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

Matt Rhule
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Rhule at 2017 Big 12 Media Days
Current position
TitleHead Coach
TeamBaylor
ConferenceBig 12
Record17–18
Biographical details
Born (1975-01-31) January 31, 1975 (age 44)
New York, New York
Playing career
1994–1997Penn State
Position(s)Linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1998Albright (LB)
1999-2000Buffalo (DL)
2001UCLA (DL)
2002Western Carolina (LB/ST)
2003–2004Western Carolina (AHC/LB/ST)
2005Western Carolina (AHC/RGC/OL/ST)
2006Temple (DL)
2007Temple (QB/RC)
2008–2010Temple (OC/QB)
2011Temple (OC/TE/RC)
2012New York Giants (assistant OL)
2013–2016Temple
2017–presentBaylor
Head coaching record
Overall45–41
Bowls1–1
Accomplishments and honors
Championships

Early yearsEdit

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. He also holds a Master's in Educational Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Coaching careerEdit

Assistant coachingEdit

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 GiantsEdit

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]

TempleEdit

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.

BaylorEdit

On December 6, 2016, Rhule was named the head football coach at Baylor University, replacing interim head coach Jim Grobe.[6] The Bears finished the 2017 season with a disappointing 1–11 record, which meant Baylor would not qualify for a bowl for the first time since 2009. Baylor finished the 2018 regular season 6-6 and received an invite to the 2018 Texas Bowl, where he led the Bears to a 45-38 victory over the Vanderbilt Commodores[7] to finish the season with a 7-6 record.

NFL players coachedEdit

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.

TempleEdit

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 104th overall Baltimore Ravens
2016 Matt Ioannidis DE 5th 152nd overall Washington Redskins
2016 Tyler Matakevich LB 7th 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

BaylorEdit

Draft Year Player Name Position Round Pick Team
2019 Jalen Hurd WR 3rd 67th overall San Francisco 49ers
2019 Derrek Thomas CB N/A N/A Undrafted (signed with Seattle Seahawks)
2019 Greg Roberts DE N/A N/A Undrafted (signed with Green Bay Packers)
2019 Ira Lewis DT N/A N/A Undrafted (signed with Houston Texans)
2019 Blake Blackmar OG N/A N/A Undrafted (signed with Chicago Bears)

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
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 1–11 1–8 9th
2018 Baylor 7–6 4–5 T–5th W Texas
2019 Baylor 9–1 6–1
Baylor: 17–18 11–14
Total: 45–41
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Temple University Athletics - 2015 Football Coaching Staff".
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Archives - Philly.com".
  4. ^ "Report: Matt Rhule no longer a candidate for Missouri job". 1 December 2015.
  5. ^ "UH will host Temple on Saturday for AAC championship game". 29 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Baylor Hires Matt Rhule as Head Football Coach". Baylor Athletics. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Texas Bowl score: Matt Rhule delivers as Baylor wins seventh game in shootout vs. Vanderbilt".

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