Matt Luke was added to the Blue Devil coaching staff in January of 2008 and serves as Duke’s offensive coordinator/running game while coaching the offensive line.
For the second straight season, the Blue Devil offensive line ranked third in the ACC in sacks allowed per passing attempt in 2010. The offensive front helped Duke to its highest yards per game average since 1989 as Sean Renfree became the fourth quarterback in school history to throw for 3,000 or more yards in a single season while the rushing attack nearly doubled its total from the previous year. The Blue Devil run game produced 19 touchdowns — Duke’s highest total since 1995.
In 2009, Duke’s offensive line provided protection for All-ACC quarterback Thaddeus Lewis as the Blue Devils ranked third in the league in sacks allowed per passing attempt. Duke led the conference and finished ninth nationally in passing offense while Lewis and wide receiver Donovan Varner ranked first in the ACC in total offense and pass receptions, respectfully.
Under Luke’s guidance, both guard Dave Harding and tackle Perry Simmons received Freshman All-America honors in 2010. In 2009, guard Brian Moore was a Freshman All-ACC selection by Sporting News.
Luke came to Duke following two seasons at Tennessee where he served as recruiting coordinator while coaching the tight ends and assisting with the offensive line.
During Luke’s two-year stay (2006-07) in Knoxville, the Volunteers went 19-8 with one SEC Eastern Division championship and two appearances in the Outback Bowl. In 2007, Tennessee tight end Chris Brown caught 41 passes for 282 yards and six touchdowns while fellow end Brad Cottam’s 31-yard touchdown reception proved to be the difference in the Vols’ 21-17 win over Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl.
On the recruiting front, Tennessee’s 2007 class was rated third-best nationally by Rivals.com and fourth-best in the country by Scout.com.
A native of Gulfport, Miss., Luke lettered four seasons (1995-98) as a center at Ole Miss. A starter in 33 career games for the Rebels, he served as team captain in 1998 as Ole Miss posted a 7-5 ledger and defeated Texas Tech in the Independence Bowl. He was named the 1998 Ole Miss Most Valuable Senior by the Jackson (Miss.) Touchdown Club and twice earned Academic All-SEC honors.
Following his playing career, he served as a student assistant coach at Ole Miss under current Duke head coach David Cutcliffe in 1999, helping the Rebels to an 8-4 ledger with regular season wins against Auburn, South Carolina, LSU and Arkansas as well as a 27-25 triumph over Oklahoma in the Independence Bowl. He graduated in May of 2000 with a degree in business administration.
Luke then spent two years (2000-01) coaching the offensive line at Murray State before returning to his alma mater to guide the Rebel tight ends and offensive line for four seasons (2002-05). Ole Miss won two bowl games during that stretch, defeating Nebraska in the Independence Bowl to close the 2002 season and upending Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl a year later to cap a 10-3 campaign that included a share of the SEC Western Division championship.
Luke is married to the former Ashley Grantham of Oxford, Miss., and the couple has one son, Harrison. His father, Tommy, was a defensive back at Mississippi in the 1960s while his brother, Tom, quarterbacked the Rebels from 1989-91.