Marty English is in his sixth season at Colorado State in 2016, and has returned to his role of serving as the Rams' defensive coordinator. He also served as co-defensive coordinator along with his duties as linebackers coach from 2012 to 2014.
English, a 30-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 three seasons, highlighted by back-to-back-to-back bowl appearances for the first time since 2002-03 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 tie for second most in school history.
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 linebackers under English's tutelage, 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. Returning linebacker Cory James has recorded 22 career sacks, 5th-most among CSU defenders and seventh among active FBS defenders. 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 14 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.