Head Coach Matt Rhule Announces Defensive Coordinator, Strength Coach
PHILADELPHIA – Temple University
head football coach Matt Rhule
announced the additions of Phil Snow
as defensive coordinator and Jeremy Scott
as head strength and conditioning coach to his staff on Tuesday.
Snow, who worked with Rhule at UCLA in 2001, joins the Owls after three seasons as the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Eastern Michigan.
“When I had the opportunity to return to Temple, I could not have wanted to bring any coach to North Broad Street more than Phil Snow
,” Rhule said. “In my one year with Coach Snow at UCLA, a year in which he engineered a defensive turnaround in his first season there and led the Pac 10 in several defensive categories, I saw first-hand what he could bring to a defense and to its players. Not only does he bring NFL coaching experience, 20 years of experience as a defensive coordinator at the Division 1 level, including 13 in the PAC-10, multiple players winning conference player of the year honors and many more moving on to NFL careers; he is one of the finest teachers I have ever been around. The defensive turnaround at Eastern Michigan in 2011 leading to that program's first non-losing season in years once again proved that Phil has the ability to develop and train great defensive players at all levels. Our coaches, players, and program will benefit daily from his presence.”
Scott comes to North Broad Street after 14 seasons at Penn State where he worked with Rhule during his playing days.
“I have known Jeremy Scott
forever,” Rhule said. “His expertise in speed, strength, and agility will benefit our team for years to come. We are happy that he has joined our team.”
The Owls begin spring practice in March in preparation for their second season of BIG EAST Conference play in 2013. Temple returns 46 letterwinners and 15 starters, including Freshman All-American and BIG EAST Rookie of the Year Tyler Matakevich
. The Owls open the 2013 slate at Notre Dame on August 31.
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, who has a wealth of experience in both the collegiate and professional coaching ranks, enters his first season at Temple University
as the defensive coordinator.
He joins the Owls after three seasons as the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Eastern Michigan University.
Under Snow's guidance, EMU ranked 38th nationally and third in the MAC in pass defense in 2012. The Eagles gave up just 212.75 yards per game. Senior linebacker Justin Cudworth and senior defensive end Andy Mulumba were second-team All-Mid-American Conference honorees.
Snow orchestrated a major turnaround during the 2011 campaign, ranking 35th nationally and third in the MAC in total defense. The Eagles gave up 350.33 yards per game, an improvement of 103.8 yards per contest. In 12 games, the Eagles' defense allowed just 292 points for a total of 24.3 points per game. The last EMU squad to accomplish the feat was the 1994 team which gave up 275 points through its 11 contests.
Snow joined the Eagles after four seasons as an assistant coach with the NFL's Detroit Lions as the linebackers coach (2005-08).
Prior to his NFL stint in Detroit, the 57-year-old Snow served as an assistant football coach at the University of Washington, UCLA, Arizona State University, the University of California, Boise State University, and Laney College.
A 1978 graduate of Cal-State Hayward, Snow began his coaching career on the high school level, coaching at Berkeley (Calif.) H.S. in 1976, and at his high school alma mater, Winters (Calif.) in 1977-78.
From there, Snow joined the Laney (Calif.) College football staff in 1979 as a defensive backs coach before taking over as the defensive coordinator in 1980 and 1981.
His next stop was Boise State University where he was an assistant coach from 1982-86. He was a defensive backs coach in his first season at Boise before becoming the defensive coordinator in 1983 and holding that position through the 1986 season. In addition, he was the top assistant to the head coach from 1984-86. His Boise State defense was ranked sixth in the nation in 1986.
From Boise, Snow became an assistant coach in charge of the defensive backs at the University of California from 1987-91. The 1990 and 1991 teams won the first back-to-back bowl games (Copper and Citrus) in school history. The 1991 team moved up as high as sixth in the weekly national rankings and played in the school's first New Year's Day bowl game in 33 years.
After his California experience, Snow became the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Arizona State University from 1992-2000 and saw the 1996 team play in the Rose Bowl, the 1997 team make the Sun Bowl, while the 1999 and 2000 squads played in the Aloha Bowl. Snow's 1996 ASU squad finished first in the conference in rush defense (98.0), pass defense (104.2) and total defense (306.2). It held Nebraska scoreless in one game and limited the opposition to under 10 points in five games total that season. The team finished the season ranked fourth in the nation in both polls.
