Matt Rhule

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Matt Rhule
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Temple
Conference The American
Record 18–20
Biographical details
Born (1975-01-31) January 31, 1975 (age 41)
State College, Pennsylvania
Playing career
1994–1997 Penn State
Position(s) Linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1998 Albright (LB)
1999–2000 Buffalo (DL)
2001 UCLA (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 (AOC/TE/RC)
2012 New York Giants (AOL)
2013–present Temple
Head coaching record
Overall 18–20
Bowls 0–1
Statistics
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
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.

Early years[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2]

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.[3]

Temple[edit]

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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Temple Owls (American Athletic Conference) (2013–present)
2013 Temple 2–10 1–7 T–9th
2014 Temple 6–6 4–4 6th
2015 Temple 10–4 7–1 1st (Eastern) L Boca Raton
Temple: 18–20 12–12
Total: 18–20
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

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