Ron Mattes became North Carolina A&T’s offensive line coach in 2016. In that time, he has built an offensive line that is one of the best on the Division I-Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level.
He made an immediate impact on the program, producing three All-MEAC offensive linemen in Brandon Parker, Daquan Blake, Darriel Mack and Micah Shaw. In the case of Shaw, Mattes took him from being a part-time starter early in his career to him being named the 2018 MEAC offensive lineman of the year in 2018. It marked the third straight year an Aggie has been named the best offensive lineman in the conference.
In 2017, Parker earned his third straight first-team All-MEAC honor and MEAC Offensive Lineman of the Year award. Parker would also become the Oakland Raiders third-round draft pick in 2017 and a starter for the team in 2018. Mack was named first-team All-MEAC at center twice and Marcus Pettiford is also a two-time first-team All-MEAC selection at tackle.
The Aggies offense has allowed the fewest sacks in the MEAC over the past three seasons (2016-18). They have also ranked in the top-25 nationally in fewest sacks allowed over the past three seasons. Also in the last three years, N.C. A&T has completed 60 percent of its passes.
Mattes’ unit also led the way for the No. 1 rushing offense in the conference in 2016 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. The following season, the Aggies offense complied 5,122 yards of offense and surrendered only 11 sacks. The Aggies led the MEAC in scoring offense, first downs, third-down conversions and passing offense while ranking second in red zone offense and rushing offense. They were 13th in the nation in fewest sacks allowed.
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.