Lou Spanos

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Lou Spanos
Tennessee Titans
Career information
Status: Active (coach)
Position(s): Linebackers coach
College: Tulsa
As coach:



Pittsburgh Steelers
(Defense - Quality Control)
Washington Redskins
UCLA Bruins
(Defensive Coordinator)
Tennessee Titans
Career highlights and awards
Honors: Pac-12 South Division Champions (2012)

Louis G. "Lou" Spanos is a football coach, currently serving as the linebackers coach for the Tennessee Titans football team.[1] He was previously a defensive quality control and assistant linebackers coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers for many years,[2] the linebackers coach for the Washington Redskins,[3] and the defensive coordinator for the UCLA Bruins football team.


Football career[edit]

Spanos attended to Keystone Oaks High School and played in the 1989 Big 33 Football Classic. A graduate of the University of Tulsa, Spanos was a four-year letterman and three-year starter at offensive center, he was the center for former Tulsa quarterback Gus Frerotte, he graduated in 1994.

Coaching career[edit]

Spanos stayed at Tulsa for a year after his playing career concluded to assist coaching the linebackers. He joined the Steelers in 1995. To the date, Spanos is one of only two assistant coaches to be on both the Super Bowl XXX, Super Bowl XL and Super Bowl XLIII coaching staffs, joining defensive line coach John Mitchell.

On January 16, 2010, Spanos was hired by Mike Shanahan and the Washington Redskins to be their linebacker's coach.[4] After the 2011 season, he left the Redskins to coach the UCLA Bruins' defense. On January 18, 2014, Spanos left the Bruins and was hired by Ken Whisenhunt of the Tennessee Titans to be their linebacker's coach.


Spanos and his wife Timme reside in Pittsburgh with their two sons, Zachary and Caleb, and daughter Gabriella.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Foster, Chris (January 17, 2012). "UCLA football: Redskins' Lou Spanos to be Bruins defensive coordinator". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  2. ^ "Lou Spanos (bio)". Pittsburgh Steelers. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
  3. ^ Dulac, Gerry (January 13, 2010). "Steelers lose one defensive assistant, possibly another". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  4. ^ Terl, Matt. "Lou Spanos Named Linebackers Coach, Kirk Olivadotti Retained". Redskins Blog. Retrieved 1 March 2014.