Mattox Named USF Offensive Line Coach
Worked with USF offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert the last four seasons
TAMPA, JAN. 11, 2017 – University of South Florida head football coach Charlie Strong today announced the addition of Matt Mattox as the Bulls’ offensive line coach and run game coordinator.
In his 11th year of coaching, Mattox spent last season on Strong’s staff at Texas in the same position. Mattox has spent the last four seasons coaching alongside new USF offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert, previously serving as co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach at Tulsa (2015) and Bowling Green (2014) and offensive line coach at Eastern Illinois (2013).
“Matt has done a terrific job with the offensive line and the running game everywhere he has been and he and Sterlin work very well together,” Strong said. “Matt is a young coach who bring a lot of energy and passion for the game of football and I think our players at South Florida will really enjoy working with him.”
At Texas, Mattox coached All-Americans Connor Williams (left tackle) and running back D’Onta Foreman, who helped the Longhorns average 491.3 yards per game (16th in FBS) and 239.3 rushing yards per game (17th). The offense set a school record in 2016, totaling seven games with more than 500 yards. Under Mattox’s guidance, Freeman finished second nationally with 2,028 rushing yards in 11games, just the ninth Power 5 Conference player in NCAA history to record 2,000 yards in a season without the help of a bowl game. Foreman was named the 2016 Doak Walker Award winner and the 2016 Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Year.
“I’m excited to come to South Florida and to continue to work with Coach Strong and Coach Gilbert in developing a top level offense,” Mattox said. “USF was very productive on the ground last year and has some outstanding players returning, so I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work with them and the talented players in the state of Florida.”
In 2015, Mattox worked as co-offensive coordinator with Gilbert to help lead a Tulsa attack that ranked 11th nationally in passing (333 ypg), 13th in total offense (507 ypg) and 21st in scoring (37 ppg). The offense was led by American Athletic Conference first-team receiver Keyarris Garrett, who finished with 1,588 receiving yards, 122.2 yards per game. Josh Atkinson amassed 1,071 receiving yards, while quarterback Dane Evans passed for 4,332 yards and 25 touchdowns.
Prior to Tulsa, Mattox was the co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Bowling Green in 2014. The Falcons gained 432.9 yards per game to rank 41st nationally in total yards, while averaging 173.0 yards on the ground and 259.9 yards passing, all without starting QB Matt Johnson who was injured and would the next year become the 2015 Mid-American Conference Offensive Player of the Year. Offensive lineman Alex Huettel was tabbed second-team All-Mid-American Conference and was named to the 2015 preseason Lombardi Award watch list, while WR Roger Lewis recorded 1,093 receiving yards and earned first-team All-MAC honors.
During the 2013 season, Mattox served as the offensive line coach at Eastern Illinois, which led the FCS in total offense (589.5 ypg) and scoring (48.2 ppg), while ranking second with 372.4 passing yards, and 20th with 217.1 rushing yards per game, leading to a 12-2 record and an Ohio Valley Conference Championship.
Behind third-team All-Americans OT Dominic Pagliara and OG Collin Seibert, the offensive line paved the way for the record-setting offense that included QB Jimmy Garoppolo, who was named the 2013 Walter Payton Award winner, the FCS equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. Consensus first-team All-American Erik Lora led the nation in receptions with 123, which tied for second in FCS history. In addition to Paliara and Seibert, offensive linemen Nick Borre was tabbed second-team All-OVC, and Jimmy Lowery was on the All-Newcomer Team.
Before Eastern Illinois, Mattox spent six years as an offensive line/tight ends coach in the junior college ranks. He served as the offensive coordinator during the 2012 season at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas. In his one season at Coffeyville, the offense averaged 370.2 total yards, including 170.2 rushing, and 28.8 points per game. Five of Coffeyville's offensive players earned all-conference honors, including sophomore C D.J. Lynn and freshman OG Hayden Chandler.
Prior to Coffeyville, Mattox was the offensive line/tight ends coach at Butler (Kan.) Community College. During five seasons with the school from 2007-11, he helped coach the program to four conference and NJCAA Region VI Championships. In his tenure, he coached 31 all-conference offensive linemen and six junior college All-Americans.
In 2010, Butler also advanced to the national championship game again and finished the season ranked second in the nation with an 11-1 record and a conference and region title. The offense averaged 38.0 points per game, including a 40.4 average in region games, while recording over 370 yards per game.
The 2011 season also saw Butler post an 11-1 record with a conference and region championship, along with a bowl win and a No. 2 final national ranking. The offense averaged 48.6 points and 499.3 yards per game in region play heading into the bowl and finished averaging 46.3 points for the season with just under 480 yards of offense.
Mattox began his coaching career at the University of Houston under Art Briles, first working with the football program as an assistant strength coach in 2005 and then as a graduate assistant in 2006, assisting with the offensive tackles.
A native of Holton, Kan., Mattox was a second-team junior college All-American tight end at Butler Community College. He played his final two collegiate seasons (2002-03) at Houston under Briles, moving from tight end to offensive tackle prior to his senior season. As a senior, Mattox earned second-team All-Conference USA honors at offensive tackle as the Cougars posted a 7-6 record and played in the Hawaii Bowl.
Mattox earned his bachelor's degree in sports administration with a minor in health from Houston in 2005. He and his wife, Stacey, have two children, Kirby and Macey.
Season ticket deposits for the 2017 season start at $50 per seat and can be placed at USFBullsTix.com. The Bulls will play seven home games in Raymond James Stadium in 2017, hosting notable games vs. Illinois, Houston, Temple, Tulsa and Cincinnati.
USF finished the 2016 season with a school record 11 wins following the program’s fifth-ever bowl victory in the Birmingham Bowl. The Bulls’ 11-2 record marked the fifth-best winning percentage in FBS football in 2016 and one of just 11 teams to reach 11 wins. USF set nearly 40 team and individual records in 2016, including team records for total yards (6,650), rushing yards (3,714), touchdowns (77) and scoring (569). Junior quarterback Quinton Flowers was named the American Conference Offensive Player of the Year and led a school-record 10 players named to the all-conference team, six of which, including Flowers, will return in 2017.
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