Matt Canada

Mathew Robert Canada (born January 19, 1972) is an American football coach who is the offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He previously served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Maryland, LSU, Pittsburgh, NC State, Wisconsin, Northern Illinois, Butler and Indiana.

Matt Canada
Pittsburgh Steelers
Position:Offensive coordinator
Personal information
Born: (1972-01-19) January 19, 1972 (age 49)
New Palestine, Indiana
Career information
High school:New Palestine High School
(New Palestine, Indiana)
Career history
As coach:
  • Indiana (1994–1996)
    Graduate assistant
  • Butler (1997)
    Offensive coordinator & quarterbacks coach
  • Northern Illinois (1998–2000)
    Running backs coach
  • Northern Illinois (2001–2002)
    Quarterbacks coach
  • Northern Illinois (2003)
    Offensive coordinator & quarterbacks coach
  • Indiana (2004)
    Quarterbacks coach
  • Indiana (2005–2006)
    Passing game coordinator & quarterbacks coach
  • Indiana (2007–2010)
    Offensive coordinator & quarterbacks coach
  • Northern Illinois (2011)
    Offensive coordinator & quarterbacks coach
  • Wisconsin (2012)
    Offensive coordinator & quarterbacks coach
  • NC State (2013–2015)
    Offensive coordinator & quarterbacks coach
  • Pittsburgh Panthers (2016)
    Offensive coordinator & quarterbacks coach
  • LSU (2017)
    Offensive coordinator & quarterbacks coach
  • Maryland (2018)
    Offensive coordinator & quarterbacks coach
  • Maryland (2018)
    Interim head coach
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (2020)
    Quarterbacks coach
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (2021–present)
    Offensive coordinator
Head coaching record
Career:NCAA: 5–7 (.417)

Early life and educationEdit

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.[1]

Coaching careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Canada's coaching career includes early stints at Indiana, Butler, Northern Illinois and Wisconsin.[2] 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.[3]

NC StateEdit

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.[4] He was subsequently let go by NC State following the 2015 season.[5]


In 2016, Canada was hired as offensive coordinator at Pitt.[6] 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.[7]


On December 14, 2016, Canada was hired to become the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at LSU.[8] He held those positions for the 2017 season and on January 5, 2018, LSU and Canada mutually agreed to part ways.[9]


On January 22, 2018, Canada agreed to become the offensive coordinator at the University of Maryland.[10]

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.[11] 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.[12] Canada was then replaced by Scottie Montgomery as offensive coordinator.[13]

Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

On January 15, 2020, Canada was hired by the Pittsburgh Steelers as their quarterbacks coach.[14] He was away from the team due to COVID-19 protocols prior to a week 12 game against the Baltimore Ravens in 2020.[15]

On January 25, 2021, Canada was promoted to offensive coordinator of the Steelers, replacing Randy Fichtner.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

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

Head coaching recordEdit


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. ^ "With Matt Canada back home, you might see a bunch of 'central Indiana folks with Maryland gear'". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  2. ^ "Wisconsin hires Matt Canada". Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  3. ^ "Matt Canada". Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  4. ^ "NC State, OC Matt Canada agree to three-year extension". Retrieved October 23, 2015.
  5. ^ "NC State offensive coordinator Matt Canada let go after three seasons". Retrieved October 23, 2015.
  6. ^ "Pat Narduzzi taps Matt Canada as Pitt Offensive Corrdinator". Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  7. ^ "Pitt's Matt Canada a finalist for nation's top assistant coach". Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  8. ^ "Pitt's Matt Canada hired to be LSU's new O-coordinator and QB coach". December 14, 2016.
  9. ^ "LSU, OC Matt Canada agree to mutually part ways". January 5, 2018.
  10. ^ "Matt Canada hired by Maryland after stint at LSU". January 23, 2018.
  11. ^ "Maryland coach DJ Durkin placed on leave by administration as investigation begins". Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  12. ^ Giambalvo, Emily; Stubbs, Roman (December 4, 2018). "Mike Locksley reaches deal to be Maryland football coach". The Washington Post.
  13. ^ "Scottie Montgomery joins Maryland football staff as offensive coordinator". Washington Post. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  14. ^ Varley, Teresa (January 15, 2020). "Canada named QB coach". Retrieved December 7, 2020.
  15. ^ Adamski, Chris (December 1, 2020). "QB coach Matt Canada cleared to return to Steelers, coach during Ravens game". Retrieved December 7, 2020.
  16. ^ Varley, Teresa (January 25, 2021). "Canada promoted to offensive coordinator". Retrieved January 25, 2021.

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