DEFENSIVE COACHING STAFF
MARCUS PATTON | DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR
When the 2016 football season begins, Marcus Patton will start his first season as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach for Texan Football.
Patton came to Tarleton after spending the 2014-15 seasons as the defensive coordinator at Colorado Mesa. In 2015, his Maverick defense was one of the best in the nation and finished in the top-10 in the country in multiple defensive categories including: fourth-down conversion defense, defensive touchdowns scored, and turnover margin with 28 defensive takeaways including 19 interceptions. Mesa also finished No. 11 in the nation in red-zone defense and No. 12 in the nation in scoring defense after allowing just 17.8 points per game.
“In today’s football, there’s going to be a lot of offense,” said Patton. “People are going to score points in today’s game, but you have be able to play good enough defense to give yourself a chance to win the game in the fourth quarter. It’s unrealistic to think that you can hold teams to the zero-to-three point range, but we want to keep it manageable and give yourself a chance to win the game. We’re going to do that with fundamental defense.
“I think one of my big strengths is teaching the fundamentals,” he continued. “We need to be able to tackle, be tough, and fly around. You can talk schematics all you want, but I’m a believer that you win football games with tackling and taking on blocks.”
Patton, who has also spent time as a collegiate assistant coach at Fairmont State, Seton Hill, UCLA, Indiana State, and South Florida, played football for Kansas State University from 2000-04. He joins former Wildcat, Jonathan Beasley, on the Tarleton coaching staff and was a student-athlete when Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Performance Rod Cole was the head strength and conditioning coach for Coach Bill Snyder’s team. Patton was also teammates with NFL athletes Darren Sproles, Jordy Nelson, and Terrence Newman.
"Patton was an outstanding player at Kansas State and he's proven to be an outstanding coach. I'm very excited to have him at Tarleton," said Cole.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Patton earned a bachelor’s degree in social science from Kansas State and then went on to coach four seasons at the high school level in Florida before returning to the college ranks as a defensive assistant. In his career, he has coached numerous all-conference players and had an NCAA All-American at Colorado Mesa last season. He has had over 10 former players continue their careers at the NFL level and was responsible for recruiting even more that went on to play professionally.
“I'm excited to be at Tarleton and coach alongside Coach Whitten because he is a winner,” said Patton. “He has won here before. He showed me the vision of this school, and also being able to recruit football in the state of Texas, were big draws to making this decision for me. This is an opportunity where special things can be accomplished. I’m a competitor and this is an opportunity for me to come in and potentially win a national championship.”
MARC MARTINEZ | Assistant Football Coach (LB)
When the 2016 football season begins, Marc Martinez will begin his second season of coaching as the Graduate Assistant Coach for linebackers with the Texan Football team.
In his debut season as a coach, Martinez helped mentor his former teammate Cody Burtscher into the transition from running back to middle linebacker – and Martinez’s work was rewarded as Burtscher led the team in tackles from the linebacker spot with 95 total stops. For the season, Burtscher (95) and Dakota Hesskew (66) finished in the top three for total tackles on the Tarleton stop troops in Martinez’s first season as the linebackers’ coach.
Martinez made the transition from the gridiron to the sidelines following a stellar four-year playing career for the Texans, including an all-conference senior season as the team’s leading tackler.
He was a two-time all-LSC linebacker capped off by his senior campaign when he topped the 100-tackle mark to lead the Texans. He made 44 solo stops while assisting on 66 and leading the nation with four fumble recoveries. He also made 5.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage in his swan song season for the Purple and White.
For his career, Martinez played in 35 games over three seasons and was a part of the 2013 Lone Star Conference Championship team. He amassed two interceptions, four forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries in his career while making 253 total tackles, including 119 solo stops. He made 17.0 tackles for a loss in his career and deflected seven passes.
Martinez graduated with his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Tarleton and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in the same field.