Matt St. Germain enters his first season as the Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach in 2018. Prior to joining the Red Ravens, he was the Defensive Coordinator for three seasons at Ellsworth Community College.
In 2016, while at Ellsworth, Coach St. Germain was the architect of a Panther defense that held opponents to 296.8 total yds/gm (22nd), surrendered 166.4 passing yds/gm (18th), while giving up 22.09 offensive pts/gm (22nd). Along with the 27 takeaways and 38 sacks, the defense also blocked 4 PATs and returned them for 2 points.
Also while at Ellsworth, the Panthers went 3-0 in Bowl games. The defense in the 2014 Graphic Edge Bowl set or tied multiple bowl records including: 5 total 1st Downs, 0 1st Downs rushing, 28 rushing yards on 29 attempts (0.9 avg), and 5 takeaways. In the 2015 Graphic Edge Bowl, the defense held the nation’s leading rusher to 41 yards on 14 carries (2.9 avg).
During his tenure at Ellsworth CC, He coached 31 All-Conference Defensive Players, two NJCAA All-Americans, and the NJCAA Defensive Player of the Week. Ryan Guthrie was an Honorable Mention All-American in 2015 while finishing 5th in the country in total tackles, accumulating 5 sacks, 12.5 TFLs, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 2 INTs, 4 PBUs, and 3 blocked kicks all from the LB position. Guthrie was a 1st Team All-American in 2016, finishing 3rd in the country in total tackles, along with 7.5 sacks, 25.5 TFLs, 3 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries, 1 INT, 1 PBU, and 2 blocked kicks. Louy Compton, from his OLB position, was a 2nd Team All-American in 2016 by finishing 4th in the country in sacks with 13.5.
While at Coe College from 2010-2013, the Kohawks went 32-10. The two-time Iowa Conference Champions were D-III Playoff Qualifiers in 2010 and 2012. St. Germain spent his first year on the offensive side coaching the Running Backs. That year he coached Brendan Leiran to 1st Team All-Conference and 2nd Team West Region status. Leiran rushed for 1,225 yards which was 111.4 yds/gm and 5.9 per carry. The next three years St. Germain was the Linebackers Coach and Special Teams Coordinator. In 2012, the Kohawks finished the regular season 10-0 behind a defense that surrendered 11.1 pts/gm, 3.0 rushing yds/att, 54.6% completion, had 16 INTs against 12 passing TDs, 30 takeaways, 31 sacks, 29.6% opponent 3rd Down success rate, and the #1 Red Zone defense. The 2013 season saw the defense only surrender 16.0 pts/gm. The Kickoff Return and Punt Return units led by St. Germain finished 1st in the conference that year as well.
St. Germain spent the 2009 season at Truman State in Kirksville, MO. He was the Special Teams Coordinator, Strength & Conditioning Coordinator, and the DL coach. In his short time there, he was able to implement a summer lifting and conditioning program, an in-season mass building program for red-shirts, and an off-season program that included a flexibility program.
St. Germain spent the 2008 season at Stonehill College in Massachusetts. During that year he coached George Whetstone, a converted LB to DL, to 1st Team All-Conference accolades. The defense averaged 3 sacks per game. His Kickoff Return unit led the conference behind the All-Rookie Return Specialist of the year, Stephen Neville.
From 2006-2007 St. Germain spent time at the University of LaVerne in southern California before his move out east. While at LaVerne, he was the Defensive Coordinator and Co-Special Teams Coordinator. In 2006 he was responsible for coaching both the LBs and the DBs, while in 2007 he coached both the LBs and the DL. During those two years Coach St. Germain coached two 2nd Team All-Conference LBs, a 2nd Team All-Conference DL, and a 2nd Team All-Conference Return Specialist.
In his first two seasons at Saint Joseph’s College (IN), the Pumas earned their place in the record books. While coaching the Defensive Backs in 2004, the Pumas celebrated their first winning season in eight years (7-4). In 2005, as the Co-Defensive Coordinator, Special Teams Coordinator, Defensive Line Coach, they were the GLFC Conference Champions and recorded the first back-to-back winning seasons (7-4) at the school in 16 years.
As a Graduate Assistant at Western Illinois University, the Leathernecks made two appearances in the Division I-AA Playoffs – earning the right to play in the quarterfinals in 2002 and 2003. St. Germain assisted with the Linebackers, Defensive Line and Defensive Backs in each of his three years on staff.
Coach St. Germain and his wife, Erin, reside in Coffeyville. They have two children, a son, Keaton and a daughter, Cadence.
BA – University of Iowa
MA – Western Illinois University