BROWNS NAME GEORGE KOKINIS GENERAL MANAGER
Press conference to be held in Berea on Monday, January 26, Time TBD
The Cleveland Browns today announced the hiring of George Kokinis as the club's general manager. Kokinis returns to the club where he started his NFL career with a total of 18 years of front office experience, including the last 13 years with the Baltimore Ravens and the last six as the club's director of pro personnel.
"The Browns are excited to bring George back to Cleveland where he began his NFL career," said Browns owner Randy Lerner. "He is a tireless worker that has spent his entire career evaluating talent and knows the type of player it takes to be successful in this league and in our division."
"I would like to thank Randy Lerner for the extraordinary opportunity," said Kokinis. "Cleveland is a football town and I look forward to working alongside Eric Mangini and the rest of the organization."
Kokinis began his NFL scouting career with the Browns in 1991 after serving an internship in the team's operations department. He then spent five seasons with the Browns scouting department (1991-95), including two working alongside Browns current head coach Eric Mangini, before the team relocated to Baltimore.
In his time in Baltimore, Kokinis worked closely with general manager Ozzie Newsome in analyzing NFL rosters and coordinating and evaluating the free agency market. Kokinis also made personnel recommendations and assisted in contract negotiations.
Kokinis assisted in the acquisition of Pro Bowl alternate running back Willis McGahee from the Buffalo Bills in exchange for future draft choices. That year, the club also resigned linebacker Jarret Johnson. In 2006, Kokinis negotiated the contracts of draft picks Dawan Landry and Ryan LaCasse. The team also acquired quarterback Steve McNair in exchange for a 2007 draft choice, resigned linebacker Bart Scott and also signed a number of significant free agent contributors, such as defensive end Trevor Pryce, who led the team with 13 sacks, running back Mike Anderson, defensive tackle Justin Bannan, cornerback Corey Ivy and linebacker Gary Stills.
With the Ravens, Kokinis spent four years as the team's Northeast area scout from 1996-99. He was promoted in 2000 and spent the next three seasons (2000-02) as the club's assistant director of pro personnel. His primary responsibility was the advance scouting of opponents and providing reports to the coaching staff. In 2003, Kokinis was promoted to the Ravens' director of pro personnel and was responsible for all aspects of the pro personnel department.
Kokinis graduated from Hobart College with a B.A. in psychology and earned his master's degree in sports management at the University of Richmond (1991), while working as a graduate assistant coach for the Spiders' baseball team. He played both football and baseball during his collegiate career, earning ECAC Baseball Player of the Year honors in 1989 as a pitcher for the Statesmen, and was selected to represent the conference in a New York vs. New Jersey All-Star Game played at Yankee Stadium.
A two-sport athlete at Wethersfield (CT) High School, Kokinis received the John Warren Potter Memorial Award, which recognizes competitiveness and outstanding character. George and his wife, Elizabeth, have a daughter, Marissa, and twins Peter and Ella.
Browns Name Kokinis As GM
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