Iowa State Hires New Football Coach
Iowa State Director of Athletics, Jamie Pollard, has announced his new head coach. The new Cyclone head man gets the job on his 35th birthday.
Iowa State has hired Toledo head coach, Matt Campbell. He took over at Toledo during the 2011 season after Tim Beckman left to take the job at Illinois. Campbell was promoted from Offensive Coordinator and at the time, was more than three years younger than any head coach in the FBS. Campbell was 35-15 at Toledo, including three nine-win seasons. The Rockets were 18-6 the last two seasons.
Pollard released this statement about Campbell this afternoon: “Matt’s coaching and playing achievements are extraordinary, but we were even more impressed by his character, leadership and commitment to his family. I could not be more excited to welcome Matt, Erica and their children to the Cyclone Family. We are truly blessed to have one of the industry’s rising stars leading our football program.”
Campbell was quoted in the release this way: “I couldn’t be more excited to receive the opportunity to coach at Iowa State. Two years ago after we played the Cyclones in Ames, I called my wife (Erica) and said you simply would not believe this place. Their fans, the game-day environment and facilities are all incredible. I could see us living in Ames and me coaching the Cyclones some day. My family and I are truly humbled.”
Matt Campbell was part of three Division III championship teams as a player at Mount Union. He was twice named All-America as well as the Ohio Athletic Conference Defensive Lineman of the Year. Mount Union was 54-1 during his playing career.
Rivals.com named Campbell a "top recruiter" in 2011 and his last three recruiting classes at Toledo have been ranked first or second in the MAC. He has agreed to a six-year contract with Iowa State. He'll be paid $2 million for the first year.
Campbell and his wife (Erica) have three young children: Kaetlyn, Isabella and Rudy. Erica is expecting their fourth child in February.
Iowa State is holding a press conference at noon Monday in Ames to make the announcement formally. It will be held inside the Bergstrom Football Complex-McDonnell Auditorium.
[via Iowa State Sports Information Department]