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Sean Desai, who has over a decade of experience as a coach at the NFL and collegiate levels, will be in his seventh season with the Bears in 2019 after serving in a quality control role for the past six years. As a quality control assistant, Desai worked with the Bears’ defensive backs and 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. 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.
Prior to his time at BC, Desai was the assistant director of football operations at the University of Miami (Fla.) 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. That season, Temple’s special teams ranked second in the nation in kickoff coverage, allowing just 17.4 yards per return. The defense ranked 16th in the nation in both total defense (317.7 ypg) and scoring defense (19.1 ppg). 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.
From 2005-09, Desai served as 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 (9), en route to the Mid-American Conference East Division Co-Championship and their first bowl game in 30 years.
Desai earned his doctorate in educational administration, with an emphasis in higher education, at Temple 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 and his wife have two sons.