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Rod Carey named Temple head football coach

Rod Carey, who served six years as the head coach at Northern Illinois University, has been named Temple University's head football coach.  He will be officially introduced at 4 p.m. today at a media conference in the University's Fox Gittis Room.

Carey, who was named NIU's head coach in December 2012, has coached the Huskies in six bowl games, including leading the Mid-American Conference power against Florida State in the 2013 Discover Orange Bowl.  He has compiled a 52-30 won-loss record at NIU with an impressive 38-10 record in conference play.

"We are very happy to announce that Rod Carey will take over as the next Temple head football coach," said Temple University Director of Athletics Dr. Patrick Kraft.  "Rod is a proven winner with a history of success as a head coach at the FBS level.  He has won four regular season titles and two MAC Championships at Northern Illinois while taking the Huskies to six bowl games, including the 2013 Orange Bowl.  He has also recruited and coached All-American players at NIU.

He possesses all of the qualities you want to see in a person and in a coach. He is a quality man of great character and a caring individual.  He is the perfect person to keep Temple Football's momentum moving forward."

"Our football program represents a great source of pride for our university and the city of Philadelphia, as well as for more than 300,000 alumni around the world," said President Richard M. Englert. "Coach Carey has a proven track record of success on the football field, and also in supporting the development of his players. We are confident he will also be successful here in representing Temple University, advancing our football program, and ensuring that our players continue to serve as leaders in the classroom, on the field, and in the community."

"I am really excited to lead the Temple University Football program and look forward to continuing its proud Temple TUFF tradition," said Carey. "I am extremely grateful to President Englert and Director of Athletics Dr. Patrick Kraft for the opportunity to take over one of the top programs in the American Athletic Conference.  This program is on the rise, coming off a record-setting class, and I look forward to raising the bar for success even higher.

I am also thankful to Northern Illinois University for the opportunity to lead the Huskies the past six years, and to former president John Peters and former athletic director Jeff Compher for their trust in hiring me in 2012 and current AD Sean Frazier for his support throughout my career there.  As much as I am looking forward to this incredible opportunity at Temple, it is bittersweet leaving my NIU family."

Under Carey, NIU has been the dominant program in the MAC over the past six seasons, winning four West Division titles and two MAC Championship games. 

Carey guided NIU to a perfect 12-0 regular season record in his first full year at the helm (2013), with that Huskie team spending nine weeks in the AP poll, rising as high as 16th.  He followed that year by guiding NIU to an 11-3 record in 2014, tying for the West Division title and winning the MAC Championship with a 51-17 victory over Bowling Green.

Three of the next four seasons saw Carey lead the Huskies to eight-win campaigns with his teams winning two more West Division titles.  This past season, the Huskies finished 8-6 overall, 6-2 in league play, and overcame a 29-10 third quarter deficit to defeat Buffalo, 30-29, in the MAC title game for its second conference championship under Carey. 

Success has not just come in league play for Carey's teams as NIU has posted a 4-2 mark against Big Ten opponents under his leadership. NIU's four wins during his tenure came against Iowa (2013), Purdue (2013), Northwestern (2014), and Nebraska (2017).

At NIU, Carey coached seven All-Americans, including defensive end Sutton Smith, who this year became the school's first two-time First Team All-American.

Carey rose quickly to the head coaching position upon his arrival on the NIU campus in 2011.   After joining the staff as an offensive line coach, he added run game coordinator to his duties for the 2012 season and then became the offensive coordinator following the team's first game.  Three months later he was named the head coach.

Prior to his arrival at NIU, Carey served as the offensive line coach for three seasons (2008-10) at the University of North Dakota. His line paved the way for UND 1,000-yard rusher Josh Murray (1,146 yards) in 2008 and for the No. 2 running back in the Great West Conference a year later. The Fighting Sioux also passed for 2,000 yards in 2009.

In the shortest stint of his coaching career, Carey was the offensive line coach at Illinois State for the 2007 season.  Prior to that, he served on the coaching staff at the University of Wisconsin-Stout for seven seasons (2000-06), where he was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.

A native of Wayzata, Minn., Carey began his collegiate coaching career at the University of Minnesota (1998-99) where he helped the Gophers to their first bowl game in over a decade with a trip to the 1999 Sun Bowl. Prior to UM, he spent four seasons in the high school ranks at his alma mater, Wayzata (Minn.) High School, from 1994-97.

A three-year starter at center for Indiana during his collegiate playing days (1990-93), Carey served as a team captain and won IU's Corby Davis Outstanding Offensive Player Award as a senior. He earned his bachelor's degree from Indiana in 1994.

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January 11, 2019


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