January 31, 1975 |
State College, Pennsylvania
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|2002||Western Carolina (LB/ST)|
|2003–2004||Western Carolina (AHC/LB/ST)|
|2005||Western Carolina (AHC/RGC/OL/ST)|
|2012||New York Giants (AOL)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|1 The American East Division (2015)|
Matt Rhule (born January 31, 1975) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head football coach at Temple University, a position he assumed in December 2012. Rhule was previously the assistant offensive line coach for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL) in 2012. Prior to that, he spent six seasons as an assistant coach at Temple, serving as the offensive coordinator under former Owls head coach Al Golden from 2008 to 2010.
Rhule grew up in New York City before his family moved to State College, Pennsylvania as a teenager. Rhule would play linebacker at State College 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.
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.
New York Giants
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.
In July of 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.
On September 5th, 2015, in front of 69,741 fans, Rhule defeated his Alma Mater - Penn State, 27-10 - leading the Owls to Temple's 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.
Head coaching record
|Temple Owls (American Athletic Conference) (2013–present)|
|2015||Temple||10–4||7–1||1st (Eastern)||L Boca Raton|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
|#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.
- Associated Press (December 17, 2012). "Less than a month after losing Addazio to BC, Temple hires Rhule away from champion Giants". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 17, 2012.