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Art Markos
Player Profile
Wide Receivers/Special Teams Co-Coord.

The only remaining member of head coach George Welsh's original Cavalier coaching staff, Art Markos is in his 19th season at Virginia. He takes over as wide receivers coach in 2000 after previously coaching UVa's defensive backfield since 1991. Markos assumes additional responsibilites this season as special teams co-coordinator. In this newly-created position, he and fellow assistant coach David Turner oversee four aspects of special teams play: punt team, punt return team, kickoff team and kickoff return team.

Markos has coached four first-team All-Americans at three different positions during his tenure, including punter Will Brice, defensive backs Percy Ellsworth and Anthony Poindexter, and defensive end/outside linebacker Ray Savage. As the defensive backfield coach, UVa's pass defense rated nationally (sixth through 33rd) seven out of nine years. During that span, five Virginia defensive backs made NFL rosters. UVa established an NCAA record of 39 consecutive games with at least one interception from 1993-96. The Cavalier defense recorded over 100 interceptions during that stretch.

Markos joined George Welsh's coaching staff at Navy as defensive interior line coach in 1977 and came to Virginia when Welsh was named the Cavaliers' head coach. Before that, Markos had served as head football coach and director of athletics at the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) for four years.

Growing up in Oradell, N.J., Markos was a three-sport letterman at River Dell Regional High School, playing as a wide receiver and defensive back in football, a guard in basketball and a pitcher in baseball.

He went on to letter as a defensive back at Springfield College. Markos earned his bachelor of science degree from that Massachusetts school in 1970.

His first coaching assignment was as head basketball and head football coach at Classical Junior High School in Springfield during the 1970-71 school year. He joined the Naval Academy football staff as a junior varsity coach for the 1971 and 1972 seasons. In 1973, Markos was appointed athletic director and head football coach at NAPS and directed that school to a 19-12 record over the next four years.

Markos' Biography-at-a-Glance

  • Born: February 23, 1948, in Staten Island, N.Y.
  • Family: Married to the former Nancy Jean Egner of Hillsdale, N.J.; two children: Lance, 25; and Wendy, 23.
  • Education: Graduated from River Dell Regional High School in Oradell, N.J., in 1966; received his bachelor's degree in physical education from Springfield College in Springfield, Mass., in 1970.
  • Coaching Background: Head football and basketball coach at Classical Junior High School in Springfield, Mass. (1970); JV football coach at the U.S. Naval Academy (1971–72); athletic director and head football coach at the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, R.I. (1973–76); defensive line coach at the U.S. Naval Academy (1977–81); assistant football coach at the University of Virginia (1982–present), serving as defensive line coach from 1982-85, defensive ends coach from 1986-88, outside linebackers/strong safeties coach from 1989-90, defensive backs coach from 1991-99 and wide receivers coach/special teams co-coordinator in 2000.

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