No. 20 Toledo's Matt Campbell is Headed Places

By D.J. Byrnes on October 21, 2015 at 10:41 am
Matt Campbell, Toledo Coach

Rockets head coach Matt Campbell has Toledo on the move. His Rockets have proved beating Arkansas was no fluke. They sit at 7-0 and No. 20 in the country.

For Campbell, it started at the bottom.


"Phrases such as: Good Morning, Be Safe, How Are You and Have a Great Day are all part of who I am,” the poster reads at the bottom. “I am the Respectful Rocket!”

That message is only a small window into what is happening this season at Toledo, which vaulted into national consciousness on Sept. 12 with a win at Arkansas and has kept going, rising all the way to No. 20 in the Amway Coaches Poll. But it does reflect something about how Campbell, who got the job at age 32 and is now 32-13 overall in his fourth season, has become one of the hottest coaches in America and perhaps the next great one to rise out of the Mid-American Conference.

A voracious reader who played during the championship dynasty atNCAA Division III Mount Union and walks past a picture of former Toledo coach Nick Saban every time he enters his office, Campbell believes strongly in process and culture where no detail — even manners — is too small.

A man that understands his team's off-the-field culture makes a massive impact on results... no wonder Urban Meyer tried to poach him upon his arrival in Columbus. 

Toledo travels to UMass on Saturday to face the 1-5 Minutemen. Buy stock in Campbell while you can, because he won't be in Toledo for much longer.

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