Adds Coach Prime 10 to Football Team – University of Colorado Athletics

BOULDER — The University of Colorado has added 10 new coaches to its football team, Sanders announced Tuesday nine coaches and a director of quality control.

Join Coach Prime from Jackson State Brett Bartolon (wide receivers), Tim Brewster (tight ends), Gary “Flea” Harrell (assistant coach/backs), Andre Hart (zahir), Kevin Mathis (cornbucks), W Dennis Thurman (Director of Quality Control – Defence). Also join the staff Charles Kelly (Defensive Coordinator/Secretaries), Sean Lewis (offensive coordinator/quarterback), Bill O’Boyle (offensive line) f Nick Williams (defensive ends). Lewis and O’Boyle joined the staff from Kent State, where Lewis was the head coach, with Kelly joining from Alabama, where he was assistant defensive coordinator, and Williams from Texas A&M.

These ten coaches combined to coach over 2,000 games as full-time coaches for 41 different teams including 11 different Power 5 organizations for 56 seasons and on six NFL teams for 22 seasons. Group has 192 seasons of full-time coaching experience, including four coaches with 19 seasons as head coach and Group has another 49 seasons as offensive or defensive coordinator. They have been a part of 40 of 10 seasons, coached in 59 bowl games, won 27 conference championships, and made the NFL, FCS, and FBS playoffs 21 times. Collectively they have coached more than 350 all-conference players and 85 All-Americans at every level of college football.

Bartaloni was most recently the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Jackson State last season and has quickly worked his way up the coaching ranks. He has seven years of experience, having also coached at Nevada, Carleton College, St. Lawrence, and Witter College. In the past three seasons, he’s coached quarterbacks to Conference Player of the Year, twice with Carson Strong at Nevada at the Mountain West and last season with Xedyor Sanders at Jackson State in the SWAC.

He played at Washington State under Mike Leach as a member of his first recruiting class and led the Cougars in receiving his senior season, earning Freshman All-America honors before injuries derailed his play. He benefited from learning under the creator of the air raid offense and served as a student coach while earning a certificate from the school in 2016.

Brewster also joins Coach Prime out of Jackson State, where he was the tight end coach for the 2022 season. He has over 30 years of coaching experience including four years as a college coach and five years as an NFL assistant coach. Colorado is the seventh Power 5 program he has coached for.

Prior to Jackson State, he was at Florida from 2020-21 where he helped Kyle Bates win the John Mackey Award as the nation’s top tight end before becoming the highest paid tight end in NFL history fourth overall in the NFL Draft 2021. He was the head coach at Minnesota from 2007 to 2010 and has also coached at Florida State, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Texas, and Texas State. He has coached two Mackey Award winners and also taught Nick O’Leary, who won the award with the Seminoles in 2014.

Harrell, better known as “The Flea,” joins Coach Prime from Jackson State where he has coached the running backs for the past three seasons. He has also coached at Alabama State, Bowie State, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic and his Howard University in two separate stints, Morgan State and Texas Southern.

He played collegiately at Howard from 1990-93, was an assistant coach from 2002-2003 and head coach from 2011-16. He had a five year professional career, including two in the NFL with the New York Giants.

Hart also joins Coach Prime out of Jackson State, where he has been the linebackers coach for the past three seasons. On3 Sports honored him as one of the 30 assistant coaches nationally with their stock rising in November 2022. He helped turn around JSU’s defense and in 2022, Jackson State led the FCS in complete defense, scored defense, pass defense, pass efficiency defense, sacks and third down defense. He coached Aubrey Miller to be named SWAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2022.

Prior to Jackson’s tenure, Hart was the head coach at Trinity Christian High School in Cedar Hills, Texas, where he started as the defensive coordinator for two years and then became the head coach, leading the team to three straight TAPPS championships and a TCAL national championship. He was 22-4 as a coach and 47-5 overall in four years at TC Cedar Hills.

