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Greg Mattison at his weekly press conference on Tuesday during Michigan State week.
Greg Mattison at his weekly press conference on Tuesday during U-M's bye week.
Greg Mattison is in his fourth season as Michigan's defensive coordinator, while he also will coach the linebackers in 2014. He returned to Ann Arbor in 2011 after spending three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, when in 2009-10 he coordinated one of the NFL's top defensive squads after coaching the linebackers in 2008.
An experienced, proven defensive coach, Mattison brings to Ann Arbor 15 years of defensive coordinator experience at the collegiate level and two seasons in the NFL. During his time at the collegiate level, he has coached 19 future NFL players, including eight student-athletes drafted in the first three rounds and two first-round picks.
Since his return to Michigan in 2011, Mattison's defenses have ranked among the top 20 nationally in two of the three seasons in scoring defense, passing defense and total defense, turning around a unit that in 2010 ranked 108th nationally in scoring defense, 110th in total defense, 95th in rushing defense and 112th in passing defense.
In 2012, Mattison's defense allowed 19.8 points per game, fourth in the Big Ten and 20th nationally. The Wolverines surrendered just 320.0 yards per game, ranking second in the conference and 13th in the FBS, and 169.5 passing yards per game, second in the Big Ten and tied for fifth in the country.
Meanwhile, in February 2013, Mattison was named the ESPN RecruitingNation Recruiter of the Year.
In his first season back in Ann Arbor, Mattison coordinated a Wolverines defense that helped U-M to an 11-2 record and a Sugar Bowl victory. The defense ranked second in the Big Ten and sixth nationally in scoring defense, surrendering 17.4 points per game, while it allowed 322.2 yards per game, ranking fourth in the conference and 17th in the country. The Wolverines also led the Big Ten in fourth-down conversion percentage (38.1 percent), red zone defense (68.3 percent scoring efficiency), turnovers forced (29) and fumbles recovered (20), while they ranked third in rushing defense (131.7 yards per game) and third-down conversion percentage (36.4 percent). Mattison was named a Frank Broyles Assistant Coach of the Year finalist.
Mattison completed his third season with the Baltimore Ravens in 2010. He was the team's defensive coordinator for two seasons (2009-10) after joining the staff as the linebackers coach in 2008. The Ravens finished as the No. 3 scoring defense in 2009-10.
Prior to his first foray into the NFL ranks, Mattison spent more than 30 years at the collegiate level, most recently as the co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach for the University of Florida for three seasons (2005-07). His defenses ranked among the top 10 nationally in rushing defense each of his three seasons. Mattison helped the Gators win the 2006 national championship and SEC championship. His defense held Ohio State to 82 yards of total offense in a 41-14 victory in the BCS National Championship game.
Mattison spent eight seasons (1997-2004) at Notre Dame before making the jump to Gainesville. He was hired as the team's defensive coordinator and alternated between coaching the linebackers and defensive line during his first five seasons. Mattison served as the Irish's recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach his final three seasons with the program (2002-04).
During his previous stint in Ann Arbor, Mattison coached the defensive line (1992-96) and was the team's defensive coordinator in his final two seasons (1995-96). The Wolverine defense ranked among the top 20 nationally in many statistical categories during his two seasons as coordinator.
Mattison has gained a wealth of experience during his coaching career. He also held coaching stints at Texas A&M (1989-91), Navy (1987-88), Western Michigan (1982-86), Northwestern (1978-80), Cornell (1977) and Illinois (1976). Mattison was head coach at Logan High School in La Crosse, Wis., for two seasons (1974-75). He began his coaching career as head coach at Riverdale High School in Muscoda, Wis. (1971-73).
He earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1971. He was team captain for the football and wrestling teams as a junior and senior. Mattison earned All-America honors in wrestling and was named the Offensive MVP for the football team as a senior.
Mattison and his wife, Ann, have two adult children: Lisa and Bryan. Lisa was a three-time All-Big East selection as a member of the Notre Dame softball team. Bryan was a two-time captain and three-year starter at defensive end for the University of Iowa football team and spent four seasons in the NFL as an offensive lineman.
|2009-10||Baltimore Ravens||Defensive Coordinator|
|2005-07||Florida||co-Defensive Coordinator, Defensive Line|
|2002-04||Notre Dame||Recruiting Coordinator, Defensive Line|
|1997-2001||Notre Dame||Defensive Coordinator|
|1995-96||Michigan||Defensive Coordinator, Defensive Line|
|1989-91||Texas A&M||Defensive Line|
|1985-86||Western Michigan||Defensive Coordinator, Defensive Line|
|1982-84||Western Michigan||Defensive Line|
|1974-75||Logan High School (WI)||Head Coach|
|1971-73||Riverdale High School (WI)||Head Coach|
ABOUT COACH MATTISON
Age / 64
Date of Birth / Nov. 15, 1949
Hometown / Madison, Wis.
High School / Madison East
College / Wisconsin La-Crosse (1971, physical education)
Family / Wife Ann, daughter Lisa and son Bryan
Bowl Experience (18) / Texas A&M: 1989 John Hancock Bowl; 1990 Holiday Bowl; 1992 Cotton Bowl ... Michigan: 1993 Rose Bowl, 1994 Hall of Fame Bowl, 1994 Holiday Bowl, 1995 Alamo Bowl, 1997 Outback Bowl , 2012 Sugar Bowl, 2013 Outback Bowl, 2013 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl; Notre Dame: 1997 Independence Bowl, 1999 Gator Bowl, 2001 Fiesta Bowl, 2004 Insight.com Bowl; Florida: 2006 Outback Bowl, 2007 BCS National Championship Game, 2008 Capital One Bowl.
All-Conference Players / 2013:Blake Countess (All-Big Ten first team), Frank Clark (All-Big Ten second team);2012: Jordan Kovacs (All-Big Ten second team), Craig Roh (All-Big Ten second team), Jake Ryan (All-Big Ten second team); 2011: Mike Martin; 2006: De Ray McDonald (All-SEC first team) ... Jeremy Mincey (All-SEC second team).
All-Americans / 1996: William Carr (Michigan); 1993: Sam Adams (Texas A&M)
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