Matt Eberflus
Matt Eberflus

Hometown:
Toledo, Ohio

Last College:
Toledo, '93

Position:
Assoc. H.C. / Def. Coord. / Safeties

Birthdate:
05/17/1970

Experience:
8th Year at MU


THE EBERFLUS FILE
COACHING EXPERIENCE
2006-Present Associate Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator, Safeties, Missouri
2004-2005 Defensive Coordinator, Safeties, Missouri
2001-2003 Defensive Coordinator, Defensive Backs, Missouri
1999-00 Defensive Backs, Toledo
1994-98 Outside Safeties, Toledo
1994-95 Recruiting Coordinator, Toledo
1992-93 Graduate Assistant, Toledo
PLAYING EXPERIENCE
Toledo (1988-91)
RECRUITING AREAS
Eastern Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, California Junior Colleges
EBERFLUS'
ALL-BIG 12 PERFORMERS
Michael Harden
CB - Hon. Men. (2003)
Nino Williams II
S - Hon. Men. (2003)
Jason Simpson
S - 2nd Team (2004), Hon. Men. (2005)
David Overstreet
S - Hon. Men. (2005), 2nd Team (2006)
Pig Brown
S - 2nd Team (2007)
William Moore
S - 2nd Team All-American (2007), 1st Team (2007)

Matt Eberflus is in his eighth year as defensive coordinator and his third with the title of associate head coach at Mizzou. The 2007 season marked Eberflus' 16th season under Gary Pinkel, and his ninth campaign coaching defensive backs. Eberflus, who is one of Missouri's top in-state recruiters, began working with the Tiger safeties in 2004, after overseeing the broader secondary in his first three years at MU. He was ranked in the spring by Rivals.com as the nation's #8 defensive coach.

In 2007, Eberflus' defense was at, or near, the top of the Big 12 in nearly every major defensive category. For his efforts, Eberflus was twice recognized as the National Defensive Coordinator of the Week. Eberflus' safeties Pig Brown and William Moore were recognized as the National Defensive Player of the Week and Moore was an Associated Press 2nd-Team All-American (1st-Team All-American by Rivals.com), respectively.

As the 2007 season progressed, Eberflus' safeties continued to improve, even when Brown was lost for the remainder of the season in game number eight to a season-ending injury. In spite of the loss, the secondary continued their improvement, and Moore served notice that the senior-to-be will be one of the nation's best safeties in 2008. Moore claimed Cotton Bowl Defensive MVP honors for his outstanding play as he helped lead the Tigers to a 38-7 rout of Arkansas.

Eberflus directed a Tiger defense that was among the nation's most improved in 2006. Mizzou ranked in the nation's top-35 in five different statistical categories, including pass defense, which ranked second in the Big 12 and 37th nationally, allowing 185.69 yards per game. The Tigers also excelled at keeping opponents off the scoreboard, as they allowed just 19.54 points per game (4th in the Big 12, 33rd nationally) - that was the lowest per-game points allowed at Mizzou since 1982. Senior safety David Overstreet capped his outstanding Tiger career by winning 2nd-Team All-Big 12 honors - a tribute to Eberflus' instruction, as Overstreet converted from quarterback prior to his sophomore season.

Eberflus was the architect behind Mizzou's stellar defense in 2004, which saw the Tigers become one of the top units in the country. Mizzou ended the season ranked second in the league in total defense, and 14th in the NCAA rankings, allowing an average of 301.36 yards per game. Mizzou's pass defense led the Big 12 in 2004, and ranked third nationally, allowing and average of just 149.27 yards per game. Eberflus' troops also ranked among the nation's top-25 in two other categories that season - pass efficiency defense (12th - 104.28 rating) and scoring defense (23rd - 19.55 ppg) - meaning the Tigers were among the nation's 25 best in four categories for the season. In 2004, the Tiger defense was top-notch in many other categories, and just a few of those included fewest opponent first downs allowed (first in the Big 12) and fourth-down defense (first). Mizzou also ranked second in the Big 12 that season in third-down defense, allowing opponents to convert on only 29.4 percent of their tries.

Eberflus did a masterful job in 2003 of molding together a relatively green defense into a steadily-improving unit that clearly made a difference in MU surging to an 8-5 record and Mizzou's first bowl game appearance since 1998. A look at the numbers shows that Eberflus' defense made great strides in 2004. After ranking 107th nationally in total defense in 2002 (450.33 ypg), MU allowed nearly 150 yards less per game in 2004, as noted above, and ranked 14th in the NCAA (301.35 ypg). Mizzou's pass defense made the most progress, making an amazing jump to third in the nation in 2004 (149.27 ypg), just two years after it ranked 113th nationally with an average allowance of 282.58 yards in 2002.

Two of Eberflus' secondary protégés, senior cornerback Michael Harden and junior safety Nino Williams II, earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors for their play in 2003. Additionally, safety Jason Simpson blossomed under Eberflus in 2004 into an all-league performer, as he was named second team All-Big 12 in what was a breakout season.

Known as a top-notch recruiter, Eberflus has landed several impact players in his short time at Mizzou, including All-American quarterback Brad Smith (Youngstown, Ohio) and wide receiver Sean Coffey (East Cleveland, Ohio), among many others. Eberflus recruited the following defense starters on Mizzou's 2007 record-breaking team: All-American safety William Moore, 1st-Team All-Big 12 linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, honorable mention All-Big 12 defensive end Tommy Chavis and cornerback Castine Bridges, as well as tailback Jimmy Jackson.

Eberflus is also credited with leading the recruiting efforts of two of the top high school players in the state of Missouri in the 2002 recruiting class, as he was instrumental in landing national recruits Dedrick Harrington and Joel Clinger.

Eberflus' secondary played a huge role in the University of Toledo become one of the top defensive teams in the country in 2000. The UT defense led the nation in turnover margin (+2.0 per game), recording 15 interceptions and 16 fumble recoveries. The Toledo secondary ranked 19th in the country in pass defense (187.45 ypg) and was part of a defense that was ranked third in the nation in total defense, giving up just 269 yards per game.

Eberflus was a four-year letterwinner and a three-year starter at linebacker for Toledo, earning first team All-Conference honors his junior and senior seasons. Eberflus was Toledo's captain as a senior. He led Toledo in tackles his last two seasons, making 89 stops in 1990 and 138 in 1991. He received the Nicholson Trophy as a senior for contributing the most toward the success of the team. He was inducted in February, 2004 into the Toledo Athletic Hall of Fame.

Eberflus earned a bachelor of education degree in 1993. Matt and his wife Kelly have two daughters, Grace and Giada.

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