Matt House, a coach with a Super Bowl Championship on his resume, has been named LSU’s defensive coordinator, head coach Brian Kelly announced on Dec. 28, 2021.
House, currently the linebacker coach for the Kansas City Chiefs, will commence his duties with LSU, including recruiting, once the NFL season is complete.
House, now in his third season as the linebacker coach for the Chiefs, spent three seasons with Kentucky, two as defensive coordinator, from 2016-18. He’s also had defensive coordinator duties at Pittsburgh (2013-2014) and Florida International (2015).
As a member of the Chiefs coaching staff, House helped the organization to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances during the 2019 and 2020 season. The Chiefs have won 37 regular season games since House joined the coaching staff.
This year, the Chiefs have clinched the AFC West with an 11-4 overall and they are led by a defense that ranks among the top five in the NFL in points allowed per game (20.4) and takeaways (28).
In his first season with the Chiefs in 2019, House was part of a Kansas City team that posted a 12-4 mark during the regular season and then swept through the postseason, capped by a 31-20 win over the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV.
In 2020, the Chiefs won 14 games during the regular season and reached the Super Bowl for the second consecutive year.
At Kentucky, House’s defense anchored a Wildcat team that reached three consecutive bowl games, a first for the school in nearly a decade. The Wildcats capped the school’s first 10-win season in 2018 ranked No. 12 in the nation following a 27-24 victory over Penn State in the Citrus Bowl.
House’s 2018 Kentucky defense ranked No. 6 in the nation in points allowed per game as the Wildcats held opponents to six opponents to 14 points or less six times. In his first year with the Wildcats, House served as the special teams coordinator/inside linebackers coach.
House spent one season as the defensive coordinator at Florida International (2015) in which his defense limited four opponents to less than 14 points and finished the season ranked 16th nationally in red zone defense. House’s defense boasted five players who earned all-conference honors and four would go on to sign NFL contracts.
Before his time in Lexington and Miami, House spent time as a defensive coordinator at Pittsburgh (2012-14) where he coached first round NFL Draft pick Aaron Donald. Donald has since become one of the most dominant defenders in the NFL, twice being named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year. Pitt won two bowl games during House’s three years with the Panthers.
Prior to returning to the college game, House spent four years in the NFL, serving as defensive quality control/assistant linebacker coach for the St. Louis Rams (2009-11) and special teams/strength and conditioning assistant for the Carolina Panthers (2008).
In his one season in Carolina, the Panthers went 12-4 and claimed the NFC South title.
House’s final stop of his first collegiate stint was at the University of Buffalo (2006-07), where he was the defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator for the Bulls. Buffalo captured the MAC East title in 2007 and in 2008, the Bulls played in a bowl game for the first time in school history.
House also coached on the defensive side of the ball at North Carolina (2003-04) and Gardner-Webb (2005).
House began his coaching career at Michigan State University (2001-02) as a graduate assistant, helping the Spartans to the 2001 Silicon Valley Classic working with the secondary and special teams units.
House and his wife Jessi have four children – Avery, Jackson, Jacob and Trent. The Harrison, Michigan native is a 2000 graduate of Michigan State.
Matt House Coaching History
Year School Position, Postseason
2001-02 Michigan State Graduate Assistant, Secondary
2003-04 North Carolina Defensive Assistant
2005 Gardner-Webb Defensive Line
2006-07 Buffalo Defensive Backs, Recruiting Coordinator
2008 Carolina Panthers Special Teams Asst., S&C Asst., NFC Playoffs
2009-11 St. Louis Rams Quality Control Coach, Defensive Assistant Linebackers Coach
2012 Pittsburgh Secondary Coach
2013-14 Pittsburgh Defensive Coordinator
2015 Florida International Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers
2016-18 Kentucky Inside Linebackers, Special Teams Coordinator, 2016; Defensive Coordinator 2017-18
2019-21 Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers