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Marty English at a glance...
Prominent players coached
Playing career: Idaho State 1981, Northern Colorado 1982-85
Marty English is in his 27th season in the coaching profession in 2013, his second 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.
In his first season at Colorado State English combined with Al Simmons to coordinate a defense that 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. LB Shaquil Barrett and CB Shaq 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, where 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 student at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colo.