Update: Toledo coach Matt Campbell names as new ISU football coach

University of Toledo Coach Matt Campbell.

University of Toledo Coach Matt Campbell.

Ryan Young

Toledo head coach Matt Campbell has agreed to become the next head football coach at Iowa State, according to a press release from the ISU Athletic Department on Sunday.

“Matt’s coaching and playing achievements are extraordinary, but we were even more impressed by his character, leadership and commitment to his family,” Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard said in a statement. “I could not be more excited to welcome Matt, Erica and their children to the Cyclone Family. We are truly blessed to have one of the industry’s rising stars leading our football program.”

Pollard offered Campbell a six-year contract with a first-year salary of $2 million. Campbell will be introduced as head coach at a news conference on Monday at noon.

“I couldn’t be more excited to receive the opportunity to coach at Iowa State,” Campbell said in the release. “Two years ago after we played the Cyclones in Ames, I called my wife (Erica) and said you simply would not believe this place. Their fans, the game-day environment and facilities are all incredible.  I could see us living in Ames and me coaching the Cyclones some day. My family and I are truly humbled.”

Campbell assumed the top job at Toledo in 2011 and has complied a career record of 35-15 as a head coach. He also took the Rockets to three bowl games in his tenure at Toledo. 

Campbell is currently the second-youngest coach in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Sunday’s official announcement came on Campbell’s 36th birthday.

The official hiring was announced just one day after Paul Rhoads coached his final game as the Iowa State head coach — a 30-6 loss to West Virginia. Rhoads went 32-54 in his seven seasons at Iowa State and led the Cyclones to three bowl-game appearances.

Current ISU running back coach Louis Ayeni coached at Toledo with Campbell and would be expected to stay on staff with Campbell at Iowa State.

“Today is a great day for Iowa State University and all of our alums and fans,” said ISU president Steven Leath in a press release.  “Matt’s prior competitive accomplishments, unwavering commitment to academic success and his relentless pursuit of excellence, all align perfectly with our institution’s strategic vision.”