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Tim Duffie at a glance...
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Tim Duffie begins his fifth season on the Colorado State coaching staff in 2012, his 13th campaign as a college coach. He officially joined the school on Jan. 14, 2008, as cornerbacks coach before being promoted to secondary coach before the 2011 season. New Head Coach Jim McElwain officially added Duffie to his first CSU staff on Jan. 4, 2012.
In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Duffie also recruits much of Texas for the Rams. He was heavily involved in recruiting to CSU much of the program's top talent, including returning starters Crockett Gillmore, an all-conference performer in his first season as a tight end in 2011, Weston Richburg, a 2010 freshman All-American, and Austin Gray, a 12-game starter at safety as a freshman in 2011. Also helped bring promising youngsters Davon Riddick, DeAndre Elliott, Mason Hathaway, Thomas Coffman, Kevin Pierre-Louis, Trent Matthews and Bernard Blake to the Rams.
In his first year at the reins of the Rams full secondary in 2011, Duffie was instrumental in helping CSU finish the regular season ranked 14th in the nation by allowing only 179.6 passing yards per game.
Duffie came to Fort Collins from UTEP, where he had coached the prior nine seasons. Soon after graduating from Texas Tech as a student-athlete, he joined the Miners' staff as a defensive graduate assistant (2000-01), then coached UTEP safeties (2002-03, 2007) and linebackers (2004-06).
At UTEP, he coached nine all-conference athletes, the 2004 WAC Defensive Player of the Year in Robert Rodriguez and a second-round NFL draft choice in Thomas Howard, who has served as a primary starter in four of his first five seasons for the Oakland Raiders. Rodriguez and another of Duffie's former pupils, Trey Merkens, also left UTEP and signed NFL contracts. Also in April of 2008, Quintin Demps was drafted in the fourth round by Philadelphia and has spent each of his first three seasons with the Eagles.
In addition to his role at UTEP, Duffie worked with the Detroit Lions in the summer of 2001 in a coaching fellowship.
As a linebacker at Texas Tech, Duffie lettered four years (1996-99) and started two seasons (16 games) in the Big 12 Conference for Red Raiders head coach Spike Dykes. All told, he had 202 stops, six tackles for loss, one sack, three passes broken up and two interceptions. As a senior in 1999, he started all 11 games and racked up a single-game career-high 18 tackles, at Missouri. A second-team all-state selection at Jefferson (Texas) High School, Duffie earned Cypress Valley Player of the Year honors and was an all-district performer on three occasions. In addition to football, he lettered in three other sports: basketball, baseball and track.
Born May 28, 1977, in Jefferson, Texas, Duffie and his wife, Autumn, have two sons, Memphis and Manhattan. He also has a son, Timias. Autumn, the assistant manager of Rams' ticket sales team, works with him in the CSU athletic department. Duffie has a bachelor's degree in exercise and sports science (Texas Tech '99) and a master's in education administration (UTEP '02).