Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Matt Lubick joined the Blue Devil staff in February of 2010 and serves as Duke’s passing game coordinator and recruiting coordinator while coaching the Blue Devil wide receivers.
In 2011, the Blue Devils ranked second in the ACC in passing offense while wide receiver Conner Vernon — a two-time All-ACC selection — became the first player in league history to post multiple seasons with 70-plus receptions. In addition, wideout Donovan Varner eclipsed the school’s all-time catch record, closing his career with 207 receptions — matching the fourth-highest total in ACC history.
Duke’s 2011 passing attack featured four players — Varner, Vernon, wideout Brandon Braxton and tight end Cooper Helfet — that caught 40 or more passes, matching the school record set in 1982.
Vernon enjoyed a terrific season in 2010 with 73 receptions for 973 yards and four touchdowns. The All-ACC choice paced the conference in receptions per game (6.08) while his 73 catches fell one short of the school single-season record of 74 set by Wes Chesson in 1970. In addition, Vernon coupled with Varner (60 receptions, 736 yards) and Austin Kelly (47 receptions, 486 yards) to form the most prolific pass-catching trio in school history with a combined 180 grabs for 2,195 yards.
Duke’s passing attack ranked second in the ACC in 2010 as quarterback Sean Renfree became just the fourth player in school history to throw for 3,000 or more yards. In addition, the Blue Devils had five players — Vernon, Varner, Kelly, tight end Cooper Helfet (34) and running back Desmond Scott (34) — with 30 or more receptions for the just the second time in school history.
Lubick came to Durham after spending the previous three seasons (2007-09) on the staff at Arizona State. With the Sun Devils, Lubick served as assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator while coaching the safeties. In his three seasons spearheading the Sun Devils’ recruiting efforts, Arizona State’s classes ranked 17th (2008), 36th (2009) and 27th (2010) by Scout.com and 21st (2008), 30th (2009) and 35th (2010) by Rivals.com. In 2007, Lubick helped the Sun Devils to a 10-3 overall record that included a share of the Pac-10 championship, a final national ranking of No. 16 and an appearance in the Holiday Bowl.
Lubick is credited with signing Vontaze Burfict, the highest-rated prospect in Arizona State football history, as well as former Ole Miss standout Dexter McClusker, an All-SEC pick in 2009 after becoming the first player in league history to amass over 1,000 rushing yards and over 500 receiving yards in the same season. Lubick was named one of the top-10 recruiters in the Pac-10 by Rivals.com in each of his three years with the Sun Devils.
In 1995, Lubick got his start in coaching as a student assistant coach and academic supervisor under his father at Colorado State University. He then coached one season (1996) at California State-Northridge and two campaigns (1997-98) at San Jose State. From 1999-00, Lubick was on the staff at Oregon State where he coached the defensive backs while helping coordinate the Beavers’ recruiting efforts. In 2000, Oregon State enjoyed its finest season on the gridiron by posting an 11-1 overall ledger and defeating Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl.
A 1995 graduate of Colorado State, Lubick returned to his alma mater for a four-year stint on the coaching staff from 2001-04. Coaching the Rams’ wide receivers, he helped Colorado State to the 2002 Mountain West Conference championship as well as three straight bowl games in 2001 (New Orleans), 2002 (Liberty) and 2003 (San Francisco). Lubick then served two years (2005-06) on the staff at Ole Miss, coaching the wide receivers.
A native of Bozeman, Mont., Lubick attended Western Montana College where he earned four varsity letters as a defensive back on the football team and earned all-conference and NAIA All-America honors as a senior. He earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science from Colorado State in 1995.