CMU football hires Tony Coaxum as cornerbacks coach

Central Michigan football head coach John Bonamego went into the National Football League to find a new special teams coordinator and cornerbacks coach in Tony Coaxum.

The news was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg

Most recently, Coaxum was an assistant special teams coach with the Denver Broncos. He was hired to coach in Denver in February 2015. 

Prior to working for the Broncos, Coaxum was previously with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Giants and Baltimore Ravens. 

Coaxum, in his playing days, was a cornerback for Army. Following his time on the field, the 41-year-old moved on as an assistant coach for the Black Nights from 2007 to 2013. 

In the 1998 and 1999 seasons, the new Chippewa coach played in 22 games, recording three interceptions. 

The West Point graduate retired from the United States military in 2003 and worked as a defensive backs coach the same year for 71st High School in North Carolina. He was also a co-defensive coordinator at Henry County High School in Georgia from 2005-2006. 

During his first two seasons as an assistant coach for Army, Coaxum served as the linebackers coach before moving to cornerbacks for his final five seasons. 

Coaxum replaces former defensive backs coach Archie Collins, who left for the University of Pittsburgh in late January. Collins led CMU to lead the Mid-American Conference with 19 interceptions, 185.5 passing yards allowed per game and a 108.8 defensive pass efficiency rating.