Matt Rhule

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Matt Rhule
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Baylor
Conference Big 12
Record 0–0
Biographical details
Born (1975-01-31) January 31, 1975 (age 42)
New York, New York
Playing career
1994–1997 Penn State
Position(s) Linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1998 Albright (LB)
1999 Buffalo (asst. DL)
2000 Buffalo (DL)
2001 UCLA (asst. DL)
2002 Western Carolina (LB/ST)
2003–2004 Western Carolina (AHC/LB/ST)
2005 Western Carolina (AHC/RGC/OL/ST)
2006 Temple (DL)
2007 Temple (QB/RC)
2008–2010 Temple (OC/QB)
2011 Temple (asst. OC/TE/RC)
2012 New York Giants (asst. OL)
2013–2016 Temple
2017–present Baylor
Head coaching record
Overall 28–23
Bowls 0–1
Accomplishments and honors
1 American Athletic Conference (2016)

Matthew Kenneth Rhule (born January 31, 1975) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head football coach at Baylor University. He was previously the coach of Temple University where he led them to back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time in school history.

Early years[edit]

Rhule grew up in New York City before his family moved to State College, Pennsylvania as a teenager. Rhule played linebacker at State College Area High School before walking on as a linebacker to Penn State. At Penn State, Rhule played four years underneath Joe Paterno and was a three-time Penn State Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten honoree in 1997.[1] While at Penn State, Rhule received his Bachelor's of Arts in Political Science.

Coaching career[edit]

Assistant coaching[edit]

Following the end of his playing career, Rhule was hired as the linebackers coach for Albright College. After one year at Albright, Rhule had stops at Buffalo, UCLA and Western Carolina before being hired at Temple as a defensive line coach in 2006. Rhule would switch to quarterbacks coach in 2007 before being named Temple's offensive coordinator in 2008.[1]

New York Giants[edit]

After six years at Temple, Rhule joined Tom Coughlin's New York Giants as the assistant offensive line coach. With the Giants, Rhule coached Super Bowl champions like David Diehl, Kevin Boothe, and Chris Snee.[1]


On December 17, 2012, Rhule was named the 26th head football coach at Temple, succeeding Steve Addazio who left to become the head coach at Boston College.[2]

In July 2015, Rhule signed a four-year extension with Temple that extended him through the 2021 season. After a tremendous third year with the Owls, this deal was re-negotiated to keep Rhule at the university. He was the target of Mizzou and Syracuse, but chose to remain at Temple.[3][4]

On September 5, 2015, in front of 69,741 fans, Rhule defeated his Alma Mater, Penn State, 27-10 - the Owls' first win over the Lions since 1941.

In his third year as Temple's head coach, Rhule's Temple team went 10-2 in the regular season, winning the American's East Division and took part in the conference's inaugural championship game.[5] The next season, he took the Owls to their second consecutive championship game, where they won their first conference championship since 1967.


On December 6, 2016, Rhule was named the head football coach at Baylor University, replacing interim head coach Jim Grobe.[6]

NFL players coached[edit]

Throughout his time as a head coach, Rhule has coached a number of players that would go on to play in the National Football League.


Draft Year Player Name Position Round Pick Team
2015 Kenneth Harper RB N/A N/A Undrafted (signed with New York Giants)
2016 Tavon Young CB 4th round 104th overall Baltimore Ravens
2016 Matt Ioannidis DE 5th round 152nd overall Washington Redskins
2016 Tyler Matakevich LB 7th round 246th overall Pittsburgh Steelers
2016 Robby Anderson WR N/A N/A Undrafted (signed with New York Jets)
2016 Kyle Friend C N/A N/A Undrafted (signed with New York Jets)
2016 Shahbaz Ahmed OG N/A N/A Undrafted (signed with Atlanta Falcons)
2016 Brandon Shippen WR N/A N/A Undrafted (signed with Miami Dolphins)
2017 Haason Reddick LB 1st 13th overall Arizona Cardinals
2017 Dion Dawkins G 2nd 63rd overall Buffalo Bills
2017 Nate Hairston CB 5th 158th overall Indianapolis Colts

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Temple Owls (American Athletic Conference) (2013–2016)
2013 Temple 2–10 1–7 T–9th
2014 Temple 6–6 4–4 6th
2015 Temple 10–4 7–1 1st (East) L Boca Raton
2016 Temple 10–3 7–1 1st (East) Military*
Temple: 28–23 19–13 * Departed Temple for Baylor before bowl game
Baylor Bears (Big 12 Conference) (2017–present)
2017 Baylor
Total: 28–23
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


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