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St. Louis Rams name Steve Spagnuolo new head coach
St. Louis Rams new head coach Steve Spagnuolo (R) stops to talk to players Antonio Pittman (L) and Ty Hill in Earth City, Missouri on January 19, 2009. Spagnuolo comes to St. Louis from the New York Giants where he served as defensive coordinator. Spagnuolo has been given a four-year contract to coach a team that went 2-14 in the 2008 season. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)
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Steve Julio Spagnuolo (born December 21, 1959 in Whitinsville, Massachusetts) is the current head coach of the St. Louis Rams. He was previously the defensive coordinator of the New York Giants from January 2007 to January 2009, and also served for eight years under defensive coordinator Jim Johnson of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Born in the Whitinsville section of Northbridge, MA, Spagnuolo moved to Grafton as a youth. After graduating from Grafton (MA) High School, Spagnuolo played wide receiver at Springfield College, and assisted the University of Massachusetts football team while pursuing his graduate degree.

Spagnouolo began his NFL coaching career in the Philadelphia Eagles organization in 1999, serving as linebackers and defensive backs coach. He remained there for eight years, learning Jim Johnson's defensive philosophy. It was under Johnson that Spagnouolo cultivated his trademark look, Goatee and buzz cut.

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