A 22-year veteran of the National Football League, Scott Pioli is one of the most well-respected and highly-regarded executives in league history. 6: High school football coach was Mickey Corcoran. The Pioli/Belichick Patriots of 2007 became the first and only team in NFL history to go 16-0 during the regular season. He also served on the NFL's General Managers' Advisory Committee,[29] providing advice and counsel to the NFL Football Operations department on the integrity of the game and possible areas for improvement. "[17][18] It engaged in several protests on Pioli's tenure, including a local pilot to fly over Arrowhead Stadium towing banners, urging for Pioli's ouster, during multiple home games. The Scott Pioli & Family Fund for Women Football Coaches and Scouts seeks to help aspiring female football coaches and scouts pursue and advance careers in collegiate and professional football in the U.S. by providing $2,000-10,000 grants for development, education, training and other job-related expenses.. Passionate about equality in education and sports, Pioli … Pioli is a National Football League executive and television analyst who most recently worked as the assistant general manager of the Atlanta Falcons. Former Patriots executive Scott Pioli said there are “a lot of things” he likes about Alabama quarterback Mac Jones, one of the draft prospects who … But I didn’t think we were headed for an ode to Ernie Adams. In 2009, Pioli left Belichick and the Patriots to take over as general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs where he drafted four Pro Bowl players. Today, Pioli is the assistant general manager of the Atlanta Falcons. She now attends The Lovett School in Atlanta, Georgia. Pioli was instrumental in overseeing the scouting department and free-agent acquisitions. View Scott Pioli’s profile on LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional community. Scott Pioli is an NFL executive and television analyst who most recently worked as the assistant general manager of the Atlanta Falcons, helping the team win an NFC Championship in 2017. [26], In addition to the endowed scholarship at CCSU, Pioli has established an endowed arts scholarship at the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) and another at WIN for KC (Women's Intersport Network), a program designed to develop the physical and emotional well-being of girls and women through involvement in sports and fitness while providing opportunities for participation and leadership development. Pioli, 54, will be the featured speaker during the 3 p.m. ceremony where the School of Business and School of Education & Professional Studies degrees will be presented. He was still sitting there in … [4] Pioli worked in close coordination with Belichick, bringing players to the Patriots who fit into the framework of the club's team concept. The move from worst to first in the AFC West earned him NFL Executive of the Year honors. Pioli also has invested over $200,000 to create two endowed funds at his alma mater, Central Connecticut State, where he competed in football and is a member of the Alumni Athletics Hall of Fame. [13] On January 23, 2009, Pioli fired head coach Herman Edwards. The Scott Pioli & Family Fund for Women Football Coaches and Scouts Published on October 5th, 2018 The Fund, made possible by the gracious spirit and generosity of Scott Pioli, provides direct financial assistance to aspiring female football coaches and scouts who have demonstrated the potential to advance in their careers in college or professional football … From 2001-04, the Patriots hoisted the Lombardi Trophy three times, making Pioli and Belichick the first personnel director/head coach tandem to win the Super Bowl three time in four seasons. In his tenure with the Patriots, Pioli earned promotions from Assistant Director of Player Personnel to Director of Player Personnel in 2001, and to Vice President of Player Personnel in 2002. Mia was born in 2003 while Pioli was with the New England Patriots. He became a graduate assistant coach at Syracuse University where he also earned a Master’s degree before joining Murray State as a full-time coaching assistant. [23], Pioli is the youngest and one of only three NFL executives to win the Sporting News NFL Executive of the Year Award in consecutive years, a feat he accomplished after winning the award for the second straight year following the 2004 season. Following the season, Pioli hired former Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis as offensive coordinator and former Cleveland Browns head coach Romeo Crennel as defensive coordinator; both held the same roles in New England for each of the three Super Bowl winning seasons during Pioli's tenure with the Patriots. [15] Other employees referenced team security walking the halls of the offices to ensure that office blinds were always drawn during practice to not avoid giving away information, and one fan referenced threats of having personal belongings, like