Rams name Simmons to coaching staff

Feb. 16, 2012

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado State Head Coach Jim McElwain on Thursday named Al Simmons and Marty English as co-defensive coordinators.

The moves, along with naming Jeff Hammerschmidt special teams coordinator and running backs coach, and Tim Duffie defensive secondary coach and recruiting coordinator, complete McElwain’s inaugural coaching staff at Colorado State. Hammerschmidt, Duffie, and English, who will coach defensive line in addition to co-coordinator duties, had previously joined the staff. 

While the Rams have had co-offensive coordinators, this season will mark the first time in program history CSU has had two individuals sharing the leadership of the defense.


Al Simmons at a glance (click for complete biography)…

  • For all or parts of six seasons, has coached at the NFL level, including two years (2003-04) as a full-time assistant coach with the San Francisco 49ers. Also has assisted NFL staffs during training camp on four occasions, with the Los Angeles Raiders (1993), Arizona Cardinals (1996), San Diego Chargers (1999) and Dallas Cowboys (2000).
  • Coached three future Denver Broncos draft selections, Deltha O’Neal, Nick Harris and Syd’Quan Thompson, all at Cal. O’Neal was the first overall cornerback selected in the 2000 NFL Draft.
  • Enters his 27th season in coaching, with all 26 years of prior experience tutoring defensive backs in some capacity.
  • First met Sonny Lubick during a spring visit to Fort Collins in 1996, as a Montana State assistant. Wound up coaching Lubick’s son, Marc, with the Bobcats, and later coached with his other son, Matt Lubick, splitting the defensive-backs duties at Arizona State in 2007.
  • Owns 10 years of experience coaching in the former Pac-10, and eight years as a defensive coordinator.
  • Has spent 18 years of his career coaching in the Bay Area, near his hometown, Oakland. In fact, the Mountain and Pacific time zones have encompassed all of his college resume.

 Career Background

Seasons Coached Team/School Title/Position
1986-87 Cal State Hayward Defensive Backs
1988-93 Cal State Hayward Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
Summer 1993 Los Angeles Raiders Defensive secondary assistant
1994 San Francisco State Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
1995-96 Montana State Defensive Backs
Summer 1996 Arizona Cardinals Defensive secondary assistant
1997 Idaho State Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
1998-00 California Cornerbacks
Summer 1999 San Diego Chargers Linebackers assistant 
Summer 2000 Dallas Cowboys Defensive secondary assistant 
2001-02 Oregon State Defensive Backs
2003 San Francisco 49ers Cornerbacks
2004 San Francisco 49ers Defensive Backs
2005 San Jose State Cornerbacks
2006 Arizona State Cornerbacks
2007 Arizona State Co-Special Teams Coordinator/Cornerbacks
2008-10 California Defensive Backs/Special Teams
2011 UTEP Safeties


Postseason experience

Season Appearance Opponent
2002 Insight Bowl
(assistant coach at Oregon State) 
2006 Hawaii Bowl
(assistant coach at Arizona State) 
2007 Holiday Bowl 
(assistant coach at Arizona State) 

Emerald Bowl
(assistant coach at California) 

2009 Poinsettia Bowl 
(assistant coach at California) 

Personnel file 

  • Age on Sept. 2, 2012: 49
  • Hometown: Oakland, Calif.
  • High School: Oakland (Calif.) High School.
  • College:  Cal State Hayward (bachelor’s in business, 1987; master’s in athletic administration/sensory motor skills, 1991).
  • Family: Single.


Prominent players coached

  • The top CB selected in the 2000 NFL Draft, Deltha O’Neal (15th overall, Denver).
  • Two-time All-American Syd’Quan Thompson, the Broncos’ seventh-round selection in the 2010 NFL Draft.
  • CB Justin Tryon, the Redskins’ fourth-round selection in the 2008 NFL Draft, who played most recently for the Super Bowl-champion New York Giants in 2011.
  • S Chris Conte, the Bears’ third-round choice in the 2011 NFL Draft.
  • K Thomas Weber, 2007 Lou Groza Award winner.
  • P Nick Harris, Denver’s fourth-round choice in the 2001 draft, and an 11-year NFL vet.
  • All-American CB Dennis Weathersby, selected by the Bengals in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft.
  • All-American Terrell Roberts, who played two years with the Cincinnati Bengals.
  • CB Omar Bolden, a Freshman All-American at Arizona State and a 2012 NFL Draft prospect.
  • Seven-year NFL veteran Chidi Iwuoma.
  • Darian Hagan Jr., son of the former CU cornerback; the younger Hagan signed as a free agent with the Cleveland Browns in 2011.
  • A pair of all-conference players, Omar Turner and Jared Lucero, at Montana State.


Playing career: Laney College, 1981-82; Cal State Hayward, 1983-84