Jon Embree was named the Browns’ tight ends coach on January 24, 2013. Embree brings 21 years of coaching experience, including the last two (2011-12) as the head coach at the University of Colorado.
Embree spent 17 years at the University of Colorado as a player and coach. Prior to his stint as the Buffaloes’ head coach, he spent 11 seasons (1991, 1993-2002) as an assistant coach following a standout collegiate career, where he was a four-year letterman (1983-86). As an assistant coach, he worked in a myriad of roles, including overseeing the tight ends (1993-94, 1999-2000), defensive ends (1995-98) and wide receivers/kickers (2001-02). After serving as a volunteer assistant in 1991, Embree spent one season coaching at Douglas County High School before re-joining the Buffalos for the next 10 years.
He spent three seasons at UCLA, first as assistant head coach/wide receivers (2003) and then as assistant head coach/tight ends (2004-05). While with the Bruins, he helped shape tight end Marcedes Lewis who would win the 2005 John Mackey award, given to the nation’s top tight end. That season, Lewis set school records for a tight end with 58 receptions and 10 touchdowns en route to being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.
Embree spent the next three seasons (2006-08) as the tight ends coach with the Kansas City Chiefs. Tony Gonzalez was selected to the Pro Bowl each season under Embree and led all NFL tight ends with 268 receptions and 3,130 receiving yards during that three-year span.
Embree spent one season (2010) coaching the tight ends with the Washington Redskins. That season, Chris Cooley finished second on the team with 77 receptions, while adding 849 yards with three touchdowns. Embree returned to Colorado as head coach following his stint in Washington.
Following his playing career with the Buffaloes, where he finished in the top five in school history in both career receptions (80) and yards (1,116), Embree was a sixth-round pick by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1987 NFL Draft. He played two seasons with the Rams before suffering a career-ending elbow injury in 1989, while with the Seattle Seahawks.
A native of Englewood, Colorado, Embree earned his degree in communications in 1987. He and his wife, Natalyn, have two sons, Taylor and Connor, and one daughter, Hannah. Jon’s father, John, played two seasons (1969-70) as a wide receiver with the Denver Broncos.
Jon Embree’s Coaching Background:
1991 University of Colorado, volunteer assistant
1992 Douglas County High School, receivers/tight ends
1993-94 University of Colorado, tight ends
1995-98 University of Colorado, defensive ends
1999-2000 University of Colorado, tight ends
2001-02 University of Colorado, wide receivers, kickers
2003 UCLA, assistant head coach/wide receivers
2004-05 UCLA, assistant head coach/tight ends
2006-08 Kansas City Chiefs, tight ends
2010 Washington Redskins, tight ends
2011-12 University of Colorado, head coach
2013- Cleveland Browns, tight ends