College notebook: Veteran NFL, college coach Simon to run Hens’ offense

Matt Simon

New University of Delaware football head coach Danny Rocco added the final piece to his coaching staff Friday as he announced the hiring of successful longtime collegiate and National Football League assistant Matt Simon as offensive coordinator.

Simon, who has spent the last six seasons at NCAA FBS member University at Buffalo and is a veteran of 10 NFL seasons as an assistant coach, will also coach the Blue Hen quarterbacks.

He is the final full-time hire for Rocco.

“We are excited to add Matt Simon to our football family here at the University of Delaware,” said Rocco, who was hired as the Blue Hens’ head coach on Dec. 14. “Coach Simon comes to us with a wealth of experience that will serve our student-athletes well. He has worked at all levels of the game, has had success at each of them, and his experience in the NFL gave him the opportunity to work with some of the greatest coaches and organizations in the country. Matt’s maturity and overall wealth of knowledge and experience make him a perfect fit for our program moving forward.”

“I have been blessed and I am proud to have the opportunity to join Coach Rocco here at Delaware,” said Simon. “I have been impressed with Coach Rocco and believe he is one the most dynamic coaches in the game today. I am looking forward to returning to the Mid-Atlantic region and excited about rebuilding the great traditions of Delaware Football.”

Simon, 63, brings a resume built upon a decade of coaching in the National Football League and 25 years at the collegiate level, including serving as the head coach and quarterbacks coach at the University of North Texas for three seasons in 1994-97 and serving as an assistant on the University of Washington’s 1991 national championship team. He also won a Super Bowl as an assistant with the Baltimore Ravens in 2000, making him one of only 10 men to win both an NCAA Division I-A/FBS national championship and a Super Bowl.

Wescott transferring

Woodbridge High football product Logan Wescott announced on social media he is transferring from Delaware State to Arkansas State.

Wescott played two seasons with the Hornets and developed into their starting safety as soon as his freshman year. He was tied for fifth on DSU in tackles with 48 in 2016.

Wescott joins his high school teammate Dajon Emory on Arkansas State. The Red Wolves play in the Sun Belt Conference and are coming off a season where they defeated UCF 31-13 in the AutoNation Cure Bowl.


• Delaware State announced its football schedule this week. The Hornets have games against Delaware, Florida State and West Virginia in the nonconference portion of their schedule.

• Between today’s basketball games, Delaware State will unveil a banner commemorating former Hornet and Polytech High product Kendall Gray’s selection as MEAC Player-of-the-Year and Defensive Player-of-the-Year for the 2014-15 season.

• The Delaware men’s basketball team has lost its last 13 games in the month of January. The Blue Hens have a chance to end that streak with a trip to Drexel today (4 p.m.). Drexel and Delaware are the only two teams that have not won a CAA conference game.

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