COLLEGE STATION, Texas --- Texas A&M head football coach Kevin Sumlin came a step closer to completing his coaching staff on Monday as he announced the addition of former Boise State player and coach Marcel Yates.
Yates will serve as Co-Defensive Coordinator and oversee the defensive secondary for Texas A&M as the Aggies gear up for the challenge of their first season in the Southeastern Conference.
"Marcel is another terrific recruiter who has a proven record in developing the young men he coaches," Sumlin said. "He has done a great job at Boise State and will be an excellent addition to our staff here at Texas A&M."
Yates comes to A&M from Boise State where he coached the defensive backs for nine seasons, first under Dan Hawkins and later under Chris Peterson. Yates was a part of eight Bronco squads that posted double-digit victory totals, including a pair of undefeated teams that won BCS bowl games in 2006 and 2009.
Yates directed the entire secondary for the last six seasons, and added defensive passing game coordinator to his coaching responsibilities in 2011. He coached cornerbacks during his first three seasons with the Broncos.
A native of Los Angeles, Calif., Yates was a standout player at BSU from 1996-99. Lining up at defensive back, Yates finished his career with 138 tackles (89 solo). Following his senior season in 1999, he received the team's Dennis Erickson Valor Award. He helped the Broncos to their first-ever FBS bowl game, a 34-31 win over Louisville in the 1999 Humanitarian Bowl. He earned his bachelor's degree in social science/public affairs in 2000.
The Yates File
Born: Sept. 16, 1977
Boise State, bachelor's degree in social sciences/public affairs, 2000
2012-: Texas A&M (Co-Defensive Coordinator/Secondary)
2011: Boise State (Defensive Pass Game Coordinator/Secondary)
2006-10: Boise State (Secondary)
2003-05: Boise State (Cornerbacks)
2001-02: Montana State (Defensive Assistant)
Bowl Games (coach)
2003: Fort Worth (Boise State)
2004: Liberty (Boise State)
2005: MPC Computers (Boise State)
2006: Fiesta (Boise State)
2007: Hawaii (Boise State)
2008: Poinsettia (Boise State)
2009: Fiesta (Boise State)
2010: Las Vegas (Boise State)
2011: Las Vegas (Boise State)
Bowl Games (player)
1999: Humanitarian (Boise State)
Sumlin Adds Yates to Staff
January 23, 2012
Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
(photo: Texas A&M Athletics)