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Ted Monachino, who has experience at both the college and NFL levels – including a Super Bowl XLVII championship with the Baltimore Ravens – comes to Chicago after serving as a senior defensive analyst at his alma mater, the University of Missouri, during the 2018 season. He recently was hired as Kansas State University's defensive coordinator and linebackers coach in December 2018 before accepting a position with the Bears.
Monachino, who has worked a total of 12 years in the NFL, has tutored some of the most prolific defenders in NFL history, headlined by Robert Mathis (Colts) and Terrell Suggs (Ravens).
Monachino will be reunited with new Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano after coaching together in two previous stops with the Indianapolis Colts (2016-17) and Baltimore Ravens (2010-11). Monachino served as Pagano's defensive coordinator in Indianapolis. Prior to that, he spent six seasons with the Ravens serving as the linebackers (2012-15) and outside linebackers (2010-11) coach. Under his tutelage, he helped at least one Raven from his positional group to the Pro Bowl in four of his six seasons.
Over his last two seasons in Baltimore, Monachino helped develop Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley into one of the most productive young players at the position. In 2014, Mosley became the first rookie in Ravens history to be named to the Pro Bowl as his 129 tackles ranked eighth in the NFL and first among rookies. Monachino also coached Pro Bowler Elvis Dumervil to a franchise-record 17.0 sacks in 2014 as he and Suggs (12.0) combined for the most sacks of any duo in the NFL (29.0) that season. In 2013, Suggs (10.0) and Dumervil (9.5) totaled 19.5 sacks on the season and Suggs was selected to his sixth Pro Bowl.
In Monachino's first season as linebackers coach in 2012, Baltimore ranked second in red zone defense and allowed the second-fewest passing touchdowns (15) en route to the Super Bowl XLVII victory.
In 2011 Suggs was named The Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Pro and a Pro Bowler after leading the AFC with a career-high 14.0 sacks and an NFL-best seven forced fumbles. The defensive unit allowed the league's third-fewest points (16.6 ppg) for the fourth-straight year (tying an NFL record for finishing in the top three) and finished with the league's second-fewest rushing yards allowed (92.6 ypg).
In his first season in Baltimore in 2010, the Ravens allowed the NFL's third-fewest points (16.9 ppg) for the third-straight year as Suggs led the team with 11.0 sacks and was selected to the Pro Bowl.
Prior to Baltimore, Monachino coached the defensive line for the Jacksonville Jaguars for four seasons (2006-09).
Monachino coached for five seasons (2001-05) at Arizona State, serving as the defensive line coach for the Sun Devils. He was pivotal in the development of Suggs, who was drafted by the Ravens in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft. Suggs set the NCAA single-season record for sacks (24.0) and tackles for loss (31.5) in 2002 en route to winning the Bronko Nagurski and Lombardi Awards and the Morris Trophy for the Pac-10's top lineman.
Monachino also had coaching stints at Boise State (2000), Missouri State (1999), James Madison (1998) and Texas Christian (1996-97). He began his coaching career in Missouri at the high school level at Hannibal High School (1994-95) and Pacific High School (1991-93).
Monachino earned a degree in health and physical education from Missouri in 1990. He was a three-year letterman for the Tigers and received Academic All-Big 8 honors twice before serving as a graduate assistant at TCU from 1996-97.
Monachino and his wife, Amy, have two sons. Sam and Michael, and a daughter, Mikalee, who is married to Preston Brunz. They have one son, Sawyer.