip "Joe" Lombardi (born June 6, 1971) is an American football coach, currently the offensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). Hired in 2014 on January 21, he was previously the quarterbacks coach for the New Orleans Saints.
Lombardi joined the Saints as an offensive assistant in 2007, and became quarterbacks coach before the Saints' Super Bowl winning season of 2009. During his time in New Orleans, starting quarterback Drew Brees set numerous passing records, including passing for more than 5,000 yards four times (three times with Lombardi as quarterbacks coach), and setting the record (now surpassed) for the most passing yards in a single season (5,476 in 2011). Before the Saints, Lombardi was a defensive assistant for the Atlanta Falcons in 2006 under head coach Jim Mora.
Prior to coaching in the NFL, Lombardi coached at the college level at Mercyhurst College, Bucknell University, the Virginia Military Institute, and the University of Dayton. He coached for the New York/New Jersey Hitmen during the one year of the XFL.
A 1994 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Lombardi played tight end for the Falcons under head coach Fisher DeBerry. He lettered three seasons and started as a senior; he also lettered a season in lacrosse. During the final years of his Air Force service, he was a volunteer coach at Dayton.
Born in June 1971, Lombardi is the grandson of Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi, who died the previous year. While with the Saints, the team won the Super Bowl trophy named for his grandfather after winning the Super Bowl in February 2010. In that Super Bowl, the Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts, then led by head coach Jim Caldwell, who later hired Lombardi after becoming the new head coach in Detroit in 2014.
The youngest of four siblings, all born in Minnesota, Lombardi also lived in Washington, New York, and Michigan. While his two older brothers played high school football in New York and Michigan, Lombardi played in Seattle at Seattle Prep, and graduated in 1990.
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