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Marty English
 Marty English
Position:
Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

Years Coaching:
28th season (Third at CSU)

04/01/2013

CSU football spring notebook: Practice 5

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03/25/2013

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Colorado State takes field for its second spring drills under Jim McElwain

10/29/2012

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08/06/2012

CSU football camp: Practice 3

Intensity rises Monday

08/06/2012

CSU football media day quotes

Rams show off new uniforms

03/20/2012

McElwain/Asst. Coaches PC-Spring Practice

McElwain, Baldwin, English, Simmons and Hammerschmidt talk about what they want to accomplish this spring.

Marty English at a glance...

  • Named to Jim McElwain's inaugural staff on Feb. 7, 2012.
  • With the exception of one year, his freshman season as an Idaho State player, has spent his entire football life on the Front Range, between Denver and Laramie.
  • Coached for 16 seasons at his alma mater, Northern Colorado.
  • Helped UNC win consecutive national championships (1996-97) and earn eight national playoff appearances.
  • Has served on coaching staffs that earned postseason appearances on 13 occasions.

Career background

Seasons Team/School Title/Position Coached
1987-89 Northern Colorado Graduate Assistant
1990-99 Northern Colorado Special Teams/Recruiting Coordinator/
Strength & Conditioning/Linebackers
2000-02 Northern Colorado Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
2003-08 Wyoming Linebackers
2009-11 Wyoming Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers/Special Teams
2012-13 Colorado State Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

Postseason experience

Season Appearance Opponent
1981 NCAA Division I-AA first round Rhode Island
(player at Idaho State)
1981 NCAA Division I-AA semifinals South Carolina State
(player at Idaho State)
1981 NCAA Division I-AA national championship Eastern Washington
(player at Idaho State)
1990 NCAA Division II first round Eastern Illinois
(assistant coach at Northern Colorado)
1991 NCAA Division II first round Portland State
(assistant coach at Northern Colorado)
1995 NCAA Division II first round Pittsburg State
(assistant coach at Northern Colorado)
1996 NCAA Division II first round Pittsburg State
(assistant coach at Northern Colorado)
1996 NCAA Division II quarterfinals NW Missouri State
(assistant coach at Northern Colorado)
1996 NCAA Division II semifinals Clarion
(assistant coach at Northern Colorado)
1996 NCAA Division II national championship Carson-Newman
(assistant coach at Northern Colorado)
1997 NCAA Division II first round Pittsburg State
(assistant coach at Northern Colorado)
1997 NCAA Division II quarterfinals NM Missouri State
(assistant coach at Northern Colorado)
1997 NCAA Division II semifinals Carson-Newman
(assistant coach at Northern Colorado)
1997 NCAA Division II national championship New Haven
(assistant coach at Northern Colorado)
1998 NCAA Division II first round North Dakota
(assistant coach at Northern Colorado)
1998 NCAA Division II quarterfinals NW Missouri State
(assistant coach at Northern Colorado)
1999 NCAA Division II first round Pittsburg State
(assistant coach at Northern Colorado)
1999 NCAA Division II quarterfinals NW Missouri State
(assistant coach at Northern Colorado)
2002 NCAA Division II first round Central Missouri State
(assistant coach at Northern Colorado)
2002 NCAA Division II quarterfinals NW Missouri State
(assistant coach at Northern Colorado)
2002 NCAA Division II semifinals Grand Valley State
(assistant coach at Northern Colorado)
2004 Las Vegas Bowl UCLA
(assistant coach at Wyoming)
2009 New Mexico Bowl Fresno State
(assistant coach at Wyoming)
2011 New Mexico Bowl Temple
(assistant coach at Wyoming)
2013 Gildan New Mexico Bowl Washington State
(assistant coach at Colorado State)

Personnel file

  • Age on Sept. 1, 2014: 51.
  • Hometown: Lakewood, Colo.
  • High School: Alameda; Lakewood, Colo.
  • College: Northern Colorado (master's in physical education, 1989; bachelor's in recreation management, 1986).
  • Family: Wife Suzie; daughter Kelsey, son Tyler.

Prominent players coached

  • NT Mike Purcell, who signed with San Francisco as an undrafted free agent in 2013.
  • Two-time all-Mountain West selections Tashaun Gipson, Josh Biezuns, Brian Hendricks and Gabe Knapton.
  • S Luke Ruff, who would earn MW Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year for Wyoming in 2012-13
  • DB Chris Prosinski, Jacksonville's fourth-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft.
  • Four 2010 NFL signees: DT John Fletcher (Baltimore), LB Weston Johnson (Atlanta), DE Mitch Unrein (Houston), now with the Denver Broncos, and T Ryan Otterson (San Diego).
  • LB Ward Dobbs, a first-team all-Mountain West selection in 2008.
  • LB Mike Juergens, who signed a contract with the Carolina Panthers in 2009.
  • DE Anthony Dunn, a first-team All-American who signed with the Tennessee Titans.
  • LB Scott Zimmerman, an All-American who signed with the Carolina Panthers

Playing career: Idaho State 1981, Northern Colorado 1982-85

Marty English is in his 28th season in the coaching profession in 2014, his third at Colorado State as co-defensive coordinator. Jim McElwain made English part of the head coach's inaugural staff on Feb. 7, 2012. With the exception of one season, English has spent his entire football life on the Front Range between Denver and Laramie.

