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Matt Wells
  Matt Wells

Tight End Coach/Recruiting Coordinator

Matt Wells is in his fifth year with the Golden Hurricane and will once again coach the tight ends. He also serves as Tulsa's recruiting coordinator.

Over the past three seasons, Tulsa's tight ends have been instrumental in the success of the offense. Wells coached 2005 All-American Garrett Mills, who established an NCAA single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end with 1,235 yards, and ended his career ranked as the top receiving tight end in school history with 2,389 career yards, which also placed him sixth on the school's all-time receiving chart.

Previously, Wells also coached Caleb Blankenship, who was an honorable mention all-conference selection in 2003 and 2004. Tulsa's tight ends caught the most passes in the nation for tight ends with 89 receptions for 855 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2003, and in 2004 combined for 919 yards on 83 catches.

Under his direction as recruiting coordinator, the 2004 incoming class was rated as the top-ranked class in the Western Athletic Conference by PrepStar magazine and Rivals.com, while the 2005 class of newcomers was ranked as the top class in Conference USA by Rivals.com.

Wells came to Tulsa after spending five seasons (1997-01) as an assistant coach at the U.S. Naval Academy. He coached the wide receivers for the Midshipmen in 2001, and before that coached the varsity fullbacks for three seasons (1998-2000). In 1997, Wells served as a service academy assistant coach for the varsity, assisting with coaching the quarterbacks and fullbacks.

During the 1998-2000 seasons, Wells also served as the head junior varsity coach and offensive coordinator. In his three years as JV coach, his teams posted an overall 20-2 record.

Wells, who played his prep football at Sallisaw (Okla.) High School, recruited the state of Oklahoma in each of his five seasons at Navy.

A three-year letterman at Utah State, Wells played quarterback for four years (1993-96), and was the starter as a sophomore. During his senior campaign, Wells also played free safety. A three-time All-Big West Academic selection, he was a member of Big West Conference Championship teams in 1993 and 1996.

Wells, 33, received his bachelor's degree in business marketing from Utah State in 1996. He and his wife, Jen, have two daughters: Jadyn and Ella.

Alma Mater: Utah State '96
Birthdate: August 10, 1973
Hometown: Sallisaw, Okla.
College Coaching Experience: 9 years (1997-05). Entering fifth year at Tulsa
Playing Experience: Three-year letterman and starter as a quarterback at Utah State (1994-96)
Recruiting Areas: Tulsa and Eastern Oklahoma, North Texas, Northwest Arkansas

Bowl Games as a Player

  • 1993 Las Vegas Bowl (Utah State)

    Bowl Games as a Coach

  • 2003 Humanitarian Bowl (Tulsa)
  • 2005 AutoZone Libery Bowl (Tulsa)