cellular phones, confiscated. Scott Pioli (born March 31, 1965) is an American football executive who most recently worked as the Assistant General Manager for the Atlanta Falcons. The Scott Pioli & Family Fund for Women Football Coaches and Scouts provides financial assistance to women who aspire to pursue careers in college or professional football. Pioli, the five-time NFL Executive of the Year, and VP of Player Personnel for the Patriots from 2000 through 2007, talked about the underrated impact Adams had on Tom Brady and is likely having now … In 2008, Caserio returned to the personnel department, as director of player personnel. The two eventually became the first personnel director/head coach tandem in league annals to win three Super Bowls during a four-year span (2001–2004). [4] The 1998 Jets recorded a franchise-high 12 wins and their first division title since 1968. [4] He and Belichick split the duties usually held by a general manager on most other NFL teams, though Belichick had the final say. They went 4-12 in Pioli’s first season at the helm before a dramatic uprising in 2010 when the Chiefs went 10-6 and won their first AFC West title since 2003. “To attribute that to Scott Pioli is unfair.” Donovan said Hunt’s instructions were clear — and necessary. Father-in-law of Scott Pioli. Pioli became the team’s Pro Personnel Assistant shortly after and was promoted again to Pro Personnel Coordinator when the Browns moved to Baltimore. He was able to recruit and train other students into creating … "No one in the league does a better job of scouting their own team, and [at the Patriots] Pioli was orchestrating all of that."[25]. Scott has 12 jobs listed on their profile. Born in Washingtonville, New York, Pioli was the first member of his family to pursue higher education, attending Central Connecticut State University, where he earned a Communications degree and also played defensive line for the school’s football team. Smith was a coach at Purdue and with the Denver Broncos before joining Denver's front office as director of pro personnel from 2000-2005. Pioli was introduced at a press conference in Kansas City the following day. In 1997, Pioli was hired by Bill Parcells to become Director of Pro Personnel for the New York Jets, who went from one win in 1996 to a franchise-record 12 in 1998. But to help each other achieve success beyond our dreams is a blessing and something I will always remember and appreciate.[12]. fox broadcast just lauded patrick mahomes’ character while showing him picking up a wrapper and throwing it in the trash. In 2010, the Chiefs won their first AFC West division title since 2003 and completed the season 10–6. [4] In 2005, Central Connecticut inducted Pioli into their hall of fame. Scott helped lead the re-creation/formation of LTV - TCNJ's only campus TV station. After three years with the Jets, Pioli joined forces again with Belichick as a member of the New England Patriots. In 1988, after graduating with a degree in communications, he accepted a two-year graduate assistant position at Syracuse University, where he also earned a master's degree from the S.I. The Chiefs remained mathematically eligible for the AFC West championship in a weak division clear to the next to the last week of the season and they defeated the eventual AFC West winner Denver Broncos in the final game of the season. Scott Pioli helped craft the near dynasty run of the New England Patriots from 2000-2008. [8][9] The Chiefs confirmed that Pioli was hired on January 13, 2009. [7] Though initially seen as a long-shot, Pioli was also interviewed by the Kansas City Chiefs and was reportedly the number one candidate to succeed Carl Peterson as general manager. Matt Cassel broke his hand in Week 13 in a loss against Denver and was out for the remainder of the season. Your email address will not be published. On a personal level, the Belichick-Pioli bond runs far deeper than our workplace, as we and our families have shared countless memories away from football. Pioli had signed Belcher as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and gave a eulogy at Belcher's Kansas City funeral service.[19]. The fund was created to support the development, education and training of U.S. female football coaches and scouts pursuing careers in collegiate or professional football. [4], In 1992, Pioli was hired as a pro personnel assistant by Bill Belichick, then the head coach of the Cleveland Browns. He was an NFL analyst for NBC Sports' Football Night in America, NBC Sports Network's Pro Football Talk,[1] Sirius XM NFL Radio[2] and the NFL Network. Pioli, who earned a bachelor’s degree in communications at CCSU in 1988, will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. “My family and I chose to partner with the Women’s Sports Foundation on this new initiative because of … Pioli currently serves on the board of directors for various non-profit foundations and was recently named to the board of directors for the Foundation for