Ron Mattes became North Carolina A&T’s offensive line coach in 2016. He made an immediate impact on the program, producing three All-MEAC offensive linemen in Brandon Parker, Daquan Blake and Darriel Mack. For Mack and Blake it was his first All-MEAC honors as Mack made second team and Blake was a third-team selection.
Mattes’ offensive line also allowed the fewest sacks in the conference and they ranked 11th in the nation in fewest sacks allowed. Thus, quarterback Lamar Raynard had a career season by completing 64.6 percent of his passes on his way to a second-team All-MEAC nod. Mattes’ unit also led the way for the No. 1 rushing offense in the conference as Tarik Cohen rushed for a single-season school record 1,588 yards and 18 touchdowns. The Aggies also had the best scoring offense in the conference and the 11th-best in the nation in Mattes’ first season.
Mattes comes to North Carolina A&T after coaching tight ends at Virginia Military Institute for one season (2014).
His collegiate coaching career began at James Madison (1995-99) where he was a position coach in several different areas during his tenure including tight ends/tackles, defensive linemen and offensive linemen. He returned to coaching as the offensive line coach for one season (2010) at the University of Virginia, his alma mater.
Over the next three seasons (2011-13) he was an assistant coach at Elon University before his stop at VMI. At Elon, Mattes was the offensive line coach, run game coordinator and long snappers coach. The Phoenix were ranked sixth in Division I-FCS in sacks allowed and third in negative yards allowed in 2013.
During his coaching career, Mattes coached and mentored seven players that went on to the NFL including Ed Perry, Austin Pasztor, Oday Aboushi, Morgan Moses, Luke Bowanko, Rodney Austin and R.J. Mattes.
Mattes graduated from UVa., with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology in 1985. In 1984, Mattes helped the Cavaliers defeat Purdue in the Peach Bowl. After leaving UVa., as an All-ACC performer, he embarked on an eight-year NFL career that included stints with the Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts.
A native of Ringtown, Pa., Mattes and his wife Susan have three children, Nicole, R.J., and Amber Jo.