Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Temple names Snow defensive coordinator

PHILADELPHIA - Temple University head football coach Matt Rhule announced the additions of Phil Snow as defensive coordinator and Jeremy Scott as head strength and conditioning coach to his staff on Tuesday.

Snow, who worked with Rhule at UCLA in 2001, joins the Owls after three seasons as the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Eastern Michigan.

“When I had the opportunity to return to Temple, I could not have wanted to bring any coach to North Broad Street more than Phil Snow,” Rhule said.  “In my one year with Coach Snow at UCLA, a year in which he engineered a defensive turnaround in his first season there and led the Pac 10 in several defensive categories, I saw first-hand what he could bring to a defense and to its players.  Not only does he bring NFL coaching experience, 20 years of experience as a defensive coordinator at the Division 1 level, including 13 in the PAC-10, multiple players winning conference player of the year honors and many more moving on to NFL careers; he is one of the finest teachers I have ever been around.  The defensive turnaround at Eastern Michigan in 2012 leading to that program’s first non-losing season in years once again proved that Phil has the ability to develop and train great defensive players at all levels. Our coaches, players, and program will benefit daily from his presence.”

Scott comes to North Broad Street after 14 seasons at Penn State where he worked with Rhule during his playing days.

“I have known Jeremy Scott forever,” Rhule said. “His expertise in speed, strength, and agility will benefit our team for years to come. We are happy that he has joined our team.”

The Owls begin spring practice in March in preparation for their second season of BIG EAST Conference play in 2013.  Temple returns 46 letterwinners and 15 starters, including Freshman All-American and BIG EAST Rookie of the Year Tyler Matakevich. The Owls open the 2013 slate at Notre Dame on August 31.

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