Sean Embree, the head coach of the Central Coast Cyclones Brings with him an impressive resume and a family name rich in NFL experience.
As the signing of quality players continue leading into season one of the National Gridiron League, the focus is starting to shift to the coaching staff and what they are going to bring to their teams.
The first under the microscope is the head coach of the Cyclones, Sean Embree.
The Embree name and the NFL
The link to the NFL for the Embree family runs deep.
Coach Sean Embree had a brief flirt with the NFL at the Denver Broncos as a player before injury destroyed his chances a couple of weeks into camp. Heading to Europe to play in Spain, it became clear the injuries were going to get the better of him, and so it was back home to dive into coaching.
Unfortunately for me is that I’m dealing with very bad ankles. I was at the NFL camp for couple weeks, and never passed my physical. – Sean Embree, touchdowneurope. Net
Coach Embree’s coaching career started out as a high school coach at Mollet High School, before moving to the University in Indianapolis. After Indianapolis, Coach Embree became the Junior Varsity (JV) head coach and assistant coach at the NCAA Division 1 University of Colorado.
While in Colorado, Coach Embree got his first taste of NFL coaching by serving as an intern coach at the Denver Broncos under two iconic names in American Football, Mike Shanahan and Gary Kubiak.
It was one of the greatest experiences of my life! Being with Mike Shanahan and Garry Kubiak I learned a lot – COach Embree on his time at the Denver Broncos
Shanahan is the former head coach of the LA Rams, Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins and led the Broncos to back-to-back Super Bowl wins in 1998 and 1999.
Kubiak is the former head coach of the Houston Texans, and now current coach of the Denver Broncos who has played or coached in seven Super Bowl.
From college, to the NFL to Europe
With the experience gained in the top level American college football, and working with two great coaches in Shanahan and Kubiak, Coach Embree took his skills to Europe, with his most recent stint in Serbia with SBB Vukovi Beograd in the SAAF Serbian Superleague.
Coach Embree took the side through the Superleague season undefeated before losing the Central European Football League championship game (CEFL Bowl XI) in a heart breaker to the Graz Giants from Austria, Austria’s oldest existing American Football club.
Two generations in the NFL
The Embree connection to the NFL does not stop there however.
Coach Embree’s older brother Jon W. Embree was a tight end for the Los Angeles Rams, playing 12 games in his second season in 1988, before injury ended his playing career.
Now, Jon Embree is into his second season as the tight ends coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after working for five seasons as the tight ends coach for the Washington Redskins, three of those under Mike Shanahan.
But look back a generation, and the NFL link continues.
Coach Embree’s father, John Embree was a 6’4” wide receiver who played for the Denver Broncos in 1969 and 1970.
Coming to the Broncos as an undrafted signing, he appeared in 20 games (six as starter), making a big impact on the Broncos’ 1969 season, with 29 catches for 469 yards and five touchdowns.
Now all that knowledge the Embree family brings is heading down under to the National Gridiron League and the Central Coast Cyclones.
Sean Embree and the University of Colorado
Not only does Coach Embree bring a rich history in NFL football, but it seems he is bringing half of the University of Colorado as well.
56. There is something about the Central Coast Cyclones and the University of Colorado. Coach Embree has five players out of the Colorado Buffaloes on his roster so far. – 100 facts for 100 days until NGL kickoff
Of course if you were a Colorado Buffalo player or fan, there is a good chance you know all about the Embree name already.
Coach Embree was the assistant coach of the Buffaloes in the 2010/11 season and was a former tight end and running back for the Buffaloes from 1991-1993. During his time there as a player, the Buffaloes won three Big 12 titles and a National Championship.
The Big 12 Conference is a ten-school collegiate athletic conference headquartered in Irving, Texas. It is a member of the NCAA’s Division I for all sports; its football teams compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS; formerly Division I-A), the higher of two levels of NCAA Division I football competition.
Coach Embree’s older brother Jon Embree also played at the Buffaloes, before becoming the head coach from 2010 to 2011.
University of Colorado signings
So far there have been five signings to the Central Coast Cyclones from the Colorado Buffaloes.
- Tight end Joshua Hartigan
- Defensive back Tony Jones
- Defensive back Jordan Marquez
- Wide receiver Tyler McCullouch
- Kicker/Punter Darragh O’Neill
- Defensive back Parker Orms
With the tight link to to top level NCAA football, combined with the deep ties into NFL programs and coaches, the National Gridiron League can look forward to even more quality signings for the first season of the NGL.