His defensive units ranked among the top three in scoring defense in the PAC-10 in three of his last five seasons at ASU. In 2000, the Sun Devils ranked first in the nation in fumbles recovered and third in the country in number of turnovers created. The group was headlined by PAC -10 Defensive Player of the Year Adam Archuleta and conference Freshman of the Year Terrell Suggs.
Snow left ASU to become the defensive coordinator for two seasons at UCLA, where he mentored head coach Matt Rhule
during the 2001 season. The Bruin defense ranked first in the PAC -10 in total defense in Snow's first season. The unit also finished the season ranked second in the league in rushing defense and scoring defense. In addition, linebacker Robert Thomas, a first round selection by the Rams in the 2002 NFL draft, earned 2001 PAC -10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors. Kenyon Coleman was the defensive winner of the Morris Trophy as the PAC -10's best lineman. The 2002 team participated in the Las Vegas Bowl.
The University of Washington called next and Snow spent 2003 as first the co-defensive coordinator and then the 2004 season as coordinator for the Huskies before moving to the NFL in 2005.
A native of Woodland, Calif., Snow graduated from Winters H.S. in Winters, Calif. He went on to earn an associate's degree at Sacramento City College in 1975 before completing his bachelor's at Cal-State Hayward.
Snow and his wife, Debra, have two sons, Phillip and Jacob. Son Philip played golf at Nevada. His nephew is Red Sox's second baseman Dustin Pedroia, the 2007 AL Rookie and 2008 AL MVP.
THE PHIL SNOW FILE
2013 – Defensive Coordinator
Eastern Michigan University (2010-12)
2010-12 – Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Backs
NFL Detroit Lions (2005-08)
2005 – Defense
University of Washington (2003-04)
2003-04– Defensive Coordinator
2001-02– Defensive Coordinator
Arizona State University (1992-00)
1992-00– Defensive Coordinator
University of California (1987-91)
1987-91– Defensive Backs
Boise State University (1982-86)
1983-86– Defensive Coordinator
1982– Defensive Backs
Laney College (1979-81)
1980-81– Defensive Coordinator
1979– Defensive Backs
Winters High School (1977-78)
1977-78– Defensive Backs
Berkeley High School (1976)
1976– Head J.V. Coach / Varsity Defensive Backs
Year Coaching: 37th
College: California State University at Hayward '78
B.A. in Physical Education
Hometown: Woodland, Calif.
High School: Winters
Born: December 22, 1955
Family: Wife – Debra
Children: Philip, Jacob
PHIL SNOW'S BOWL HISTORY (7)
Bowl Date Result
Las Vegas Dec. 25, 2002 UCLA 27, New Mexico 13
Aloha Dec. 25, 2000 Boston College 31, Arizona State 17
Aloha Dec. 25, 1999 Wake Forest 23, Arizona State 3
Sun Dec. 31, 1997 Arizona State 17, Iowa 7
Rose Jan. 1, 1997 Ohio State 20, Arizona State 17
Citrus Jan. 1, 1992 California 37, Clemson 13
Cooper Dec. 31, 1990 California 17, Wyoming 15
PROMINENT PLAYERS COACHED
LB Marquis Cooper – 2002 honorable mention All-PAC-10 selection.
DT Terry “Tank” Johnson – 2003 second-team All-PAC-10 honoree.
DB Marques Anderson – Finished career with 236 tackles, 174 solos, four sacks, and 16 TFL. 1997 Freshman All-American. Director's Honor Roll.
DE David Ball – 2003 unanimous All-American. Two-time first-team All-PAC-10 honoree. Won the 2003 Morris Trophy as the best defensive lineman in the PAC-10.
DB Brandon Chillar – 2003 first-team All-PAC-10. Member of the 2011 Green Bay Packers' Super Bowl championship team.
DE Kenyon Coleman – Won the 2001 Morris Trophy as the PAC-10's best lineman.
LB Spencer Havner – Two-time All-PAC-10 honoree. 2002 Freshman All-American. 2002 PAC-10 Defensive Freshman of the Year.
DB Ricky Manning, Jr. – Three-time first-team All-PAC-10 selection. Started 45 consecutive games, second longest streak in school history.
LB Ryan Nece – 2001 Honorable Mention All-PAC-10. Butkus Award semifinalist. Member of the 2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Super Bowl championship team.
LB Robert Thomas – 2001 consensus All-American and PAC-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year honoree.
