Chuck Cecil is one of the most respected defensive minds in football. In his second year with the St. Louis Rams, Cecil migrated to St. Louis with Head Coach, Jeff Fisher after an unprecedented ten years together with the Tennessee Titans. During the 2012 season, Cecil helped create, mold and coordinate the young Rams defensive into fierce competitors. At the Titans, Cecil helped develop and produce some of the league’s best defenses. In 2009 and 2010, Cecil was the Titans defensive coordinator where he continued the tradition of a great run defense, which finished the 2009 season ranked 11th in the NFL. Tennessee ranked eighth in the league in interceptions (20) and second in interceptions returned for touchdown (4).
During his final three years, the Titans defense ranked third in the NFL in interceptions (62) behind only Green Bay and Baltimore. Over his last 10 games, the Titans earned an 8-2 record and the defense ranked 11th in the league in scoring defense over that period. During 2007 and 2008, Cecil was the sole defensive back coach, in which the secondary recorded 14 interceptions and the team total of 22 ranked second in the NFL. Throughout the 2008 season, Cecil established and educated a defensive back core that grew into one of the finest secondary units in the NFL, as three of the four players (Finnegan, Hope, Griffin) were invited to the Pro Bowl for the first time in their careers. It was the first time in franchise history that three players from the secondary represented the team in the Pro Bowl. Overall, the Titans’ secondary collected 19 interceptions, which ranked second (after Green Bay) in the NFL. The Titans ranked ninth in pass defense and seventh in total defense. From 2004-2006, Cecil was a defensive assistant, coaching safeties and “nickel backs.” He began his coaching career with the Tennessee Titans in 2001 as a quality control coach and earned his way to the top of the defensive ranks.
Prior to coaching, Cecil’s professional playing career began after being drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1988. During his five years as a Packer, he was known as a hard-hitting, no-nonsense player and fan favorite. During free agency the Phoenix Cardinals signed him to a multi-year contract. Ultimately, his style of play landed him on the cover of Sports Illustrated with the title: Is Chuck Cecil too Vicious for the NFL? A fierce opponent and loyal teammate, Cecil was an All-Madden selection in 1991 and chosen for the 1992 Pro Bowl. He went on to finish his playing career with the Houston Oilers in 1995.
A 135-pound college football walk-on, Cecil attended the University of Arizona where his scores in the classroom were as crucial to his ultimate success as his performance on the football field. A testament for young men and women with a passion, drive and tenacity for achieving their goals, Cecil played football for the Wildcats from 1985-1988. As a starting safety, Cecil was Football News, UPI, Kodak, Walter Camp and coaches All-America selection; two-time All-Pac-10 first team for 1986 and 1987; three-time All-Pac-10; All-Academic team for 1985, 1986, 1987; 1987; Academic All-America first team; two-time Academic All-America second team for 1985, 1986; In 1987 he was Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year; the 1988 Pac 10 Conference Medal winner; 1988 NCAA Today’s Top VI Award recipient; Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Decade 1980; He was inducted into the University of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame inductee in 1993 and was ultimately inducted into the NCAA Football Hall of Fame class of 2009.
An ardent golfer, Chuck is most dedicated to his family. He is married to his best friend, author, speaker, television personality, Carrie Gerlach Cecil, whom he met 26-years-ago on the campus at the University of Arizona. Together, the college sweethearts believe that God has steered and blessed their lives in many areas and are dedicated to giving back both financially and with their time. Avid philanthropists, the couple, through their own resources and influence in their community, raise monies for the non-profit Ordinary Hero, 10-Days Missions, the Nashville Rescue Mission for women and children, and Every Nation Churches and Ministries. Additionally, they orchestrated the Cecil Family Golden Hour Golf Classic for The UMC Level One Trauma Center in Tucson, Arizona and are on the board of The MISS Foundation, a global organization dedicated to hope, community and compassion for grieving parents everywhere from pre-natal to infant, toddler, young adult and adult loss.
The duo currently divides their time between California and St. Louis with their eight-year-old daughter, Charli Alleene, and their dogs, Wilbur and Max.