Justin Hood

Defensive Quality Control Coach


Hired March 1, 2021, Justin Hood begins his third season as a defensive quality control coach for the Packers. Hood joined Green Bay after serving for two seasons (2019-20) as the secondary coach and defensive pass game coordinator at Kent State.

The 2022 season saw Hood help Green Bay finish near the top of the league in a few passing-defense categories, ranking No. 6 in passing yards allowed per game (197.0), No. 2 in interception rate percentage (3.56) and tied for No. 4 with 17 INTs. The Packers were also one of only four teams (Baltimore, Kansas City, N.Y. Jets) to hold 16 opponents under 30 points during the regular season, a franchise single-season high.

In 2021, Hood assisted with a defense that ranked in the top 10 in the league in total defense (No. 9, 328.2 ypg), passing defense (No. 10, 219.1 ypg), interceptions (t-No. 6, 18) and takeaways (t-No. 8, 26) The 328.2 yards allowed per game were the fewest by Green Bay since 2010 (309.1 ypg) and the 26 takeaways were the most registered by the Packers since 2014 (27).

Under Hood's direction in 2020, S Dean Clark led the Golden Flashes with 28 tackles (19 solo), an INT and a forced fumble as the team played an abbreviated four-game season. In Hood's first year with the program in 2019, CB Jamal Parker earned second-team All-Mid-American Conference honors after recording 10 pass breakups (No. 4 in the MAC) and three INTs (tied for No. 5 in the MAC). DB Qwuantrezz Knight led the team with 10½ tackles for a loss on the season and was named the defensive MVP of Kent State's 51-41 victory over Utah State in the Tropical Smoothie Café Frisco Bowl (Dec. 20).

Hood joined Kent State after coaching for three years at the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level, first at Davidson College (N.C.), where he was promoted from safeties/recruiting coordinator (2016) to defensive pass game coordinator (2017) before serving as the Wildcats' interim head coach (December 2017). While at Davidson, Hood also worked with the Wildcats' kick and punt returners. In 2018, Hood coached outside linebackers at Western Carolina.

Before his time at Davidson, Hood served as the defensive coordinator for two seasons (2014-15) at Capital University (Columbus, Ohio) while also coaching the team's DBs. In 2014, S Jimmy Curtis earned All-Ohio Athletic Conference honorable mention after leading the team in tackles (59), INTs (three), passes defensed (eight) and forced fumbles (four).

Prior to arriving at Capital, Hood worked as a graduate assistant at the University of Illinois (2013-14), working with CBs and maintaining responsibilities in scouting and film breakdown, and coaching the scout offense and special teams. 

Hood gained his first NFL experience as a Bill Walsh intern for the N.Y. Giants in August 2013, assisting with coaching the RBs and managing the scout special teams. He began his post-playing career at the University of Oregon as a recruiting administrative assistant (2010-11) and then as an offensive intern and in quality control (2011-12). While with the Ducks, he assisted in recruiting, coaching RBs and communicating defensive coverages on gamedays as the team finished as the national runner-up in 2011 and won the Rose Bowl in 2012.

Hood was a four-year starter and two-year captain as a safety at Ashland (Ohio) University (2004-07), where Packers Head Coach Matt LaFleur served as the offensive coordinator during Hood's final season. As a senior, Hood earned second-team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors.

Born June 27, 1986, in Youngstown, Ohio, Hood graduated from Ashland with a bachelor's degree in marketing before earning a master's degree in education policy and leadership from Illinois. He and his wife, Sarah, reside in Green Bay with their daughters, Luca and Rowan.