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Scott Pioli
Assistant General Manager

Biography

Scott Pioli is entering his 25th season in the NFL. He has been named NFL Executive of the Year by various national media outlets five different seasons during his career, including honors from Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, and Pro Football Weekly/PFWA. In nine years with the New England Patriots, Pioli helped the club win Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII, and XXXIX, claim four AFC championships, and six AFC East titles.

In addition to his front office experience, Pioli spent the 2013 season as an analyst on NBC’s Football Night in America and Sirius XM radio where he offered fans behind the scenes insight into the NFL. Pioli also serves as an active member of the NFL’s Bill Walsh Diversity Fellowship Advisory Council, helping to make the NFL a more diverse and inclusive league.

Pioli was the architect of one of the greatest turnarounds in Kansas City Chiefs history as the club won the AFC West with a 10-6 record in his second season at the helm. It was Kansas City’s first division title and home playoff appearance since 2003. In four seasons with the Chiefs, Pioli drafted four Pro Bowl players Eric Berry (4), Justin Houston (4), Dontari Poe (2), and Dexter McCluster. This is the second-most Pro Bowlers drafted from 2009-2012, behind only the Seattle Seahawks.

Pioli joined the Chiefs after serving as the Vice President of Player Personnel with the New England Patriots for nine seasons. With New England, the Patriots became widely recognized as one of the NFL’s model franchises. Working in close concert with Head Coach Bill Belichick, the duo rapidly developed the Patriots into a consistent championship contender.

Pioli and Belichick became the first personnel director/head coach tandem in league annals to win three Super Bowls during a four-year span (2001-04).

Pioli was named the George Young NFL Executive of the Year by Sporting News following the 2003 and 2004 seasons, an award voted on by other NFL executives. The youngest individual ever to win that accolade, Pioli joined Bobby Beathard (Washington ‘82-83) and Bill Polian (Carolina ‘95-96) as just the third person to ever win that honor in consecutive seasons. During the 2000’s, Sports Illustrated named Pioli the number one GM/Pro Sports Executive, Sporting News named him the NFL Executive of the Decade, and ESPN named him the NFL Personnel Man of the Decade.

Pioli began his NFL career as a Scouting Assistant for the Cleveland Browns in 1992. He spent the next three seasons working as the Browns Pro Personnel Assistant. He was promoted to Pro Personnel Coordinator when the team moved to Baltimore In 1996.

In 1997, Pioli was hired as the New York Jets Director of Pro Personnel. In just two seasons working with Head Coach Bill Parcells, the Jets completed a worst-to-first turnaround, rebounding from a 1-15 campaign in 1996 to a 12-4 record in 1998. Those 12 wins in 1998 were the most in franchise history and gave the Jets their first division title since 1968.

Pioli played defensive tackle at Central Connecticut State (1983-87), where he was a three-time All-New England selection and graduated with a degree in Communications. From 1988-89, he served as a Graduate Assistant at Syracuse University, where he also earned a master’s degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in television and film.

Pioli then took a full-time coaching opportunity at Murray State, where he spent one season as the offensive line coach (1990) and one season as the defensive line coach (1991). He left the coaching ranks to join the Browns personnel department in 1992.

While he has made his living in the arena of professional sports, Pioli is passionate about the importance of education, diversity, and the arts. He supports a number of non-profit organizations which focus on those three cornerstones. Pioli serves on the Board of Directors for College for Every Student (CFES), a nonprofit organization committed to raising the academic aspirations and performance of underserved youth. Each school works with more than 50 CFES Scholars (low-income youth), most of whom will be first in their family to pursue higher education.  Pioli has brought CFES and Atlanta Public Schools together and its programs will be introduced to several schools in the fall of 2016.

Pioli also currently serves on the board for The Women’s Intersport Network for Kansas City (WIN for KC), which was established in 1994 to ignite girls and women through advocating and promoting the lifetime value of sports and fitness, while providing opportunities for participation and leadership development. WIN for KC events and programs include participation and networking opportunities, leadership seminars, and promotions of women’s events.

During his time in Kansas City, he sat on the Board of Directors for the Kansas City Repertory Theater. He and his wife were also annual supporters of a number of local non-profits including, The Kansas City Symphony, The Nelson-Atkins Museum, The Charlotte Street Foundation, Operation Breakthrough, and several others.

As the first member of his family to pursue higher education, Pioli has founded a number of academic scholarships geared toward first-generational college students. He has established two endowed scholarship funds at Central Connecticut State University - the Scott Pioli Family Scholarship - for CFES scholars attending his alma mater and an endowed enrichment fund for the football program.

Founded by Pioli, the WIN for KC Pioli Family Scholarship, is still awarded annually to a local female student entering her first year of college. Additionally, he also endowed the Pioli Family Grant to support a female intern that WIN hires each year. While serving as general manager for the Kansas City Chiefs, he worked with the club to create the KC Chiefs/Pioli Family Scholarship which awarded two scholarships for children of employees to pursue further education.

Since arriving in Atlanta, he has been actively involved with the Atlanta Mission and continued to support the arts and education by serving as a member of the board of directors for the Alliance Theatre. The Tony Award-winning theatre is one of the leading producing theatres in the Southeast, creating a powerful experience of shared theatre for diverse people.

