COACHES
Hank Fraley
Assistant Offensive Line Coach

Biography

Hank Fraley joins the Lions with experience coaching the offensive line at both the collegiate and professional levels after most recently serving as the offensive line coach at UCLA in 2017. He entered the NFL coaching ranks when he was named the assistant offensive line coach for the Minnesota Vikings in 2014, where he worked for three seasons (2014-16). While assisting with the offensive line, Fraley helped the unit produce one of the NFL’s top rushing attacks in 2015.

Hank Fraley joins the Lions with experience coaching the offensive line at both the collegiate and professional levels after most recently serving as the offensive line coach at UCLA in 2017. He entered the NFL coaching ranks when he was named the assistant offensive line coach for the Minnesota Vikings in 2014, where he worked for three seasons (2014-16). While assisting with the offensive line, Fraley helped the unit produce one of the NFL’s top rushing attacks in 2015.  

With an offense featuring RB Adrian Peterson, the Vikings offensive line paved the way for Peterson to rush for an NFL-leading 1,485 yards in 2015, while the team finished fourth in overall rushing that season. Despite losing veterans C John Sullivan and T Phil Loadholt to injuries during the preseason, Minnesota’s offensive line finished the 2015 season as the only NFL team to have the same starting offensive line in all 16 games.

Prior to joining the Vikings, Fraley served as the offensive line coach at San Jose State in 2013. He began his coaching career in 2012 when he was named the offensive line coach at the University of San Diego.

A former lineman himself, Fraley played 11 seasons in the NFL after entering the League as an undrafted free agent in 2000 out of Robert Morris (Pa.). He went on to play with the Philadelphia Eagles (2000-05), Cleveland Browns (2006-09) and St. Louis Rams (2010). Primarily a center during his playing career, Fraley’s first four seasons with Philadelphia as a full-time starter brought the Eagles success. As a mainstay along the offensive line, he helped the team win four-consecutive NFC East titles between 2000-05 and reach four-consecutive NFC title games. The Eagles advanced to Super Bowl XXXIX against New England following the 2005 regular season.

After joining the Browns in 2006, Fraley played under current Lions Offensive Line Coach Jeff Davidson and started all 16 games in 2006 despite joining the team at the end of the preseason.

A standout athlete at Robert Morris, Fraley was an All-Northeastern Conference selection from 1997-99, helping his teams win conference titles each season. He had his No. 75 retired by the school in 2001 and became the first Robert Morris alum to play in the Super Bowl. He was enshrined in the school’s Hall of Fame in 2006 and honored by the Northeast Conference in 2010.

Fraley and his wife, Danielle, have four sons, Trent, Mason, Travis and Beau, and one daughter, Scarlett.

 

FRALEY’S COACHING BACKGROUND

Detroit Lions................................................................................................. 2018-

      Assistant Offensive Line.................................................................. 2018-

UCLA.................................................................................................................. 2017

      Offensive Line....................................................................................... 2017

Minnesota Vikings.................................................................................... 2014-16

      Assistant Offensive Line.................................................................. 2014-16

San Jose State............................................................................................. 2013

      Offensive Line....................................................................................... 2013

University of San Diego.......................................................................... 2012

      Offensive Line....................................................................................... 2012

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