Football Adds Two Coaches for 2015 Season
Monday, March 23, 2015
Football Adds Two Coaches for 2015 Season
Head football coach Dave Cecchini announced Kurt Mattix and Sami Caygoz will join his coaching staff for the 2015 season. (Jon Hendricks)

Head football coach Dave Cecchini announced the addition of Kurt Mattix and Sami Caygoz to the Crusader coaching staff on Monday.

"We are very excited to add these two coaches to our staff. They are both not only excellent coaches, but are men of character who are great motivators and educators as well," Cecchini said.

Mattix, a 1999 Valparaiso University graduate, worked two seasons as a staff intern with the Michigan Wolverine football program. He joined Michigan after spending the previous two seasons (2009-10) as the tight ends coach at Ball State University. 

He accumulated 13 years of coaching experience prior to this arrival in Ann Arbor. Mattix was the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at St. Joseph's in 2008 and spent four seasons as the defensive coordinator at Wayne State (2004-07) before joining Parrish's staff in Muncie.

Mattix began his coaching career as an assistant at Portage High School (1998-99). He moved to the collegiate ranks as an assistant coach at Trine University (2000) and Anderson University (2001) before accepting a graduate assistant position at Ball State during the 2002 and 2003 seasons.

Caygoz most recently served two seasons as tight ends coach at King's College in Pennsylvania. 

Caygoz came to King's following a fine career at Franklin & Marshall College where he was a three-year starter for the Diplomats, changing positions three times for the betterment of the team. He started all 32 games at F&M, including a pair of post-season appearances. Caygoz was an All-Centennial Conference selection at center in his final season in 2012 where he was responsible for all offensive line calls and led a unit that allowed the least number of quarterback sacks in the Centennial Conference

He began his collegiate playing career at Division II University of New Haven (CT) where he started five games as a true freshman before transferring to F&M. Caygoz earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Franklin & Marshall in May of 2013.

Caygoz is a 2009 graduate of Jefferson Township High School where he was captain of the 2008 North 1 Group 2 State Sectional Championship Team. He was also named to the New Jersey Super 100 All-State Team.