New York Jets General Manager Terry Bradway announced today the team has named Doug Marrone, the University of Tennessee's tight ends and tackles coach, to coach the Jets' offensive line.
Marrone, a 37-year old native of the Bronx, has compiled nine seasons of collegiate coaching experience. Prior to joining the Volunteers in 2001, Marrone spent one season (2000) at Georgia after five seasons (1995-99) with Georgia Tech. At Georgia Tech, Marrone was the director of football operations in 1995, tight ends coach in 1996 and offensive line coach from 1997-99. The Yellow Jackets participated in bowl games three consecutive years while Marrone was line coach and they finished first nationally in total offense (509 yards/game) and second in scoring (40.7 points/game) in 1999.
"Doug Marrone is a tremendous teacher with a great amount of enthusiasm," Jets offensive coordinator Paul Hackett said. "He has a history in the National Football League and has done an excellent job coaching the offensive line for three years at Georgia
Tech and most recently, Georgia and Tennessee. Doug is a bright, young offensive line coach and we are excited to have him join the coaching staff."
In 1992, Marrone began his coaching career as tight ends coach at Cortland State. He followed up that stint with one-year stops leading the offensive lines at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (1993) and Northeastern University (1994).
Marrone was drafted by the Los Angeles Raiders in the sixth round of the 1986 draft after lettering for three seasons at Syracuse (1983-85). He earned honorable mention All-America honors as a senior and was named Co-MVP of the Cherry Bowl his senior season. Marrone has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Syracuse.
On the professional level, Marrone pursued a career as an offensive lineman from 1986-92. He has two accredited NFL seasons to his credit - with the Miami Dolphins in 1987 and with the New Orleans Saints in 1989. Marrone was at one time or another on the rosters of six NFL teams including the Raiders, Dolphins, Cowboys, Saints, Vikings and Steelers. He finished his professional career with the London Monarchs in the World League (1991-92), earning All-World League honors for the league champions in 1992.
"Doug Marrone is a very fine coach, and now we'll go hire another fine coach to replace him," Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer said. "Doug did a very good job for us and I am happy for him. He told me Sunday night about the job and he handled things the right way, and so did the Jets."