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Spring 2014

Coach at the Top

Matt WellsIn December, alumnus Matt Wells, ‘96, Marketing, was named the Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year in his first year as head coach in the Aggies’ inaugural season in the MWC. After losing quarterback Chuckie Keeton, MIS, ‘15, early in the season, Wells was determined to qualify for a bowl game. With eight regular-season victories, Wells tied the school record for most wins by a first-year head coach and the Aggies won the 2013 Poinsettia Bowl. Wells, who previously served as offensive coordinator under Gary Andersen, is the fifth Aggie coach to win conference honors, and the first MWC coach to win a conference award in his first season since Air Force’s Troy Calhoun did in 2007.

“Matt’s integrity, leadership, and work ethic serve as a lasting example to his fellow Aggies. We are so proud to claim him one of our own, and I hope, as do all Aggies, that Coach Wells leads the Aggie football program for years to come,” Dean Douglas Anderson said.

Wells was the quarterback for the Aggies from 1994-96, and is just the second USU graduate to be appointed its head football coach.