Entering his third season as the Huskies' offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, Matt Limegrover is in his 12th year as a member of Head Coach Jerry Kill's staff.
Over the last two seasons, Limegrover's offensive linemen have earned All Mid-American Conference recognition five times, including 2009 first-team selections Jason Onyebuagu and Eddie Adamski. In addition, Huskie running back Chad Spann was a first-team All-MAC choice last season as he rushed for 1,000 yards behind the line, which also gave up only 15 quarterback sacks. NIU led the MAC and ranked 19th nationally in rushing with 202.42 yards per game.
Limegrover spent seven seasons with Kill at Southern Illinois before coming to DeKalb. During his time in Carbondale, he coordinated a prolific offense that ranked in the top 10 in scoring for six straight years (2002-07).
During his tenure at SIU, the Salukis averaged 207.8 yards per game on the ground, and totaled more than 3,000 rushing yards in four different seasons (2002, `03, `04,' 06). Four of the top five rushing seasons in school history came under the guidance of Limegrover, and the two best career runners in SIU history earned their yards in his system.
Limegrover's rushing offense gained more than 18,000 yards on the ground at SIU, and his passing attack was as efficient as his ground game was profuse. Limegrover's Southern Illinois quarterbacks produced better than a 2-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
In addition to producing outstanding offensive units, Limegrover helped groom top-level players. Of the five FCS All-Americans he coached, two were offensive lineman: Elmer McDaniel (first team 2004, second team 2003) and Will Justice (first team, 2006).
Under Limegrover's direction, the Salukis' 2004 offense set school records for yards (502.7) and points (42.6) per game as well as touchdowns (67). In 2007, the Salukis produced 3,293 yards and scored 28 touchdowns through the air, also school records.
Limegrover's first experience with Kill dates back to their days at Emporia State (1999-2000), where Limegrover was the Hornets' offensive line coach. Prior to that, the Pittsburgh, Pa. native served as the offensive line coach and running game coordinator at Ferris State (Mich.), a position he earned after receiving his master's degree from Northwestern. While with the Wildcats as a graduate assistant coach (1994-96), Limegrover helped the team to a pair of bowl appearances (Citrus and Rose) and two Big Ten Championships.
Prior to his time at Northwestern, Limegrover served as the offensive assistant for his alma mater, the University of Chicago (1991-92), where he was promoted to offensive coordinator in 1993. That year, the Maroons led the nation in rushing. An all-conference offensive tackle for the University of Chicago, Limegrover received his bachelor's degree in public policy studies from the prestigious institution in 1991.
Limegrover and his wife, Ann, have two children: Emma (7), and T.J. (5).
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