Together with Al Simmons, English coordinates the CSU defense with primary emphasis on the linebackers. The pair led a defense in 2013 that ranked 3rd in the MW and 30th in D1 FBS in rushing defense (140.6), 4th (46th FBS) in sacks (2.3 per game) and 4th in scoring defense (29.8).

Three CSU defenders earned All-MW recognition in 2013, inlcuding MW Defensive Player of the Year and first-teamer Shaquil Barrett. Cornerback Shaq Bell was named to the second team while linebacker Max Morgan earned honorable mention. Barrett ranked in the top 5 in the nation in both sacks and tackles for loss, and set a new MW record for tackles for loss with 20.5. His 12 sacks were third-most in CSU's single-season annals.

In his first season at Colorado State the Rams ranked fourth in the Mountain West in passing yards allowed (203.2). The Rams' defense produced three players who earned All-Mountain West honors, including second-team defensive end selection Lanston Tanyi. Barrett and Bell received honorable mention, while LB Cory James was named to Phil Steele's national All-Freshman second team. James set a Colorado State freshman record with 7.5 sacks in 2012.

A Colorado product, English made the move back across the border in 2012 after nine seasons at Wyoming (2003-11). He had served as the Cowboys' defensive coordinator, linebackers and special teams coach from 2009-11. The senior member of the Wyoming staff when he joined the Rams, he spent his first six years (2003-08) in Laramie as Joe Glenn's linebackers coach.

English helped the Cowboys to two bowl appearances in his three seasons at the reins of the defense, including 2011, when Wyoming led the Mountain West and tied for 10th in the nation with 31 takeaways. DB Blair Burns, a Freshman All-American, was one of six all-conference players on English's 2011 defense.

In his first season as the Wyoming defensive coordinator, 2009, the Cowboys stuffed Fresno State after the Bulldogs began with first-and-goal at the 1-yard line, to preserve an overtime victory in the New Mexico Bowl. English had recruited four seniors on that team, and coached three of them, that went on to sign a contract with an NFL team: DT John Fletcher (Baltimore Ravens), LB Weston Johnson (Atlanta Falcons), DE Mitch Unrein (Houston Texans) and OT Ryan Otterson (San Diego Chargers). Fletcher earned first-team All-Mountain West honors after concluding his career third in conference history with 24 sacks. Meanwhile, English's 2009 unit stood as the only defense in the country with three players (DB Chris Prosinski, LB Brian Hendricks and LB Gabe Knapton) ranked in the top 25 nationally in total tackles.

As the Cowboys' linebackers coach, English helped Wyoming finish ninth nationally in 2006 in total defense, and No. 8 against the pass. In 2004, the Pokes ranked 13th in the country with 28 takeaways, a key part of a season that concluded with a win over UCLA in the Las Vegas Bowl. All told, English has served on coaching staffs that led their teams to the postseason on 12 occasions.

Before moving a short distance to Laramie, Wyo., English spent 16 seasons (1987-2002) at his alma mater, Northern Colorado, in Greeley. His time at UNC was divided into three roles, most recently as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach (2000-02), as special teams, linebackers, strength and conditioning coach and recruiting coordinator (1990-99), and as a graduate assistant (1987-89).

At UNC, English and the Bears won a pair of NCAA Division II national championships (1996-97) and went to the national playoffs eight times, including the 2002 national semifinals.

His 2002 Bears defense ranked in the nation's top 10 in five categories: No. 8 in total defense, No. 5 in pass-defense efficiency, No. 9 in scoring defense, No. 9 in rushing defense and No. 9 in turnover margin.

As a player, English was part of another national championship, when his Idaho State team won the 1981 NCAA Division I-AA title. English then transferred to Northern Colorado, lettering three years as a linebacker. As a 1985 senior captain, he garnered all-North Central Conference recognition.

A 1986 and 1989 graduate of Northern Colorado, English owns a bachelor's degree in recreation management, and a master's in physical education in 1989.

He grew up in Lakewood, Colo., and earned all-state honors at Alameda High School.

He and his wife, Suzie, have one daughter, Kelsey, and one son, Tyler. Kelsey is a graduate of the University of Wyoming, while Tyler is a graduate of Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colo.

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