Iowa State Cyclones hire Matt Campbell as Head Coach

Nick Piotrowicz, of the Toledo Blade, has confirmed that Iowa State University will hire Toledo coach Matt Campbell as their new head football coach.

The Cyclones said goodbye to Paul Rhoads last Sunday after blowing a 35-14 lead against Kansas State. Rhoads was allowed to coach one last game as a Cyclone, ending his career in a 30-6 loss to West Virginia.

Matt Campbell Hired as New Iowa State Head Coach

Campbell was at Toledo for seven years, three as an offensive line coach, (overlapping his second two years of being the offensive coordinator) and four as the head coach.

He took over the program in 2011 and stood in as the interim coach for Toledo’s bowl game – a one point win over Air Force in the Military Bowl.

Campbell left Toledo with a 35-15 career record, three bowl games in four years, and what could be a ten win final season at the helm of the Rockets program.

The Ohio native has never coached outside his home state, so moving to Ames and being a part of Big 12 football will be a big adjustment for him.

Campbell and Ayeni a Hit with Running Backs

It is not known whether Campbell will keep any of Paul Rhoads’ assistants on staff, but he did work with current Iowa State running backs coach Louis Ayeni when the two were at Toledo.

Ayeni preceded all-conference running back Kareem Hunt, who ran for 129 yards against Iowa State and 894 yards in the season.

The running backs coach also recruited Mike Warren, Iowa State’s star back who rushed for 1,265 yards for Iowa State as a freshman.

It is not known what Campbell will bring to Iowa State quite yet, but the future is looking mighty fine for the Cyclones.

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