Matt Wells leaves Utah State for Texas Tech


LOGAN, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – Matt Wells is moving on.

After six seasons as head coach at Utah State, including a 10-2 campaign in 2018, Wells has resigned to become the new head coach at Texas Tech.

“My family and I are excited to join the Red Raider family,” Wells said. “I am excited to meet the team and get to work on building an elite program that Red Raider fans will enjoy every Saturday.”

Utah State athletic director John Hartwell released this statement Wednesday night:

“I would like to thank Matt and his wife Jen for their significant contributions to Utah State University. Matt and his staff did an outstanding job of making Aggie football one of the best programs in the West. This is a special place and I am as excited as ever about our bright future.

“This is an extremely attractive job and we have already had tremendous interest from some very good football coaches and some very good people. We have a roster full of talented young men who represent Utah State University very well on the field, in the classroom and in the community. 

“We will move as quickly and efficiently as we can with this search, but at the end of the day, we want to make sure we have the right person to build upon our success.”

Wells, who just won his second Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year award, will be formally introduced at an 10 a.m. news conference Saturday morning

“Quickly in the interview process, it became clear Matt Wells and his leadership style were a perfect fit to lead our football program,” said Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt. “We have a great future in store under Coach Wells, and I firmly believe he is the right coach to take us to an elite level. We are thrilled to welcome Coach Wells and his family to Lubbock.”

Wells will bring offensive coordinator David Yost and defensive coordinator Keith Patterson with him to Texas Tech. It is not clear if Wells will coach the Aggies in their bowl game.

Wells compiled a 44-34 overall record at his alma mater, leading Utah State to five bowl appearances during his six seasons. The 44 victories are the second most in school history. Utah State had made only eight bowl appearances in its history prior to Wells’ promotion from offensive coordinator after the 2012 season.

Wells is the only head coach in Utah State history to lead the Aggies to at least three bowl games as well as multiple bowl victories. Wells has pushed Utah State to two of its three 10-win campaigns in its history as the Aggies were 10-4 in his second season in 2014 and then 10-2 this season entering a potential bowl matchup.

This season, the Aggies had one of the most dynamic offenses in the country this season, averaging 47.2 points per game, which trails only Oklahoma and Alabama among schools nationally. Entering its bowl game, Utah State is slated to snap the single-season record for scoring average that was set in 1961 as the Aggies are averaging over 30 points per game for the third time under Wells.

Wells collected his second Mountain West Coach of the Year honor earlier this week, making him just the fifth Mountain West coach to receive the honor twice, joining the likes of Sonny Lubick, Rocky Long, Urban Meyer and Gary Patterson. He also received the accolade following his debut season in 2013.

Prior to accepting the head coaching position, Wells spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Aggies, serving as quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator in 2011 before being promoted to offensive coordinator a year later. Utah State won 18 games in those two seasons, including a school-record 11 victories in 2012. 

Utah State will learn his bowl fate on Sunday.

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