Football Coaching Staff
Paul Ferraro
Defensive Coordinator/Assistant Head Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Defensive Coordinator/Assistant Head Coach
Phone: 212-854-7115

Recruiting Areas – New York (Duchess, Orange and South), Ohio, Kentucky.

Paul Ferraro joined the Lions in March 2015 as their defensive coordinator. Prior to Columbia, Ferraro spent the previous two seasons at Maine and was on NFL coaching staffs from 2005-11.

Ferraro's impact was felt immeadiately on the defensive side of the ball, as the Lions made the biggest leap in the FCS, going from 115th in total defense the year before, to 8th at 291.1 yards per game. The Lions kept points off the scoreboard, allowing just 19.8 points a game, which was the 17th best tally in the country. Columbia held opponents to 13 points or less four times, as five defensive players earned All-Ivy League honors, led by defensive linemen Toba Akinleye (first team), Niko Padilla (second team) and Chad Washington (second team).

Prior to his time at Columbia, Ferraro was the defensive coordinator at Maine. In 2012, his Black Bear team led the CAA in scoring defense, before he helped the squad to a CAA Championship and an FCS playoff appearance in 2013.

Ferraro made his NFL debut in 2005 as the Carolina Panthers' assistant special teams coach. He then took over the special teams coordinator position with the Minnesota Vikings from 2006-08, and led the linebackers with the St. Louis Rams from 2009-11.

Ferraro jumped to the NFL after working as Rutgers' defensive coordinator from 2001-04, as the Scarlet Knights led the Big East in sacks, takeaways and third-down defense in 2004.

In his two seasons at Georgia Tech, the Yellow Jackets went 8-4 in 1999 and faced Miami in the Gator Bowl. The next year, they posted a 9-3 mark and advanced to take on LSU in the Peach Bowl.

From 1991-98, Ferraro nestled down in Northwest Ohio as Bowling Green's defensive coordinator. The Falcons claimed the 1991 and 1992 MAC titles, while also topping Fresno State in the 1991 California Bowl and then Nevada in the 1992 Las Vegas Bowl.

Ferraro earned his start in coaching as a graduate assistant at UMass in 1982. Before joining Bowling Green, he had stints at Syracuse, Villanova, Dartmouth, Catholic University, Maine (first of two stops) and Ohio.

A 1982 graduate from Springfield College, Ferraro was an All-New England defensive back his senior year in 1981. He went on to receive his master's degree from Syracuse.