Tom Matukewicz
Tom Matukewicz

Assistant Coach/Linebackers

3rd Season at NIU

Alma Mater:
Fort Hays State, 1994


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The longest tenured coach on staff, Tom Matukewicz begins his fourth season as linebackers' coach at Northern Illinois in 2011.

A key member of a defensive coaching staff that turned the Huskies into one of the top defenses in the MAC, Matukewicz served a more vital role when he was elevated to interim head coach for the Huskies' appearance in the 2010 Humanitarian Bowl following the departure of Jerry Kill at the end of the season.

Matukewicz led the team through its bowl preparation, directed a staff thrown into new roles, handled media responsibilities and guided the Huskies to a dominating 40-17 victory over Fresno State.

During his first three seasons at Northern Illinois, Matukewicz was responsible for coordinating the Huskies' run defense. Last season, NIU ranked 24th nationally and third in the MAC in run defense allowing 126.50 yards per game. Northern also boasted the No. 1 total defense in the MAC in 2009 and 2008.

In his first year in DeKalb, "Coach Tuke" was part of the staff which turned the Huskies' into the number one scoring and total defense in the MAC, and one of the top 20 units in the country in 2008. NIU boasted the second-most improved scoring defense in the nation in 2008 as they allowed 18.0 points per game, down from 30.8 the year before. NIU ranked 17th nationally in total defense and was fifth in the country in pass defense.

Matukewicz spent seven seasons at Southern Illinois with Kill from 2001-07. He was honored as the 2007 Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Assistant Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association after helping turn the Salukis into one of the stingiest rushing defenses in the country.

SIU held its opponents to a rushing average below 135 yards per game every year from 2002-07 as the Salukis had three of the top 10 rushing defenses in program history during that time.

Matukewicz has coached an impressive group of student-athletes who excelled both on and off the field. In seven years at SIU, Matukewicz's linebackers earned all-conference honors nine times, while five garnered all-academic recognition.

Matukewicz's pupils included Bart Scott, Royal Whitaker and Brandin Jordan. Scott earned All-America honors at SIU in 2001, and enters his ninth season in the National Football League in 2010, having played for both the Baltimore Ravens and the New York Jets. Whitaker started four seasons for Southern Illinois, and earned all-Gateway honors three times. Jordan, the Gateway Conference's 2006 Newcomer of the Year, ranked third on the team in tackles in 2007, garnering second team all-conference accolades.

That season, Jordan was joined on the All-Gateway team by Chauncey Mixon; the team's leading tackler earned Sports Network All-America status.

Matukewicz's most prolific linebacking corps played in 2004, forming the heart of a defense that gave up only 101.7 rushing yards per game, led the nation in scoring defense and allowed just 13.2 points per game. His 2005 group was also notable, helping SIU rank 13th in the country in rushing defense.

Before coaching at Southern Illinois, Matukewicz was the defensive line coach at Emporia State, where he also had responsibilities as the marketing and promotions director. He has also made stops at Butler Country Community College, Coffeyville Community College and Pittsburg State, where he earned his master's in sports management.

A native of Silver Lake, Kan., Matukewicz completed his undergraduate work at Fort Hays State, receiving his bachelor's degree in physical education in 1997.

Matukewicz and his, wife Lenna, have one daughter, Georgia (4).

About Matukewicz


2008- Northern Illinois (Linebackers)
- Linebackers (2008-)
- Interim Head Coach (2010)
2001-07 Southern Illinois (LBs/Run Game Coordinator)
2000-01 Emporia State (Defensive Line)
1999-2000 Coffeyville C.C. (Offensive Line/Tight Ends)
1997-99 Pittsburg State (Offensive Tackles/Tight Ends)
1996-97 Fort Hays State (Defensive Line/Special Teams)


2010 Humanitarian Bowl (Northern Illinois, Interim Head Coach)
2010 International Bowl (Northern Illinois, Assistant Coach)
2008 Independence Bowl (Northern Illinois, Assistant Coach)
2003-07 FCS Playoffs (Southern Illinois, Assistant Coach)


College: B.A., Fort Hays State, 1997
M.S., Pittsburg State, 1998
High School: Silver Lake (Kan.), 1992


Birthdate: Aug. 5, 1973
Birthplace: St. Joseph, Mo.
Hometown: Silver Lake, Kan.
Family: Wife, Lenna, and daughter Georgia (4)

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