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Ed Donatell (born February 4, 1957 in Akron, Ohio[1]) is an American football coach for the San Francisco 49ers.

Most recently he served as the defensive coordinator for the University of Washington Huskies football team from January to December 2008 under Tyrone Willingham.[2] He and the entire staff were let go after the winless 2008 season.[3] Previously he served as a special assistant to the New York Jets. Donatell served as the defensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League under head coach Jim Mora for three seasons, prior to which he occupied this position for the Green Bay Packers. He graduated from Stow High School in Stow, Ohio,[4] and later earned a master's degree in administration from Kent State University. He is married and has three children.[3]

He is currently the defensive back coach with the San Francisco 49ers, after leaving the Denver Broncos during a 2 year run from 2009 through 2010.


  2. Donatell to coach Huskies defense
  3. 3.0 3.1 Holt takes over Washington's defense, Associated Press, January 5, 2009, Accessed January 5, 2009.
  4. Ridenour, Marla (January 8, 2005). "Savage Joins Search for Coach: Browns General Manager Helps Interview Crennel, Says He Doesn’t Think Ferentz Wants to Leave Iowa". Akron Beacon Journal (Beacon Journal Publishing Co.): p. C3 - Sports. "... Ed Donatell, an Akron native and product of Stow High School."

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Emmitt Thomas
Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator
Succeeded by
Bob Slowik
Preceded by
Wade Phillips
Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator
Succeeded by
Mike Zimmer