Kelly comes to Colorado from Alabama, where he has been the Associate Defensive Coordinator for the past four seasons, during which time the Crimson Tide have posted a 47-6 record and won the 2020 National Championship with a perfect 13-0 record. He has also coached at Florida State, Georgia Tech, Henderson, Jacksonville State, Nichols State, and Tennessee. Since 2013 when he worked mostly for Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher and Alabama’s Nick Saban, he’s helped those two programs achieve a 101-19 record with two undefeated seasons, three Rose Bowls along with Orange Bowl, Cotton Bowl and Sugar Bowl appearances .

He graduated from Auburn and after three years of high school coaching, returned to Auburn as a graduate assistant to begin his collegiate coaching career before landing his first full-time job at Jacksonville State in 1994.

Lewis came to Colorado from Kent State, where he served as head coach for five years from 2018-22, taking a program that struggled before his arrival and making it respectable. Youngest coach in the FBS when hired His “FlashFAST” offense produced 606.5 yards and 49.8 points per game in 2020, leading the nation in both categories, and in 2021 set Kent State records for plays, yards, first downs, rushing yards and passing yards while posting Fourth-best FBS offense and top-ranked Academy non-service rushing marks.

He’s also made stops in Akron, Bowling Green, Eastern Illinois, Nebraska-Omaha, and Syracuse, and has coached to four bowl games, two conference championship teams, and had two 10-win seasons and two playoff appearances at the FCS level.

Mathis, a former NFL player, was with Coach Prime at Jackson State all three seasons and, like Hart, helped turn the defense into one of the best players nationally, leading the FCS in total defense, scoring defenses, pass defense, and passing defense. Efficient defense, sacks and a third defense in 2022. As a secondary coach, Jackson State has led the nation in pass efficiency defense each of the past two seasons.

Prior to Jackson’s tenure, Mathis was the defensive coordinator at Trinity Christian High School in Cedar Hills, Texas, where he helped that team win three consecutive TAPPS championships and the TCAL National Championships. He played in the NFL for 10 seasons, first breaking into the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys alongside Coach Prime. He played 115 NFL games with 11 career interceptions, three of which were returned for touchdowns. He is a member of the Texas A&M Commerce City Hall of Fame after earning All-America honors three times.

O’Boyle joins Lewis from Kent State, where he has led the offensive line for the past five seasons, directing the group that has been responsible for the offensive success that the Golden Flashes have put together. Prior to joining Lewis, O’Boyle had coached college ball since 1987 with stops in Chadron State, Colorado Mesa, Southern Illinois, South Dakota, and Western Illinois.

He had a 13 year running career at Chadron State that started with him as an offensive assistant before he was promoted to offensive coordinator and eventually head coach from 2005-11. He was offensive coordinator for three teams spanning seven years along with six years of experience as a head coach.

Thurman also joined Coach Prime from Jackson State, where he has been the defensive coordinator for the past three seasons. Like Hart and Mathis, he helped turn the defense there into one of the best nationally, leading the FCS in total defense, scoring defense, pass defense, pass effective defense, sacks and third-string defense in 2022.

Prior to Jackson’s tenure, Thurman was in the NFL for 17 seasons with the Phoenix Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, and Buffalo Bills. He also coached at his alma mater of Southern California for eight seasons from 1993 to 2000. A two-time consensus All-American at USC, he was drafted in the NFL and played nine seasons for the Dallas Cowboys and St. Louis Cardinals.

Williams joins the Coach Prime staff from Texas A&M where he has served as a defensive analyst for the past two seasons while working with the defensive line. He was a student assistant and graduate assistant at Georgia for three years prior to that. One of the best recruits in the country, he had a hand in recruiting two Class A recruits for the Bulldogs in 2018 and ’20, and then again for the Aggies in 2022.

He played collegiately at Georgia and North Alabama prior to stints in the Canadian Football League and Arena Soccer.


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