Quarterback Austin Howard had a career year under Leone's direction in 2016. Howard threw for 2,650 yards and 29 touchdowns (T-6th Nationally FCS) to just 8 interceptions. Finishing with 13.8 yards per completion (15th Nationally FCS) and a pass efficiency of 149.80 (14th Nationally FCS). Howard received 2nd Team All-Conference honors.
Prior to arriving at Southern University, Matt Leone Jr. spent nine seasons at Webber International University, where he served the past five seasons as the Warriors offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. Leone was also the NAIA Champions of Character Liaison for two years at Webber.
Under Leone's direction, the Warrior offense was the most productive in the history of Webber's Football Program. The Warriors were ranked in the top 25 in the country for NAIA in several categories. The Warriors offense ranked 1st in The Sun Conference in 2015 and was ranked 5th in rushing offense per game in the country. Leone had four players receive first team all conference honors including running back, Darius Page and three offensive linemen, Macander Dieudonne, Christopher Barbosa and Javan Christian. Page was ranked 7th in NAIA in rushing yards per game and 8th in total scoring under Leone's tutelage. Dieudonne also received second team All-American honors.
In 2014, the Warriors offense was a main staple to leading the program to its first Sun Conference Championship and finishing the season with a 23rd national ranking. Leone led the offense to finish 1st in the conference in total rushing and 7th in the NAIA for rushing yards per game. Leone had two players named all-academic all-conference, quarterback Luke Brigham and quarterback, Baylin Trujillo. Three players were named first team all-conference, tight-end, Corey Jackson and two offensive lineman, Macander Dieudonne and Christopher Barbosa.
The 2011 season saw much offensive success with Leone's quarterback, Christopher Hart taking snaps from the center. Hart finished the year ranked 7th in the country in pass efficiency, completing 57% of his passes and throwing 15 touchdowns. Hart then received an invitation to play in the Inaugural Battle of Florida All-Star Game. Upon departure from Webber, Hart was an undrafted free agent for the Seattle Seahawks. He continued his football career in the Canadian Football League (CFL) for the BC Lions.
Before taking over the role as offensive coordinator in 2011, from 2009-2011 Leone served as the passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach and from 2007-2009, the wide receivers coach at Webber International University. Throughout Leone's career at Webber International University, he has attained significant experience recruiting the state of Florida.
As a player, Leone was a four-year letterman at quarterback and was voted team captain by teammates at Webber International University. He obtained his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in 2007 and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Sport Business Management in 2009 from Webber. Since 2013, Leone has been an avid volunteer with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and Youth for Christ.
Leone and his wife, Stephanie Leone, reside in Baton Rouge.
|Position:||Assistant Coach / Quarterbacks|
|Alma Mater:||Webber International|