Pioli was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

Pioli resides in Atlanta with his wife Dallas and their daughter Mia Costa Pioli.
Scott Pioli is entering his 25th season in the NFL. He has been named NFL Executive of the Year by various national media outlets five different seasons during his career, including honors from Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, and Pro Football Weekly/PFWA. In nine years with the New England Patriots, Pioli helped the club win Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII, and XXXIX, claim four AFC championships, and six AFC East titles.

In addition to his front office experience, Pioli spent the 2013 season as an analyst on NBC’s Football Night in America and Sirius XM radio where he offered fans behind the scenes insight into the NFL. Pioli also serves as an active member of the NFL’s Bill Walsh Diversity Fellowship Advisory Council, helping to make the NFL a more diverse and inclusive league.

Pioli was the architect of one of the greatest turnarounds in Kansas City Chiefs history as the club won the AFC West with a 10-6 record in his second season at the helm. It was Kansas City’s first division title and home playoff appearance since 2003. In four seasons with the Chiefs, Pioli drafted four Pro Bowl players Eric Berry (4), Justin Houston (4), Dontari Poe (2), and Dexter McCluster. This is the second-most Pro Bowlers drafted from 2009-2012, behind only the Seattle Seahawks.

Pioli joined the Chiefs after serving as the Vice President of Player Personnel with the New England Patriots for nine seasons. With New England, the Patriots became widely recognized as one of the NFL’s model franchises. Working in close concert with Head Coach Bill Belichick, the duo rapidly developed the Patriots into a consistent championship contender.

Pioli and Belichick became the first personnel director/head coach tandem in league annals to win three Super Bowls during a four-year span (2001-04).

Pioli was named the George Young NFL Executive of the Year by Sporting News following the 2003 and 2004 seasons, an award voted on by other NFL executives. The youngest individual ever to win that accolade, Pioli joined Bobby Beathard (Washington ‘82-83) and Bill Polian (Carolina ‘95-96) as just the third person to ever win that honor in consecutive seasons. During the 2000’s, Sports Illustrated named Pioli the number one GM/Pro Sports Executive, Sporting News named him the NFL Executive of the Decade, and ESPN named him the NFL Personnel Man of the Decade.

Pioli began his NFL career as a Scouting Assistant for the Cleveland Browns in 1992. He spent the next three seasons working as the Browns Pro Personnel Assistant. He was promoted to Pro Personnel Coordinator when the team moved to Baltimore In 1996.

In 1997, Pioli was hired as the New York Jets Director of Pro Personnel. In just two seasons working with Head Coach Bill Parcells, the Jets completed a worst-to-first turnaround, rebounding from a 1-15 campaign in 1996 to a 12-4 record in 1998. Those 12 wins in 1998 were the most in franchise history and gave the Jets their first division title since 1968.

Pioli played defensive tackle at Central Connecticut State (1983-87), where he was a three-time All-New England selection and graduated with a degree in Communications. From 1988-89, he served as a Graduate Assistant at Syracuse University, where he also earned a master’s degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in television and film.

Pioli then took a full-time coaching opportunity at Murray State, where he spent one season as the offensive line coach (1990) and one season as the defensive line coach (1991). He left the coaching ranks to join the Browns personnel department in 1992.

While he has made his living in the arena of professional sports, Pioli is passionate about the importance of education, diversity, and the arts. He supports a number of non-profit organizations which focus on those three cornerstones. Pioli serves on the Board of Directors for College for Every Student (CFES), a nonprofit organization committed to raising the academic aspirations and performance of underserved youth. Each school works with more than 50 CFES Scholars (low-income youth), most of whom will be first in their family to pursue higher education.  Pioli has brought CFES and Atlanta Public Schools together and its programs will be introduced to several schools in the fall of 2016.

Pioli also currently serves on the board for The Women’s Intersport Network for Kansas City (WIN for KC), which was established in 1994 to ignite girls and women through advocating and promoting the lifetime value of sports and fitness, while providing opportunities for participation and leadership development. WIN for KC events and programs include participation and networking opportunities, leadership seminars, and promotions of women’s events.

During his time in Kansas City, he sat on the Board of Directors for the Kansas City Repertory Theater. He and his wife were also annual supporters of a number of local non-profits including, The Kansas City Symphony, The Nelson-Atkins Museum, The Charlotte Street Foundation, Operation Breakthrough, and several others.

As the first member of his family to pursue higher education, Pioli has founded a number of academic scholarships geared toward first-generational college students. He has established two endowed scholarship funds at Central Connecticut State University - the Scott Pioli Family Scholarship - for CFES scholars attending his alma mater and an endowed enrichment fund for the football program.

Founded by Pioli, the WIN for KC Pioli Family Scholarship, is still awarded annually to a local female student entering her first year of college. Additionally, he also endowed the Pioli Family Grant to support a female intern that WIN hires each year. While serving as general manager for the Kansas City Chiefs, he worked with the club to create the KC Chiefs/Pioli Family Scholarship which awarded two scholarships for children of employees to pursue further education.

Since arriving in Atlanta, he has been actively involved with the Atlanta Mission and continued to support the arts and education by serving as a member of the board of directors for the Alliance Theatre. The Tony Award-winning theatre is one of the leading producing theatres in the Southeast, creating a powerful experience of shared theatre for diverse people.

Pioli was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

Pioli resides in Atlanta with his wife Dallas and their daughter Mia Costa Pioli.