Excellent Schools, a national nonprofi t organization that partners with public schools in high-need communities to raise student … Pioli and his wife Dallas have a daughter named Mia Costa. [20], The Chiefs had six players on the 2013 Pro Bowl team (Eric Berry, strong safety; Jamaal Charles, running back who set various NFL and franchise records during the season; Dustin Colquitt, punter; Tamba Hali, outside linebacker; Derrick Johnson, inside/middle linebacker; Justin Houston, outside linebacker). To replace Bob Quinn, who was fired along with coach Matt Patricia in November, the Lions interviewed many candidates: Rick Smith, Scott Pioli… [18], Pioli was the first person to confront Jovan Belcher on December 1, 2012. Now with the opportunity to steer his own ship and a vision of building a winner, there is no more capable, hardworking, loyal, team-oriented person than Scott Pioli. Eventually taking over the role as Vice President of Pro Personnel, Pioli and Belichick worked closely together to construct a team of champions. The conversations started — if I recall correctly — with the third round. Pioli most recently served as the assistant general manager for the Atlanta Falcons and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE), The Women’s Intersport Network for Kansas City (WIN for KC) and the Black College Football Hall of Fame (BCFHOF). Berry and Hali were designated starters. Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, Celebrating Generations of Italian Americans in Sports, 3417 N. Harlem Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60634. Required fields are marked *, National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame © 2021 All Rights Reserved. The move clears the way for the Chiefs to hire Andy Reid as their head coach. Scott Pioli explores the story of Pro Football Hall of Fame OT Roosevelt Brown, who nearly slipped through the cracks simply because he attended Morgan State in the 1950s. [4] Pioli and Belichick's teams were noted for the depth of talent at all the positions[4] and used an effective combination of draft picks, free-agent signings, and trades to continually upgrade their roster. Pioli's final year in Kansas City was fraught with controversy and fan unrest as the Chiefs floundered to franchise-worst 2–14 season in 2012, securing their first #1 pick in team history. [21], Pioli was hired as the assistant GM of the Falcons on January 22, 2014. Pioli was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 2014. Prior to the season, Pioli executed trades to acquire wide receivers Wes Welker and Randy Moss, both of whom helped the Patriots set multiple NFL records on offense.[4]. [4] When the Browns moved to Baltimore after the 1995 season, Pioli stayed with the team and was promoted to Pro Personnel Coordinator for the Ravens' 1996 season and was part of the personnel staff that drafted HOFer Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis. While employed with the Chiefs, he also created a program that awarded two annual scholarships for children of Chiefs employees.[27]. In Week 15, the Chiefs stunned the defending Super Bowl champion Packers 19–14 in the Packers only defeat of the regular season. However, only two of the six players were acquired by Pioli. While in Kansas City, he and his wife were very involved with The Children's Place and they served as Co-Chairs for their 2013 Gala. To replace Edwards, Pioli hired Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley as head coach on February 5, 2009. Pioli won three Super Bowl rings while vice president of player personnel for the New England Patriots. Pioli was joined by Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel. After a 37–10 loss to the New York Jets in Week 14, Pioli fired coach Haley and elevated defense coordinator Crennel to acting coach. A five-time winner of the NFL’s Executive of the Year Award by various national media outlets, Pioli was behind the curtain of the New England Patriots dynasty before leading an incredible franchise turnaround for the Kansas City Chiefs. Belcher shot himself in the head and was reported to have told Pioli, "I came here to tell you thank you...Thank you for my chance. [4] In 1990, he began a two-year stint at Murray State University as an offensive line coach in his first year (1990) and as a defensive line coach in his second year (1991). 