For the American football tight end, see Michael Matthews (American football).
Mickey Matthews
File:Mickey Matthews 2009.jpg
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamJames Madison
ConferenceColonial Athletic Association
Biographical details
BornNovember 8, 1953
Andrews, Texas
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Kansas State (AC)
West Texas State (DB)
Houston (DB)
Southwest Texas State (DC)
Marshall (DC)
Georgia (DB, LB)
James Madison
Head coaching record
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
FCS National Title (2004)
2 Atlantic 10 (1999, 2004)
CAA (2008)
AFCA Coach of the Year (FCS - 2004)
Eddie Robinson Award (1999) (2008)
Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award (FCS - 2008)
Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year (2008)

Michael Chester "Mickey" Matthews, (born November 8, 1953 in Andrews, Texas) is the head football coach at James Madison University (JMU), and has served in that role since 1999. Under Matthews's leadership, James Madison achieved a Division 1-AA national football championship in 2004. His overall record as a head coach at JMU is 103–63.[1]

Early career[edit | edit source]

Matthews started his coaching career as an assistant coach at Lamar Consolidated High School, in Texas, working with offensive backs. During the 1978 season, he joined Kansas State University, as an assistant coach. During the 1980–1981 seasons, he served as a defensive coordinator of his alma mater West Texas State. From 1982–1985, he became an assistant coach at UTEP. In the following 1986 season, he worked at the University of Houston as a defensive backs coach. In the 1987 season, he held that same position, only at Texas Christian University. During the 1988 and 1989 seasons, he coached at Southwest Texas State. From 1990–1995, he served as the assistant head coach at Marshall University. From 1996–1998 he coached Defensive Backs & Linebackers at the University of Georgia, which won two bowl games under his tenure. While at Georgia he coached Champ Bailey, the nation's top defender and Washington's first-round choice in the 1999 NFL draft.[2] Matthews left Georgia in January 1999 to become Defensive Coordinator at Baylor University but resigned two months later to take the Head Coaching position at James Madison University.[3]

Career at James Madison[edit | edit source]

Since 1999, Matthews has been the head coach at James Madison University. The team had gone 3–8 in the year before, but Matthews turned them around that season and led them to an 8–4 record, an Atlantic 10 title, and the school's first postseason appearance since 1995. Matthews won the Eddie Robinson Award that year, annually given to the top head coach in the Football Championship Subdivision of Division 1 football. Five years later, after failing to make the postseason four years in a row, Matthews finally led the Dukes to the playoffs again. They became the first team to ever win three straight road games and win the National Championship, defeating the University of Montana Grizzlies 31–21. The Dukes would make the playoffs again in 2006 and 2007. On February 25, 2008, amidst rumors of leaving JMU to help start the football program at The University of South Alabama, Coach Matthews signed an extension with JMU to coach through the 2012 season.[4] On September 27, 2008, JMU beat University of Maine 24–10, earning Matthews his 68th career win at JMU to become the school's all-time winningest coach.[5] On November 22, 2008, the Matthews led Dukes defeated Towson University to finish conference play undefeated, winning the CAA outright and qualifying for their third straight FCS playoff appearance. On January 7, 2010, Matthews signed a one year extension to his contract which now extends through the 2013 season.[6] During the 2012 season, Matthews gained his 100th career win in a hard fought, 13-10 victory against conference foe Towson.[7]

2010 Virginia Tech victory[edit | edit source]

On September 10, 2010 Matthews led the Dukes upset then #13 Virginia Tech, 21-16 in front of 66,233 at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg. James Madison became the second FCS team in college football history to knock off a ranked FBS opponent, the other being Appalachian State over then #5 Michigan in 2007.[8] Later that season the Hokies went onto win the ACC Championship, Orange Bowl and finished ranked #15, making the JMU upset even more remarkable. After the game, Matthews referred to the victory as "the biggest win in my professional career".[9]

Head coaching record[edit | edit source]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Rank#
James Madison Dukes (Atlantic 10 Conference) (1999–2006)
1999 James Madison 8–4 7–1 1st FCS First Round 12/13
2000 James Madison 6–5 4–4 4th 25
2001 James Madison 2–9 0–9 11th
2002 James Madison 5–7 3–6 9th
2003 James Madison 6–6 4–5 7th
2004 James Madison 13–2 7–1 T-1st W FCS Championship 1
2005 James Madison 7–4 5–3 2nd (South) 25
2006 James Madison 9–3 7–1 1st (South) FCS First Round 9
James Madison Dukes (Colonial Athletic Association) (2007–present)
2007 James Madison 8–4 6–2 2nd (South) FCS First Round 12
2008 James Madison 12–2 8–0 1st (South) FCS Semi-finals 3
2009 James Madison 6–5 4–4 T-5th (South)
2010 James Madison 6–5 3–5 T-8th
2011 James Madison 8-5 5–3 T-5th FCS Second Round 14
2012 James Madison 7-4 5-3
Total: 103–65
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.

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