Mark Orphey, who has eight years of collegiate coaching experience, has been hired as Utah State’s cornerbacks coach, it was announced Tuesday by Aggie head football coach Gary Andersen.
Orphey (Or-Fay) comes to Utah State after spending the past two seasons as the secondary coach at Montana State. During the 2018 season, Orphey helped the Bobcats to an 8-5 record, including a 5-3 mark in the Big Sky Conference, and an appearance in the NCAA FCS Playoffs for the first time since 2014. MSU also advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2012.
In 2018, Bobcat defensive backs produced nine interceptions and six forced fumbles under Orphey’s guidance, and the Cats finished in the top half of the league in interceptions (12), passing yards allowed (213.5 yards per game) and passing efficiency defense (124.16). In his first year at Montana State in 2017, Orphey molded a youthful group of cornerbacks into a secondary that finished fifth in the Big Sky Conference in pass defense, allowing 239.5 yards per game.
During his two seasons at Montana State, Orphey coached four players to all-conference honors in safety Jahque Alleyn (2018), cornerback Greg Filer (2018), safety Brayden Konkol (2018) and safety Bryson McCabe (2017).
Prior to Montana State, Orphey spent four seasons at South Carolina, serving as a quality control assistant (2013) and defensive graduate assistant (2014-16). With the Gamecocks, Orphey helped the team to three bowl games (2013 Capital One Bowl, 2014 Independence Bowl and 2016 Birmingham Bowl) and the team’s third-straight 11-win season in 2013. South Carolina also earned two of its 12 all-time bowl wins during Orphey’s time there.
During his four seasons at South Carolina, Orphey coached four players to all-conference honors in Chris Lammons (2015), Al Harris Jr. (2015), Brison Williams (2013) and Victor Hampton (2013).Comment on this story
Orphey began his collegiate coaching career at his alma mater as the cornerbacks coach at Texas Southern. During his two seasons with the Tigers, he mentored Tray Walker to all-conference and All-America honors in 2012, as well as Jerome Thomas to all-conference honors in 2011.
Orphey was a three-year starter at cornerback at Texas Southern, earning all-Southwestern Athletic Conference honors as a junior and senior (2009-10).
A native of Houston, Texas, Orphey graduated from Texas Southern in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and he earned his master’s degree from South Carolina in 2015 in health information technology.