It seemed like just another team meeting in the McCareins Room at the Yordon Center Saturday, August 16. Take a look at behind the scenes footage of the Huskies unveiling of their new uniforms on August 16, pranking the team before revealing them.
Matt Lipman begins his fourth year as assistant athletic director for football operations at Northern Illinois University.
In that role, Lipman is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the NIU football program, including organizing team travel, planning recruiting visits, coordinating team meals and meetings.
Among Lipman's more complicated duties is coordinating the annual bowl trip, including the team's schedule and all travel arrangements for the coaching staff and their families, student-athletes and staff. He has been a part of the process for the Huskies' last four bowl trips, including the week-long stay in Miami during the Discover Orange Bowl.
He was elevated from director of operations to assistant athletic director following the Huskies' 2011 MAC championship season. Lipman directs a staff of three, including two full-time assistants.
Lipman joined NIU after working as the assistant director of football operations at Wisconsin during the 2010 season. He served as the advance man for road trips and was heavily involved in the planning of the Badgers' trip to the 2011 Rose Bowl. In addition to assisting with travel, Lipman directed the community service efforts for the Badger football team and organized and executed the team banquet and awards show. He also conducted all official recruiting weekends and assisted in the planning and execution of Badger summer camps.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Lipman served two stints with the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. He worked as a full-time intern in the equipment room for the Browns from July 2005-February 2007, before returning to the organization in June of 2007 as coordinator of team operations. He assisted in coordinating and organizing training camp, and arranging new hire relocation. He was the acting director of team operations for the majority of the 2009 season and was the advance person for road games during that season as well.
In between tenures with the Browns, Lipman worked as a scout for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football league. He assisted in the Alouettes 2007 draft process, helped develop the 2007 CIS draft board and set up a tryout camp in North Carolina.
A graduate of Miami (Ohio), Lipman earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and journalism. He and his wife, Allison, were married in July 2014.