Matt Canada

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Matt Canada
Biographical details
Born (1972-01-19) January 19, 1972 (age 47)
New Palestine, Indiana
Alma materIndiana
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1994–1996Indiana (GA)
1997Butler (OC/QB)
1998–2000Northern Illinois (RB)
2001–2002Northern Illinois (QB)
2003Northern Illinois (OC/QB)
2004Indiana (QB)
2005–2006Indiana (QB/PGC)
2007–2010Indiana (OC/QB)
2011Northern Illinois (OC/QB)
2012Wisconsin (OC/QB)
2013–2015NC State (OC/QB)
2016Pittsburgh (OC/QB)
2017LSU (OC/QB)
2018Maryland (OC)
2018Maryland (interim HC)
Head coaching record

Mathew Robert Canada (born January 19, 1972) is an American football coach. He was most recently the offensive coordinator for the Maryland Terrapins football team. He served as team's interim head coach in 2018.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Canada attended New Palestine High School in New Palestine, Indiana. He spent two years as the starting quarterback, throwing for 1,736 yards while leading his team to a 20–3 record. Canada then attended Indiana University Bloomington where he became a student assistant for the football program during his sophomore year.[2]


Canada's coaching career includes early stints at Indiana, Butler, Northern Illinois and Wisconsin.[3] In 2011, Canada served an integral role in leading Northern Illinois to the MAC championship, and he served an integral role in leading Wisconsin to the 2012 Big Ten Championship Game.[4]

In 2013, Canada became offensive coordinator at NC State working under head coach Dave Doeren. Canada had previously worked under Doeren at Northern Illinois in 2011. After the 2014 season, Canada agreed to a new 3-year contract with NC State shortly after interviewing for the offensive coordinator job at Tennessee.[5] He was subsequently let go by NC State following the 2015 season.[6] In 2016, Canada was hired as offensive coordinator at Pitt.[7] For his work during the 2016 season, he was named one of five finalists for the Broyles Award, given annually to the top assistant coach in college football.[8]

On December 14, 2016, Canada was hired to become the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at LSU.[9] He held those positions for the 2017 season and on January 5, 2018, LSU and Canada mutually agreed to part ways.[10]

On January 22, 2018, Canada agreed to become the offensive coordinator at the University of Maryland.[11]

On August 11, 2018, Canada became interim head coach for the Maryland Terrapins after D.J. Durkin was put on administrative leave following the death of Jordan McNair, an offensive lineman for the Maryland Terrapins.[12] After Mike Locksley was hired as the permanent head coach at Maryland going forward, Canada was relieved of the day-to-day head coaching responsibilities.[13] Canada was then replaced by Scottie Montgomery as offensive coordinator.[14]


Canada earned his bachelor's and master's degree at Indiana University. He is married to Erin Canada.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Maryland Terrapins (Big Ten Conference) (2018)
2018 Maryland 5–7 3–6 5th (East)
Maryland: 5–7 3–6
Total: 5–7


  1. ^ "Letter from Director of Athletics Damon Evans - Maryland, University of". Maryland, University of. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  2. ^ "With Matt Canada back home, you might see a bunch of 'central Indiana folks with Maryland gear'". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  3. ^ "Wisconsin hires Matt Canada". Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  4. ^ "Matt Canada". Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  5. ^ "NC State, OC Matt Canada agree to three-year extension". Retrieved October 23, 2015.
  6. ^ "NC State offensive coordinator Matt Canada let go after three seasons". Retrieved October 23, 2015.
  7. ^ "Pat Narduzzi taps Matt Canada as Pitt Offensive Corrdinator". Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  8. ^ "Pitt's Matt Canada a finalist for nation's top assistant coach". Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  9. ^ "Pitt's Matt Canada hired to be LSU's new O-coordinator and QB coach". December 14, 2016.
  10. ^ "LSU, OC Matt Canada agree to mutually part ways". January 5, 2018.
  11. ^ "Matt Canada hired by Maryland after stint at LSU". January 23, 2018.
  12. ^ "Maryland coach DJ Durkin placed on leave by administration as investigation begins". Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  13. ^ Giambalvo, Emily; Stubbs, Roman (December 4, 2018). "Mike Locksley reaches deal to be Maryland football coach". The Washington Post.
  14. ^ "Scottie Montgomery joins Maryland football staff as offensive coordinator". Washington Post. Retrieved January 23, 2019.

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