Football Coaching Staff
Lionel Washington
Defensive Coordinator/Cornerbacks
Coach Info:
Position: Defensive Coordinator/Cornerbacks
Experience: 2 Years
Phone: 225-771-3735

Former Tulane Green Wave standout and longtime NFL player and coach enter his first season as Defensive Coordinator and second season with the Jaguar Football Program.

A native of nearby Lutcher, LA Washington spent 27 years in the NFL as a player or coach, all on the
defensive side of the football. He played 15 seasons in the NFL as a defensive back and was a secondary
coach for 12 years following his retirement.

In his first season on the Tulane staff, the Green Wave logged 15 interceptions, which tied for the ninth-
best single season effort in school history, and also recovered nine fumbles for a total of 24 forced

turnovers. Washington had many players earn All-American honors or All Conference USA honors.
Washington spent 10 seasons with the Green Bay Packers as a nicklebacks/cornerbacks coach form
1999-2008. Her worked two years on the Oakland Raiders staff in 2009 and 2010 and was the defensive
backs coach on Marty Schottenheimer’s staff of the United Football League’s Virginia Destrpyers in
As an NFL coach, he tutored several of the NFL’s best defenders, including Packers cornerback Al harris
and former Raider Charles Woodson, who earned Pro Bowls berths under Washington’s tutelage. In
2005 Washington’s defensive backs helped Green bay lead the league in fewest passing yards allowed
per game (167.5) as well as fewest passing first downs (143).
As a Player Washington has one of the longest playing careers for a defensive back in NFL history playing
in 205 NFL games with 165 starts and recorded 37 interceptions, returning four for touchdowns in 15
A four-year letterman for the Wave from 1979-82, Washington helped Tulane to 26 wins and
appearances in the Liberty Bowl (1979) and Hall of Fame Bowl (1980) during his career. He was a fourth
round choice (103rd overall) in the 1983 NFL Draft by the St. Louis (now Arizona) Cardinals.
Washington and his wife Karen have two daughters Lakaia and Jordan and one son Deron, a professional
basketball player who was selected in the second round of the 2008 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons
following a stellar college career at Virginia Tech.