Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Matt Guerrieri joined the Duke staff in July of 2012 and serves as a graduate assistant coach, working with the Blue Devil defense.
Guerrieri coaches Duke’s safeties, and in 2013 aided in the development of Jeremy Cash, a second team All-America choice by USA Today. In his first season as a Blue Devil, Cash posted 121 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and a team-best four interceptions.
As Duke claimed the 2013 ACC Coastal Division championship and won a school record 10 games, the defensive backfield also featured safeties DeVon Edwards (64 tackles & 3 interceptions), Deondre Singleton (63 tackles & 1 interception) and Dwayne Norman (43 tackles). Edwards was honored as the Walter Camp Foundation’s National Defensive Player of the Week after returning two interceptions for touchdowns in Duke’s win over N.C. State.
The Blue Devils recorded 26 takeaways in 2013 — the fourth-highest total in the ACC — and their average points allowed in the fourth quarter (4.64) ranked second in the conference, trailing only 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 College 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, is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Christian studies.