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Eric Mathies joined the University of South Florida football staff as defensive line coach in January of 2013. Mathies has 15 years of collegiate coaching experience, having also served as an assistant coach at Western Kentucky, Tennessee St. and Midwestern (Texas) St.
In his first season at USF, Mathies guided a strong defensive line that helped the Bulls rank 12th in the FBS posting 7.6 tackles for loss per game and 21st in total defense allowing 350.8 yards per game while nearly tripling their forced turnovers from nine the previous season to 25 and scoring three defensive touchdowns. Mathies helped guide sophomore defensive end Aaron Lynch to first team All-AAC honors, after leading the team with 12.5 tackles for loss and six sacks, and senior defensive tackle Luke Sager to second team honors after a career best 11.5 tackles for loss.
Prior to coming to USF, Mathies coached the defensive line for eight seasons at WKU and served as recruiting coordinator for three seasons. He joined the WKU staff in 2005, and when Willie Taggart took over the Hilltoppers in 2010, Mathies added the title of recruiting coordinator.
As recruiting coordinator, Mathies helped produce the top recruiting class in the Sun Belt Conference in both 2010 and 2011, and the league’s second-ranked class in 2012, according to Rivals.com. Rivals and Scout also recognized Mathies as the Sun Belt Recruiter of the Year, while Scout named him one of the top recruiters in the nation following the 2010 season.
While coaching the defensive line, Mathies mentored Quanterus Smith, who earned All-America honors from both SI.com and Phil Steele after the 2012 season. Smith was named Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year after totaling 12.5 sacks, which ranked third nationally. As a whole, the WKU defense led the conference in sacks, TFL, total defense, rushing defense and pass efficiency defense in 2012.
Mathies coached at two schools on the collegiate level over six seasons prior to joining the WKU staff. For two seasons, he coached at Tennessee St., where he worked with defensive tackles in addition to handling recruiting responsibilities. Prior to working at TSU, he was the defensive line coach at Midwestern (Texas) State, where he was also the strength and conditioning coach, in addition to handling recruiting duties.
He got his start in coaching at Murray High School in 1998, helping the Tigers to a 7-4 mark as they advanced to the second round of the Kentucky state playoffs. Mathies also served an internship with the Dallas Cowboys in 2007.
Mathies, who earned his bachelor's degree from Murray State in 1998, was a four-year letterwinner in football, beginning his career at Kansas, before transferring to Murray State. A defensive lineman, he helped the Racers to a pair of Ohio Valley Conference championships as MSU qualified for the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs in both 1995 and '96.