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Carnell Lake
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Carnell Lake is in his third season with the Steelers as the team’s defensive backs coach. He was hired by the Steelers on March 7, 2011.

Carnell Lake is in his third season with the Steelers as the team’s defensive backs coach. He was hired by the Steelers on March 7, 2011.


In his first two seasons with the Steelers, Lake has been instrumental in guiding a secondary that helped a defense to tops in the NFL in multiple statistical categories. In 2012, the Steelers’ secondary led a defense that finished first in the NFL in pass defense for the second straight season, allowing 185.2 passing yards per game. The Steelers’ secondary was part of a defense that also allowed the fewest yards per pass attempt (6.04), the fewest pass plays of 25+ yards (19) and the second-fewest yards allowed after the catch (1,376).


Keenan Lewis and Cortez Allen both took huge strides in 2012. Allen started three of the final four games in 2012 for an injured Ike Taylor. Allen had two stellar performances in the final two games of the season, forcing five total turnovers (two interceptions and three forced fumbles). Lewis started all 16 games, after making just one start in 2011. He set career highs in tackles (78) and pass breakups (28), and he also forced his first career fumble.


In Lake’s first season in 2011, he coached the Steelers’ secondary that held 10 teams to 170 net passing yards or less during the regular season. Pittsburgh only gave up 21 pass plays of 25+ yards in 2011, which tied for the fewest allowed in the NFL.


Lake played safety and cornerback for the Steelers (1989-98), the Jacksonville Jaguars (1999-00) and the Baltimore Ravens (2001). Following his retirement from football after the 2001 season, Lake worked in a private business before starting his career in coaching with the Philadelphia Eagles during their 2009 training camp and as an intern with the Green Bay Packers in 2010.


Lake was drafted by the Steelers in the second round (34th overall) of the 1989 NFL Draft and won the Joe Greene Great Performance Award, given annually to the Steelers’ top rookie. Lake went on to earn five Pro Bowl trips (four with the Steelers and one with the Jacksonville Jaguars). He finished his Steelers’ career with 15 fumble recoveries and 16 interceptions. In 1997 Lake was named AFC Defensive Player of the Year, and was later named to the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team.


A three-year starter for the Bruins at outside linebacker, Lake was a first-team All-America selection as a senior (1988) as well as earning the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete Award. He was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000. Lake finished his college career with 45.5 tackles for loss and 25.5 sacks.


Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Lake moved to California and attended Culver City High School (Culver City, Calif.). He and his wife, Monica, have three children, Siena, Quentin and Austin.

2009

Philadelphia Eagles

Training Camp

Volunteer

2009

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Defensive Backs

2010

Green Bay Packers

Coaching Intern

2011-2013

Pittsburgh Steelers

Defensive Backs

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