House comes to UK as a former defensive coordinator at Florida International and Pittsburgh. He will be taking the place of Andy Buh, who accepted the defensive coordinator position at Maryland this spring. His move will also shift Wildcats defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot from working with the inside linebackers to the outside linebackers.
“I’m very excited to bring Matt into the program,” Stoops said in a statement released by UK. “He brings a wealth of experiences from the NFL and college football. I’ve spoken before about how I like having coaches with defensive coordinator experience in the staff room and Matt has that as well.”
“I’m excited to work with Coach Stoops, as he has a great reputation for defense,” House said. “I wanted the opportunity to be at a great university that competes in the best conference in college football.”
In his lone season with FIU, as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, House helped guide the Panthers to five wins despite injuries at key positions and limited four opponents to 14 points or less. FIU ended the season ranked 16th nationally in red-zone defense, 45th nationally in fumbles recovered, 44th nationally in defensive touchdowns and 33rd in fourth-down conversion percentage defense. He also helped coach the kickoff return, kickoff coverage and punt units on special teams.
House spent three years at Pitt before heading to FIU, coaching the secondary his first season in 2012 before being promoted to defensive coordinator/linebackers coach for two seasons. During those two years, House helped guide the Panthers to the 2013 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl and the 2015 Armed Forces Bowl. Under House, Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald was drafted 13th overall by the Rams in the 2014 NFL Draft and eventually was selected for the Pro Bowl.
Before his recent collegiate success, House spent four seasons in the NFL. He served as a defensive quality control coach and assistant linebackers coach for the St. Louis Rams from 2009 to 2011 after a stop with the Carolina Panthers in 2008 as a special teams assistant and strength and conditioning assistant. While with Carolina, the Panthers went 12-4 and claimed the NFC South Division title and the franchise’s fourth-ever playoff berth.
A native of Harrison, Mich., House earned his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State in 2000. He and his wife, Jessi, have a daughter, Avery, and three sons, Jackson, Jacob and Trent.