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Augsburg College - Football
Augsburg College - Football

DEFENSIVE COACHING STAFF

ROBERT HUBERTY  |  LINEBACKERS

Robert Huberty (Minnesota-Duluth '12) will be entering his first season as an Augsburg assistant coach in 2016. He also serves the college working with athletic merchandising and concessions.

PREVIOUS COACHING EXPERIENCE:
Graduate Assistant Coach - Concordia University-St. Paul, 2013-2016

PLAYING EXPERIENCE / ACHIEVEMENTS:
As a player at Minnesota-Duluth from 2007-2011, Huberty earned All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference honors his junior and senior seasons, and was named the 2011 NSIC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. He was named to the 2011 Daktronics All-American Team as an honorable-mention selection and was a member of UMD's two NCAA Division II national championship teams (2008, 2010).

OTHER DUTIES ON CAMPUS:
Athletic Merchandising and Concessions.

 

TYLER PHILLIPS  |  DEFENSIVE BACKS

Tyler Phillips (Augsburg '12) enters his first season as an Augsburg football assistant coach in 2016, directing the defensive backs.

PLAYING EXPERIENCE / ACHIEVEMENTS:
A three-year starter at cornerback for the Auggies, Phillips earned All-MIAC second-team honors in 2011, while earning MIAC Player of the Week honors twice and D3football.com Team of the Week honors once. He played in the Aztec Bowl small-college all-star game in Mexico in 2011.

He finished his Auggie career with 193 tackles (117 solo) in 33 career games, along with five interceptions, 13 pass breakups, four forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, 7.0 tackles for-loss and 1.0 sacks.

After his college career ended, he played four seasons of professional football -- two in Germany and two in the Indoor Football League. In Germany, he played for the Frankfurt Universe of the German Football League (2013-14), where he earned league All-Star honors both seasons, recording 147 tackles, nine interceptions and 19 pass breakups in 26 games.

He played for the Green Bay Blizzard and Sioux Falls Storm in the IFL in 2015 and 2016 seasons, including Sioux Falls' IFL title team in 2015.

OTHER ACTIVITIES:
Phillips operates his own company, Totally Committed, where he performs athletic personal training and health and wellness training, while also managing musicians and special events.

 

JARED RUSSO  |  DEFENSIVE LINE

Jared Russo (Concordia-St. Paul '15) is in his first season as an Augsburg assistant coach in 2016, working with the defensive line.

He began working with the Auggies in the spring of 2016, helping to prepare the team for its international trip to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

PLAYING EXPERIENCE / ACHIEVEMENTS:
Russo was a quarterback at Division II Concordia-St. Paul, appearing in 31 games in his career for the Golden Bears. He threw for 3,673 yards on 324-of-589 passing with 32 touchdowns. He was a starting quarterback in the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

 

MATT HOWARD  |  VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT / DEFENSIVE BACKS

Matt Howard (Wisconsin-Stout ‘03) returns to the Augsburg staff for his fourth stint as a volunteer assistant coach, guiding the defensive backs. Howard previously served as a defensive backs coach from 2005-07 for the Auggies, and returned in 2008.

Prior to coming to Augsburg, Howard worked as an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin-Stout (2001-04), coaching the defensive backs and coordinating film and scouting reports. While at Wisconsin-Stout, Howard completed his undergraduate degree in marketing and business education, as well as his master’s degree in training and human resource development.

A native of New Hope, Minn., Howard, his wife Jaimee and their son Jackson live in Robbinsdale, Minn.

 

MIKE MATSON  |  VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT COACH / TEAM CHAPLAIN

Mike Matson (Augsburg '07) enters his fifth season on the Augsburg football coaching staff in 2016.

One of the most unique football coaches in Minnesota, Matson is also a full-time minister, serving the congregation at Bethany Lutheran Church in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis as pastor, while also working on Augsburg's Campus Ministry team as chaplain to student-athletes. He also serves in the Navy Reserves and is a chaplain for the Minneapolis Police Department.

In 2015, Matson was profiled in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune for a unique program that he and local chef Judah Nataf founded at Bethany Lutheran. Called the "Soup for You Cafe," the program offers healthy food for people in the Seward neighborhood, just across Interstate 94 from the Augsburg campus.

PLAYING EXPERIENCE / ACHIEVEMENTS: One of the top linebackers in school history, Matson finished his career with 355 tackles (146 solo), including 21.0 tackles for-loss, 7.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles and three blocked kicks. He reached the century mark in tackles in both his junior and senior seasons, leading the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in tackles each year.

Matson earned All-MIAC first-team honors in 2006 and second-team honors in 2005, also earning All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team honors his senior campaign. In 2006, he was named to the Preseason All-Division III first team by Lindy's National College Football Preview magazine, and earned D3Football.com All-West Region second-team honors, Football Gazette All-West Region second-team honors and Football Gazette All-America honorable-mention honors. In 2005, he earned D3Football.com All-America third-team and All-West Region second-team honors, while also being named to the Football Gazette All-West Region third team. He was named Augsburg Senior Athlete of the Year in 2007.

Matson earned his bachelor’s degree from Augsburg in 2007, and graduated in 2011 from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, Ill. He received his ordination from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in September 2012, and serves as an associate pastor at Richfield Evangelical Lutheran Church in south Minneapolis.

Matson and his wife Helen have three children.