DB Matt Ware – 2001 Freshman All-American and PAC-10 Freshman of the Year.
LB Adam Archuleta – 2000 PAC-10 Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All- PAC-10 selection.
DE Erik Flowers – 1999 All- PAC-10 honoree. East-West Shrine Game participant. JC All-American selection.
DT Junior Ioane – 1999 Honorable Mention All- PAC -10.
DB Lenny McGill – 1993 Honorable Mention All- PAC -10.
DB Craig Newsome – 1993 first-team All- PAC-10 selection. Starting CB for 1996 Green Bay Packers' Super Bowl championship team.
DB Damien Richardson – 1997 NFF Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete. After seven seasons in the NFL, enrolled in medical school.
LB Derrick Rodgers – 1996 consensus All-American.
DB Jason Simmons – 1997 second-team All-PAC-10 honoree.
DE Jeremy Staat – Won the 1997 Morris Trophy as the best defensive lineman in the PAC-10.
DE Terrell Suggs – 2002 unanimous All-American. Set the NCAA record with 24 sacks in 2002. 2000 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.
LB Pat Tillman – 1997 PAC-10 Defensive Player of the Year. 2010 College Football Hall of Fame inductee. Gave up NFL career to join the Army Rangers. Died in combat in 2004. Awarded the Silver Star, Purple Heart, and Meritorious Service Medal.
NFL PLAYERS COACHED (Round Drafted)
DB Kevin Miniefield (8th) – Arizona State '93 – Detroit Lions
DB Lenny McGill (FA) – Arizona State '94 – Green Bay Packers
DB Craig Newsome (1st) – Arizona State '95 – Green Bay Packers
LB Derrick Rodgers (3rd) – Arizona State '97 – Miami Dolphins
DE Jeremy Staat (2nd) – Arizona State '98 – Pittsburgh Steelers
DB Jason Simmons (5th) – Arizona State '98 – Pittsburgh Steelers
DB Damien Richardson (6th) – Arizona State '98 – Carolina Panthers
LB Pat Tillman (7th) – Arizona State '98 – Arizona Cardinals
DE Erik Flowers (1st) – Arizona State '00 – Buffalo Bills
DT Junior Ioane (4th) – Arizona State '00 – Oakland Raiders
LB Adam Archuleta (1st) – Arizona State '01 – St. Louis Rams
LB Robert Thomas (1st) – UCLA '02 – St. Louis Rams
DB Marques Anderson (3rd) – UCLA '02 – Green Bay Packers
DE Kenyon Coleman (5th) – UCLA '02 – Oakland Raiders
LB Ryan Nece (FA) – UCLA '02 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
DE Terrell Suggs (1st) – Arizona State '03 – Baltimore Ravens
DB Ricky Manning, Jr. (3rd) – UCLA '03 – Carolina Panthers
DT Terry “Tank” Johnson (2nd) – Washington '04 – Chicago Bears
LB Marquis Cooper (3rd) – Washington '04 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
DB Matt Ware (3rd) – UCLA '04 – Philadelphia Eagles
DB Brandon Chillar (4th) – UCLA '04 – St. Louis Rams
DE David Ball (5th) – UCLA '04 – San Diego Chargers
LB/TE Spencer Havner (FA) – UCLA '06 – Washington Redskins
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, who has spent his career optimizing the performance of collegiate and professional athletes, enters his first season at Temple University
as the head strength and conditioning coach for football.
Scott previously spent 14 seasons at Penn State as the speed development coach and assistant strength and conditioning coach for the football program. He was responsible for developing players' speed, reaction, agility, quickness and acceleration, as well as working on proper running mechanics and high-intensity strength training. His expertise was a valuable resource in lowering 40-yard sprint times and preparing players for the drills used in evaluation at the NFL combines.
Scott was recognized for his achievements with his selection in 2011 for the prestigious title of Master of Strength and Conditioning Coach.
A 1996 graduate of Lock Haven University, Scott obtained his master's degree in health education from Penn State in 1999. He previously served as a graduate assistant with the Penn State strength and conditioning program from 1997-98 and performed an internship with the program in the summer of 1996. His work experience also includes designing and implementing a high-intensity strength training program for the United States Marine Corps Company B Body Bearers (1998), serving as the strength coach for the Penn State Boxing Club (1997-98) and as a personal trainer (1995).
Scott is married to the former Cory Beth Wickizer, and they have a daughter, Emma (7), and son, Evan (3).