Tom Matukewicz joins the Rockets as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach in 2012. He brings 15 years of experience to the UT coaching staff, including 10 seasons as a coordinator. Matukewicz's teams have played in the post-season in each of the past nine seasons.
Matukewicz spent the last four seasons at Northern Illinois, where he helped guide the Huskies to a MAC West title in 2010 and an outright MAC Championship this past season. Matukewicz was the linebackers' coach in 2011 after serving as defensive run-game coordinator the previous three seasons under then-head coach Jerry Kill. Matukewicz served as interim head coach for the Huskies' appearance in the 2010 Humanitarian Bowl after Kill accepted the Minnesota job at the end of the season. Matukewicz led the Huskies to a dominating 40-17 victory over Fresno State in the Humanitarian Bowl.
During his first three seasons at Northern Illinois, Matukewicz was responsible for coordinating the Huskies' run defense. In 2010, NIU ranked 24th nationally and third in the MAC in run defense, allowing 126.5 yards per game. Northern also boasted the No. 1 total defense in the MAC in 2008 and 2009.
In his first year in DeKalb, "Coach Tuke" was part of the staff which turned the Huskies into the No. 1 scoring and total defense in the MAC, and one of the top 20 units in the country. NIU boasted the second-most improved scoring defense in the nation in 2008 as they allowed 18.0 points per game, down from 30.8 the year before. NIU ranked 17th nationally in total defense and was fifth in the country in pass defense.
Matukewicz spent seven seasons at Southern Illinois with Kill from 2001-07. He was honored as the 2007 Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Assistant Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association after helping turn the Salukis into one of the stingiest rushing defenses in the country. SIU held its opponents to a rushing average below 135 yards per game every year from 2002-07 as the Salukis had three of the top-10 rushing defenses in program history during that time. Matukewicz's most prolific linebacking corps played in 2004, forming the heart of a defense that gave up only 101.7 rushing yards per game, led the nation in scoring defense and allowed just 13.2 points per game.
Before coaching at Southern Illinois, Matukewicz was the defensive line coach at Emporia State, where he also had responsibilities as the marketing and promotions director. He has also made stops at Butler County Community College, Coffeyville Community College and Pittsburg State, where he earned his master's degree in sports management.
A native of Silver Lake, KS, Matukewicz completed his undergraduate work at Fort Hays State, receiving his bachelor's degree in physical education in 1997. Matukewicz and his, wife Lenna, have one daughter, Georgia (4).
Tom Matukewicz's Coaching Experience
2011 Northern Illinois - Linebackers
2008-10 Northern Illinois - Defensive Run-Game Coordinator/Linebackers/Interim Head Coach
2001-07 Southern Illinois - Linebackers/Defensive Run-Game Coordinator
2000-01 Emporia State - Defensive Line
1999-2000 Coffeyville C.C. - Offensive Line/Tight Ends
1997-99 Pittsburg State - Offensive Tackles/Tight Ends
1996-97 Fort Hays State - Defensive Line/Special Teams
Tom Matukewicz's Post-Season Coaching Experience
2012 (2011 season) Go-Daddy.com Bowl - Northern Illinois, Assistant Coach
2010 Humanitarian Bowl - Northern Illinois, Interim Head Coach
2010 (2009 season) International Bowl - Northern Illinois, Assistant Coach
2008 Independence Bowl - Northern Illinois, Assistant Coach
2003-07 FCS Playoffs (Southern Illinois, Assistant Coach)
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