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Mickey Matthews

Title Head Coach
College James Madison
Sport Football
Conference Colonial Athletic Association
Place of birth Andrews, Texas
Career highlights
Overall 82-50
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
1 FCS National Title (2004)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Kansas State (AC)
West Texas State (DC)
Houston (DB)
Southwest Texas State (DC)
Marshall (DC)
Georgia (DC)
James Madison

Michael Chester Matthews, also known as Mickey Matthews, (born November 8, 1953 in Andrews, Texas) is the head football coach at James Madison University, and has served in that role since 1999. Under Matthews's leadership, James Madison achieved a Division 1AA national football championship in 2004. His overall record as a head coach at JMU is 82-50.[1]



Matthews started his coaching career as an assistant coach at Lamar High School, in Texas, working with offensive backs. During the 1978 season, he joined Kansas State University, as an assistant coach. During the 1980-1981 seasons, he served as a defensive coordinator of Southwest Texas State. From 1982-1985, he became an assistant coach at UTEP. In the following 1986 season, he worked at the University of Houston as a defensive backs coach. In the 1987 season, he held that same position, only at Texas Christian University. During the 1988 and 1989 seasons, he coached at Southwest Texas State. From 1990-1995, he served as the assistant head coach at Marshall University. From 1996-1998, he became an assistant coach at the University of Georgia. Finally, since 1999, he has been the head coach at James Madison University. The team had gone 3-8 in the year before, but Matthews turned them around that season and led them to an 8-4 record, an Atlantic 10 title, and the school's first postseason appearance since 1995. Matthews won the Eddie Robinson Award that year, annually given to the top head coach in the Football Championship Subdivision of Division 1 football. Five years later, after failing to make the postseason four years in a row, Matthews finally lead the Dukes to the playoffs again. They became the first team to ever win three straight road games and win the National Championship. The Dukes would make the playoffs again in 2006 and 2007. On February 25, 2008, amidst rumors of leaving JMU to help start the football program at The University of South Alabama, Coach Matthews signed an extension with JMU to coach through the 2012 season. [2] On September 27, 2008, JMU beat University of Maine 24-10, earning Matthews his 68th career win at JMU to become the school's all-time winningest coach. [3] On November 22, 2008, the Matthews led Dukes defeated Towson University to finish conference play undefeated, winning the CAA outright and qualifying for their third straight FCS playoff appearance.

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Rank#
James Madison Dukes (Atlantic 10) (1999–2006)
1999 James Madison 8-3-0 7-1-0 1st L 27-7 vs Troy FCS First Round 12/13
2000 James Madison 6-5-0 4-4-0 4th 25
2001 James Madison 2-9-0 0-9-0 11th
2002 James Madison 5-7-0 3-6-0 9th
2003 James Madison 6-6-0 4-5-0 7th
2004 James Madison 13-2-0 7-1-0 T-1st W 31-21 vs. Montana FCS Championship 1
2005 James Madison 7-4-0 5-3-0 2nd (South) 25
2006 James Madison 9-3-0 7-1-0 1st (South) L 35-31 vs Youngstown State FCS First Round 9
James Madison Dukes (CAA) (2007–present)
2007 James Madison 8-4-0 6-2-0 2nd (South) L 28-27 vs Appalachian State FCS First Round 12
2008 James Madison 12-2-0 8-0-0 1st (South) L 35-27 vs. Montana FCS Semi-Final 3
2009 James Madison 6-5-0 4-4-0 T-5th (South)
Total: 82-50-0
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title
Indicates BCS bowl game. #Rankings from final Coaches Poll.

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