Former NFL General Manager
Scott Pioli was most recently the General Manager in Kansas City Chiefs. He is regarded as one of the league’s top executives with a proven history in player personnel evaluation, salary cap management and contract negotiating. In only his second season with the Chiefs, the club orchestrated the franchise’s greatest single-season turnaround and won the AFC West with a 10-6 record. It was Kansas City’s first division title and home playoff appearance since 2003.
Pioli joined the Chiefs after serving as the Vice President of Player Personnel with the New England Patriots. During his nine-year tenure in New England (2000-08), the Patriots compiled an NFL-best 102-42 (.708) regular season record, won Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII and XXXIX, claimed the Lamar Hunt Trophy four times as the AFC champion and won six AFC East titles.
With New England, the Patriots became widely recognized as one of the NFL’s model franchises. Nine seasons in New England resulted in 14 playoff victories, tying the most playoff wins by a franchise in a single decade. New England accumulated 11 playoff victories from 2003-07, the highest total by any team over a five-year span in NFL history.
Pioli is a five-time winner of NFL Executive of the Year honors from national media outlets. And, he was named the George Young NFL Executive of the Year by The Sporting News following the 2003 and 2004 seasons, an award voted on by other NFL executives. The youngest individual ever to win that accolade, Pioli is just the third person to ever win that honor in consecutive seasons.
Prior to his seven-year stint as New England’s V.P. of Player Personnel (2002-08), he held the titles of Director of Player Personnel (2001) and Assistant Director of Player Personnel (2000) for the Patriots.
Pioli began his NFL career as a Scouting Assistant for the Cleveland Browns in 1992. He then served as Pro Personnel Assistant in Cleveland from 1993-95, where he was responsible for the evaluation of college prospects and veteran free agents, as well as negotiating various player contracts. He was promoted to Pro Personnel Coordinator after the franchise moved to Baltimore in 1996.
In 1997, Pioli was hired by the New York Jets as Director of Pro Personnel. In just two seasons, the Jets completed a worst-to-first turnaround, rebounding from a 1-15 campaign in 1996 to a 12-4 record in 1998. Those 12 wins in 1998 were the most in franchise history and gave the Jets their first division title since 1968.
Pioli played defensive tackle at Central Connecticut State (1983-87), where he was a three-time Division II All-New England selection and graduated with a degree in Communications. From 1988-89, he served as a Graduate Assistant at Syracuse University, where he also earned a master’s degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Pioli then took a full-time coaching opportunity at Murray State, where he spent one season as the offensive line coach (1990) and one season as the defensive line coach (1991). He left the coaching ranks to join the Browns personnel department in 1992.
He and his wife, Dallas, have a daughter, Mia Costa Pioli.