Taking Coach-to-Coach mailbag questions for Toledo head coach Matt Campbell
- by Zach Barnett 1 year ago
The first adjective accompanying Matt Campbell's name is usually "young." That's what happens when you become the head coach at Toledo at age 32. Now 33, Campbell will still be considered young seven years from now, when he's in his eighth year on the job at age 40.
But how about we throw another adjective in there? How about winner? For a coach with a 10-4 career record in one-plus season, that certainly seems appropriate.
What about grinder? You can't become a head coach at age 32 without an appreciation for the grind. Hailing from football-crazy Massillon, Ohio, and playing for famed coach Larry Kehres at Mount Union, Campbell helped the Purple Raiders to three national championships as a player before immediately jumping to Bowling Green after graduation as a graduate assistant for the 2003-04 seasons. He returned to Mount Union as an assistant in 2005-06, again winning two national titles, before moving back to Bowling Green in 2006. After three seasons with the Falcons, Campbell joined the Toledo staff in 2009 as FBS's youngest offensive coordinator at age 29, before his promotion to head coach following Tim Beckman's departure for Illinois.
Campbell led the Rockets to a thrilling 42-41 win over Air Force in the 2011 Military Bowl, and then guided Toledo to its first-ever appearance in the BCS standings following an eight-game winning streak during the 2012 season.
Add it all up and you get a prime candidate for the 21st century poster boy for college football in the state of Ohio. Campbell is certainly on his way.
Now you have a chance to ask him anything you'd like to know. We debuted the Coach-to-Coach mailbag with Kliff Kingsbury last week, and now it's Campbell's turn to answer your questions.
While you ponder a question, here's some video enjoyment Toledo has released this off-season.