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Football Coaching Staff
Matt Canada
Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Coach Info:
Position: Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Experience: 1st Year

Matt Canada, who was a finalist for the Broyles Award in 2016 and served an integral role in conference championships at Northern Illinois and Wisconsin as offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach, begins his first season as the Maryland offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach ahead of the 2018 season.

Canada brings more than a decade of experience as a highly successful offensive coordinator and a proven track record of developing quarterbacks to Maryland.

Most recently, Canada served as the offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach at LSU.  During the 2017 season, LSU quarterback Danny Etling finished with 16 TD / 2 INT and the Tigers finished the season No. 1 nationally in fewest turnovers.  The Tigers won six of seven SEC games down the stretch, earned a trip to the Citrus Bowl, and tallied a 9-4 overall record.

Among the quarterbacks developed by Canada are former NC State quarterback and New England Patriots third-round NFL Draft pick Jacoby Brissett who threw for 43 TD / 11 INT over a two-year period under Canada, first team All-MAC quarterback Chandler Harnish (Northern Illinois), two-time honorable mention All-Big Ten quarterback Ben Chappell (Indiana), second team All-Big Ten quarterback Kellen Lewis (Indiana) and fifth-round NFL Draft pick Nathan Peterman (Pitt) who threw for 27 TD / 7 INT in a season when the Panthers broke a number of school records on offense.

In Canada’s one season at Pitt, the Panthers averaged 42 points per game which ranked No. 10 in the nation and was a school record.  The Panthers led the nation in red zone touchdown percentage at 82% and scored at least 28 points in all twelve regular season games including a 43-42 road win over No. 3 ranked Clemson.  At one point, the Pitt scored at least 36 points in seven straight games.  In the regular season, the Pitt allowed just 9 sacks which were the fewest of any Power 5 program in the nation.  Running back James Connor rushed for more than a thousand yards, scored 16 touchdowns, and earned first-team All-ACC honors.  Pitt finished the regular season 8-4 and earned a trip to the Pinstripe Bowl.

At NC state, the Wolkpack finished third in the ACC in scoring offense in 2015 by averaging 33 points per game.  NC State scored the most points (41) in the regular season against national championship game participant than any other team.  The Wolkpack defeated UCF in the 2014 St. Petersburg Bowl and earned a trip to the Belk Bowl in 2015. 

Prior to joining the NC State staff, Canada served an integral role in leading Wisconsin to a Big Ten championship and earning a trip to the Rose Bowl.  The Badgers won the conference championship by defeating Nebraska 70-31 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.  During that season, the Badgers finished No. 12 nationally in rushing offense and running back Montee Ball won the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top running back.  Ball also earned first team AP All-American honors while wide receivers Jared Abbrederis and left tackle Rick Wagner earned consensus first team All-Big Ten honors.  Tight end Jacob Pedersen was name the Big Ten tight end of the year while center Travis Frederick also earned first team All-Big Ten.

Prior to joining the Wisconsin staff, Canada led the Northern Illinois offense to one of its most successful seasons in school history as the offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach.  The Huskies won the MAC championship and were crowned champions of the GoDaddy.com Bowl.  Northern Illinois finished in the Top 12 nationally in scoring offense, total offense, and rushing offense.   Quarterback Chandler Harnisch earned MAC MVP honors and was recognized as honorable mention All-American by SI.com. 

Prior to joining the Northern Illinois staff, Canada served as the offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach at Indiana (2007 – 2010) and quarterbacks / passing game coordinator (2005 – 2006), and quarterbacks coach (2004).  The 2007 Hoosiers scored a school record 412 points under Canada’s leadership.  Three of his quarterbacks at Indiana (Ben Chappell, Kellen Lewis and Blake Powers) held at the time the top three spots in single season touchdowns, yards, and completion percentage.  In four years as the Indiana offensive coordinator, the Hoosiers offense produced an All-American wide receiver (James Hardy), three first team All-Big Ten receivers, an All Big-Ten left tackle and a second team All Big-Ten quarterback (Lewis).  Lewis and former Big Ten MVP Antwaan Randle El are the only Indiana players to record 40 passing touchdowns, 6,250 passing yards, 8,000 total yards, 525 completions and 975 attempts in their careers.

In his first stint as the Northern Illinois offensive coordinator, the Huskies climbed as high as No. 12 in the AP poll.  During the 2003 season, Canada was instrumental in the development of second team All-American running back Michael Turner who later enjoyed a terrific NFL playing career most notably with the Atlanta Falcons.

Canada broke into coaching as a student-assistant at Indiana.  He later served as a graduate assistant at Indiana from 1994-1995 and coached at Butler University from 1996-1997. 

Canada earned his B.A. in Business (1993) and M.A. in Sports Administration (1995) at Indiana University.

Canada is from New Palestine, Indiana.  He is married to the former Erin Buchanan and has one daughter, Tori, and a son, Chris. 

Coaching experience

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

Offensive coordinator / quarterbacks (2017)

 

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Offensive coordinator / quarterbacks (2016)

 

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks (2013 - 2015)

University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks (2012)

 

Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks (2011)

 

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks (2007 – 2010)

Passing Game Coordinator/Quarterbacks (2005 – 2006)

Quarterbacks (2004)

 

Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks (2003)

Quarterbacks (2001 – 2002)

Running Backs (1998 – 2000)

 

Butler University, Indianapolis, IN

Offensive Coordinator (1997)

Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers (1996)

 

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Graduate Assistant – Tight Ends (1995)

Graduate Assistant – Quarterbacks (1994)

Student Coach – Quarterbacks (1993)

Student Coach – Running Backs (1992)

 

Education

 

Indiana University – Bloomington, IN

  •     B.A. in Business (1993); M.A. in Sports Administration (1995)