Sean Desai is in his sixth season as a defensive quality control coach for the Chicago Bears after being hired by the team on January 28, 2013. He has over a decade of experience as a coach at the NFL and collegiate levels. On the field, Desai works with the Bears linebackers while also assisting the special teams coaches.
Desai joined the Bears after spending the 2012 season as the running backs coach/special teams coordinator at Boston College. In 2012, the Eagles led the NCAA in punt returns, averaging 21.7 yards per return (282 yards and one touchdown on 13 returns). That season, Desai also coached Boston College running back Andre Williams who went on to win the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back a year later.
Desai was the assistant director of football operations at the University of Miami (FL) in 2011 after spending five seasons at Temple (2006-10) as a defensive and special teams coach.
In 2010, Desai was Temple's special teams coordinator/outside linebackers coach. At age 27, he was one of the youngest coordinators in the country at the time. That season, the Owls special teams ranked second in the nation in kickoff coverage, allowing just 17.4 yards per return. The Owls defense ranked 16th in the nation in both total defense (317.7 yards per game) and scoring defense (19.1 points per game). Temple's defense also finished 15th in passing yards per game allowed (178.2 ypg) and their nine passing touchdowns allowed were tied for the second fewest in the FBS, helping the Owls to the 14th best pass efficiency defense in the nation in (110.98). During his time overseeing the outside linebackers and special teams, Desai coached current Detroit Lions LB Tahir Whitehead and Super Bowl 50 kicker Brandon McManus.
During 2005-09, Desai was a graduate assistant for the Owls defense/special teams and academics. During his time as a graduate assistant, Temple's special teams had the nation's top kickoff return unit in 2008, averaging 26.6 yards per return, while tying for second in the nation with two kickoff return touchdowns. In 2009, the Owls compiled their longest winning streak in program history (nine-straight), en route to the MAC East Division Co-Championship and their first bowl game in 30 years (and just the third bowl game in school annals). While assisting the defensive staff, Desai coached safety Jaiquawn Jarrett and worked with DL Muhammad Wilkerson.
He started his coaching career at his alma mater Shelton (Conn.) High School, serving as a part-time assistant defensive coordinator, defensive backs and wide receivers coach for the freshman squad from 2001-04.
Desai earned his doctorate in educational administration, with an emphasis in higher education, at Temple University in May 2008, serving as an adjunct professor at the school in 2009 and 2010, teaching in the master's and doctoral programs in education administration. Desai is currently an adjunct professor at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. He has articles published in both the Journal of Higher Education and the Community College Journal of Research and Practice and has spoken at various education conferences, including giving a keynote speech at the New DEEL Conference.
Desai and his wife have two sons.