Texas A&M University-Commerce has named Matt Storm as Assistant Head Coach for the National Champion football program, as announced by Head Coach Colby Carthel on Tuesday. Storm has been the Lions’ offensive coordinator since 2013 and has guided the Lion offense to the status of the premier unit in Division II.
During the Lions’ 2017 National Championship run, Storm’s offense was one of the most potent in all of Division II and he was named FootballScoop.com’s NCAA Division II Coordinator of the Year.
The Lions averaged 349.0 passing yards per game, ranking second in the nation. The team also finished in the top 30 in the country in completion percentage, first downs gained red zone offense, scoring offense, passing efficiency, and total offense. The Lions led the Lone Star Conference in completion percentage, first downs, passing offense, and winning percentage.
“Matt has done an incredible job directing our offense over the past five years, and played a critical role in leading this program to a National Championship!” said Carthel. “He has guided the Lion offense to new heights, as they have set numerous school, LSC, and NCAA records during his tenure. His leadership also extends well beyond the field, as he has played an important role in our successes in the classroom and community.”
In 2017, quarterback Luis Perez led the nation in passing yards and touchdown passes, winning the Harlon Hill Trophy as the best player in Division II. In addition to the Hill Trophy, Perez won the D2CCA Ron Lenz Offensive Player of the Year, the D2Football.com National Offensive Player of the Year, and LSC Offensive Player of the Year and was named a First Team All-American. Jared Machorro was also named a First Team All-American as well as LSC Offensive Lineman of the Year. Four offensive players were named First Team All-LSC, five were named Second Team All-LSC and three were named Honorable Mention All-LSC. In addition to success in Division II, Storm’s offense also set numerous marks in the state of Texas. Of all scholarship schools in the state, the Lions led the state in touchdown passes and were second in touchdowns scored and passing yards per game.
During the 2016 season under Storm, the Lions led the Lone Star Conference and ranked in the top 20 in the nation in scoring offense, passing offense, turnover margin, turnovers lost, and fewest interceptions. The team was also ranked first in the LSC in tackles for loss allowed and ranked in the top 20 in the nation passing efficiency and fourth down conversion percentage. Five offensive players were named to the First Team All-LSC team, five were named Second Team All-LSC and five were named Honorable Mention All-LSC.
In 2015, the Lions finished in the nation’s top 25 in multiple offensive categories, including total offense, team passing efficiency, and scoring offense. Richard Cooper was named the Lone Star Conference Offensive Back of the Year.
Under Storm’s guidance in 2014, the Lions sported the No. 1 scoring offense in the NCAA, averaging 54.1 points per game. The Lions scored 90-plus points twice during the year – including a Lone Star Conference record 98 points against East Texas Baptist.
His 2014 unit opened the season with an NCAA Division II record-setting 986 yards of total offense against East Texas Baptist as quarterback Tyrik Rollison broke the school record with 562 passing yards and tied the record for touchdown passes. The Lions had three players rush for over 100 yards and three players record over 100 receiving yards.
The Lions were one of two teams with two wide receivers averaging over 100 receiving yards per game – Ricky Collins (107.9) and Vernon Johnson(104.8). Rollison ranked third in the NCAA in passing yards per game and yards per completion. Johnson went on to claim the Lone Star Conference’s Wide Receiver of the Year Award, while 12 other offensive players earned All-LSC nods. Johnson and Collins each took home All-American honors from various media outlets following the season.
All told, the 2014 Lion offense rewrote the record books accounting for 27 different NCAA, LSC, and school records.
In 2013, Storm turned around an offense that averaged 267 yards per game and only 12.6 points per game in 2012 prior to his arrival into a unit that averaged 375.1 yards per game and 35 points per game. That season Johnson set the school record for touchdown catches with 13 and receptions with 70.
Written by: Josh Manck