Jan. 28, 2009
BERKELEY - Steve Marshall, an offensive line coach at either the college or NFL level since 1979 who spent the past two seasons with the Cleveland Browns, has been named offensive line coach at the University of California, Golden Bear head coach Jeff Tedford announced Wednesday.
"Steve really understands the fundamentals and techniques of superior offensive line play," Tedford said. "He brings experience and expertise to the position, and he has coached a lot of quality offensive linemen. It is great to have him on board and we are fired up about the future of our offensive line. I think he's going to fit in very well with our program."
Marshall, 52, has coached in the NFL for six years, two with the Browns and four seasons with the Houston Texans. Among the colleges he has worked for are Virginia Tech, Tennessee, UCLA, Texas A&M, North Carolina and Colorado.
While with the Browns, Marshall's work helped clear the way for Jamal Lewis to rush for more than 1,000 yards this past year. In 2007, Cleveland's line tied for third in the NFL for third fewest sacks allowed (19).
Prior to joining the Browns, Marshall worked as an assistant offensive line coach with the Houston Texans from 2002-03 before being named the Texans' offensive line coach from 2004-05. He spent the 2006 season out of coaching.
As offensive line coach at Colorado during the 2000-01 campaigns, Marshall helped the Buffaloes capture a Big 12 championship and a spot in the Fiesta Bowl. He moved to Colorado after a two-year stint at North Carolina, where he served as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. The Tar Heels earned an appearance in the Las Vegas Bowl in 1998.
As offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Texas A&M in 1997, Marshall was part of a 9-4 Aggie squad the ended the year with a No. 20 Associated Press ranking, claimed a spot in the Big 12 championship game and played in the Cotton Bowl.
A native of Vernon, Conn., Marshall began his coaching career as offensive line coach at Plymouth State in New Hampshire in 1979. He then served as an assistant offensive line coach at Tennessee from 1980-81 before overseeing the offensive line and kicking game at Marshall from 1982-83.
Marshall coached the offensive line and tight tends at Louisville in 1984, then worked as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Murray State from 1985-86. He served as offensive line coach at Virginia Tech for one season in 1987 before being promoted to offensive coordinator, a position he held through 1992.
Marshall returned to Tennessee in 1993, first has offensive line coach in '93, then adding the title of running game coordinator for the 1994-95 campaign. The Volunteers led the SEC in rushing all three seasons and beat Ohio State in the Citrus Bowl following the 1995 season to earn a No. 2 ranking in the final coaches' poll. Marshall made his first foray into the Pac-10 as offensive line coach at UCLA in 1996 before going to Texas A&M.
Marshall replaces Jim Michalczik, who is the new offensive coordinator at Washington.
Steve Marshall Coaching History
1979 Plymouth State, offensive line coach
1980-81 Tennessee, assistant offensive line
1982-83 Marshall, offensive line and kicking game coach
1984 Louisville, offensive line coach and tight ends coach
1985-86 Murray State, offensive coordinator and offensive line coach
1987 Virginia Tech, offensive line coach
1988-92 Virginia Tech, offensive coordinator and offensive line coach
1993 Tennessee, offensive line coach
1994-95 Tennessee, offensive line coach and running game coordinator
1996 UCLA, offensive line coach
1997 Texas A&M, offensive coordinator/offensive line coach
1998-99 North Carolina, offensive coordinator/offensive line coach
2000-01 Colorado, offensive line coach
2002-03 Houston Texans (NFL), assistant offensive line coach
2004-05 Houston Texans (NFL), offensive line coach
2007-08 Cleveland Browns (NFL), offensive