Tom Matukewicz knows a little something about wearing black and red. Those are the colors he’s worn in the past as a linebackers coach at Northern Illinois. Starting today, he’s wearing those colors again, only in a much different role.
Following much speculation earlier in the week, the former defensive coordinator at Toledo was officially announced to take over the Redhawks program Tuesday. It will be Matukewicz first head-coaching job, save an interim role he served for the Huskies bowl game in 2010.
“We are so fortunate to hire Tom Matukewicz as our head football coach,” SEMO director Mark Alnutt said. “Tom has been very successful in his coaching career and was very instrumental in transforming Southern Illinois and Northern Illinois into perennial winners.”
Matukewicz, the 13th head football coach in Southeast history, agreed to a four-year contract which will run through January 31, 2018. He will earn a base salary of $130,000 with additional compensation up to $57,000 per year. In addition, Matukewicz will have an opportunity to receive performance incentives as agreed upon by the Director of Athletics.
The 40-year old Matukewicz is familiar with football in Illinois. As an assistant, Matukewicz spent ten years under Jerry Kill at three different programs, including Southern Illinois from 2001-2007. After four years at Northern Illinois, Matukewicz became the defensive coordinator at Toledo in 2012.
“I am thrilled to be the new head football coach here at Southeast,” said Matukewicz. “I feel like I am well-prepared for this opportunity and look forward to making a difference not only in this football program, but in this region.”
If you’re looking for instant success in the FCS, you could do worse that following the blueprint of Eastern Illinois. Much like the Panthers, Southeast Missouri has reached out to a FBS coordinator at a relatively high-performing program for their next coach, although Toledo is no Baylor.