Matt House history
House started as a graduate assistant at Michigan State in 2001-2002. In 2003 he was a defensive assistant at North Carolina. After his time at North Carolina, House coached defensive linemen at Gardner-Webb. House spent the next few years coaching in the NFL and college before joining Kentucky in 2016 as inside linebacker coach and special teams coordinator.
In 2017 House became defensive coordinator at Kentucky under head coach Mark Stoops. In House’s first year, the Wildcats gave up 28.2 points per game and 426.9 total yards per game. But in 2018, the defense vastly improved. That year, Kentucky went 10-3 and ranked 12th in the final AP poll.
The defense was one of the best in the country; they only gave up 16.8 points per game and only allowed 186.3 passing yards per game in touch SEC conference. In addition, Kentucky forced 1.5 turnovers per game.
Before being the defensive coordinator at Kentucky House, was DC at Pittsburgh for three years and FIU for one year. In his last year with the Panthers, the defense ranked No.34 in the country. At FIU, House coached a solid red-zone defense and held opponents to less than 14 points four times.
What he brings to the table
House uses multiple defensive fronts between the 4-3 and 3-4 scheme. He likes his defensive line to get in the backfield and create negative plays. Having coached linebackers, House believes in strong linebacker play. He wants to mix things up between zone and man in the secondary.
One of House’s strong points is player development; as the years go by, his defense gets better along with player development. For example, at Kentucky, he helped linebackers Courtney Love and Jordan Jones make the All-SEC second team in their first years as starters. While at Pittsburgh, House coached Aaron Donald and had a hand in his development.