DURHAM, N.C. – Duke head football coach David Cutcliffe announced on Tuesday the promotion of Matt Guerrieri to assistant coach. Guerrieri has served as a graduate assistant coach with the Blue Devils for the past three seasons.
“We’re very excited to promote Matt Guerrieri into one of our nine assistant coaching positions,” Cutcliffe said. “Matt is an exceptional young coach with an extremely bright future ahead of him. He hasn’t been your typical graduate assistant coach for us in that he’s coached our safeties for the past two seasons and done a terrific job. This promotion is especially gratifying because of the way Matt has handled his business over the past three years in our program. He is very deserving of this opportunity and I know he’ll take full advantage of it.”
Comprehensive coaching responsibilities for the defensive staff will be announced at a later date.
In Guerrieri’s three seasons on the Duke staff, the Blue Devils have compiled 25 wins, captured the 2013 ACC Coastal Division championship and made three straight bowl game appearances.
Guerrieri has coached Duke’s safeties over the past two seasons, where he has aided in the development of Jeremy Cash, a two-time second team All-America choice, and Devon Edwards, an All-ACC selection this past year. Over the past two seasons, Cash has registered 235 tackles, 20.0 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and six interceptions. In 2014, he was the only defensive back in the nation to post 100-plus tackles, 10.0-plus tackles for loss and 5.0-plus sacks. Edwards enjoyed a banner season in 2014, recording 133 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, one interception and five caused fumbles. He reached double figures in the tackle column seven times including a career-high 15 stops against North Carolina.
As Duke went 9-4 and earned a berth in the 81st Hyundai Sun Bowl last fall, the Blue Devils ranked among the nation’s leaders in third down defense (15th), pass efficiency defense (23rd) and scoring defense (24th). Both Edwards (7th; 0.38) and Cash (17th; 0.31) ranked among the nation’s top 20 in caused fumbles per game while Edwards placed 19th in the country in solo tackles per game (5.9). In the ACC, Edwards ranked third in total tackles per game (10.23) while Cash was eighth (8.54). Duke’s third starting safety, rising junior Deondre Singleton, finished the year with 70 tackles and seven pass breakups.
In 2013, the Blue Devils recorded 26 takeaways and their average points allowed in the fourth quarter (4.64) ranked second in the conference, trailing only eventual national champion Florida State. In addition, Duke won all four of its road ACC games by allowing an average of 19.5 points per contest in victories over North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
Before joining the Blue Devils, Guerrieri served as a defensive graduate assistant coach at Lenoir-Rhyne University in 2011, helping coach the secondary and the outside linebackers. He assisted in guiding the Bears to the 2011 South Atlantic Conference championship and coached safety Michael Green to all-conference and all-region honors.
Guerrieri was a three-year letterman on the gridiron at Davidson College, where he started at safety. He served as senior captain for the Wildcats and was a three-time All-Pioneer Football League Honor Roll selection.
Guerrieri, who graduated from Davidson in 2011 with a degree in sociology, earned a master’s degree in Christian studies from Duke in 2014.
Duke Promotes Guerrieri to Assistant Coach
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