March 15, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan and football defensive coordinator Greg Mattison have agreed to a three-year contract extension, director of athletics Dave Brandon announced today (Friday, March 15). Mattison is entering the final season of his original three-year deal, and the extension will keep him with the Wolverines through the 2016 season.
"Michigan is such a special place and it's exciting to know I'll have the opportunity to coach at the greatest program in college football for the next four years, and hopefully long after," Mattison said. "Part of the reason I came back here is because I wanted to work with Brady (Hoke) again, and every day I'm thankful I made that decision. There's not a better coach or man to work for.
"But right now we're focused on this year and we're working every day for these kids."
"Greg has proven to be one of the top coordinators in the country, college or pro, and he is regarded as one of the best recruiters in college football," said Brandon. "Greg's resume speaks for itself, and he has done great things with our defense in his two years with the program. He has great passion for the University of Michigan and for the young men that represent our team. We are glad to have Greg in the fold for the foreseeable future."
Since his return to Michigan in 2011, Mattison's defenses have ranked among the top 20 nationally in scoring defense, passing defense and total defense.
In his first season, 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 following the season for 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 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. Heading into the Outback Bowl game against South Carolina, the Wolverines held the nation's longest streak with 18 consecutive games without allowing 250 passing yards.
In February 2013, Mattison was named the ESPN RecruitingNation Recruiter of the Year.
"We're excited Greg will remain at Michigan for the next four-plus years," said head coach Brady Hoke. "What he's done for this program, our defense and for our kids on and off the field over the last two years, he's the best there is. I've known Greg and Ann and their kids for my entire coaching career, and I'm personally thrilled they will be here for a long time."
Mattison first coached in Ann Arbor from 1992-96, when he mentored the defensive line and spent the final two seasons as defensive coordinator. He returned in 2011 after spending three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. In 2009-10 he coordinated one of the NFL's top defensive squads after coaching the team's linebackers in 2008.
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, and prior to his initial stint at Michigan, 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 is currently an offensive lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs.
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