LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse names the Eagles football team's defensive coordinator as its interim head football coach.
Thursday afternoon, the university named Matt Janus to the position. He succeeds Mike Schmidt who left earlier this week for a head coaching spot at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
Janus ran the defense for the team for the past three seasons. According to the university, the Eagles finished in the top four in eight defensive categories in the WIAC in 2019.
In a statement from the university, Janus said, "I want to assure our alumni, recruits, and fan base that this program is in a great spot. We have a great city, a nationally renowned university, and a football program that has gone 22-8 over the last three years. Although, there will be a change in leadership in this football program, our vision for the football program and the experience that this campus and city offers has not changed."
"Matt has been an integral part of building the program the last three years and is well-positioned to lead the team," said UWL Director of Athletics Kim Blum. "In addition to the success of our defense, Matt is instrumental in the recruitment of impact players to our program. Our student-athletes always speak very highly of Matt as a coach who cares about them and is concerned about their experience."
Prior to coming to UW-L, Janus was an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.