The former grad assistant at Ball State for the 2002-03 seasons, Mattix takes over as the Cardinals TE coach from John Powers - who left to pursue a career in another field. Also, the Cardinals named current WR Coach Joey Lynch as Recruiting Coordinator.
Mattix, a native of Portage, IN, is a former player at Valparaiso University and comes back to Ball State after most recently serving a season as defensive coordinator at St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, IN.
Prior to his time at St. Joe's – Mattix served as defensive coordinator and secondary coach as part of 4 seasons with Wayne State University.
Before his first run at Ball State, Mattix served as linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at Anderson University in 2001 and filled the same duties the season before at Tri-State University.
Other coaching news
Ball State has also named the three graduate assistants for the upcoming season including two former standout players.
Former Cardinals Dan Gerberry and Amara Koroma will serve as assistants. Koroma – who played his last down in the 2007 season, recently graduated in May and will serve as a defensive assistant. Gerberry, who is currently getting a lot of playing time for the Detroit Lions, will serve as an assistant for the offensive line.
The other coach is Derek Blanchard, who is working on his masters at Ball State University and comes to the Cardinals after both playing and assisting as a coach for the past few years at Mount Union College including helping the team to the 2008 National Title. Welcome aboard fellas!
Final note - Aiello has a new home
Former Grad Assistant Ryan Aiello has been named the defensive coordinator at Anderson University in nearby Anderson, Indiana. Aiello, who played for the Cardinals in 2005 before suffering a career ending injury, had served as a graduate assistant for the secondary and defensive line for the past two seasons as well as a student coach prior to that.
Haines in coaching ranks
Former Ball State LB Bryant Haines has now joined the coaching ranks taking a job at Manchester College, where he will coach the defensive line.