Matt Guerrieri joined the staff in July of 2012 and serves as an assistant coach. Guerrieri served as a graduate assistant coach with the Blue Devils for his first three seasons and was promoted to assistant coach in January of 2015.
In Guerrieri’s four seasons on the Duke staff, the Blue Devils have compiled 33 wins, captured the 2013 ACC Coastal Division championship and made four straight bowl game appearances. Guerrieri has coached Duke’s safeties over the past three seasons (2013-14-15), where he aided in the development of Jeremy Cash, a three-time All-America choice, and DeVon Edwards, an All-ACC selection in both 2014 and 2015.
The 2015 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, Cash finished his Duke career with 336 tackles, 38.0 tackles for loss, 8.0 sacks and six interceptions. As a junior in 2014, he was the only defensive back in the nation to post 100-plus tackles, 10.0-plus tackles for loss and 5.0-plus quarterback sacks and the, as a senior, was finalist for both the Nagurski Trophy (national player of the year) and Thorpe Award (top defensive back in the nation). Edwards enjoyed another banner season in 2015 by recording 101 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss, one interception and six pass breakups while establishing the school single-season record for kickoff returns for touchdowns with three.
As Duke went 9-4 and earned a berth in the 81st Hyundai Sun Bowl, the Blue Devils ranked among the nation’s leaders in third down defense (15th), pass efficiency defense (23rd) and scoring defense (24th). Both Edwards (7th; 0.38) and Cash (17th; 0.31) ranked among the nation’s top 20 in caused fumbles per game while Edwards placed 19th in the country in solo tackles per game (5.9). In the ACC, Edwards ranked third in total tackles per game (10.23) while Cash was eighth (8.54). Duke’s third starting safety, Deondre Singleton, finished the year with 70 tackles and seven pass breakups.
In 2013, the Blue Devils recorded 26 takeaways and their average points allowed in the fourth quarter (4.64) ranked second in the conference, trailing only eventual national champion Florida State. In addition, Duke won all four of its road ACC games by allowing an average of 19.5 points per contest in victories over North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
Before joining the Blue Devils, Guerrieri served as a defensive graduate assistant coach at Lenoir-Rhyne University in 2011, helping coach the secondary and the outside linebackers. He assisted in guiding the Bears to the 2011 South Atlantic Conference championship and coached safety Michael Green to all-conference and all-region honors.
Guerrieri was a three-year letterman on the gridiron at Davidson College, where he started at safety. He served as senior captain for the Wildcats and was a three-time All-Pioneer Football League Honor Roll selection.
Guerrieri, who graduated from Davidson in 2011 with a degree in sociology, earned a master’s degree in Christian studies from Duke in 2014.