Scott Frost is getting the Oregon gang back together. At least in part.
Nebraska has added Matt Lubick to the staff as its offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach, replacing the recently departed Troy Walters.
“Matt Lubick is a great addition to our coaching staff,” Frost said in a statement Friday evening. “I have always wanted to work with Matt again since our days at Oregon together. He is the only person I considered for this position.
“Matt has an innovate offensive mind, provides a veteran presence on our staff and brings a proven track record of success at the Power Five level. Matt and I developed a great relationship working together previously, and I look forward to adding his expertise to our offensive staff.”
“I am humbled to have the opportunity to be part of Nebraska Football,” Lubick said. “Growing up I was in awe of Tom Osborne and Bob Devaney’s unmatched run of success. It is a special situation for me to be reunited with an elite staff and Coach Frost who is the best in the business. The University of Nebraska is a world-class institution with the best fan base in college football.”
Lubick spent three seasons on the Oregon staff with Scott Frost, replacing the Huskers' head coach as wide receivers coach in 2013 when Frost was promoted to offensive coordinator with the Ducks. Lubick again filled a role vacated by Frost in 2016, replacing Frost as Oregon's offensive coordinator. He then spent the 2017 and 2018 seasons as the co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at Washington before resigning and spending last year as the Director of University Relations at Canvas Credit Union, the official credit union of Colorado State University.
Lubick is the son of Sonny Lubick, a Colorado State hall-of-famer and the second-winningest coach in program history. Matt played defensive back at NAIA Western Montana College, with designs on becoming a dentist, before deciding to join the family business as a graduate assistant on Sonny's Colorado State staff in 1995.
Lubick then made stops at Cal State Northridge (1996), San Jose State (1997-98), Oregon State (1999-2000), again at Colorado State (2001-04), Mississippi (2005-06) and Arizona State (2007-09), coaching defensive backs or wide receivers at each stop. In 2010, Lubick accepted the wide receivers coach position on David Cutcliffe's staff at Duke. Lubick was named Football Scoop's Wide Receivers Coach of the Year in 2012, a season in which three Blue Devil receivers recorded 65-plus receptions, each ranking in the top 55 nationally that year.
The success in Durham paved the way for Lubick to join Oregon following Chip Kelly's departure, the promotion of Mark Helfrich to head coach and Frost's rise from wide receivers coach to offensive coordinator. He was the Ducks' passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach for three top-five offenses before becoming Oregon's offensive coordinator in 2016 following Frost's departure for UCF. Lubick wasn't retained when new head coach Willie Taggart took over in 2017, but he was in high-demand. He accepted a job as Mississippi's wide receivers coach in December of 2016, resigned to take the same position at Baylor under Matt Rhule in February of 2017 before jumping again to become to co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach for Chris Petersen at Washington, where he spent two seasons.
A passing-game specialist, all six of the offenses Lubick helped coach at Oregon and Washington ranked in the top 40 nationally in SP+, an overall power ranking. Those offense also all ranked in the top 40 in passing SP+. (National rank in parentheses.)
|SCHOOL||YEAR||POS.||OFF SP+||PASSING SP+|
|Oregon||2013||PGC/WR||46.8 (4)||120.1 (4)|
|Oregon||2014||PGC/WR||48.1 (1)||120.3 (3)|
|Oregon||2015||PGC/WR||46.7 (1)||113 (13)|
|Oregon||2016||OC/WR||42.5 (6)||105 (39)|
|Washington||2017||co-OC/WR||39.4 (8)||109.4 (21)|
|Washington||2018||co-OC/WR||34.5 (34)||107.8 (27)|
Frost's first two offenses at Nebraska ranked 42nd and 41st in offensive SP+. The 2018 offense was 61st in team passer rating and the 2019 group was 73rd. Each of the past six offenses that included Lubick ranked 41st or better nationally in team passer rating. His three offenses with Frost on the same staff––2013, 2014 and 2015––ranked in the top 10.
Four wide receivers who have played for Lubick have been drafted since 2014: Duke's Jamison Crowder, Oregon's Josh Huff and Dillon Mitchell, and Washington's Dante Pettis.
Brandon is the Managing Editor for Hail Varsity and has covered Nebraska athletics for the magazine and web since 2012, Hail Varsity’s first season on the scene. His sports writing has also been featured by Fox Sports, The Guardian and CBS Sports.