Matt Rowley leads the Nebraska football program


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Matt Rule, a proven program builder in college football, has been hired as the head football coach at Nebraska. University of Nebraska Vice President/Director of Athletics Trev Alberts Rhule will be introduced as the 31st head coach in Nebraska history on Monday in Lincoln.

The 47-year-old Rhule has built an impressive coaching resume over the past 25 seasons with experience at both the collegiate and professional levels. Rhule has served as the head coach for the past 10 years, including seven seasons in the associate ranks and the past three seasons in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers.

Alberts said Rule’s success as a head coach at Temple and Baylor provides evidence of Rhule’s ability to build a program and make it a perfect fit at Nebraska.

“It is a great honor to welcome the coach Matt RowleySaid Alberts, his wife Julie and their family to Nebraska. “Coach Rolle has created a winning culture throughout his coaching career, and will provide great leadership to the youth in our football program. Matt has an eye for detail, his teams are disciplined and they play physical football. Matt also has the character and relationship building skills to build a great team and excel at recruiting.”

Roll said it was an honor to lead the Nebraska program and join the Lincoln community. He is excited about getting back into the college game and the opportunity to coach in the Big Ten Conference.

“It is a great honor to have been selected to lead the Nebraska football program,” Rowley said. “When you think of great, tradition-rich programs in college football, Nebraska absolutely tops the list. The fan base is second to none, and I consider it an honor to have the opportunity to coach at Memorial Stadium at Tom Osborne Field. My family and I are so grateful to be a part of Husker family, and we can’t wait to get started.”

Rhule transformed programs at both Temple and Baylor during his seven seasons as college head coach. In four seasons at Temple, Rhule led the Owls to 28 victories, including 26 over his final three seasons from 2014 to 2016. After picking up two wins in his senior season, Temple posted a 6-6 record in 2014, setting the stage for one of his best seasons. sequence in the school’s history.

Temple posted a record of 10-4 in 2015, was ranked 22nd in the Associated Press poll and reached the American Athletic Conference opener. In 2016, Rhule led the Owls to a 10-3 record and an AAC Championship. The conference title was the first in 49 seasons for Temple’s program, and Temple reached bowl games in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history.

His success at Temple led to Rhule being named head coach at Baylor beginning in the 2017 season. After one win in his senior season, the Bears posted a 7-6 record on a trip to the Texas Bowl in Rhule’s sophomore year.

In his final season in Waco in 2019, Rhule led Baylor to an 11-3 record, an appearance in the Big 12 Championship Game and a Sugar Bowl berth. Rhule was named 12th Coach of the Year for 2019, becoming the first Power Five coach to go 11-11-win over two seasons.

Rhule’s collegiate success afforded him the opportunity to take over as the head coach of the Carolina Panthers in 2020. Rhule led the Panthers to five wins in each of his first two seasons and coached Carolina to five games in 2022.

Prior to taking on head coaching positions, Rolle had spent 15 years as an assistant coach with stops at Albright College, Buffalo, UCLA, Western Carolina and Temple in college and the NFL’s New York Giants.

Born in New York City, Rhule played linebacker at Penn State from 1994 to 1997, where he earned his college degree. He also holds a master’s degree from the University at Buffalo. Rollie and his wife Julie have three children, Bryant, Vivian, and Leona.

Nebraska signed Rhule to an eight-year contract. Additional contract details will be made available at Monday’s press conference.

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