Matt Simon is in his second year at Rutgers and will work with the wide receivers in 2013 after spending last season in player development. He brings playing experience from both the Division I and NFL levels.
In 2012 with the Scarlet Knights, Simon assisted the coaching and academic personnel in day-to-day duties, also aiding with special teams film breakdown and game plans. He worked with the scout team by utilizing weekly scouting reports on upcoming opponents. Simon helped with calls and adjustments during games.
Prior to arriving in Piscataway, he worked as an assistant coach at the University of St. Thomas (Minn.) for the 2011 season and focused on tight ends and all four special teams units. Simon performed breakdown of opponent film, also coordinating film responsibilities and data entry. He recruited the state of Florida (Dade, Broward, Lee and Collier counties).
Simon started his coaching career at his alma mater, Northern Illinois, in offensive quality control in 2010. He put together weekly opponent scouting reports after breaking down film to help formulate game plans.
A wide receiver, Simon earned four letters for the Huskies from 2004-08 and served as a co-captain. He collected 1,660 receiving yards on 96 catches for an average of 17.3 yards per catch. Simon caught passes in 20 straight games during one stretch and totaled five career 100-yard receiving games. During his senior year, he was one of only 22 players in nation selected to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team for leadership and work in the community.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree as a science in organizational management major, he signed a contract with the New Orleans Saints and spent six months on the practice squad.
A native of Edina, Minn., Simon currently lives in Piscataway.