Matt Coyne enters his second season as the defensive coordinator/linebackers coach, and will also coordinate the special teams. A 2012 Wesleyan alum, Coyne played and coached for the Cardinals from 2010-2015. He was the quarterback from 2010-2012 and was voted captain in his senior campaign. Coyne was also awarded the Thomas W. Eck, Jr. Memorial award in 2011 and 2012 for exemplifying the best in team spirit, sportsmanship, and devotion to the game of football.
In 2017, Wesleyan’s defense ranked second in the NESCAC in points (16.1) and third in total yards allowed (305.1) per game. At linebacker, Brandon Morris ’19 led the conference in tackles with 95 and added for four sacks en route to First Team All-Conference honors. Linebacker Shayne Kaminski ’18 was named Second Team All-NESCAC and finished his senior campaign with 62 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, and one defensive touchdown.
After graduating from Wesleyan in 2012, Coyne joined the staff as the wide receivers coach from 2013-2015. He was responsible for coaching and developing First Team All-NESCAC receiver Jay Fabien '15 and Second Team All-NESCAC receiver Josh Hurwitz '15. During his time at Wesleyan, Coyne was part of one of the most prolific offenses in program history in 2013, as the Cardinals' captured their first-ever NESCAC Championship and first outright Little Three title in 43 years. In 2015, Coyne completed his Master’s in Social Sciences from Wesleyan's GLSP program.
Shortly after, Coyne joined the staff at Oberlin College to coach the quarterbacks and handle the pass game coordinator duties. He was responsible for coaching and developing quarterbacks Lucas Poggiali (2015) and Zach Taylor (2016). Poggiali finished second in career passing yards and holds the single-game passing record of 506 yards during the 2015 season. Taylor, a freshman in 2016, moved into sixth place in program history for single-season passing yardage. In 2016, Coyne was promoted to offensive coordinator for the Yeomen.
Coyne, a native of Bristol, Conn., played for Bristol Central High School where he earned All-State and All-Conference in both football and baseball. Coyne is responsible for recruiting New Jersey, California, Ohio, and all national linebacker prospects.