March 20, 2012

Rams name Lupfer to football staff

Head coach Jim McElwain said in a press conference Tuesday morning that Colorado State finalized its 2012 football staff with the hiring of Cal-Poly defensive coordinator Greg Lupfer.

Lupfer, who spent the last three seasons at Cal-Poly, coached safeties, linebackers, and special teams at Toledo in 2008. In a 12-year stint prior to that, he coached the defense at Portland State, his alma mater.

His experience on the defensive side of the ball and connections with current members of the CSU staff made him a solid fit to replace the departed Tim Duffie, who left last month to take a position on Wake Forest's staff. Lupfer coached with CSU special teams coordinator Jeff Hammerschmidt at Cal-Poly in 2005.

Lupfer is expected to coach the secondary, while co-defensive coordinator Al Simmons will also contribute his efforts to coach the safeties and corners. Marty English, the defensive coordinator who will share duties with Simmons, will also coach the defensive line and help out with the front seven as well.

A noted recruiter, Lupfer has extensive ties to northern California and the entire west coast. Coach McElwain stated in his Tuesday press conference that Lupfer will be a welcomed addition to help out the Colorado State recruiting efforts.

With his hiring, the Rams now have six coaches with extensive recruiting ties to the state of California: Lupfer, Simmons, Hammerschmidt, offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin, linebackers coach Tim Skipper, and offensive line coach Derek Frazier. Frazier is expected to concentrate primarily in the state of Colorado, while Hammerschmidt will likely focus on both Arizona and California.

While the Rams have always considered California fertile recruiting grounds, a shift from Florida and the south to an even greater focus on the west coast would suggest that California will provide Colorado State a greater percentage of commitments from previous years.

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