Matt Rhule to lead Nebraska football program


NU Athletic Communications

A proven program builder in college football, Matt Rhule was hired as Nebraska’s head football coach. Vice Chancellor of Nebraska/Director of Athletics Trev Albert will introduce Rhule as the 31st permanent head coach in Nebraska history on Monday at Lincoln.

Rhule, 47, has built an impressive coaching resume over the past 25 seasons with college and professional experience. Rhule has been a head coach for the past 10 years, including seven seasons in the collegiate ranks and the past three seasons in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers.

Alberts said Rhule’s success as a head coach at Temple and Baylor provides proof of Rhule’s ability to build a program and makes him an ideal candidate for Nebraska.

“It is a privilege to welcome Coach Matt Rhule, his wife Julie and their family in Nebraska,” Alberts said. “Coach Rhule has created a winning culture throughout his coaching career, and he will provide excellent leadership to the young men in our football programme. Matt is thorough, his teams are disciplined and play physical football. Matt also has the personality and relationship building skills to build great staff and excel at recruiting.”

Rhule said it was an honor to lead the Nebraska program and to join the Lincoln community. He is excited to return to college play and the opportunity to coach in the Big Ten conference.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be chosen to lead Nebraska’s football program,” Rhule said. “When you think of big, storied programs in college football, Nebraska tops the list. The fan base is second to none, and I consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to coach at Memorial Stadium on Tom Osborne Field My family and I are so grateful to be part of the Husker family, and we can’t wait to get started.

Rhule transformed the Temple and Baylor programs during his seven seasons as a college head coach. In four seasons at Temple, Rhule guided the Owls to 28 wins, including 26 in his final three seasons from 2014 to 2016. After posting two wins in his first season, Temple posted a 6-6 record in 2014, setting the stage for the best consecutive seasons in school history.

Temple went 10-4 in 2015, was ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press poll, and reached the inaugural American Athletic Conference championship game. 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 the Temple program, and Temple reached bowl games in consecutive seasons for the first time in school history.

His success at Temple led to Rhule being named Baylor’s head coach beginning in the 2017 season. After a win in his freshman season, the Bears went 7-6 and traveled to the Texas Bowl in Rhule’s second year.

In his final season in Waco in 2019, Rhule guided Baylor to an 11-3 record, a Big 12 Championship Game appearance and a Sugar Bowl berth. Rhule was named the 2019 Big 12 Coach of the Year and became the first Power Five coach to take a team from 11 losses to 11 wins in two seasons.

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

Prior to his head coaching positions, Rhule had an impressive 15-year career as an assistant coach with stops at Albright College, Buffalo, UCLA, Western Carolina and Temple in college and the New York Giants in the NFL.

A native of New York, Rhule was a linebacker at Penn State from 1994 to 1997, where he earned his undergraduate degree. He also holds a master’s degree from Buffalo. Rhule and his wife Julie have three children, Bryant, Vivienne and Leona.

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

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