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Kevin Stefanski
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BIOGRAPHY

Entering his 10th season with the Vikings in 2015, Kevin Stefanski will tutor the TEs for the 2nd season. The 2014 offense began to hit its stride late in the 2014 season and ranked among the NFL leaders in several passing categories. The foundation set in 2014 will give the Vikings a head start on 2015 as the club enters the 2nd season in offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s system.

Stefanski’s TE unit played a key role in rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater’s progress and earning the All-Rookie team nod. All 3 of the Vikings top TEs- Kyle Rudolph, Rhett Ellison and Chase Ford- caught TDs from Bridgewater on the season. The TE trio averaged 10.6 yards per catch and all 3 were in the starting lineup during the season.

Entering his 10th season with the Vikings in 2015, Kevin Stefanski will tutor the TEs for the 2nd season. The 2014 offense began to hit its stride late in the 2014 season and ranked among the NFL leaders in several passing categories. The foundation set in 2014 will give the Vikings a head start on 2015 as the club enters the 2nd season in offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s system.

Stefanski’s TE unit played a key role in rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater’s progress and earning the All-Rookie team nod. All 3 of the Vikings top TEs- Kyle Rudolph, Rhett Ellison and Chase Ford- caught TDs from Bridgewater on the season. The TE trio averaged 10.6 yards per catch and all 3 were in the starting lineup during the season.

In 2013, injuries led to Stefanski working with 3 different QBs who started at least one game during the season with both Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder seeing action in 9 games. Cassel, in his first season with the Vikings, led the team with 1,807 yards, 11 TDs and an 81.6 passer rating. Behind a season-best 123.4 passer rating, Cassel led the Vikings to their first victory of the season in his first start with the club vs. Pittsburgh (9/29/13) in London, England.

The Vikings 2012 season exceeded outside expectations by going 10-6 and earning a berth in the playoffs as a Wild Card. The team continued to develop throughout the season and QB Christian Ponder grew as a signal caller as the season went on. Ponder’s improved play in the final month of the season was a key element of the Vikings going 4-0 down the stretch to earn a playoff spot. Ponder’s career-best game came vs. Green Bay (12/30) in the regular season finale in a must-win situation to make the postseason. He set a career-best with a 120.2 passer rating and tied his career-high with 3 TD tosses. Ponder did not throw an INT in the final 3 games and had 8 games during the season without throwing a pick. He notched a completion percentage of 70.0%+ in 5 games and had 4 games with a passer rating of 100+.  Ponder became the 7th Vikings QB to win 10 games as the starter.

The 2010 campaign was challenging to the Vikings as injuries derailed any consistency the team could build. The team started 3 different QBs, including rookie Joe Webb for the final 2 games of the regular season on the road. The team started Brett Favre for the opening 12 games of his 20th NFL season before injuries severely limited him to 1 more start in the final 4 games. Veteran backup Tarvaris Jackson started 1 game against the NY Giants but suffered a season-ending injury in that contest. Webb relieved Favre in the 1st half of the Monday Night Football game vs. Chicago (12/20) and started the final 2 outings, engineering an upset win at NFC East champion Philadelphia. Webb became only the 2nd Vikings QB to win his 1st start as a rookie and ran for TDs in consecutive weeks.

In 2009, Stefanski had a hands-on role in one of the most successful offensive seasons in Vikings history. The team improved dramatically in the passing game and developed new playmakers in prominent roles. Stefanski and the offensive staff helped veteran free agent Favre mesh with the offense despite reporting to the team in mid-August.

Stefanski spent 2006-08 working directly with then Head Coach Brad Childress on administrative duties and special projects. Stefanski became acquainted with Childress during Philadelphia Eagles training camp in 2005 while working with the team’s operations department.

Stefanski spent the 2005 season at his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, as Assistant Director of Football Operations. He coordinated all aspects of the Quakers’ day-to-day operations of the football team.

A team captain as a senior in 2004, Stefanski was part of one of the most successful stretches in the history of the Quaker football program. The team won Ivy League titles in 2000, 2002 and 2003 and the squad went undefeated in league play during 2002 and 2003.

Twice honored as an Honorable Mention All-Ivy choice in 2002 and 2004, he was named Penn’s Defensive Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 2000. During Stefanski’s tenure, the squad posted a 42-7 overall record and a 32-3 mark in Ivy play. As a senior, the Quakers went 10-0 to become the 1st undefeated Penn team in a decade.

Stefanski holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Pennsylvania and attended St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia. The Stefanski family has made a name in athletics as Kevin’s father, Ed, was a standout in basketball at Penn and has held executive positions with the NBA’s New Jersey Nets, Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors.

Stefanski and wife, Michelle, reside in Edina with their sons, Will and Gabe, and daughter, Juliet.