David Lippincott enters his first season with the Silver and Black as linebackers coach, after
serving the past 10 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. He begins his 11th season in the
NFL, bringing 18 years of coaching experience with him at the collegiate and professional level.
Lippincott finished his 10th season with the Bengals in 2017, with the campaign marking his
seventh year as a full-time member of the staff, having served the first three as a coaching assistant.
During his full-time tenure, the Bengals made the playoffs in five-of-seven seasons, winning AFC
North titles twice (2013 and 2015) during that span.
As an assistant linebackers/quality control coach for much of his time with the Bengals,
Lippincott helped develop one of the league’s most effective defenses. His unit ranked in the NFL’s
top half in fewest points allowed per game in all seven seasons as a full-time member of the
coaching staff, finishing in the top-10 in five of those years. Over the last four years, he has assisted
in molding the NFL’s number one defense in terms of interceptions, as the team hauled in a leaguebest
69 picks since 2014.
In 2017, Lippincott guided a defense that ranked eighth in passing yards per game allowed,
averaging 211.2 yards per contest. He also mentored rookie LB Carl Lawson to 8.5 sacks on the
year, second-most on the team. Lawson’s 8.5 sacks tied for seventh-most among NFL linebackers.
From 2011-16, the Bengals tallied 233 sacks, tied for 10th-most in the NFL. The 19.7 points
allowed per game were the eighth fewest in the league in 2016, after a second-place finish in 2015.
The 17.4 points allowed in 2015 rank second in club history and contributed to the team’s second
AFC North Championship since 2013.
In 2014, the defensive unit finished in the top-10 in nine of the 15 major statistical categories,
highlighted by 20 interceptions and a 75.8 average opponent passer rating, marks that tied for
third and solely third, respectively. Lippincott helped capture his first division title as a full-time
member on staff in 2013, while also tutoring undrafted LB Vontaze Burfict to a Pro Bowl selection.
The linebackers helped the defense finish third in total defense that season, allowing just 305.5
yards per game. Furthermore, the defense finished fifth in scoring defense with an average of 19.1
points surrendered per game.
STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING ASSISTANT
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In his second season as full-time coach, the Bengals allowed just 319.7 yards per game, ranking
sixth in the NFL in 2012. The unit posted the eighth-best scoring defense that year, allowing just
20.0 points per game, a one-spot improvement from the 2011 season where the team finished with
a 20.2 point average. In his first year as a full-time coach on staff, Lippincott’s duties as a defensive
quality control coach in 2011 consisted of breaking down video, game plan preparation, while also
having on-field duties with the defensive front-seven.
From 2008-2010, Lippincott served as a coaching assistant during his first three years on an
NFL staff. He assisted in the scouting department while also helping with the wide receiving corps.
His contributions in 2009 helped lead to the team’s first division crown since 2005.
Prior to breaking into the NFL, Lippincott spent three seasons at the University of Richmond,
where he coached the safeties (2007) and defensive ends (2005-06). The team won the Atlantic
10 title in 2005, where the team was a quarterfinalist in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. As the
defensive line coach, Lippincott tutored a group that allowed just 13 rushing scores on the year,
third-fewest in the conference. In 2007, they captured Colonial Athletic Association crown and were
a semifinalist in what was renamed the FCS division.
Lippincott spent the two prior years with the University of Minnesota as a graduate assistant from
2003-04. He helped guide the Gophers to two Bowl victories, one being the Sun Bowl in 2003, the
other being the Music City Bowl in 2004, where he was appointed the team’s interim linebacker
coach in his last game and victory as a Gopher.
Prior to joining Minnesota, Lippincott spent three seasons (2000-02) at Bluffton University
coaching the defensive line.
PERSONAL: Native of Cincinnati, Ohio…Attended University of Dayton during his undergraduate
studies, serving as an undergraduate defensive assistant and defensive line co-coach during his four
years with the Flyers…A graduate of Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio…He and his wife, Lisa,
have two children, a daughter, Sophia, and son, Declan.
