Catholic names Steve Matthews as school's new football coach

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A former NFL quarterback is now the head coach of the Catholic football team.

The Irish introduced Steve Matthews as the program's new head coach Friday afternoon.

Matthews spent the last three years at Siegel High School where he was the Stars' offensive coordinator.

He takes over for Scott Meadows. Meadows and Catholic parted ways at the end of October.

At Siegel, the goal for the Stars' offense was to try to run a play every 15 seconds.

"Maurice Patton of 'The Tennessean' called it the Oregon Ducks on Red Bull," Matthews said.

"It's fast. It's furious. It's scoring as many points as we can. It'll be a lot of fun. The players love it. The coaches love it. The fans will love it. The media will love it, so it will be great."

While players will have to make an adjustment, Matthews doesn't believe there will be any problems with his team buying into his philosophy.

"It's a proven system that works. The results will speak for themselves once we get going."

Matthews started his collegiate career at Tennessee, but transferred to Memphis. He was selected in the seventh round of the 1994 NFL draft by the Kansas City Chiefs.

He played a total of five years in the NFL. Three with the Chiefs, and then one year with both the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.


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