DURHAM, N.H.-- University of New Hampshire defensive coordinator Mark Matlak was recently promoted to the position of Associate Head Football Coach. The announcement was made today by first-year head football coach Sean McDonnell. Matlak is ready to enter his his 16th season as a veteran Wildcat assistant coach, and has proven to be a very talented tactician, recruiter and role model on and off the field.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., and a graduate of Chartiers Valley High School, Matlak played football and baseball in high school. He was also a dual-athlete in those sports at his alma mater, Allegheny College, until he graduated in 1978. An outstanding running back for the Gators, he was voted the Offensive Player of the Year in the President's Athletic Conference in his senior year and he was inducted into the Allegheny College Hall of Fame in 1989. Matlak coached at his alma mater for four years (1980-83) before arriving in Durham to work under former head coach Bill Bowes.
Named to the Defensive Coordinator post prior to the 1989 season, he previously coached the Wildcat defensive ends, including NFL player Ilia Jarostchuk, formerly of the New England Patriots. Mark and his wife, Karen, and son, Zachary, live in Dover.