Chip Marks enters his second season as the Director of Football Administration after joining the staff full-time in June 2009. In his primary role, he directs all football administrative operations and serves as the primary point of contact for the CU football program.
Marks, 42, came to Colorado from the Colorado School of Mines where he was a wide receivers and special teams coach in 2008; and where he worked with inside receivers in 2009. As a member of the CSM staff, he was a key contributor to a Mines team that finished the regular season 8-3 and earned a berth in the 2008 Dixie Rotary Bowl in Saint George, Utah. During the 2008 season, he coached first-team all-RMAC receiver Adam Saur and three RMAC player-of-the-week winners.
A 1990 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Marks played wide receiver for the Falcons from 1986-88 and played outfield as a member of the Air Force baseball team. While at the Academy, he garnered academic and military recognition as a member of the Dean's, Commandant's and Superintendent's Lists and as an upperclassmen held several leadership positions within the Cadet Wing. From 1990-97, he served on active duty as an Air Force officer, attaining the rank of Captain, where he served in various roles and theaters of operation, including Africa, Europe, the Middle East and South America.
Upon release from military service and prior to his coaching stops, Marks worked in the private sector, most recently as a bank vice president, specializing in agricultural finance. In this role, he was recognized as a regional expert on grain, dairy and beef cattle production and frequently consults on agriculture-related issues in Colorado. He currently serves as vice chairman of American Pride Cooperative, Inc., a regional energy and agricultural supply distributor headquartered in Colorado, and has served on the company's board of directors since January 2001. From 2002 to 2006, he served as an elected official in Weld County, Colo., serving as President of the Weld County Council in 2005. He continues to operate a small farming and livestock business in Colorado during the off-season.
Marks earned his master's degree in operations management from the University of Arkansas in 1993.
Born December 14, 1967, he attended Smoky Hill High School in Aurora, Colo., where he earned multiple letters in baseball and football and was named the school's honors athlete-of-the-year during his senior season. He is married to the former Ruth Rhea of Casper, Wyoming and the couple has two daughters, Kristen and Abby.