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Greg Mattison

  • Co-Defensive Coordinator; Defensive Line

Coaching Experience:
2005-Present Florida (Co-Defensive Coordinator; Defensive Line)
2002-04 Notre Dame (Defensive Line/Recruiting)
1998-2001 Notre Dame (Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line)
1997 Notre Dame (Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers)
1995-96 Michigan (Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line)
1992-94 Michigan (Defensive Line)
1989-91 Texas A&M (Defensive Line)
1987-88 Navy (Defensive Line)
1981-86 Western Michigan (Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers)
1978-80 Northwestern (Defensive Line)
1977 Cornell (Defensive Line)
1976 Illinois (Graduate Assistant)
1974-75 Logan White (Wis.) High School (Head Football Coach)
1971-73 Riverdale (Wis.) High School (Head Football Coach)

Coaching Accomplishments
- Has served as a defensive coordinator for 12 years and worked on the collegiate level for 32 years.
- One of five finalists for the initial Frank Broyles Award in 1996 as a member of the Michigan staff.
- During his three seasons at UF, the Gators rank first in the SEC and second in the nation in rushing defense the past three seasons, allowing only 89.7 yards per game. Only one other SEC team ranks in the top 20 of that category.
- In 2007, Florida’s rushing defense led the SEC for the second straight season, surrendering only 103.3 yards per game. That tally also registered as the 10th best nationally.
- Florida led the SEC in defensive players on the 2007 All-SEC Freshman Team with three, including linebacker A.J. Jones and defensive backs Joe Haden and Major Wright.
- Co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach for the 2006 Florida team that topped the SEC in rushing defense at 72.5 yards per game, which was the second-lowest total in school history and nearly 25 yards less than the next-best SEC team in 2006. Also, finished second in the league in total defense allowing an average of 255.4 yards per contest. The Gators’ run defense ranked fifth in the nation and their total defense rated sixth in the country.
- Helped lead a defense that produced three All-Americans and five All-SEC honorees in 2006.
- Developed Jarvis Moss into one of the SEC’s most feared pass rushers, registering 15 sacks in the last two seasons. - As a team, UF has totaled 96 sacks during Mattison’s tenure, with 70 coming from defensive linemen. The Gators have also forced 80 turnovers in three seasons with Mattison on the staff.
- Molded defensive end Derrick Harvey into an all-conference performer who racked up 11 sacks in 2006, marking the third-highest output by a defensive lineman and the fifth-highest overall total in the UF single-season record books. Harvey was named the Defensive Most Valuable Player of the BCS National Championship Game against Ohio State.
- Harvey followed up that season with second-team All-SEC honors in 2007, amassing 49 tackles, including 17 for a loss of 89 yards and 8.5 sacks for a loss of 63 yards.
- In 2007, helped defensive end Jermaine Cunningham develop into one of the elite linemen in the SEC as a sophomore. Cunningham recorded 64 tackles, which registered as the third-highest total among all defensive linemen in the league.  Against No. 1 LSU, Cunningham tallied 17 tackles, which was the highest single-game total by any SEC defensive lineman in 2007.
- Under his guidance, Harvey and Cunningham formed one of the most imposing defensive end tandems in the SEC and nation in 2007.
- Co-defensive coordinator for a Florida unit that improved in 14 statistical categories in 2005. Florida ranked ninth in the nation in total defense (299.8 ypg.) and 10th nationally in rushing defense (94.9 ypg.).
- Instilled an aggressive, attacking scheme at Florida that forced 31 turnovers, tops in the SEC and ninth-best nationally and recorded 33 sacks – the 25th-best total nationally and best at UF since 1999. UF’s 337 yards on tackles for loss in 2005 was the best in school history since records were kept in 1983.  
- In 2005, Florida’s 31 turnovers resulted in 114 points or 34.3 percent of all UF’s points – tops in the SEC. UF was third in the SEC in three and outs (35.3 percent of all opponent possessions).
- Oversaw the development of defensive end Justin Tuck, who was named Notre Dame's 2004 Monogram Club Most Valuable Player after posting a team-high six sacks and 14 tackles for loss. He also set the Irish career record for sacks, posting 24.5 during his career.
- The Fighting Irish defense permitted 94.4 yards per game to rank ninth in the NCAA regular-season statistics.
- The 2003 Irish defensive line produced 24 of the Irish's single-season record 39 quarterback sacks, including a school record 13.5 sacks by defensive end Justin Tuck. In 2002, the Irish line recorded 37 sacks for a total of 241 yards, a drastic improvement from 2001 totals.
- As defensive coordinator at Notre Dame in 2001, his unit ranked 14th in the nation in total defense,
including 10th in the country in pass defense and 22nd in scoring defense.
- In 2000, the Irish defense recorded 33 sacks.
- The 1998 Notre Dame defense gave up only 16.4 points per game over its last nine regular-season outings while not giving up a third quarter touchdown in any of its first nine games.
- Notre Dame's defense was ranked 24th in the country in pass efficiency defense and 31st in the country in
scoring defense at 19.83 points per game in 1997.
- While at Michigan in 1996, the Wolverines ranked eighth nationally in scoring defense (15.2 points per game) and Michigan was among the top teams in the nation in two other categories: pass efficiency defense (20th) and total defense (18th).
- In 1995, Michigan ranked 11th in total defense (286.3) and third in rushing defense (90.1).
- Coaching the Texas A&M defensive line in 1991, the Aggies boasted the country's top-rated defensive unit (222.4 yards per game) as they won the Southwest Conference title and led the league in all four defensive categories. In 1990, Texas A&M stood 19th in total defense and the Aggies were 13th in 1989.

