Feb. 11, 2014
NASHVILLE - Two coaches with ties to the National Football League, former Tennessee Titans' defensive assistant Brett Maxie and former Houston Texans' offensive assistant Marc Lubick, have joined the Vanderbilt staff of first-year head coach Derek Mason.
Maxie, a 16-year veteran of the NFL coaching ranks, will serve as the Commodores' defensive secondary coach. Lubick, son of former Colorado State head coach Sonny Lubick, will mentor Vanderbilt wide receivers.
"I'm proud to announce that Brett Maxie and Marc Lubick have joined the Vanderbilt staff," Mason said. "Like the rest of our staff, Brett and Marc are proven in the coaching field. Both have enjoyed tremendous success as coaches, and are the type of men we want leading the Vanderbilt program and our student-athletes. I'm very happy to welcome Brett and Marc to campus."
The announcement keeps Maxie in Nashville. For the last two years, the Texas Southern graduate and 13-year NFL veteran has served as secondary coach of the Titans. During those years, Maxie mentored two of Tennessee's top young cornerbacks, Alterraun Verner and Jason McCourty. Last year, Verner became a first-time All-Pro after coming up with five interceptions. In 2012, McCourty paced the Titans' secondary with four interceptions.
Maxie joined Tennessee after four seasons as secondary coach for the Dallas Cowboys, working for noted defensive coordinators Wade Phillips and Rob Ryan. In 2008, Maxie's secondary helped the Cowboys rank fifth in the NFL in passing defense. One of Maxie's leading players in Dallas, cornerback Terence Newman, totaled 16 interceptions during the four-year tenure in Dallas. Another cornerback, Mike Jenkins, earned Pro Bowl honors in 2009.
Maxie's NFL resume includes a season as secondary coach with noted coordinator Dom Capers in Miami (2007), three seasons as defensive backs coach with the Atlanta Falcons (2004-06) and five years as a defensive assistant with the San Francisco 49ers (1999-2003). He started his coaching career as a quality control assistant with the Carolina Panthers in 1998.
As a safety in the NFL, Maxie played in 153 NFL games, earning 104 starts, and recording 23 interceptions and three touchdowns. He played nine years (1985-93) in New Orleans, one season in Atlanta (1994), two years in Carolina (1995-96) and finished his career in San Francisco (1997).
Maxie and his wife, Angela, have two sons, Brett and Adam, and two daughters, Maya and Olivia.
Lubick has served on the Houston Texans staff for the last four years, including the last two seasons as assistant wide receivers coach. While in Houston, he also worked with current Vanderbilt offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Karl Dorrell.
In Houston, Lubick worked with likely future Hall of Famer Andre Johnson, who posted stunning receiving statistics in recent years. In 2013, Johnson registered 1,407 receiving yards on 109 catches. In 2012, he recorded a benchmark season earning his sixth Pro Bowl trip and All-Pro recognition posting 112 passes and 1,598 receiving yards. It marked the second time in NFL history a player recorded more than 100 receptions and 1,500 yards in his 10th season or later.
Lubick has 14 seasons of coaching experience, including eight seasons collegiately at Colorado State. He served as CSU's tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator from 2008-09 and wide receivers coach from 2005-07.
Lubick also comes from a family of successful coaches. His father, Sonny, is considered the most successful head football coach in Colorado State history, served three years as head coach at Montana State, and also has enjoyed successful tenures at Miami (Fla.) and Stanford. His brother, Matt, is the wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator at Oregon and was the 2012 FootballScoop.com Wide Receivers Coach of the Year in 2012 as a Duke assistant.
Lubick played collegiately as a defensive back at Montana State University from 1997-99, and completed his bachelor's degree in Health and Exercise Science from Colorado State in 2001.
In other staff related news, Mason announced that Gerry Gdowski will serve as the Commodores' tight ends coach. He joined the staff in late January, coming from the Ohio University Bobcats staff. Tyler Barnes, who joined the Commodores prior to the 2013 season from the University of Iowa, has also been promoted to Director of Player Personnel.