CMU hires Russ Martin as new football coach

Russ Martin
New CMU football coach

Colorado Mesa University has hired one of the best offensive football coaches in the RMAC to lead its program.

University of Nebraska-Kearney offensive coordinator Russ Martin, 56, will be introduced as CMU’s new head football coach Tuesday, the first day of the spring semester.

“We offered him the job (Saturday) night and he accepted,” CMU Athletic Director Butch Miller told The Daily Sentinel on Sunday afternoon. “He’ll be introduced along with his family and an assistant coach on Tuesday.”

Chadron State (Neb.) College defensive coordinator Todd Auer, Miller confirmed, will join the CMU staff. Auer will likely serve in the same capacity, but it’s not official.

Auer, 46, has coached at Chadron State for 22 years, the past 17 as defensive coordinator.

Chadron State is traditionally among the RMAC leaders in several defensive categories. The Eagles were seventh in the nation against the run in 2006 and among the top 20 in total defense and scoring.

Martin coached the top offense in the RMAC and one of the best in the nation last season.

Nebraska-Kearney was second in Division II in total offense (519 yards per game), fourth in rushing (281 ypg) and 10th in scoring (39.5 ppg). The Lopers averaged 33 points and 410 yards per game in his eight seasons as the offensive coordinator.

“His offense was unbelievable,” Miller said. “It ranked in the top five in the country, not just the RMAC. What separated him from the rest is he is one of the best recruiters around. Everyone has something great to say about Coach Martin.”

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