Charlie Strong Makes Additions To Coaching Staff

More Spots Filled In For USF Coaching Staff

In the midst of USF receiving their first ever final Associated Press poll at number 19, new head coach Charlie Strong was busy filling in the final pieces of his new coaching staff.

On Wednesday Strong named Matt Mattox as the Bulls’ offensive line coach and run game coordinator.

Mattox is in his 11th year of coaching after spending last season on Strong’s coaching staff at Texas in the same position he has been named to a USF. In fact Mattox has spent the last four seasons alongside Sterling Gilbert at Tulsa, Bowling Green and Eastern Illinois.

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“Matt has done a terrific job with the offensive line and the running game everywhere he has been and he and Sterlin work very well together,” Strong said in a statement released by USF. “Matt is a young coach who bring a lot of energy and passion for the game of football and I think our players at South Florida will really enjoy working with him.”

Mattox coached All-Americans Connor Williams and running back D’Onta Foreman while at Texas. The Longhorns averaged 491.3 yards per game and 239.3 rushing yards per game. In 2016 the offense also set a school record totaling seven games with more than 500 yards.

While his players went on to earn national recognition, Foreman also the 2016 Doak Walker Award winner and the offensive line was a semifinalist for the Joe Moore Award.

“I’m excited to come to South Florida and to continue to work with Coach Strong and Coach Gilbert in developing a top level offense,” Mattox said in a statement released by USF. “USF was very productive on the ground last year and has some outstanding players returning, so I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work with them and the talented players in the state of Florida.”

Corey Bell Joins USF’s Staff

Just after the announcement of Matt Mattox’s hire, USF also announced the addition of Corey Bell as the Bulls’ defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator.

The Miami native spent the past two seasons coaching Florida Atlantic’s defensive backs. He was previously the director of football operations at the University of Miami and made a name for himself as a head coach at American Senior High School and Miami Edison Senior High School.

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“Corey has had great success as a high school coach and a collegiate assistant in the state of Florida and has deep roots in the Miami area,” Strong said in a statement released by USF. “He started at cornerback in the SEC and will be a great teacher and mentor for our players at South Florida.”

Bell is a former starting cornerback at South Carolina and coached a pair of FAU defensive backs to Conference USA Honorable Mention honors last year.

Sophomore Jalen Young posted 100 tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Junior Raekwon Williams Jr. finished with nine pass breakups, 48 tackles and an interception.

Prior to his collegiate career, Bell was the head coach at American Senior High School in Miami-Dade County where he led the school to three consecutive district championships from 2011-13.

“I’m excited to join Coach Strong and his staff and be a part of what is building at USF,” Bell said. “It is great to continue my coaching career in the state of Florida. I know the players and coaches in the state very well and have great respect for the talent that resides here. It’s an exciting time at USF, and I’m ready to get to work.”

Justin Burke Named USF Tight Ends And Special Teams Coach

Charlie Strong also announced the hire of Justin Burke as the Bulls’ tight ends and special teams coach.

Burke played quarterback for Strong at Louisville and has worked on Strong’s staff for the last six seasons at Texas and Louisville. This past season he served as a quality control special assistant working with tight ends at Texas. He was an offensive special assistant at Texas and an offensive quality control assistant and offensive graduate assistant at Louisville.

“Justin is a bright young coach with a great future and I’m happy he’s joining us at USF,” Strong said in the release. “He’s a former collegiate quarterback and an All-Big East Academic Team honoree with an MBA, so he’s a smart guy with recent playing experience and will work great with our players at USF.”


After playing quarterback at Louisville and North Carolina State he started his collegiate career as a recruiting intern under Nick Saban at Alabama in 2011.

He joined Strong’s staff at Louisville in 2011 and was part of the team’s pair of Big East Conference Championship wins (2011, 2012). He worked with quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends during his time at Louisville, including 2012 Big East Offensive Player of the Year Teddy Bridgewater and first team All-AAC wide receiver Devante Parker.

“I am excited to join Coach Strong at South Florida and continue to build on the great momentum the program has going,” Burke said in the statement. “It’s a great opportunity for me to continue my coaching career and I’m really looking forward to working with some very talented tight ends and special teams players at USF.”
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Allison Leslie is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She joined Genesis in 2016. With a passion for sports, Allison has interned with 620 WDAE, Pewter Report, Trifecta Team: St. Petersburg Bowl, Bullscast, and many other publications. Being a native to the Bay Area, she has followed and supported Tampa Bay teams her whole life.