University of Oregon head football coach Mark Helfrich announced this past weekend the addition of Matt Lubick to his staff. A native of Bozeman, Mont., Lubick attended Western Montana College where he earned four varsity letters as a defensive back on the football team and earned all-conference and NAIA All-America honors as a senior. He will serve as the passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach. “First and foremost, Matt is a great person with tremendous character,” Helfrich said. “His football pedigree and knowledge of both sides of the ball make him an ideal addition to our staff. Matt’s reputation as a clinical coach and tireless recruiter are well-earned.” Former Oregon wide recievers coach, Scott Frost, is expected to assume the offensive coordinator position opened by Helfrich’s promotion.
A former Pac-10 assistant at Arizona State and Oregon State, the 42 year old brings 17 years of collegiate coaching experience to Eugene. Most recently he spent the past three seasons in a similar role for Duke University while also serving as recruiting coordinator. FootballScoop.com named Lubick the 2012 Wide Receivers Coach of the Year. He was also one of three finalists for the AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year award and one of 29 nominees for the Broyles Award, an honor presented annually to the top assistant coach in the nation.
At Duke this past season, Lubick earned national position coach accolades after guiding All-ACC wideouts Jamison Crowder and Conner Vernon to record-setting seasons. Crowder caught 76 passes for 1,074 yards and eight touchdowns while Vernon carded a school single-season record 85 catches for 1,074 yards and eight TDs. Also In 2012, Lubick coached three receivers — Crowder, Vernon and Desmond Scott — who formed the only trio nationally to have 65-plus pass receptions apiece. The group combined for 227 catches for 2,814 yards and 18 touchdowns while helping the Blue Devils to postseason play for the first time since 1994. In addition, Vernon — a three-time All-ACC pick — closed his career as the ACC’s all-time leader in both pass receptions (283) and receiving yards (3,749).