11th season in NFL
1st season with Raiders
Kelsey Martinez joins the Silver and Black for her first NFL season, becoming the franchise’s
first-ever female strength and conditioning assistant coach. She joins the club having spent
the last four years at Tom Shaw Performance while specializing in high performance training.
From 2014-17, Martinez played an integral role on staff under Raiders strength and conditioning
coordinator Tom Shaw at Tom Shaw Performance, located at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports in
Orlando, Fla. During her tenure, she has overseen the development and training of numerous highly
drafted NFL players. Among her many notable trainees include 2014 Raiders first-round pick DE
Khalil Mack, 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year QB Dak Prescott, Heisman Trophy winner RB
Derrick Henry, as well as this year’s No. 2 overall selection RB Saquon Barkley.
Additionally while on staff at Tom Shaw Performance, she proved to be multi-faceted in the
sports speed and conditioning realm. Martinez worked extensively with future and current elite MLB
athletes, providing personalized workouts tailored to increase the speed, agility and quickness of
each athlete in attendance.
Among her coaching experience was time spent with Detroit Lions head strength and conditioning
coach and former Super Bowl champion Harold Nash Jr., who, like Shaw, also stems from the
coaching tree of Dallas Cowboys strength and conditioning coordinator Mike Woicik. There, she
learned from one of the most well-respected strength and conditioning coaches in the NFL and had
the opportunity to work under a position specific strength and speed program, a philosophy that
Shaw adheres to with all past and current athletes in his program.
PERSONAL: Native of Pueblo, Colo. ...Attended Colorado State University from 2014-15, where
she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science…Before attending CSU, played
collegiate softball at Bethany College.
1st season in NFL
1st season with Raiders
Jim O’Neil enters his first season with the Raiders and ninth year as an NFL coach, having spent
his last three years in the league as an NFL defensive coordinator with the Cleveland Browns
and the San Francisco 49ers.
In 2016, O’Neil served as the defensive coordinator for San Francisco, helping the 49ers defense
improve in passing yards per game, sacks and forced turnovers. The 49ers improved 13 spots from
2015 to finish 14th in the NFL in passing defense, allowing just 240.5 passing yards per game.
They totaled 33 sacks to finish tied for 19th in the league, a 10-spot improvement from the prior
season. His unit also saw an 11-spot improvement in takeaways, finishing tied for 19th with 20
under his guidance.
During his time with the 49ers, O’Neil tutored rookie DE DeForest Buckner as he tied for the
team high with six sacks, adding 73 tackles and two fumbles recovered en route to earning a spot
on the PFWA’s All-Rookie Team.
Prior to joining the 49ers, O’Neil spent two seasons (2014-15) with the Browns in the same
capacity. O’Neil led a unit that ranked sixth in the NFL in opposing quarterback completion
percentage (59.6) and tied for seventh in interceptions (32) during his tenure. Under his guidance,
S Tashaun Gipson, CB Joe Haden and S Donte Whitner earned Pro Bowl honors in 2014.
During his first season as defensive coordinator in 2014, O’Neil directed a Browns defense that
made significant strides from 2013. Cleveland allowed 69 fewer points and ranked ninth in scoring
defense (21.1 points per game). The Browns led the NFL in opponent passer rating (74.1) and
completion percentage (33.3), ranked second in interceptions (21), tied for fourth in takeaways (29)
and fifth in red zone defense (46.3).
In 2013, O’Neil worked with the linebackers for the Buffalo Bills. Led by linebacker Jerry
Hughes, who set a career high with 10 sacks, the unit helped Buffalo rank second in the league
with a franchise-record 57 sacks. Additionally, the Bills finished 10th in the NFL in total defense
(333.4 yards per game) after finishing 22nd in the league the year before, while leading the NFL in
opponent completion percentage (55.3), finishing second in interceptions (23), third in opponent
passer rating (74.9), fourth in passing defense (204.4) and tied for sixth in total takeaways (30).
Prior to joining the Bills, O’Neil spent four seasons with the New York Jets from 2009-12, first
9th season in NFL
1st season with Raiders