Lewis attended Fort Cherry H.S. in McDonald (PA), where he was an all-conference quarterback and safety, and earned letters in wrestling and baseball. He and his wife, Peggy, have two children: daughter Whitney (16) and son Marcus (11). They reside in Finksburg, MD.
Marvin received his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Idaho State in 1981, and his Master’s in athletic administration in 1982. He earned All-Big sky Conference honors (1978, 79, 80) as a linebacker and also played quarterback and free safety during his college career.
Now the defensive coordinator for The Washington Redskins, Lewis, 43, is in his 21nd year of coaching. He began his career coaching linebackers at his alma mater, Idaho State (1981-84). The Bengals finished 12-1 in Marvin’s first season and won the NCAA Division 1-AA championship, Lewis spent two years (1985-86) at Long Beach State before taking a post at New Mexico (1987-89), where he tutored inside linebackers the first two years and moved to the outside in `89. In 1990, he accepted a position coaching outside linebackers at Pittsburgh (1990-91)
Lewis spent four season with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1992-95) coaching some of the best linebackers in the NFL, including Pro Bowlers Kevin Greene, Chad Brown, Levon Kirkland and Greg Lloyd, From 1993-95, the Steelers’ defense ranked among the top three in the NFL each season. Of Pittsburgh’s 97 sacks in two seasons (1994-95), the linebackers made 63.5, including 37.5 of a team record 55 sacks in 1994.
Lewis was the Baltimore Ravens Defensive Coordinator for the history making Baltimore defense and became Super Bowl XXXV Champions. He is currently Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator for the Washington Redskins.
Marvin was honored last spring by Southwest Visions, Inc. with its First Annual “Vision” Award. Southwest Visions, Inc. is a nonprofit housing and community development organization dedicated to providing quality affordable housing to the citizens of southwest Baltimore. The Ravens’ defensive coordinator received other honor’s and awards this off season.
He was name “Man of the Year” by The Washington Observer. The Professional Football Writers Association also honored Lewis as the “Assistant Coach of the Year” at the Ed Block Courage Awards dinner in March. He also was inducted into his alma mater’s (Idaho State) Hall of Fame in September 2000.