GREELEY, Colo. – Northern Colorado football’s defensive backs coach, Charles Gordon has left the team for a position in the NFL.
Gordon joined the Denver Broncos staff as a defensive quality control assistant.
The former Kansas Jayhawk had been on staff for the past four seasons at UNC as the defensive backs coach.
“Anytime you run a program you want your coaches to excel and move on,” head coach Earnest Collins Jr. “When you had a player that played for you, like Chuck did for me, and then also worked for you moving on to bigger and better things – it’s like a family member moving on, or a son in a sense. I’m thankful for everything Coach Gordon did for me while he was here and I’m proud to see him moving to into a new role with the Broncos.”
Prior to Northern Colorado, Gordon got his start at his alma mater, Santa Monica High School, where he coached from 2009-12.
During his playing days at Kansas, Gordon was a Thorpe Award semifinalist in 2005 as a junior. Gordon was a two-time First Team All-Big 12 selection in both 2004 and 2005 and earned Third Team All-American AP honors in 2004. He was also a First Team Freshman All-American after the conclusion of the 2003 season after catching 57 passes for 769 yards.
Gordon went undrafted in the 2006 NFL Draft but signed with the Minnesota Vikings shortly after. Initially signed to the practice squad, Gordon was added to the active roster on November 7, 2006.
Gordon will be working closely with Denver’s defensive coordinator, Joe Woods who Gordon has ties with. Woods spent eight seasons in Minnesota as the Vikings’ defensive backs coach and coached Gordon during his stint in the NFL.
“Now he gets a chance to work closely under another one of his mentors in Joe [Woods] who he played for at Minnesota and one of my great friends in Vance Joseph,” Collins added. “Vance and I came up in the business together, we coached together and I’ve talked to VJ about him [Coach Gordon] and this is going to be a good situation for him.”
In his absence, Collins will take over as the defensive backs coach and promote Isaac Williams into a full time role as an offensive assistant.
Williams spent the past season as the defensive graduate assistant.
“I’ve been itching to get back into (coaching a position) anyway, and now that our administration has afforded us with a full-time Director of Operations position with Brandon Charles doing a tremendous job at that, I am able to dabble my nose back into the coaching side of it again,” Collins finished with. “I won’t be calling plays on the sidelines like Chuck did, but during our two hours of practice time I’ll be able to be on the field and coaching that group (corners) of guys.”