Wallerstedt Rounds Out Football Staff

Head football coach Kevin Sumlin announced Friday that Air Force defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt will join his staff at Texas A&M to coach the linebackers. This appointment completes his first coaching staff at Texas A&M

Matt Wallerstedt, former defensive coordinator and associate head coach at the Air Force Academy, has been named the new Texas A&M linebackers coach as Aggie head football coach Kevin Sumlin completed his full-time staff.

"Matt has done a great job at the Air Force Academy and he will be a great addition to our staff," Sumlin said. "He is another coach on our staff with coordinator experience as well as experience serving as a recruiting coordinator (2006 Kansas State)."

Wallerstedt served as the associate head coach, defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach at Air Force the past two seasons. He had served the two previous seasons as assistant head coach and inside linebackers coach for the Falcons.

A 1984 high school graduate from Manhattan High School in Kansas, Wallerstedt was a four-year letterman at Kansas State leading the Wildcats in tackles as a junior and senior and earning All-America honors as a linebacker for KSU in 1987.

He began his coaching career in 1988 as a student assistant at Kansas State and served two years as a graduate assistant at Arizona State before taking a break from coaching and entering private business. His first full-time coaching position came at Fort Hays State for two years as a defensive line coach. From Fort Hays State he went to Emporia State for one year as a defensive backs coach and then landed at the University of Wyoming for six seasons working with the defensive line and inside linebackers.

He was promoted to the Cowboys' defensive coordinator for the 2000-02 seasons. Wallerstedt spent one year at North Alabama as the defensive coordinator and two years at Akron before returning to his alma mater of Kansas State as linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator in 2006. He added special teams coordinator to his responsibilities in 2007 before moving to Colorado Springs and the Air Force Academy in 2008.

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