Ivan Fears

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Ivan Fears
Candid head and shoulders photograph of Fears wearing a white New England Patriots polo shirt and a coaches headset on a football sideline
Fears in August 2009
Personal information
Born: (1954-11-15) November 15, 1954 (age 68)
Portsmouth, Virginia
Career information
High school:Suffolk (VA) John Yeates
College:William & Mary
Career history
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards

Ivan Fears (born November 15, 1954) is a retired American football coach who is the former running backs coach for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL).

Playing career[edit]

High school[edit]

Fears attended John Yeates High School in Suffolk, Virginia, and was a letterman in football. In football, he was twice named the school's "Outstanding Player of the Year", and as a senior, was also an All-State selection. He attended The College of William & Mary, where he played football as a running back from 1973 to 1975.[1]

Coaching career[edit]


Fears began his coaching career in 1976 with his alma mater, William & Mary as a graduate assistant and in 1977-1978 was the team's Receivers coach. In 1979, he served as the team's quarterbacks coach before moving to Syracuse University in 1980 as the [2] wide receivers coach.


Fears joined the Patriots' coaching staff in 1991. He spent two seasons with the Patriots before moving on to coach the Chicago Bears' wide receivers starting in 1993, but rejoined the New England coaching staff in 1999 as their wide receivers coach. In 2002, he was reassigned to running backs coach.[3] Fears won six Super Bowls with the Patriots before announcing his retirement in 2022.[4]


  1. ^ Phillips, Michael. "Ivan Fears was one of the first black players at William & Mary. Now he's preparing for his ninth Super Bowl". Culpeper Star-Exponent. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  2. ^ "Ivan Fears". Fanbase. Archived from the original on March 4, 2011. Retrieved October 5, 2014.
  3. ^ Yang, Nicole (November 23, 2019). "Patriots assistant coach Ivan Fears not worried about struggling running game". The Boston Globe. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  4. ^ Houde, Isaiah (June 8, 2022). "Patriots longtime RBs coach Ivan Fears confirms retirement - sort of". Patriots Wire. USA Today. Retrieved August 14, 2022.

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