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CU Buffs officially announce football staff additions

Karl Dorrell adds six assistants coaches on Friday

BOULDER, CO - FEBRUARY 24, 2020:  New CU football coach, Karl Dorrell, is introduce at a press conference in Boulder on February 24, 2020.
(Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)
BOULDER, CO – FEBRUARY 24, 2020: New CU football coach, Karl Dorrell, is introduce at a press conference in Boulder on February 24, 2020. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

Karl Dorrell’s coaching staff is officially in place.

On Friday, Colorado announced the additions of six assistant football coaches, completing the 10-member staff for Dorrell, who was hired as head coach on Feb. 23.

CU announced that Taylor Embree (tight ends), Danny Langsdorf (quarterbacks/passing game coordinator), Demetrice Martin (cornerbacks), Brett Maxie (safeties), Mitch Rodrigue (offensive line) and Chris Wilson (defensive line) have been hired to join the coaching staff.

It was previously announced by CU that Darrin Chiaverini (offensive coordinator/receivers), Darian Hagan (running backs), Brian Michalowski (outside linebackers) and Tyson Summers (defensive coordinator) have been retained from previous head coach Mel Tucker’s staff.

Taylor Embree

Embree, 31, is the son of former Buffs’ head coach and tight end Jon Embree. Taylor spent the past three years working as an offensive quality control coach with the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, where he has worked with his father, who is the 49ers’ tight ends coach and assistant head coach.

A Denver native, Taylor played receiver at UCLA from 2008-11, appearing in 50 games, with 32 starts, and catching 137 passes for 1,776 yards and four touchdowns. In 2014, Taylor was a graduate assistant at UCLA. In 2016, he worked as a defensive assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Dorrell and Jon Embree worked together at CU (1993, 1995-98) and at UCLA (2003-05).

“Taylor is a promising young coach.,” Dorrell said. “A player I recruited to UCLA, and had a productive career.  He was always interested in coaching like his father (Jon), and he’s learned the trade via the NFL.”

Langsdorf, 47, has been in coaching for 23 years, and just two months ago was hired as quarterbacks coach at UNLV. He was the quarterbacks coach at Fresno State last season and an offensive analyst at Oregon in 2018. His career includes nine seasons (2005-13) as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Oregon State and three years (2015-17) in the same role at Nebraska.


Langsdorf coached the all-time leading passers in Oregon State (Sean Mannion) and Nebraska (Tommy Armstrong Jr.) history. He also worked as quarterbacks coach of the New York Giants in 2014, helping Eli Manning to one of his best seasons; and coached three seasons with the New Orleans Saints (2002-04).

“I followed Danny’s career with my experience in the Pac-10,” Dorrell said. “He’s worked with some really good coaches, especially Mike Riley, and enjoyed success at both Oregon State and Nebraska in bringing their passing games to new heights.  He’s a veteran coach who has great knowledge coaching the quarterback position and has also been a coordinator.  I received a text from Matt Moore, who played for Danny at Oregon State, and he told me, ‘You’ve got an outstanding coach and a great person.’”

Martin, 47, coached cornerbacks at Arizona the past two seasons. He has spent his entire 19-year coaching career in the West, including the last 11 years in the Pac-12. Colorado will be his fifth stop in the Pac-12. He coached six seasons (2012-17) at UCLA, three (2009-11) at Washington and worked for two seasons (2006-07) as a defensive graduate assistant at Southern California.

A California native, Martin starred at Muir High School in Pasadena before playing receiver and cornerback at Michigan State from 1992-95. He led the Big Ten with seven interceptions in 1994, earning first-team all-conference honors. Professionally, he played in NFL Europe, the Arena Football League and spent some time on the St. Louis Rams’ practice squad.

Demetrice Martin

“Demetrice is a high energy, passionate coach who gets the most out of his players, both on and off the field,” Dorrell said. “He has a reputation for being a great recruiter, and has outstanding experience.  He’s a good communicator and teacher of the fundamentals who is also very concerned with the players’ welfare.”

