Yates era offiicially begins - Tucson News Now

Yates era offiicially begins

TUCSON, Ariz. – University of Arizona head football coach Rich Rodriguez officially announced the hiring of Marcel Yates to the defensive coordinator position. Yates previously served as the defensive coordinator at Boise State where he led an attacking-style defense with a reputation for forcing turnovers the past two seasons.

“I am thrilled to welcome Coach Yates into our program,” Rodriguez said. “I have been impressed with the way his teams have defended, especially the last two seasons at Boise State. He has a proven track record as an outstanding recruiter and he knows how to develop players. There is no question he embodies the personality we are looking for as we strive to build the best program in America.”

Under Yates, the Boise State defense ranked highly in notable categories, including being one of two teams nationally to post top-10 finishes for turnovers forced each of the last two years. His 2014 unit also ranked seventh nationally in both tackles for loss and sacks, while the 2015 squad turned in the fifth-best rush defense, 12th total defense and 18th-best scoring defense. The Broncos earned a pair of bowl victories along with the 2014 Mountain West championship in Yates’ tenure as a coordinator.

A graduate of Boise State and an assistant coach with the Broncos from 2003-11, Yates returned to his alma mater in 2014 following a two-year stint as the co-defensive coordinator at Texas A&M. During his time in College Station, the Aggies concluded the 2012 season ranked fifth nationally in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Polls, and won 11 games for the first time since 1998. The Aggies went 9-4 in 2013, finishing the season ranked No. 18 in each poll.

Yates, who played defensive back for the Broncos from 1996-99, was Boise State's cornerbacks coach from 2003-05, before taking over the entire secondary from 2006-11. He added defensive pass game coordinator responsibilities in 2011, before moving on to Texas A&M.

While with the Broncos in his initial stint as an assistant, Boise State won seven conference championships in nine seasons and appeared in a bowl game each year. The Broncos won five of the bowl games, including both the 2007 and 2010 Tostitos Fiesta Bowls.

Prior to his first job at Boise State in 2003, Yates was an assistant secondary coach at Montana State from 2001-02. In his second season with the Bobcats, Montana State won its first Big Sky Conference Championship and earned its first NCAA Division I-AA Playoff appearance in 18 years.

Yates is the third defensive assistant hired by Rodriguez this offseason. Football analyst Jahmile Addae was promoted to an assistant coaching position and will work with the Wildcats’ safeties. Former San Jose State defensive backs coach Donte Williams was hired this past weekend to work with the Wildcats’ corners, while Yates will coach linebackers.

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