Report: Former Maryland OC and interim HC Matt Canada to receive NFL promotion
According to multiple reports, Matt Canada is getting a bump with the Pittsburgh Steelers, a coach with a resume steeped in the Big Ten reportedly in-line for a big-time coaching position.
In the promotion, Canada will replace offensive coordinator Randy Fitchner, who will not return with the Steelers. The 2020 season was Canada’s first in the NFL and with the AFC North team.
Canada is most notably linked to the Big Ten for his time spent at Maryland in 2018 but his connection with the conference goes deeper than that.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) January 16, 2021
Canada’s strong ties to the Big Ten started with his career as a graduate assistant at Indiana for three seasons beginning in 1994. He then took positions at Butler and Northern Illinois before returning to Indiana in 2004 as their quarterback’s coach and eventually serving as the Hoosiers offensive coordinator for four seasons beginning in 2007.
He spent one season in 2012 with Wisconsin as their offensive coordinator and, after stops at North Carolina State, Pitt, and then LSU, was at Maryland in 2018 as their offensive coordinator.
Unfortunately, Canada did not get to experience a normal season with the Terrapins. Head coach DJ Durkin was suspended during the 2018 offseason following the tragic death of Jordan McNair with Canada also serving as the interim coach in 2018. He led the Terps to a 5-7 record.
After the 2018 season, Maryland hired Mike Locksley as head coach with Canada out of coaching during 2019. In 2020, he joined the Steelers as their quarterback’s coach before now being promoted to offensive coordinator.