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Rick Christophel
Tight Ends

Biography

Veteran collegiate coach Rick Christophel (KRIS-tuh-fell) enters his second season with the Cardinals and second year in the NFL after he joined the team as tight ends coach on 2/5/13. Christophel came to the Cardinals last year after spending the previous six years (2007-12) as the head coach at his alma mater, Austin Peay State University.

Veteran collegiate coach Rick Christophel (KRIS-tuh-fell) enters his second season with the Cardinals and second year in the NFL after he joined the team as tight ends coach on 2/5/13. Christophel came to the Cardinals last year after spending the previous six years (2007-12) as the head coach at his alma mater, Austin Peay State University.

With the Cardinals in 2013, Christophel helped Arizona’s offense finish 12th overall in the NFL and score 379 points on the year, tied for the fifth-best single season total in franchise history. Arizona’s 5,542 net yards of offense last season were also good for fifth in team annals.

While at Austin Peay, Christophel led the Governors to a 7-4 record in his first season at the helm (2007), becoming the first Austin Peay head coach since his mentor, Watson Brown (1979), to win seven games in his initial season. The seven wins represented the highest total by a Governors scholarship program since the 1984 team went 7-4 and their 5-3 Ohio Valley Conference record were their most league victories since 1980.

Prior to his stint as the head coach at Austin Peay, Christophel amassed more than 25 years of experience as a college assistant.

He spent 12 years (1995-2006) at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, where he served in a variety of roles at the school. He began his tenure in 1995 as offensive coordinator/running backs coach before coaching the team’s wide receivers from 1996-98 where he tutored junior receiver Darrius Malone, who set the school’s single-season record with an average of 22.1 yards per catch. In 1997, he coached quarterback Kevin Drake, who became the first offensive player in UAB history to go to the NFL when he signed a free-agent contract with the Cardinals.

In 1999, Christophel worked with the Blazers offensive tackles and tight ends before serving as wide receivers coach in 2000, also taking on the title of director of football operations that year. In 2001, Christophel began the first of two stints as defensive coordinator at UAB, helping the Blazers defense lead the country in rushing yards allowed (57.3 ypg), ranking fifth nationally in total defense (265.9 yards) and finishing 16th in scoring defense with (18.7 points per game). From 2002-03 he stepped away from coaching, serving as a senior associate athletics director at the school.

He returned to the sideline in 2004 working with both the offensive and defensive line before becoming the assistant head coach/defensive line in 2005 and serving as the defensive coordinator for the second time at the school in 2006.

Prior to working at UAB, Christophel coached wide receivers at Mississippi State for four seasons (1991-94). From 1993-94, he worked alongside Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, who was the offensive coordinator for the Bulldogs at the time. During Christophel's tenure at Mississippi State, he coached three future NFL receivers – Eric Moulds, Olanda Truitt and Willie Harris. The Bulldogs played in three bowl games during that span as well (Liberty Bowl-1991 and Peach Bowl-1993 and 1995).

He coached at Vanderbilt for five seasons (1986-90), holding various titles including offensive backs coach (1986-88), defensive coordinator and middle linebackers coach (1989) and assistant head coach and offensive backs coach (1990).

Before working at Vanderbilt, Christophel coached quarterbacks and running backs at Rice (1984-85) and was the quarterbacks/tight ends coach at Cincinnati in 1983. Prior to that, he was the offensive coordinator at Southern Arkansas State University in 1982 and coached running backs at Austin Peay for three seasons (1979-81). He got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant at Austin Peay (1975) and then was an assistant coach at Highlands High School (Fort Thomas, KY) from 1976-78.

Christophel was a four-year starter on the Governors football team (1971-74). A two-time captain, he played safety in his first season before switching to play quarterback for his final three years. His brothers, Rob and Randy, also played quarterback at Austin Peay.

He received a bachelor’s degree in Business in 1975 and a master’s in Education from Austin Peay. A native of Reading, OH, Christophel and his wife, Connie, have three daughters, Chrissy, Carrie and Sara, and five grandchildren.

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