The Utah State Aggies Football team got big news on Thursday, April 10 as school administrators announced a contract extension for head coach Matt Wells. The extension is good through 2018 and includes salary increases for Matt Wells’ assistant coaches.
The extension for Matt Wells may pay up to and beyond $800,000 per year with performance-based incentives written into the deal -- which was put together by Utah State athletics director and vice president Scott Barnes. Matt Wells’ salary is guaranteed to increase with every year of his contract, according to school administrators.
Such an extension after just one year at the helm as a head coach is rare -- but Matt Wells has certainly earned his right to make this kind of money at the forefront of Utah State Aggies Football.
Utah State Aggies Football went 9-5 overall this past season, winning the Poinsettia Bowl over No. 24 Northern Illinois, 24-21. What made the season even more noteworthy was that the Aggies were competing in the Mountain West Conference for the first time -- going 7-1 and winning the conference’s Mountain Division in the process.
Barnes said in the press release the school issued on Thursday that he was appreciative of all Matt Wells has done -- even after Gary Andersen left the Utah State Aggies Football program to coach at Wisconsin.
"Matt had a great first year leading our football program. His commitment to our student-athletes has been tremendous and they've responded with great results in the classroom and on the field," said Barnes. "Matt has deep roots here as a former Aggie quarterback and he conveys his passion for our great university on a daily basis."
Matt Wells was also named the Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year for his efforts -- and helped guide 14 Utah State Aggies Football team members to all-conference honors. Three of those players were also named All-Americans by various sports publications.
Matt Wells is the 11th youngest head coach at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level. He is also just the 12th coach to lead his alma mater out onto the field. And Matt Wells is only the second Aggie player to become a head coach.
But what Matt Wells is most proud of is his graduation rate. 22 of his players received all-conference all-academic honors in 2013 -- and all of his seniors have either graduated or will march this spring.
"I'm very appreciative of the support shown by President Stan Albrecht and Scott Barnes in our staff and myself," said Wells. "We are motivated daily to continue the culture that has been set here at Utah State in the football program and we will continue to strive toward our goals of graduating our student-athletes on time, and competing for and winning Mountain West Championships.”