Tim Duffie
Tim Duffie

Position:
Defensive Secondary/Recruiting Coordinator

Years coaching:
12th season (4th at CSU)


02/16/2012

Rams name Simmons to coaching staff

English to serve as co-defensive coordinator

02/07/2012

CSU press-conference transcript: McElwain introduces coaches

Head coach likes grass-roots start shared by many of new assistants

02/07/2012

CSU's McElwain announces majority of coaching staff

Head coach names four new assistants

01/31/2012

CSU to stream McElwain's Signing Day press conference Wednesday

Fans can tune in at 1 p.m. MST

01/11/2012

Rams continue to build staff, secure former Clemson offensive coordinator

Napier joins McElwain from Alabama staff

Tim Duffie at a glance...

  • Initially joined the Rams as cornerbacks coach on Jan. 14, 2008. Promoted to secondary coach prior to the 2011 season, he was hired by new CSU Head Coach Jim McElwain on Jan. 4, 2012.
  • 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 season at the reins of the CSU secondary, 2011, helped the Rams finish the regular season ranked 14th in the nation against the pass, allowing just 179.6 yards per game.
  • Spent nine seasons as an assistant at UTEP, where he coached nine all-conference performers, a WAC Player of the Year, and four players who went on to the NFL.
  • A two-year starting linebacker at Texas Tech, once had 18 tackles in a 1999 game against Missouri.
  • Lettered in four sports, garnering his conference's football Player of the Year honors, as a prep in Jefferson, Texas.

Coaching Background

Seasons Team/School Title/Position Coached
2000 Texas-El Paso Graduate Assistant/Linebackers
2001 Texas-El Paso Graduate Assistant/Safeties
2001 Detroit Lions (NFL) Minority Coaching Fellowship
2002-03 Texas-El Paso Safeties
2004-06 Texas-El Paso Linebackers
2007 Texas-El Paso Safeties
2008-10 Colorado State Cornerbacks
2011 Colorado State Secondary

Postseason Experience

Season Appearance Opponent
1996 Alamo Bowl Iowa
(player at Texas Tech)
1998 Independence Bowl Mississippi
(player at Texas Tech)
2000 Humanitarian Bowl Boise State
(assistant coach at UTEP)
2004 Houston Bowl Colorado
(assistant coach at UTEP)
2005 GMAC Bowl Toledo
(assistant coach at UTEP)
2008 New Mexico Bowl Fresno State
(assistant coach at Colorado State)

Prominent Players Coached

  • LB Robert Rodriguez, 2004 WAC Defensive Player of the Year, now with the Tennessee Titans.
  • LB Thomas Howard, Oakland's second-round draft choice in 2006 and a four-year NFL starter.
  • NFL free-agent signees Trey Merkens (Atlanta), and Alex Obomese (Dallas).
  • Quintin Demps, drafted in 2008 by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round.

Recruiting Areas:

  • Austin & San Antonio, Texas
  • Texas Panhandle
  • West Texas
  • Dallas (East of I-35)
  • Texas (Plano, Waco, Killeen)
  • Denver Prep League

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).

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