Don Martindale Biography, Age, Family, Wife, Kids, Height and Net Worth

 Who is Don Martindale?

Don ”Wink” Martindale is a famous American football coach who serves as the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants of the National Football League.

Most recently from 2018 to 2022, he worked as the defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). On January 9, 2018, he was promoted to defensive coordinator, after spending the previous six seasons as the team’s linebackers coach.

Martindale was honored with the 2023 Paul “Dr. Z” Zimmerman Award on May 22, 2023 as an acknowledgement of his lifetime achievement as NFL assistant coach.

Don Martindale coaching career


Following, his graduation from college, Don took a job with his family’s trucking company, transporting brake parts every day from Dayton, Ohio, to Detroit. This was a grueling 6-hour drive round-journey and he hated it. After one year, he quit driving to pursue his real passion in coaching. Son began his coaching career as an assistant for the team he previously played for in college, the Defiance College Yellow Jackets in the late 1980s.

Martindale also coached at Western Kentucky University for three seasons on the staff of Jack Harbaugh, the father of Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh. Additionally, he coached at the University of Cincinnati for three years, and in 1994 and 1995 at Notre Dame as a defensive assistant for teams that made it to the Fiesta Bowl and Orange Bowl.

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Don Martindale Photo

Oakland Raiders

Don was the linebackers coach for the Oakland Raiders from 2004 to 2008. At one instance, he was under consideration for the job of Raiders defensive coordinator.

Denver Broncos

Martindale was hired as the linebackers coach by the Denver Broncos in 2009. Later in 2010, he was promoted to defensive coordinator.

Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens signed Don as linebackers coach on February 2, 2012. He was part of the team’s coaching staff that won Super Bowl XLVII. Later he was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2018. Don was released from the Ravens on January 21, 2022.

Don Martindale New York Giants

On February 11, 2022, the New York Giants hired Don as their defensive coordinator. During his first season with the team, Martindale steered the team from the 23rd defense position in 2021 to the 18th rank in 2022.

How old is Don Martindale?

Martindale is 60 years old as of 2023 having been born on May 19, 1963, in Dayton, Ohio, U.S. He shares his birthday with famous people including JoJo Siwa, Sam Smith, David Hartman, James Fox, Nancy Kwan, Archie Manning, Dusty Hill, Grace Jones, Israel Houghton, Michael Che, among others.

Don Martindale Family

Who are Don Martindale’s parents?

Don ”Wink” Martindale was born in Dayton, Ohio to his parents. Information about his parents is not available in the media, as he has kept it very private, although it is known they owned a truck company in Dayton.

Does Don Martindale have siblings?

Martindale has not shared any information about his siblings, and it is not known if he has any brothers or sisters. He prefers to keep his personal and family life very private and away from the limelight.

Don Martindale Education

Martindale studied at Trotwood-Madison High School. He was a linebacker for the Trotwood-Madison Rams and was an All-State selection his senior year. He then attended Defiance College, playing on the football team. This is where he first earned his nickname ”Wink”, for sharing his last name with the popular game show host of the era.

Don Martindale Wife

Martindale married his longtime girlfriend Laura. The couple has been happily married with two children together. Not much is known about Laura’s family background as it is not shared with the media.

Don Martindale Kids

Martindale and his supportive and loving wife, Laura, have two children together. He has one daughter namely Cassie Martindale and one son, Ty Martindale. Cassie is a former Ravens’ marketing department intern.

Don Martindale Height

Martindale has an enormous, well-built, muscular, and athletic body, although his height and weight are not known for now.

Don Martindale Net Worth

American professional football player and coach, Martindale, was previously the defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens. He has coached various college and NFL teams throughout his coaching career. The professional coach, was the NFL’s highest-paid person at his position, although his salary is not disclosed. Don has gathered great fortune throughout his coaching career with an outstanding net worth of $3 million as of 2021.