Maxie, 58, was the defensive coordinator at IMG Academy in Florida last year. Before that, he coached 19 of 21 years in the NFL, including 2016-18 as defensive backs coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His only previous college coaching experience came in 2014-15 at Vanderbilt, where he worked with Dorrell.

Maxie played defensive back for 13 years (1985-97) in the NFL, with the Saints, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and 49ers. His coaching career has included stints with the Panthers (1998), 49ers (1999-03), Falcons (2004-06), Miami Dolphins (2007), Dallas Cowboys (2008-11) and Tennessee Titans (2012-13).

Brett Maxie

“I’ve known Brett to be a really good mentor and teacher with young people,” Dorrell said. “He coached the defensive backs at Vanderbilt while I was there, and I felt he had a great connection with his players and got the most out of them.  He enjoyed a long, stellar career in the NFL, and you don’t play in the league for that long without becoming a total student of the game.  The players will benefit greatly from that knowledge.”

Rodrigue, 55, has spent the past two seasons coaching high school football in Alabama, but has more than 25 years of college coaching experience. A graduate of Nicholls State, Rodrigue coached the offensive line for seven years at Louisiana (2011-17) and three years at South Alabama (2008-10).

During a nine-year run at Southern Mississippi (1999-07), he coached offensive line, as well as tight ends and running backs for one season. Prior to Southern Miss, Rodrigue coached at Nicholls State for six years, working as offensive coordinator, as well as line and tight ends coach.

“What coach Rod brings to us is a great amount of experience and the ability to be a great mentor to our players,” Dorrell said. “What you will find out about our coaches is that we will get fully involved with our players, both on and off the field.  He really is an outstanding man, he has an infectious personality and our players will gravitate to him.”

Wilson, 51, has been a long-time defensive line coach, including from 2000-04 at CU, where he helped the Buffs win three Big 12 North titles during head coach Gary Barnett’s tenure. At CU, Wilson’s group included Justin Bannan, Tyler Brayton, Brandon Dabdoub, Matt McChesney, Gabe Nyenhuis, Sam Wilder and Abraham Wright, who all played in the NFL.

Mitch Rodrigue

Most recently, he coached with the Philadelphia Eagles from 2016-18, helping them to a win in Super Bowl LII, and with the Arizona Cardinals last season. Wilson’s career has included five seasons (2005-09) at Oklahoma; three seasons (2010-12) as defensive coordinator at Mississippi State; and two seasons (2014-15) as the defensive line coach at USC. He also coached the defensive line at Georgia in 2013.

A two-time captain during his playing days at Oklahoma, Wilson recorded 303 tackles with the Sooners and was a 12th-round draft choice of the Chicago Bears in 1992.

“Chris brings a wealth of experience both on the college and professional levels,” Dorrell said. “He’s a well-respected defensive line coach who has also been a coordinator, and with the Philadelphia Eagles, a Super Bowl champion coach.  This is a man who deeply cares about his players, and he knows the intricacies of the university having coached here for five seasons.  He’s excited to return to Boulder.”

Chris Wilson

In addition to the new hires, Drew Wilson, CU’s director of football strength and conditioning, is being retained. Hired Jan. 4, 2016, by former coach Mike MacIntyre, Wilson is going into his fifth season with the Buffs.

Bryan Cook (quality control for defense), Brian Cabral (character coach), Bryan McGinnis (director of operations), Cymone George (director of player development) and Scott Unrein (operations assistant) will also remain with the program.

CU is also adding Chris Reinert as a quality control coach for special teams, according to Buffzone sources. Reinert most recently worked as receivers coach for the Arizona Hotshots of the Alliance of American Football, working under former CU head coach Rick Neuheisel.

Chris Reinert

From 2016-17, he was a special teams analyst at UCLA. He also worked at UCLA from 2011-13, first as a defensive quality control coach and then as a defensive graduate assistant. In between his two stints at UCLA, Reinert spent two seasons (2014-15) at Washington State as a graduate assistant. In 2014, he worked with defensive backs and special teams and in 2015, he worked with quarterbacks.

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