BEREA, Ohio (WJW)– Former Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski is the new head coach of the Cleveland Browns, the team officially announced Monday evening.
He becomes the 18th full-time head coach in franchise history. This is his first head coaching position.
Stefanski, 37, signed a five-year contract, according to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter.
“We are thrilled to welcome Kevin as the next head coach of the Cleveland Browns,” Dee and Jimmy Haslam said in a news release on Monday.
“We were looking for a strong leader of this football team, a very bright coach with a high football IQ, who could establish a strong understanding of what he expected of his players, hold them accountable and confidently navigate the challenges and opportunities that present themselves throughout a season. Kevin exemplifies these qualities and more.
Stefanski spent 14 seasons with Minnesota, working under three different head coaches. During his first full season as offensive coordinator, the Vikings posted a 10-6 regular season record and stunned the Saints in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.
“I just could not be more eager to get to work with this group. I think we have some really good players here. I think we have some outstanding people in this building. I know we have to add a GM and add some more pieces to this puzzle,” Stefanski said.
“I think the eager part for me is to get to work, buckle down and start to put together a program. Before you know it, the players are back in the building and we’re going to be putting a system together offensively, defensively, etc. I think that’s the fun part, when these guys get back in this building.”
Stefanski will be introduced during a news conference at FirstEnergy Stadium on Tuesday.