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Football: Wright named LWC Offensive Coordinator

By Christopher Coombs

Matt Wright has been named Lindsey Wilson Football's Offensive Coordinator, head coach Phil Kleckler announced on Monday.

"I would first like to thank President Dr. William T. Luckey Jr., Executive Vice President Dean Adams, Athletics Director Willis Pooler, and Coach Kleckler for this opportunity as there has always been a special place in my heart for Lindsey Wilson College," Wright said. "This is where I got my start in college coaching and I have had the pleasure to learn from a lot of great coaches like Chris Oliver, Brian Foos, and Wes Satterfield over the past nine years of my career."

Wright is familiar with the Lindsey Wilson football program after having been a part of the staff for three seasons from 2014-16 as an assistant coach. His primary role with the team then was working with the tight ends as well as the strength and conditioning coach and an assistant recruiting coordinator.

He helped guide the Blue Raiders to three consecutive trips to the NAIA Football Championship Series (2014, 2015, 2016) behind offenses that put up more than 40 points per game. Wright coached then tight end and now LWC football assistant coach Emilio Gonzalez to first-team all-conference honors twice.

"I am very excited to have Matt re-join our coaching staff," Kleckler said. "When I first started looking for a coach for our offensive coordinator position, I knew we needed someone who is a good person, has a great pedigree as a student-athlete and coach, and had experience running an offense. Matt checked all those boxes and his familiarity with LWC is a bonus."

Before coming to Lindsey Wilson, Wright spent time in the coaching ranks as an assistant with Madonna University, Canton High School, Capital University, and Austin Peay State University. He has been involved in coaching at the high school and collegiate level for nearly 15 years.

Last season, Wright served as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Capital University. He has also served as the offensive coordinator at Madonna University helping guide the program in their first season of competition.

"It was very evident to me after meeting with Matt he was a great fit for LWC Football," Kleckler said. "I am confident his coaching experience with Austin Peay, Madonna, and Capital Universities will bring some fresh offensive ideas on top of the understanding he already has in our offensive system."

Wright is a graduate of Monmouth College in 2012 where he earned a Bachelor of Art in Physical Education. During his playing days at Monmouth, he helped the team advance to the NCAA DIII playoffs three times and was named an honorable mention all-conference selection for his work on the offensive line.

"I am excited to take what I have learned and put a product on the field that Lindsey Wilson College and all those affiliated with the school and program can be proud of," Wright said. "There are big shoes to fill here offensively, and I am ready for that challenge. Names may change, but the goal of graduating outstanding young men, developing men of high character, and continuing the winning tradition that has been engrained in this program will never change."

This story was posted on 2022-01-04 12:30:36
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