Offensive Line Coach
Mike Markuson was named Offensive Line Coach of the Tiger-Cats on April 11, 2016. A coaching veteran of more than 30 years, Markuson was an assistant in the SEC for 14 seasons (1998 to 2011) where he coached eight All-Americans, 15 all-conference honorees and 10 future NFL players, including a pair of first-round draft picks and three who were taken in the second round.
Markuson, a four-time Broyles Award nominee for the nation’s top assistant coach, spent the 2015 season serving as an offensive line coach with the University of Texas at San Antonio, and was an assistant head coach and offensive line coach at Eastern Illinois in 2014. Prior to his season with Eastern Illinois, Markuson was Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line coach at Northeast Mississippi Community College in 2013, after spending part of the 2012 season as Offensive Line coach at Wisconsin.
From 1998 to 2011, Markuson was an assistant coach under Houston Nutt at both Arkansas (1998-2007) and Mississippi (2008-11), and was considered one of the nation’s top offensive line coaches. Markuson worked two seasons at Ole Miss (2008-09) alongside Kent Austin, who was Offensive Coordinator at the time. During his tenure in the SEC, Markuson helped his teams advance to 10 bowl games in addition to the 2002 and 2006 SEC Championship Games. Among the well-known players he tutored were Michael Oher, the subject of the movie “The Blind Side” and a first-team All-American and first-round draft choice of the Baltimore Ravens in 2009; Shawn Andrews, a two-time first-team All-American and first-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2004; and Jonathan Luigs, the Rimington Trophy winner and a consensus All-American in 2007. All three players also won the Jacob’s Award as the SEC’s best offensive lineman.
At both SEC schools, Markuson helped develop potent rushing attacks while serving as a run game coordinator for eight seasons and a co-offensive coordinator for another. In his decade at Arkansas, no other league school had a more effective running game than the Razorbacks. The 2006 and 2007 seasons featured the backfield of Darren McFadden and Felix Jones, with both backs rushing for more than 1,000 yards. McFadden won back-to-back Doak Walker Awards and twice was a runner-up for the Heisman Trophy.
Prior to his tenure in the SEC, Markuson spent one season as Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach at Boise State in 1997. He also tutored the same position for Murray State in 1993-96, helping the Racers win the Ohio Valley Conference in each of his final two years.
He began his college coaching career as Defensive Line Coach at South Dakota State in 1984-85. Markuson then returned to his alma mater, Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn., as an assistant coach for the 1986 season. He was an Offensive Graduate Assistant at Oklahoma State in 1987-88 where he learned from Larry Coker, the coordinator of an offense that featured All-American running backs Thurman Thomas and Barry Sanders, who won the Heisman Trophy and set the Football Bowl Subdivision single-season rushing record in his final year in Stillwater.
Markuson was a graduate assistant for Lou Holtz at Notre Dame for the 1989 season as the Fighting Irish went 12-1 and were ranked No. 2 in the final Associated Press poll. He was Offensive Line Coach at Austin Peay in 1990 before spending the next two years in the same capacity at Alabama A&M, also serving as Offensive Coordinator in 1992.
A three-year football letterwinner at Farmington (Minn.) High School, Markuson served as team co-captain and earned all-conference honors as a senior. He went on to Hamline, where he was a four-year starter at defensive tackle and a two-time honorable mention All-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection for the Pipers. He also was team co-captain as a senior.
Markuson earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hamline in 1983 and a master’s degree in physical education from South Dakota State in 1986.
MARKUSON’S COACHING HISTORY
|2016-Present||Offensive Line Coach||Hamilton Tiger-Cats|
|2015||Offensive Line Coach||UTSA|
|2014||Assistant Head Coach & Offensive Line Coach||Eastern Illinois|
|2013||Offensive Coordinator & Offensive Line Coach||Northeast Mississippi CC|
|2012||Offensive Line Coach||Wisconsin|
|2008-11||Offensive Line Coach & Run Game Coordinator||University of Mississippi|
|2003-07||Offensive Line Coach & Run Game Coordinator||Arkansas|
|1998-2002||Offensive Line Coach||Arkansas|
|1997||Offensive Coordinator||Boise State|
|1993-96||Offensive Line Coach||Murray State|
|1992||Offensive Coordinator & Offensive Line Coach||Alabama A&M|
|1991||Offensive Line Coach||Alabama A&M|
|1990||Offensive Line Coach||Austin Peay|
|1989||Graduate Assistant||Notre Dame|
|1987-88||Graduate Assistant||Oklahoma State|
|1986||Defensive Line Coach||Hamline|
|1984-85||Defensive Line Coach||South Dakota State|
|1983||Defensive Line Coach||Farmington High School|