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  • Running Backs
  • Born: December 6, 1953, El Paso, TX
  • 2nd Year w/Ravens
  • 21st Year Coaching
  • Eastern New Mexico

  • Matt Simon  

    Matt Simon enters his second season as the Ravens� running backs� coach. Last year, Ravens� running backs did not fumble all season (431 carries) and averaged 4.1 yards per carry (10th in the NFL). Matt gets a boost to his arsenal with the addition of top pick Jamal Lewis of Tennessee (D5 �00) to add to his stable of young backs Priest Holmes, Jay Graham and fullback Chuck Evans.

    Simon served as a coaching intern in the Denver Broncos� 1998 training camp. Matt was head coach at the University of North Texas (1994-97), when he was named AFCA region coach of the year in 1994 after the Mean Green won the Southland Conference Championship. The following season (1995), the football program moved up from I-AA to I-A.

    He also won the 1994 Southland Conference Coach of the Year, the 1994 Black Coaches Association National Football Coach of the Year and the 1994 AFCA Region 4 Coach of the Year.

    Prior to his post at North Texas State, Matt was offensive coordinator at New Mexico, where, in 1993, the Lobos averaged 413 yards and 30.5 points per game behind QB Stoney Case. From 1982-91, he was the running backs and kicking coach at the University of Washington. He is a 1997 inductee into the University of Washington Hall of Fame. During his tenure, the Huskies went to nine bowl games and won a national championship in 1991, and he coached six of the top 10 rushers in school history.

    Simon coached tight ends and linebackers from 1979-81 at the University of Texas-El Paso. He entered the coaching ranks as an assistant coach at Borger (TX) High School. Simon served as a graduate assistant at Eastern New Mexico in 1977 after lettering four seasons as a linebacker. He is a member of the Eastern New Mexico Hall of Honors.

    Simon attended Burgess High School in El Paso, TX, where he lettered in football and wrestling. Matt and his wife, Melanie, have three children: Micah, Matthew and Morgan. The Simons live in Columbia, MD.

    Coaching Background: 1979-81 (University of Texas-El Paso); 1982-91 (University of Washington); 1992-93 (New Mexico); 1994-97 (University of North Texas); 1999-2000 (Baltimore Ravens).

    Last updated on 9/6/00.