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Rick Courtright
Asst. Defensive Backs Coach
College:
Wheaton College
Hometown:
Miami, FL
Experience:
6

Biography

With a coaching background entering its 23rd year, Rick Courtright begins his seventh season on the Cardinals staff and fourth as the assistant defensive backs coach. As the defensive quality control coach for three seasons (2004-06) prior to his current assignment, Courtright was instrumental in helping to guide strong safety Adrian Wilson to his first career Pro Bowl selection in 2006 while also tutoring Wilson to eight sacks in 2005, the most of any defensive back in NFL history. Wilson was again recognized with Pro Bowl selections in 2008 and 2009 while cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and safety Antrel Rolle also made their Pro Bowl debuts in ’09.

With a coaching background entering its 23rd year, Rick Courtright begins his seventh season on the Cardinals staff and fourth as the assistant defensive backs coach. As the defensive quality control coach for three seasons (2004-06) prior to his current assignment, Courtright was instrumental in helping to guide strong safety Adrian Wilson to his first career Pro Bowl selection in 2006 while also tutoring Wilson to eight sacks in 2005, the most of any defensive back in NFL history. Wilson was again recognized with Pro Bowl selections in 2008 and 2009 while cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and safety Antrel Rolle also made their Pro Bowl debuts in ’09.  

A native of Miami, FL, Courtright began his coaching career as defensive coordinator at Hendricks (MN) High School in 1988, before becoming the head coach at Teton County High School in Driggs, ID for two seasons (1989-90). He was then part of the University of Washington staff in 1991–92 that produced two Pac-10 Conference titles, a pair of Rose Bowl appearances, and the 1991 National Championship.

Following his two seasons as assistant offensive line coach at Washington, he joined the staff at Minnesota-Morris as defensive line coach, strength coach, and academic coordinator in 1993. He coached defensive ends at Ohio University in 1994, served as outside linebackers coach at Idaho State (1995) and as linebackers coach, tight ends coach, special teams coordinator, and recruiting coordinator at the University of Idaho (1996–99) before serving one season (2000) as defensive coordinator/linebackers coach at Murray State. Prior to his appointment with the Cardinals, Courtright spent three seasons as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Western Illinois (2001-03) where he was instrumental in guiding the Leathernecks to a Gateway Conference Championship in 2002 and postseason berths in 2002-03.

Courtright was an all-state linebacker at Miami Christian High School, and played college football at Wheaton (IL) College where he earned a degree in physical education in 1983, which he later complemented with a degree in sports pedagogy (the science of teaching) from Idaho in 1999. Courtright has been married to his wife Lois for 26 years and the couple resides in Phoenix.

Photos

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    2013: S Tyrann Mathieu during the preseason against the Cowboys
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    1983: S Lee Nelson and LB Charlie Baker (52) tackle Cowboys RB Tony Dorsett
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    2013: WR Larry Fitzgerald with Cowboys WR Dez Bryant at a preseason matchup
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    2011: RB LaRod Stephens-Howling scores the game-winning touchdown in overtime
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    2011: QB Kevin Kolb tries to elude the grasp of Dallas CB Orlando Scandrick

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