Karl Dorrell is in his first year as the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at Washington. The 1999 season mark’s Dorrell’s seventh year as an offensive coordinator. He is one of four former assistant coaches at Colorado who accompanied Rick Neuheisel when he accepted the head coaching position at Washington in January.
Dorrell served as the offensive coordinator all four seasons Neuheisel was head coach for the Buffaloes. He also coached the Buffs' quarterbacks and wide receivers for two years. His stint as the CU offensive coordinator was his second coaching experience with the Buffaloes. He coached wide receivers during the 1992 and 1993 campaigns under former Colorado coach Bill McCartney. In his first year at CU, two of his receivers, Charles Johnson and Michael Westbrook, became just the fourth pair of receivers on the same team in NCAA history to each have over 1,000 receiving yards.
Johnson and Westbrook are two of the six collegiate players Dorrell has coached who have gone on to the NFL (three of whom were selected in the first round of the draft).
During the 1994 season, Dorrell was the receivers coach at Arizona State.
A 1986 UCLA graduate, Dorrell earned four letters as a Bruin receiver. After playing briefly for the Dallas Cowboys in 1987, he began his coaching career at UCLA in 1988 as a graduate assistant for Terry Donahue.
Dorrell’s first full-time position was at Central Florida in 1989 where he coached receivers. In 1990 and 1991 he was the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at Northern Arizona. Under his tutelage, the NAU offense set a school record with 255 first downs in 1991, amassing the second most total offense (4,539 yards) in a season.
Dorrell earned his undergraduate degree in business at UCLA in 1986. He played four years (1982, ’83, ’85, ’86) for the Bruins as a wide receiver. He caught 108 passes for 1,517 yards and nine touchdowns. He ended his career with the second most receptions and fourth most receiving yards in Bruin history.
He played half of the 1987 season in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys (signing as a free agent). He was released at mid-season after being placed on injured reserve. As a prep, he lettered in football at San Diego’s Helix High School. He was a two-time all-league selection and honorable mention All-America as a senior.
He was one of two coaches selected for the Denver Broncos Minority Coaching Fellowships in both 1993 and 1999. The honor earned him the chance to spend some time at the Broncos’ training camp.
A native of Alameda, Calif., Dorrell and his wife, Kim, have two children, Chandler (4) and Lauren (1).
The Dorrell File
Coaching Experience 1988 UCLA (graduate assistant) 1989 Central Florida (receivers) 1990-91 Northern Arizona (offensive coordinator, wide receivers) 1992-93 Colorado (wide receivers) 1994 Arizona State (wide receivers) 1995-98 Colorado (offensive coordinator, wide receivers)