Matt Campbell (American football coach)

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Matt Campbell
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Iowa State
Conference Big 12
Record 0–0 (–)
Biographical details
Born (1979-11-29) November 29, 1979 (age 36)
Massillon, Ohio
Alma mater Mount Union
Playing career
1998 Pittsburgh
1999–2002 Mount Union
Position(s) Defensive Lineman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2003–2004 Bowling Green (GA)
2005–2006 Mount Union (OC/OL)
2007 Bowling Green (OL)
2008 Bowling Green (RGC/OL)
2009 Toledo (RGC/OL)
2010–2011 Toledo (OC/OL)
2011 Toledo (interim HC)
2012–2015 Toledo
2016–present Iowa State
Head coaching record
Overall 35–15
Bowls 2–1
Accomplishments and honors
2 MAC West Division (2014–2015)

Matt Campbell (born November 29, 1979) is an American football coach who is the current head coach at Iowa State University. He was head coach at Toledo from 2011 to 2015. Prior to that, Campbell had been an assistant at Toledo, Bowling Green, and Mount Union. Campbell grew up in Ohio and briefly attended the University of Pittsburgh before transferring to Mount Union, where he played defensive line.

Playing career[edit]

Campbell was born in Massillon, Ohio. Rick, his father, coached football at Massillon Jackson high school.[1] Matt played football at rival Massillon Perry, which won three conference championships while he was on the team.[2] Campbell initially attended the University of Pittsburgh on a scholarship in 1998, but transferred to the University of Mount Union after a year.[3] At Mount Union Campbell played on the defensive line between 1999–2002.[4] At Mount Union Campbell played for head coach Larry Kehres, whose teams won three Division III championships during Campbell's career. Campbell himself was twice named to the College Football All-America Team and named Ohio Athletic Conference Defensive Lineman of the Year.[5]

Coaching career[edit]

After college Campbell stayed within Ohio and took a job as a graduate assistant at Bowling Green State University from 2003–2004.[6] While at Bowling Green Scott Pioli, then the director of player personnel for the New England Patriots, offered Campbell an interview for a job at the team, but Campbell declined.[2] Campbell returned to Mount Union for 2005–2006 as offensive coordinator; Mount Union won the Division III championship both years.[6] Campbell then went back to Bowling Green for two years, first as offensive line coach (2007) and then as offensive line coach/run game coordinator (2008). The University of Toledo hired him as the run game coordinator for the 2009 season. This move reunited him with head coach Tim Beckman, defensive coordinator at Bowling Green during Campbell's first stint there.[7]


Toledo promoted Campbell to offensive coordinator in 2010. Toledo made Campbell the permanent head coach at the end of 2011 when Beckman departed for the University of Illinois. He was 32 years old and the youngest head coach in the Football Bowl Subdivision.[8] Two weeks into the job, Toledo defeated Air Force in the Military Bowl.[2] Reportedly Campbell passed on a chance to serve on Urban Meyer's staff at Ohio State University.[9] Campbell coached four full seasons at Toledo: 2012–2015, amassing a record of 35–15.[4] The 2015 team peaked at No. 20 in the AP Poll, including a victory over Arkansas.[9]

Iowa State[edit]

Iowa State University named Campbell its head coach on November 29, 2015 (Campbell's birthday), replacing the fired Paul Rhoads.[4]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Toledo Rockets (Mid-American Conference) (2011–2015)
2011 Toledo 1–0 0–0 W Military
2012 Toledo 9–4 6–2 T–2nd (West) L Famous Idaho Potato
2013 Toledo 7–5 5–3 T–3rd (West)
2014 Toledo 9–4 7–1 T–1st (West) W GoDaddy
2015 Toledo 9–2 6–2 T–1st (West)
Toledo: 35–15 24–8
Iowa State Cyclones (Big 12 Conference) (2015–present)
2016 Iowa State 0–0 0–0
Iowa State: 0–0 0–0
Total: 35–15
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, BCS, or CFP / New Years' Six bowl.
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


  1. ^ Chatmon, Brandon (29 November 2015). "Five things to know about new Iowa State coach Matt Campbell". Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Russo, Ralph D. (2 November 2015). "Toledo's Campbell rockets up coaching ranks". Associated Press. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  3. ^ Rittenberg, Adam (27 October 2015). "Campbell finds ambition in building something special". Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c "Matt Campbell leaves Toledo to take over program at Iowa State". The Plain Dealer. Associated Press. 29 November 2015. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  5. ^ James, Bob (29 November 2015). "Iowa State Hires New Football Coach". KHAK. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Donia, Joey (29 November 2015). "Iowa State football names Matt Campbell Head Coach". KWQC-TV. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  7. ^ Silka, Zach (11 December 2011). "Born to coach: Campbell comes from football family". The Blade. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  8. ^ Porter, Todd (12 December 2011). "Toledo names Perry grad Matt Campbell head coach". The Repository. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 
  9. ^ a b Wolken, Dan (20 October 2015). "For No. 20 Toledo and Matt Campbell, little things lead to big success". USA Today. Retrieved 29 November 2015. 

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