LUKE THOMPSON ASSISTANT SPECIAL TEAMS COACH
Luke Thompson joins the Eagles’ coaching
staff from Lafayette College where he served
as the Leopards’ defensive coordinator
and linebackers coach from 2017-18. In
Thompson’s first season with Lafayette,
the Leopards’ defense averaged 15.8
points allowed per game in Patriot League
play and led the league in takeaways.
Thompson has coached in the collegiate
ranks for 20 years, including two stints at
Georgetown University (2014-16, defensive
coordinator/linebackers coach; 2006-12,
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special teams coordinator/linebackers coach).
He also served as the special teams coordinator
and linebackers coach for Army from 2012-13.
A graduate of Assumption College in
Worcester, Massachusetts, Thompson began
his coaching career in 1998 as the offensive
line and tight ends coach at Bowdoin
College. He went on to coach at several
New England schools including Holy Cross,
Amherst College, and Harvard University.
Thompson and his wife, Kristin, have
two children, Madelyn and Luke.
DINO VASSO ASSISTANT SECONDARY COACH
Dino Vasso was hired by the Eagles in 2016
as the team’s defensive quality control/
assistant secondary coach after spending
the previous three seasons with the Kansas
City Chiefs as a coaching assistant.
During Philadelphia’s 2017 Super Bowl
LII-winning campaign, the Eagles defense
produced the fourth-most takeaways
in the league (31) and ranked third in
third-down defense (32.2%). On the
year, Philadelphia’s secondary gave up
24 touchdown receptions, which marks
the fewest touchdowns surrendered by
an Eagles’ defense since 2008 (19).
While assisting the entire coaching staff
during his time in Kansas City, Vasso primarily
worked with the secondary, serving under
defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas and
defensive assistant/secondary coach Al Harris.
In 2015, Vasso was part of a team that ranked
near the top of the NFL in many defensive
categories. The Chiefs finished second in
interception rate (3.62), second in third-down
percentage (33.18), third in points allowed per
game (17.9), seventh in total yards allowed
per game (329.3) and ninth in passing yards
allowed per game (231.1). Chiefs S Eric Berry
earned two trips to the Pro Bowl in three years
under Vasso, while 2015 rookie CB Marcus
Peters joined Berry in Hawaii after recording
league highs in interceptions (eight) and
interceptions returned for touchdowns (two).
In 2014, the Chiefs’ secondary contributed
to a defensive unit that ranked second in
the NFL in passing yards allowed per game
(203.3) and points per game (17.6), while
not allowing a 300-yard passer all season.
With the help of Vasso in 2013, the
Chiefs ranked first in the league in points
off takeaways (147) and tied for fifth
in points allowed per game (19.1).
A native of Crum Lynne, PA, Vasso
lettered in football, basketball and track
at Ridley High School in Folsom, PA.
MATT BURKE DEFENSIVE SPECIAL ASSISTANT
Matt Burke brings 15 years of NFL coaching
experience to the Philadelphia Eagles and most
recently served as the defensive coordinator
of the Miami Dolphins from 2017-18.
Burke originally joined the Dolphins’ staff
as the team’s linebackers coach in 2016 after
spending the previous two seasons coaching
linebackers for the Cincinnati Bengals
(2014-15). In Burke’s first season as Miami’s
defensive coordinator (2017), the Dolphins’
defense improved from 29th overall in the
NFL to 16th. Additionally, Miami’s run defense
improved from 30th in 2016 to 14th in 2017.
Prior to his stints in Miami and Cincinnati,
Burke coached linebackers for the Detroit
Lions from 2009-13 under current Eagles
defensive coordinator and former Lions head
coach Jim Schwartz. Burke began his NFL
coaching career with the Tennessee Titans in
2004 and spent the next five years working
under Schwartz, who served as the Titans’
defensive coordinator from 2001-08.
A native of Hudson, Massachusetts,
Burke played safety at Dartmouth and
was part of an undefeated Ivy League
Championship team in 1996.