Prominent Players Coached

  • DE RAY McDONALD - First-team All-SEC recipient by the league's coaches in 2006. Saw action in 45 games with 36 starts. Finished his career with 133 tackles and 5.5 sacks. Selected in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft by San Francisco.
  • DE JEREMY MINCEY - Second-team All-SEC by league coaches and AP. Ranked second on UF squad with 10.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. Ranked third among all SEC linemen in tackles with 62. Selected in the sixth round by the New England Patriots with the 191st overall choice.
  • DE JARVIS MOSS - In less than two seasons as a full-time player, accumulated 85 tackles and 20 tackles for loss, including 15 sacks. Led UF defensive linemen with 56 tackles in 2006, while his 7.5 sacks ranked second on the squad. Earned an SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week award, as well as an SEC Special Teams player of the Week honor, during the 2006 campaign. Was the 17th overall in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos


  • DT LANCE LEGREE - Finished his collegiate career with 119 tackles (67) and four sacks. As a senior in 2000, started 11 games and finished with 50 tackles (25 solo), including six for losses and two sacks. Signed a free agent contract with the New York Giants in 2000.
  • DE GRANT IRONS - Played in 43 career games, making 26 starts at numerous positions on defense. Totaled 142 tackles (79 solo). Signed as a free agent with the Buffalo Bills in April of 2002 and signed as a free agent by the Oakland Raiders in December of 2003.
  • DE JUSTIN TUCK - Holds the Notre Dame career record for sacks (24.5) and tackles for loss (43). A third- round selection by the New York Giants in the 2005 NFL Draft. 
  • DE ANTHONY WEAVER - Earned second-team All-America honors from The NFL Draft Report and ABC Sports Online, plus honorable mention honors from Football News. Was a consensus All-Independent first-team pick. Was a second round selection in the 2002 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens and is currently with the Houston Texans.


  • DT WILLIAM CARR - All-America selection by College and Professional Football News in 1996 and a first-team All-Big Ten honoree by the coaches and the media. Finished third on Michigan's career tackles for loss list with 38.
  • DT JOSH WILLIAMS - All-Big Ten second-team selection by the coaches and the media. Was a fourth round NFL draft choice by the Indianapolis Colts in 2000.


  • DT SAM ADAMS  - A three-year starter who entered the NFL Draft after his junior season and  was a consensus first-team All-American in 1993 by the AP, Kodak, UPI and Walter Camp Foundation. Was taken in the first round of the 1992 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks.
  • DE TERRY PRICE – All-Southwest Conference selection as a senior and an honorable mention All-American by The Sporting News. Is currently the defensive line coach at Auburn.
  • DT MARK WHEELER - A third-round selection by Tampa Bay in the 1992 NFL Draft.


  • LB JOHN OFFERDAHL - A second round draft pick by the Miami Dolphins in 1986. He was a five-time Pro Bowl honoree from his rookie year in 1986 to 1990. 


NFL Players (Round Drafted)
LB John Offerdahl (2nd) - Western Michigan '86 - Miami Dolphins
DE Terry Price (10th) - Texas A&M '90 - Chicago Bears
DT Mark Wheeler (3rd) - Texas A&M '92 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
DT Sam Adams (1st) - Texas A&M '94 - Seattle Seahawks
DT William Carr (7th) - Michigan '97 - Cincinnati Bengals
DT Lance Legree (FA) - Notre Dame '00 - New York Giants
DT Josh Williams (4th) - Michigan '00 - Indianapolis Colts
DE Grant Irons (FA) - Notre Dame '02 - Buffalo Bills
DE Anthony Weaver (2nd) - Notre Dame '02 - Baltimore Ravens
DT Darrell Campbell (FA) - Notre Dame '04 - Chicago Bears
DT Cedric Hilliard (FA) - Notre Dame '04 - Arizona Cardinals
DE Justin Tuck (3rd) - Notre Dame '05 - NY Giants
DE Jeremy Mincey (6th) - Florida ‘06 - New England Patriots
DE Jarvis Moss (1st) - Florida '07 - Denver Broncos
DE Ray McDonald (3rd) - Florida '07 - San Francisco 49ers
DT Marcus Thomas (4th) - Florida '07 - Denver Broncos
DE Joe Cohen (4th) - Florida '07 - San Francisco 49ers
DT Steven Harris (FA) - Florida '07 - Denver Broncos

Playing Career
- Competed in football and wrestling at Wisconsin-La Crosse and was team captain in both sports as a junior and a senior. He was a wrestling All-American and was named the offensive MVP on the football team as a senior. In 1989, he was inducted into the Wisconsin-La Crosse Hall of Fame.
Personal Information
Birthdate: Nov. 15, 1949
Hometown: Madison, Wis.
Education: 1971 - Bachelor's Degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; 1976 - Master's Degree from the University of Illinois
Marital Status: Married to the former Ann Busse

Children: Daughter, Lisa, graduated from Notre Dame in 2003 and was a three-year All-Big East honoree as a member of the softball team; son, Bryan, was a senior defensive end and team captain at the University of Iowa in 2007.

Bowl Games as a Coach
1989 John Hancock 1997 Independence
1990 Holiday 1999 Gator
1992 Cotton 2001 Fiesta
1993 Rose 2003 Gator
1994 Hall of Fame 2004
1994 Holiday 2006 Outback
1995 Alamo 2007 BCS National Championship Game
1997 Outback 2008 Capital One
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