Thursday, January 30, 2014

Aggies expected to name Larry Coyer as defensive coordinator

(The following story can be found on and will appear in Friday's print edition of the Las Cruces Sun-News)

Larry Coyer is expected to be named next defensive coordinator for the New Mexico State Aggie football team.

In response to a public records request to the school, the executive assistant to the general counsel wrote in an email that Coyer’s contract is in draft form and has not yet been routed for signatures.

The Aggies are expected to officially announce a new defensive coordinator on National Signing Day, which is Feb. 5.

When asked for comment, NMSU Athletics Director McKinley Boston said the Aggies are “In the process of negotiations.”

Head coach Doug Martin, when reached by phone Thursday, said, “It will all be announced (next) Wednesday.”

Martin has said he’s looking for an experienced coach to fill the defensive coordinator role, and the 70-year-old Coyer certainly fits that criteria: a graduate of Marshall University in 1964, Coyer has over 40 years coaching experience in the college and professional ranks of football.

Prior to serving as an advance scout for the Washington Redskins last season, Coyer was Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator from 2009-11. He also had NFL defensive coordinator experience with the Denver Broncos from 2003-06.

Collegiately, Coyer’s coordinated defenses at Iowa (1974-77), Oklahoma State (1978), Iowa State (1979-82/1995-96) and East Carolina (1993).

At East Carolina, Coyer worked with Martin when the two were fellow assistant coaches on the Pirates staff.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

70yrs old???
Does he still have the fire or is he supplementing his retirement?