Juan Castillo
Personal information
Date of birth: (1959-10-08) October 8, 1959 (age 60)
Career information
College: Texas A&I
Undrafted in 1981
Debuted in 1984 for the San Antonio Gunslingers
Last played in 1985 for the San Antonio Gunslingers
Made coaching debut in 1995 for the Philadelphia Eagles
Career history
 As player:
* San Antonio Gunslingers (19841985)
 As coach:
* Texas A&M University–Kingsville (1982–1985)
(Defensive line/Linebackers coach)
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A

Juan Castillo (born October 8, 1959) is an American football coach. He was defensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League from February 2, 2011 to October 16, 2012 when he was fired.[1] He played college football at Texas A&I as a linebacker. He played for the San Antonio Gunslingers of the United States Football League from 19841985. He joined the Eagles in 1995 as an offensive assistant. He was promoted to tight ends coach in 1997, and switched to offensive line coach in 1998.

Early yearsEdit

Castillo's parents moved from Mexico to the United States as teenagers. When he was 12, Castillo's father died after falling off a boat into the Gulf of Mexico while shrimping.[2] Castillo grew up in Port Isabel, Texas, and attended Port Isabel High School where he played high school football as a linebacker. He earned all-state honors following his junior year.[3]

College careerEdit

Castillo earned a scholarship worth $500 to attend Texas A&I after spending a semester at Monterrey Tech.[2] He played college football while enrolled.[3]

Professional careerEdit

San Antonio GunslingersEdit

Castillo played for the San Antonio Gunslingers of the USFL from 19841985, mainly on special teams.[3] In 1984, Castillo saw action in six games, making four tackles and three assists. In 1985, Castillo played in seven games, making eight tackles and registering three assists on a 5–13 club.

Coaching careerEdit

High schoolEdit

Castillo coached linebackers and was the defense line coach at Kingsville High School from 1986–1989.


Castillo was the defensive line coach for Texas A&M University–Kingsville from 1982–1985 and from 1990–1994 he was the offensive line coach. Four offensive linemen he coached ended up in the NFL: Jermane Mayberry,[3] Jorge Diaz, Kevin Dogins and Earl Dotson.[4]


Philadelphia EaglesEdit

The Philadelphia Eagles hired Castillo as an offensive assistant in 1995 under Ray Rhodes.[2] In 1996, the Eagles drafted Jermane Mayberry, an offensive lineman Castillo coached at Texas A&M University–Kingsville, in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft. Castillo was promoted to tight ends coach in 1997, and switched to coaching the offensive line in 1998. When Andy Reid was hired as the head coach of the Eagles in 1999, he retained Castillo on the coaching staff.[2] Mayberry earned a Pro Bowl berth in 2002, and said Castillo "molded me into the player I became." Castillo coached the offensive line for thirteen seasons, from 1998–2010.

Castillo became the defensive coordinator for the Eagles following the firing of Sean McDermott on February 2, 2011.[5] The hiring was met with surprise by players, fans, and members of the media primarily because Castillo had not coached the defensive side of the ball since he was at Kingsville in 1989.[6][7]

Juan Castillo was fired on October 16, 2012. He was replaced by Todd Bowles, the team's secondary coach and former interim head coach of the Miami Dolphins.

Baltimore RavensEdit

Juan is now the running back coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens and earned a Super Bowl ring in Super Bowl XLVII, when the Ravens defeated the San Fransisco 49ers.


Castillo is married to his wife, Zaida, and have four sons: Gregory, John, Andres and Antonio. Gregory (born 1990) is currently a cornerback at the University of Iowa.[8] John is currently a distance runner at Villanova University, while Andres is a freshman at St. Joseph's Prep in Philadelphia, PA and plays quarterback.[2]

On August 17, 1998, Castillo fractured his left tibial plateau after he was hit by a utility truck outside of Veterans Stadium. Even though he was on crutches, he still coached practice the following day.[9]

In 2002, Castillo and his wife were invited to a Cinco de Mayo celebration by President George W. Bush at the White House.[4]

Port Isabel, Texas declared July 4, 2009 to be "Juan Castillo Day" and presented Castillo with a key to the city.[10]


  1. "Juan Castillo fired by Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles". National Football League. Retrieved 2012-10-17.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Tamari, Jonathan (February 23, 2011). "Castillo's long journey". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2011-02-24.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Merrill, Elizabeth (September 15, 2008). "Eagles' Castillo determined to honor his past". Retrieved 2010-08-06.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Juan Castillo". Retrieved 2010-08-06.
  5. "Eagles promote Juan Castillo to DC". February 2, 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-02.
  6. "Eagles surprise: Juan Castillo will be their defensive coordinator". Retrieved 2012-10-17.
  7. "Andy Reid stuns players with Juan Castillo move". Philadelphia Inquirer . February 2, 2011.
  8. "#2 Greg Castillo". University of Iowa Athletics. Retrieved 2010-08-06.
  9. "Eagles' coach copes with hit-and-run driver". The Free Lance-Star. August 19, 1998.,5205790. Retrieved 2010-08-07.
  10. ""Juan Castillo Day" controversy". June 23, 2009. Retrieved 2010-08-06.

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