LOGAN, Utah – Utah State University Athletics announced Friday they had extended the contract of Head Football Coach Matt Wells, which means he will be at USU through the 2019 season.
This is the second time in two years the university has extended Wells’ contract, according to a press release from USU. The deal also includes salary increases for assistant coaches but specific details about compensation were not provided.
Interim athletic director Jana Doggett said keeping Wells was a priority.
“It is extremely important to us that we keep Matt and his staff at Utah State long-term, and I know in my conversations with him this is exactly what he wants,” she stated in the press release. “We know what we have in Coach Wells and his commitment to our student-athletes continues to be tremendous. Matt has deep roots here as a former Aggie quarterback and he conveys his passion for our great university on a daily basis.”
Wells also spoke about the deal.
“I am very appreciative of the support shown by my University and President [Stan] Albrecht, and in our staff and myself,” Wells stated in the press release. “I am extremely honored to coach here at my alma mater and I’m as motivated as ever to reset the culture daily that has been established here at Utah State in our football program. We will continue to work hard toward our goals of graduating our student-athletes on time, and competing for and winning Mountain West championships.”
The Aggies have had a 19-9 record during Wells’ first two years as coach, which includes a 13-3 Mountain West Record. The 19 wins is a school record for a USU coach in his first two seasons, according to the press release.
The release states: “Wells also led Utah State to just its second-ever 10-win season this past year with a 10-4 mark, culminating with a 21-6 win against UTEP in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. Overall, it was USU’s third-straight bowl win and fourth-straight bowl game appearance, both of which are school records.”
USU Football opens its 2015 season on September 3 when they face Southern Utah at home. They begin Mountain West play on October 3, when they will face Colorado State at home.