Former James Madison coach Matthews retires

(STATS) – Mickey Matthews, the first two-time winner of the STATS FCS Eddie Robinson Award, has announced his retirement from coaching following two seasons as Coastal Carolina’s defensive coordinator.

Matthews, 64, became James Madison’s winningest coach over a 15-season span from 1999-2013 and won the Robinson Award as the FCS coach of the year in 1999 and 2008. He led the Dukes to three CAA Football titles and the 2004 national championship while going 109-71.

He also was the defensive coordinator on Marshall squads that won the FCS title in 1992 and were national runners-up in 1991, ’93 and ’95.

“In over 40 years of coaching college football, the impact he has had other peoples’ life is incredible,” Coastal Carolina coach Joe Moglia said. “He had success everywhere he has coached and has earned a lot of respect in the coaching community. I wish him and (wife) Kay only the best as they transition to the next part of their lives.”

The American Football Coaches Association also named Matthews as its FCS coach of the year in 2004.

After Matthews won a second Eddie Robinson Award, former North Dakota State coach Craig Bohl (2012-13) and New Hampshire coach Sean McDonnell (2005 and 2014) became two-time recipients.