Matt Rhule leads the Nebraska football program

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

Over the past 25 seasons, Rhule, 47, has built an impressive resume of experience at both the collegiate and professional levels. 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 head coach at Temple and Baylor is testament to Rhule’s ability to build a program and made him an ideal match at Nebraska.

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

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

“It is a tremendous honor to be chosen to lead the Nebraska Football program,” said Rhule. “When you think of great, heritage programs in college football, Nebraska is right at the top of the list. The fan base is second to none and I consider it a privilege to coach at Memorial Stadium at 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 flipped programs at both Temple and Baylor during his seven seasons as the university’s head coach. In four seasons with Temple, Rhule led the Owls to 28 wins, including 26 in his final three seasons from 2014 to 2016. After two wins in his first season, Temple posted a 6–6 record in 2014 to complete the best consecutive seasons in the school history.

Temple posted a 10–4 record in 2015, 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 head coach of Baylor starting in the 2017 season. After one win in his first season, the Bears posted a 7–6 record and made 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, a Big 12 Championship Game appearance, and a Sugar Bowl berth. Rhule was named the 2019 Big 12 Coach of the Year, becoming the first Power Five Coach to take a team from 11 losses to 11 wins in two seasons.

Rhule’s collegiate success presented him with the opportunity to take over as Carolina Panthers head coach in 2020. Rhule led the Panthers to five wins in each of his first two seasons and coached 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 City, Rhule played linebacker at Penn State from 1994 to 1997, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He also has a master’s degree from Buffalo. Rhule and his wife Julie have three children, Bryant, Vivienne and Leona.

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

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