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Between 1983 and 1988 he attended Central Connecticut State University, graduating in 1988 with a degree in communications. The team advanced to Super Bowl XLII but lost famously to the New York Giants 17–14 and failed to finish the season with a perfect 19–0 record. [22] The team announced his resignation on May 16, 2019. There were no protests on the day of the game, and both Crennel and Pioli received positive comments on how they had handled the situation. The Scott Pioli & Family Fund for Women Football Coaches and Scouts Established in 2017, the Scott Pioli & Family Fund for Women Football Coaches and Scouts supports the development, education and training of aspiring U.S. female football coaches and scouts who are pursuing careers in collegiate or professional football. [15], Pioli's administrative practices were also the subject of an age-discrimination lawsuit, which is currently under review. [4] Pioli served as the Director - and later Vice President - of Player Personnel for the Patriots from 2001 to 2008 when the franchise won three Super Bowl championships. He was an NFL analyst for NBC Sports' Football Night in America, NBC Sports Network's Pro Football Talk, Sirius XM NFL Radio and the NFL Network. Such behaviors were attributed to Pioli's desire to maintain absolute secrecy about the facility. Scott Pioli. About Scott Pioli G’05 Link. He and Scott Pioli had him much higher than that on the board. I love you, bro." Scott Pioli is out after four seasons as Chiefs general manager. He also was a member of the NFL's CEC Executive Working Group,[30] a subcommittee of the Management Council Executive Committee. He currently serves on the board of directors for various non-profit foundations including The Alliance Theater in Atlanta and College for Every Student (CFES), a national non-profit organization that partners with public schools in high-need communities to raise student aspirations and performance. Pioli's relationship with Belichick dated back to the mid-1980s, when as a student at Central Connecticut, Pioli would drive 90 minutes to the New York Giants training camp. Working side by side with one of my best friends for almost two decades is special enough in itself. Chiefs main passing receiver Tony Moeaki was injured in the last preseason game against Green Bay which the Chiefs lost 20–19. Belcher had killed his girlfriend a few minutes earlier. The team announced Wednesday they have also concluded interviews with Rick Smith, Thomas Dimitroff and Scott Pioli. He walked to the entrance of the team's practice area, adjoining Arrowhead, pointing to where Belcher had a gun pointed at his head. [4] Pioli was credited with the signing of a number of veteran free agents, including Kevin Mawae, Vinny Testaverde and Bryan Cox, who played critical roles in the Jets' rebuilding process which helped the team rebound from a 1–15 record in 1996 to a 12–4 record in 1998. After the 2008 Patriots season, Pioli was interviewed by the Cleveland Browns to replace the recently fired Phil Savage as the team's general manager. [14] The Chiefs were 4–3 in Week 8 after a four-game winning streak. In Cleveland, Pioli was responsible for the evaluation of both college prospects and veteran free agents, as well as negotiating various player contracts. Both Crennel and Pioli were fired at the end of the season; Pioli was formally fired on January 4, 2013. From the day I met him, he has demonstrated a passion for football and respect for the game that is second to none. "[4] From 2000–2008, the Patriots had an NFL-best record of 102–42 (.708) and registered 14 playoff victories. Born in Washingtonville, New York, Pioli was the first member of his family to pursue higher education, attending Central Connecticut State University, where he earned a Communications degree and also played defensive line for the school’s football team. Bill Belichick was the Browns head coach in Cleveland at that time, and he hired Pioli to be a scouting assistant. The Pioli Family Fund is a direct representation of Scott's desire to provide more diversity and opportunity in the workplace," Harris said. [4] Dallas is the daughter of former NFL head coach Bill Parcells. It has been extremely gratifying for me to follow Scott's career ascension from the bottom of the totem pole in Cleveland to his place as a pillar of championship teams in New England. “Really focus on integrity and accountability,” Donovan recalled Hunt … He is an avid baseball fan. [31], Sporting News NFL Executive of the Year Award, National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, "Scott Pioli joins NBC's Football Night in America; ESPN World Cup plans", http://blog.siriusxm.com/2014/08/02/siriusxm-nfl-radio-10th-anniversary-scott-pioli-executive-turned-host-turned-executive/, "Great Scott ... Pioli's personnel wizardry the perfect complement to Belichick's coaching genius", "Report: Browns want Pioli decision soon", "Chiefs talking with Pioli about GM vacancy", "Scott Pioli named Kansas City Chiefs general manager", "Patriots issue statements on Scott Pioli", "Clark Hunt introduces General Manager Scott Pioli", "OTC: Has Haley Cost Chiefs Their 2011 Season W/ Preseason Foolishness? [3] He previously served as a front office executive for the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs. The three teams made the playoffs. [10][11] Later that day, Belichick released the following statement to the press: To sum up in words everything Scott Pioli has meant to this organization and to me personally would be difficult, if not impossible. A big