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Lou Anarumo enters his sixth season with the Dolphins after being named defensive backs coach on Feb. 4, 2012.
Lou Anarumo enters his sixth season with the Dolphins after being named defensive backs coach on Feb. 4, 2012.

In 2016, Anarumo helped the Dolphins have their best season since 2008, winning 10 games and reaching the playoffs for the first time in eight years. He helped the Dolphins string together seven straight games with a takeaway from Week 9 to Week 15, totaling 19 turnovers, the most in a seven-game span since 2004. Miami won nine of its final 11 games and during that span, Anarumo helped the passing defense rank No. 15 in the NFL (238.5 passing yards allowed per game) and force 21 turnovers, which tied for fourth in the league. Cornerback Tony Lippett led the team and tied for 11th in the NFL with four interceptions in just his second NFL season despite playing wide receiver in college.

Anarumo entered the 2015 season coaching defensive backs and was named defensive coordinator on Oct. 8. Under Anarumo’s direction, cornerback Brent Grimes and safety Reshad Jones were selected to the Pro Bowl, marking the first time since the 2003 season that Miami had two members of their secondary participate in the Pro Bowl in the same season.

In 2014, Anarumo led a secondary that allowed only 222.3 passing yards per game, good for sixth-best in the NFL and the third-straight season of improvement in this category. His group scored three defensive touchdowns (cornerback Cortland Finnegan on a fumble return at Oakland and safety Louis Delmas and Grimes on interception returns at Jacksonville), marking the first season since 2003 when the Dolphins had three different players score defensive touchdowns. Grimes recorded a team-leading five interceptions en route to his second Pro Bowl in as many years since joining the team. Jones was one of three players in the NFL in 2014 to record 70 or more tackles, one sack and three interceptions.

In 2013, Anarumo guided a secondary that saw marked improvement in his second season at the helm, going from being ranked 27th in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game in 2012 to being ranked 16th in 2013. The defense also nearly doubled its interception output, from 10 in 2012 to 18 in 2013. Further, the defense allowed only four touchdown passes to receivers all season and the team’s 35 touchdown passes allowed over the 2012-13 seasons were the second-fewest in the NFL to the Seattle Seahawks. The unit was fifth in the NFL in passer rating against, limiting opponents to a 77.3 rating. The defensive backfield was highlighted by the play of Grimes, who earned a Pro Bowl trip after tying for the team lead with four interceptions and pacing the unit with 17 passes defensed.

In Anarumo’s first season with the Dolphins in 2012, he coached a secondary which started five different players at cornerback during the season (Nolan Carroll, Richard Marshall, Dimitri Patterson, Sean Smith and Jimmy Wilson). In addition, safeties Chris Clemons and Jones both had the best seasons of their NFL career to date. Starting all 16 games, Clemons set a career high with 96 tackles (69 solo), while Jones recorded 95 tackles (74 solo), one sack, two forced fumbles and four interceptions.

Anarumo joined the Dolphins after spending eight seasons (2004-11) as defensive backs coach at Purdue University. With four new starters in 2010, the Boilermakers’ secondary featured true freshman cornerback Ricardo Allen, who finished with three interceptions, returning two of them for touchdowns and led the Big Ten in interception return yardage en route to earning freshman All-America honors. Cornerbacks Brandon King and David Pender were named second team All-Big Ten in 2009, while safety Torri Williams was an honorable mention selection. Pender finished his career ranked tied for second in school history with 33 pass breakups. From 2005 to 2006, the Boilermakers rebuilt their secondary and improved from 287.3 passing yards allowed per game to 241.2 yards. In 2008, they ranked No. 3 overall in the Big Ten, surrendering just 183.2 yards per game. That figure dropped to 152.5 yards in conference games and was tops in the Big Ten. Safety Bernard Pollard was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round (54th overall pick) of the 2006 NFL draft, becoming the highest-drafted Purdue defensive player since linebacker Fred Strickland (47th overall) by the Los Angeles Rams in 1988.

Anarumo came to the Boilermakers from Marshall, where he coached the defensive backs from 2001-03. He also served as special teams coordinator in 2003. The Thundering Herd ranked No. 10 in the nation in passing defense in 2003, allowing 177.4 yards per game. They were sixth in 2002 at 161.5 yards after ranking No. 37 in 2001 at 198.7 yards. Marshall compiled a 30-8 record over the three seasons and won the GMAC Bowl in 2001 and 2002. Strong safety Chris Crocker was a third-round selection of the Cleveland Browns in the 2003 draft.

Prior to his stint at Marshall, Anarumo was assistant head coach at Harvard from 1995-2000, working with the defensive backs and coordinating the special teams. During his tenure, he helped build a pass defense regarded among the finest in the Ivy League. The Crimson led the league in pass efficiency defense in 1999 and ranked No. 2 in interceptions in 2000.

From 1992-94, Anarumo was defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York. He also served as the admissions liaison to the athletics department.

Anarumo was a graduate assistant coach at Syracuse during the 1990-91 seasons. He was assistant defensive backs coach under Phil Elmassian – whom Anarumo replaced on the Boilermaker staff – and was responsible for film breakdown and organization of the scout teams.

From January to June 1990, Anarumo was a part-time running backs coach at Wagner College. He filled that same role at the United States Merchant Marine Academy from September 1989 to January 1990.

A native of Staten Island, N.Y., Anarumo earned his B.S. degree in special education from Wagner in 1990. While in college, he served as head junior varsity coach at Susan Wagner High School in Staten Island, N.Y.

Anarumo and his wife, Fran, have three children: Madison, Louis and Christopher. His last name is pronounced aahn-UH-room-oh.

Recent Videos

  • Inside The Defense With Lou Anarumo

    (10:02) Posted Dec 31, 2015

    Dolphins Defensive Coordinator Lou Anarumo holds his weekly session with reporters and assesses the play of his unit throughout 2015 while looking ahead to Sunday's season finale against the Patriots. Hear Anarumo reflect on his time as defensive coordinator and analyze the development of several young players on the defense.

  • Anarumo Sizes Up Defense After 14 Games

    (8:09) Posted Dec 24, 2015

    Dolphins Defensive Coordinator Lou Anarumo meets with the media and evaluates many aspects of the defensive performance of the team thus far in 2015. Watch as Anarumo answers questions about the team's safety play in 2015 and about the progress of the some of the younger members of the unit including rookie cornerbacks Tony Lippett and Bobby McCain.

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