Matt Patricia has become an unshakable outsider lately. He is the soccer coach of the NFL (National Football League) and currently the head coach of the Detroit Lions.
His path to becoming one of the top coaches in the NFL has been a rather unusual one, and the man has always stressed that his family has played a big part in his career, just as it did in his rise to prominence.
Matt Patricia Bio
Matt was born on September 13, 1974. Although he has made a name for himself as a coach, he played a little football during his college years. He played at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and worked for three years, from 1992 to 1995, mainly as a center and security guard. Although he played soccer at the Polytechnic Institute, his primary goal was to graduate with a diploma. In 1996 he graduated with a B.Sc. in aeronautical engineering. After graduating in 1996, he stayed at RPI to start his coaching career as an assistant.
Matt received a fairly lucrative offer to maintain the nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers at Westinghouse Electric Company after graduation, but he decided against it and returned to coaching as a Defensive Line Coach at Amherst College from 1999 to 2000.
After coaching several college teams, Patricia made his big breakthrough when he joined the Patriots as an assistant to then-head coach Bill Belichick. His new role required him to work as an assistant offensive player. In 2006, however, he resigned and took over the position of linebacker coach for the 2006 season and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2012.
Throughout his tenure with the New England Patriots, the team won an impressive number of laurels. They won the Super Bowl XXXIX at the end of the 2004 season, they also won the Super Bowl XLIX at the end of the 2014 season and finally the Super Bowl LI at the end of the 2016 season. For his merits, the Patriots had to defend themselves against advances from NFL top teams like the Detroit Lions and the New York Giants.
From a man with an aviation degree to a lineman, sources close to the Patriots suggested that before Matt took up the position of head coach, he had to contact his wife before signing a contract with the franchise.
Matt Patricia has married the love of his life Raina Patricia, whose maiden name is Grigelvick. She was born and raised in Rhode Island but finished high school in Cumberland, which is about 15 miles from Fox Borough. The couple met and married in Aruba in 2009, but they have moved and now live in Wrentham, Massachusetts.
The couple has three children – two sons named Dominic and Dante and their daughter Giaminna. He does his best to live a very private life and keep his family out of the spotlight, but it has proven difficult. Raina is currently an active member of the Patriots Women’s Association, and in an effort to support her husband, she regularly joins the organization on her annual trips to Boston.
Matt Patricia Salary, Net Worth
With Matt Patricia has been at the forefront of coaching in the NFL for so long, it is no surprise that he has an impressive fortune. Matt’s net worth is around $3 million, which is not the highest amount, but it’s a considerable sum. His net worth is calculated as the sum total of his assets – cars, houses, and taxes, to name a few.
Other Facts About Matt Patricia
- When he joined the Patriots, the club still stuck with analog methods, using paper and pencil for notes and helping to introduce digital technology.
- Unlike most of his colleagues, Matt Patricia prefers to wear shorts in rain, snow, and summer.
- Matt Patricia and his family are involved in charitable and volunteer work.
- As a former NFL player, Patricia has an impressive stature and is about 170 cm (5 ft 6 inches) tall.