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Marty English is in his fifth season at Colorado State in 2016, and has returned to his role as the Rams’ defensive coordinator after serving as linebackers coach in 2015 under head coach Mike Bobo. English, who also will continue to coach the Rams’ linebackers, served as co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach from 2012-14 on Jim McElwain’s staff.
English, a 29-year coaching veteran with significant experience along the Front Range, has been part of the Colorado State staff that has led an impressive return to prominence over the past four seasons, highlighted by three consecutive bowl appearances for the first time since 2001-03 and a 10-win season in 2014 for the just the fifth time in school history. The Rams’ 18 wins over the 2013-14 seasons were their most in a two-season span since 1999-2000 (also 18), and tied for second most in school history.
The play of the Rams’ linebackers in 2015 helped the defense rank 10th among all FBS teams in passing yards allowed (177.6) and 26th in third-down percentage defense (34.5%). Under English’s tutelage, senior Cory James was named second-team All-Mountain West and junior Kevin Davis earned honorable mention. James finished his career with 24.0 career sacks--all with English as his coach--to rank fourth all-time at CSU, and was drafted in the sixth round (194th overall) in 2016 by the Oakland Raiders.
In 2014 the Rams’ defense allowed just 23.4 points per game in the regular season (3rd MW/34th FBS), the fewest by a CSU defense since 2006 (21.9). Two of English’s linebackers, seniors Max Morgan and Aaron Davis, finished their careers in 2014 ranked among the top seven tacklers in school history. Morgan finished his CSU career with 348 tackles to rank sixth on the school’s all-time list, and the most in a career since Rick Crowell tallied 370 from 1996-2000, while Davis, a second-team All-Mountain West choice, finished with 345 tackles to rank seventh all-time. James and Morgan earned honorable mention All-MW.
English helped lead a Rams defense in 2013 that ranked third in the MW and 30th in D1 FBS in rushing defense (140.6), fourth (46th FBS) in sacks (2.3 per game) and fourth in scoring defense (29.8). Three CSU defenders earned All-MW recognition in 2013, including MW Defensive Player of the Year and first-team linebacker Shaquil Barrett, who signed as a rookie free agent with the Denver Broncos. Cornerback Shaq Bell earned second-team honors while Morgan earned honorable mention. In his first season at Colorado State three Rams defenders earned All-MW honors: Defensive end Lanston Tanyi (2nd team), Barrett and Bell (honorable mention). James was named to Phil Steele’s national All-Freshman second team and set a Colorado State freshman record with 7.5 sacks in 2012.
A Colorado product, English had spent the previous 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. 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 15 occasions.
English spent 16 seasons (1987-2002) at his alma mater, Northern Colorado, in Greeley, serving as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach (2000-02); special teams, linebackers, strength and conditioning coach and recruiting coordinator (1990-99), and 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.
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.
Marty 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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