proponent in higher education, Pioli has founded a number of academic scholarships to help students pursue their college goals. When Belichick accepted the Patriots' head coaching position in 2000, Pioli became vice president of player personnel. Detroit interviewed Fontenot, Rick Smith, Scott Pioli, Thomas Dimitroff, Louis Riddick, Jeff Ireland, Ed Dodds, Kyle O’Brien, Lance Newmark, Rob Lohman and George Paton. Grandma Rose’s degree still hangs above the desk in Pioli’s home office. Scott was born on March 31, 1965 in Washingtonville, N.Y. Just two years later, Pioli advanced to the NFL to join the Cleveland Browns personnel department. this is actually the exact same wrapper scott pioli … In 2007, the Patriots finished their regular season with a 16-0 record, a first in NFL history. He previously served as a front office executive for the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs. [24], On June 24, 2009, ESPN.com announced its All-Decade Moments naming Scott Pioli Personnel Man of the Decade. As of today, the fund is now accepting applications and will reward its first grant this year. “It’s talked about all the time because it is a complex assessment,” said Scott Pioli, the former general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs who was also a … Sports and Sirius XM NFL Radio. Pioli has also established and endowed scholarship at his alma mater, Central Connecticut State University for students that have been named CFES Scholars. Williams added: “With a lot of emotions and warm heart, I would like to thank Scott, his wife and the Pioli family for getting us on our way with an HBCU endowment. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Only three NFL teams had more Pro Bowl picks San Francisco (9), Houston (8), New England (7). Pioli still serves as Advisory Council Member of the NFL's Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship,[28] helping to make the NFL a more diverse and inclusive league. The Chiefs won 10 games and a division title in 2010, but sunk to 2-14 by the end of Pioli's tenure in 2012 in what the Kansas City Star reported was a toxic working environment. [16], Early in the season, a group of disgruntled Kansas City fans organized a movement, which called itself "Save Our Chiefs. Pioli is now a consultant for the NFL and an on-air analyst for CBS Sports, Yahoo! Also, Pioli earned a contract extension in 2005 after being pursued by several NFL teams to become general manager. Scott Pioli (born March 31, 1965) is an American football executive who most recently worked as the Assistant General Manager for the Atlanta Falcons. Pioli grew up in Washingtonville, New York and attended Washingtonville High School, where he played linebacker and defensive line before graduating in 1983. The Chiefs won the game the following day against the Carolina Panthers, the only home game victory of the season. A freewheeling, 35-minute conversation with Scott Pioli this week on our Patriots Talk Podcast hit on scads of topics. Scott Pioli and Bill Belichick worked so closely with each other for the New England Patriots that they sometimes took trips together to Florida … The Chiefs were 7–9 in the 2011 season. [4] The most-notable selection in an NFL Draft by Pioli and Belichick was quarterback Tom Brady, who was chosen 199th overall in the 2000 NFL Draft.[4]. [4] He was a three-time Division II All-New England selection as a defensive tackle. When the New York Giants acquired defensive lineman Leonard Williams from the New York Jets in exchange for a few picks mid-way through the 2019 season, From 2000-08, the Patriots won more games than any other team in the league right after the duo managed to select future star quarterback Tom Brady with the 199th overall pick of the 2000 NFL Draft. [4], Pioli served as a graduate assistant with the Syracuse football team from 1988 to 1989. It was all inspired by Pioli’s grandmother, Rose Costa, who received an elementary school diploma in 1925, the first member of the family to get a diploma of any kind. Pioli served as the Direct… In January, Kansas City Star reporter Kent Babb published a piece that interviewed former Chiefs' head coach Todd Haley in which Haley indicated his belief that the team had bugged his personal cell phone. [4] He was regularly recognized for his ability to build a team, not simply collecting individual talent,[4] helping to make the Patriots a "model franchise. [6], Pioli's skills as a talent evaluator helped create a consistent championship contender in New England. He remained in that position even after Vice President of Player Personnel Scott Pioli departed in 2009 to become general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs; former Tennessee Titans general manager Floyd Reese was brought in as a “senior football advisor.” Through a mutual friend, Pioli was introduced to then-Giants defensive coordinator Belichick, who was impressed at Pioli's dedication to travel to each practice and offered him a place to stay.[5].