TOLEDO, OH – The University of Toledo and head football coach Matt Campbell have agreed to a contract extension that will run through the 2017 football season, UT vice-president and athletic director Mike O’Brien announced today.
Campbell, in his second full season with the Rockets, has a 15-7 record as head coach. He led the Rockets to a 42-41 victory over Air Force in the 2011 Military Bowl in his first game as head coach. In 2012, his Rockets finished 9-4 and were ranked in the Top 25 at one point in the season. So far this season the Rockets are 5-3, 3-1 in the Mid-American Conference
“Matt Campbell is not only one of the finest young football coaches in the country, he is also a great mentor to the young men in our football program,” said O’Brien. “He is determined to make the UT football program the finest in the Mid-American Conference. But more than that, he is dedicated to making sure our student-athletes get a good education and to helping them develop as well-rounded individuals. We are pleased to make this commitment to Coach Campbell and look forward to many more years with him as our head football coach.”
“I’m grateful for the support of President Lloyd Jacobs, Mike O’Brien, and the entire UT administrative staff,” said Campbell. “I’m honored to be the head football coach at this great University. Most of all I would like to thank our players, assistant coaches and football support staff. Their effort and enthusiasm help make our program a point of pride for the University of Toledo and the Toledo community.”
Campbell served three seasons as UT’s offensive coordinator under former head coach Tim Beckman from 2009-11. He was named head coach for the Rockets on Dec. 12, 2011, becoming the 26th head football coach in school history and the youngest head coach in the NCAA Division I FBS at the time by more than three years.
Campbell, a native of Massillon, OH, played his college football at Mount Union, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 2002. Campbell earned NCAA Division III All-America honors at defensive end in 2001 and 2002, leading the Purple Raiders to national championships in 2000, 2001 and 2002. He returned to coach at Mount Union under legendary head coach Larry Kehres in 2005 and 2006, helping guide the Purple Raiders to two more national titles. Campbell then coached at Bowling Green for two seasons as the offensive line and run-game coordinator before joining the UT staff in 2009.
Campbell and his wife Erica have two girls, Katelyn (5) and Isabella (4), and a son, Rudy, who was born in July of 2013.
Toledo Head Coach Matt Campbell
Date of Birth: Nov. 29, 1979
Hometown: Massillon, OH
High School: Massillon Perry
Family: Wife: Erica; Children: Katelyn (5) and Isabella (4), Rudy (born July of 2013)
Education: Bachelor’s degree in history, Mount Union, 2002
Record as a Head Coach
Year School Position Record MAC Highlights
2013 Toledo Head Coach 5-3 3-1
2012 Toledo Head Coach 9-4 6-2 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
2011 Toledo Head Coach 1-0 0-0 Military Bowl Champion
Career Record 15-7 9-3
Record as an Assistant Coach
Year School Position Record / Highlights
2011 Toledo Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line 8-4 / Military Bowl Champions
2010 Toledo Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line 8-5 / Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
2009 Toledo Run-Game Coordinator/Offensive Line 5-7
2008 Bowling Green Offensive Line/Run-Game Coordinator 6-6
2007 Bowling Green Offensive Line 8-5 / GMAC Bowl
2006 Mount Union Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line 15-0 / D-III National Champions
2005 Mount Union Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line 14-1 / D-III National Champions
2004 Bowling Green Graduate Assistant 9-3 / GMAC Bowl
2003 Bowling Green Graduate Assistant 11-3 / Motor City Bowl Champs
Bowl Games Participated in as a Coach
2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
2011 Military Bowl
2010 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
2007 GMAC Bowl
2004 GMAC Bowl
2003 Motor City Bowl
NCAA Division III National Champions Participated in as a Coach
2006 Mount Union
2005 Mount Union
NFL Players Coached by Matt Campbell
Pierre Garcon (Mount Union 2004-07): Indianapolis, Washington.
Josh Harris (Bowling Green, 2000-03): Cleveland.
Kevin Kowalski (Toledo, 2007-10): Dallas.
Kory Lichtensteiger (Bowling Green, 2003-07): Washington.
Phillipkeith Manley (Toledo, 2008-11): Atlanta
Scott Mruczkowski (Bowling Green, 2001-04): San Diego.
Danny Noble (Toledo, 2008-11): Tampa Bay
Eric Page (Toledo 2009-2011): Tampa Bay
Cecil Shorts (Mount Union, 2006-10): Jacksonville.
Stephen Williams (Toledo, 2006-09): Arizona.
College Football Playing Career
Defensive lineman, Mount Union College 1999-2002
NCAA Division III All-American, 2001 and 2002
NCAA Division III National Champions, 2000, 2001 and 2002