CSU's Lubick accepts NFL coaching position
Feb. 11, 2010
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Marc Lubick, CSU’s tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator, is leaving the staff to accept an NFL position as a coach with the Houston Texans, Rams Head Coach Steve Fairchild said Thursday.
“This is a good move for Marc,” said Fairchild, who also worked with Lubick when they were with the NFL’s St. Louis Rams from 2003-04. “The NFL coaching experience was extremely positive in my career, and I’m certain it will be for Marc as well.”
Lubick, 32, becomes the eighth current Texans coach or player with a direct connection to the CSU football program, a list that doesn’t include former CSU stalwarts Cecil Sapp and Bradlee Van Pelt, who also played for the Texans. The Texans-CSU connections include David Anderson, whom Lubick coached in 2005:
Fairchild, who played with Dennison in college, believes CSU’s pro-style offense implemented prior to the 2008 season is attractive to recruits who want to play at the next level. He also knows that the Rams’ offense benefits assistants who aspire to coach in the NFL.
“I realize coaching changes are a part of the business,” said Fairchild, who made a similar move after the 2000 season, leaving the Rams to coach for Gregg Williams and the Buffalo Bills. “Losing Marc will be tough, because he did a great job for us in my two seasons as head coach, but I’m quite sure we will move forward. Recruiting always is a collective effort on a college coaching staff, and we will pick up the slack until we can hire someone to replace him.”
Former Denver Broncos quarterback and offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, who received a contract extension as Texans head coach Wednesday, hired Lubick. The Texans in 2009 finished with a 9-7 record and just missed the playoffs after winning their final four games. Two of Kubiak’s three sons are CSU Rams. Klint, a 2010 East-West Shrine Game participant, just finished his CSU career as a three-year starter and team captain, while Klay is a junior quarterback on the current roster.
Named CSU recruiting coordinator on Jan. 12, Lubick recently helped orchestrate the signings of 28 recruits, considered by Rivals.com the fourth-best class in the Mountain West on No. 1 on the Front Range. Since Fairchild named him to his CSU staff on Dec. 12, 2007, Lubick has been in charge of the Rams’ tight ends, including Kory Sperry, who spent his 2009 rookie season with the Miami Dolphins.
Having developed strong recruiting connections in the state of Florida, where he grew up when his father, Sonny, was the defensive coordinator at the University of Miami prior to becoming Colorado State's head coach, the younger Lubick had continued to target that area for the Rams.
His father, Sonny, is considered the most successful head football coach in CSU history, and in addition to Miami (Fla.), also served as an assistant at Stanford, Colorado State and Montana State. He also was the head coach at Montana State from 1978-81. Marc's brother, Matt, is the assistant head coach, safeties coach and recruiting coordinator at Arizona State.
In 2006, Marc began a successful but difficult year-long battle with a rare form of cancer, fighting through months of chemotherapy and inspiring his family, players and fellow coaches.
A 2001 graduate of Colorado State, he has a bachelor's degree in health and exercise science.
Lubick joins a long list of CSU players and coaches who’ve gone on to coach in the NFL, CFL and major-college programs. In addition to Fairchild and the Texans’ staff, that list includes:
Aaron Alford (Utah RB coach), Tony Alford (Notre Dame WR coach), Vance Bedford (Louisville defensive coordinator/former Florida CB coach), J.D. Brookhart (former Akron head coach/Denver Broncos assistant), James Cregg (USC assistant coach/former Oakland Raiders assistant), Mike DeBord (Chicago Bears tight ends coach/former Seattle Seahawks assistant, Central Michigan head coach), Todd Fitch (South Florida assistant coach), Chris Foerster (Washington Redskins offensive line coach/former assistant for six other NFL teams), Billy Gonzales (Florida WR coach/former LSU assistant), Richie Hall (Edmonton Eskimos head coach), Chuck Heater (Florida assistant defensive coordinator), Skip Holtz (South Florida head coach/former East Carolina head coach), Lane Kiffin (USC head coach/former Oakland Raiders head coach), Matt Lubick (Arizona State assistant head coach), Dave Magazu (Carolina Panthers offensive line coach), Noel Mazzone (Arizona State offensive coordinator/former N.Y. Jets assistant), Urban Meyer (Florida head coach), Tim Salem (Central Florida special teams coach), Brian Schneider (Seattle Seahawks special teams coordinator/former USC assistant), Brad Seely (Cleveland Browns assistant head coach/former assistant with four other NFL teams), Mike Trgovac (Green Bay Packers defensive line coach/former assistant with three other NFL teams), Frank Verducci (former Notre Dame offensive line coach) and Bob Wylie (Denver Broncos assistant offensive line coach).