Greg Mattison

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Greg Mattison
Greg Mattison.jpg
Mattison in June 2011
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Defensive coordinator
Team Michigan
Conference Big Ten
Annual salary $750,000[1]
Biographical details
Born (1949-11-15) November 15, 1949 (age 65)
Madison, Wisconsin
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1976
1977
1978–1980
1982–1984
1985–1986
1987–1988
1989–1991
1992–1994
1995–1996
1997–2001
2002–2004
2005–2007
2008–2010
2011–2012
2013–present
Illinois (GA)
Cornell (DL)
Northwestern (DL)
Western Michigan (DL)
Western Michigan (DC)
Navy (DL)
Texas A&M (DL)
Michigan (DL)
Michigan (DC)
Notre Dame (DC)
Notre Dame (DL)
Florida (DC/DL)
Baltimore Ravens (DC/LB)
Michigan (DC)
Michigan (DC/DL)

Greg Mattison (born November 15, 1949) is an American football coach and former player. He is the current defensive coordinator at the University of Michigan.[2] Mattison was formerly the defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He also served as co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach for at the University of Florida for three years. At Florida he was a member of the 2006 BCS National Championship team.

Coaching career[edit]

On January 18, 2011, the Ravens announced that Mattison had accepted the defensive coordinator position at the University of Michigan. In returning to Michigan, Mattison reunites with Michigan head coach Brady Hoke, who is a close friend of Mattison's and was the Wolverines' defensive ends coach during Mattison's previous stint as defensive coordinator at Michigan. His contract at Michigan makes him among the highest paid college football assistant coaches in the country.[1] He was selected as one of five finalists for the 2011 Broyles Award.[3]

On January 26, 2009, Mattison was named promoted defensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens ; he was the successor of former defensive coordinator Rex Ryan.[4]

He was the team's linebackers coach, a job he got in part due to his relationship with John Harbaugh. During his time at WMU, Mattison coached alongside John Harbaugh, who was a graduate assistant and assistant coach. Harbaugh, then head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, hired Mattison to coach the Ravens linebackers. The job was Mattison's first NFL coaching position in 37 years of coaching football.

At Florida, he served as co-coordinator of the defense with Charlie Strong. Charlie Strong also served as assistant Head Coach and Linebackers coach while Greg also pulled double duty working as Defensive lines coach. During this time he was a part of a successful defense and team that went overall 31-8 in games played and won a national championship by beating Ohio State 41-14 in the BCS Championship game in 2006.

Mattison at Michigan, 2012

Prior to his time at Florida, Mattison coached at University of Notre Dame from 2002 to 2004 as the defensive coordinator under Bob Davie until the Ty Willingham era (during which he served as defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator). Prior to his time at Notre Dame, Mattison coached the defensive line at the University of Michigan from 1992 to 1996, while also serving at the defensive coordinator in 1995 and 1996. During his time at Michigan, the Wolverines led the Big Ten Conference in rushing defense four consecutive seasons, holding opponents to 78.6 rushing yards per game in 1992, 87.9 in 1994, and 88.1 in 1995. Mattison's charges also led the conference in total defense twice and scoring defense once. He also coached with Coach Davie at Texas A&M University from 1988 to 1991 while Davie was defensive coordinator. Under head coach R. C. Slocum, the Aggies featured the "Wrecking Crew", a nickname for one of the nation's top-ranked defenses.

Mattison was a finalist for the head coaching job at Western Michigan University following the 2004 season, a job that eventually went to Bill Cubit. Mattison had served as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach under Jack Harbaugh at Western Michigan from 1981 to 1986.

Early life and family[edit]

Mattison is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse, where he played football and wrestled. He attended high school at Madison East High School in Madison, Wisconsin.

Mattison's son, Bryan Mattison, was a senior captain for the 2007 Iowa Hawkeyes football team, and most recently played for the Kansas City Chiefs, but was released on May 2nd, 2013 and is currently a free agent. He was previously a member of the Baltimore Ravens and the St. Louis Rams.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bob Davie
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Defensive coordinator
1997–2001
Succeeded by
Kent Baer
Preceded by
Rex Ryan
Baltimore Ravens Defensive Coordinator
2009–2010
Succeeded by
Chuck Pagano