Monday August 18, 2008 (Defensive Line Coaches)
"Deserving Credit" is a series highlighting some of terrific and/or lesser known coaches throughout the country that based on their hard work are worthy of national recognition.
Duane Brooks (Yale University): Yale University defensive line coach Duane Brooks is one of the more highly respected assistant coaches in the Ivy League. For 12 seasons, Brooks has used his consistent approached to help the Yale defensive become one of the elite in the Ivy League. In 2007 under Brooks' tutelage, 3 different Yale defensive linemen received All-Ivy League honors. Furthermore, the Bulldogs finished 9th in the country in rushing defensive allowing only 104 per game. More importantly, the defensive line unit helped Yale finish the season with a 9-1 record. Highly regarded by coaches within the profession, Brooks has participated in the NCAA Advanced Coaching Program and is capable of coaching at any level.
Canute Curtis (Hampton University): Former 1996 Big East Defensive Player of the Year, Canute Curtis, is a rising star in coaching profession. After a tremendous playing career at West Virginia, Curtis spent seven seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals (1997-2003). When his playing career ended, Curtis joined the staff at Towson University in 2004. Just one season later, Curtis joined the staff at Tennessee State University in 2005. At Tennessee State, Curtis developed into a solid football coach. Now in his first season at Hampton University, Curtis is not only a more experience coach, but he is set to tutor a group of talented players. This could mean problems for MEAC offensive units. Coaches in the profession believe that it's only a matter of time before Curtis lands on staff with a national power.
Charlie Partridge (Wisconsin): Charlie Partridge enters his first season guiding the defensive line unit at Wisconsin after spending the last 5 years at Pittsburgh University. Partridge is not only one of the better defensive line coaches in the country, but he is equally respected as a recruiter. Just one season ago, Partridge was an integral part of the Pitt defense that finished 5th in the country in total defense and led the Big East conference. In terms of recruiting, Partridge has always been tough to beat in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale regions. For years, Pitt was able lure several highly touted players from the Florida area. Look for Partridge to bring the same to Wisconsin.