HEAD COACH MATT JETER
Simpson College marked a return to its roots when it hired Matt Jeter as head coach on April 1, 2016. A Simpson alum who helped the Storm to two Iowa Conference championships as a player, Jeter brings a renewed sense of focus the program as it makes a push back to the top of the league.
The 2017 season marks Jeter's second as head coach of the Simpson football team. He came to Indianola after a six-year stint at Central Missouri, the last five of which were spent as defensive coordinator. The Storm went 3-7 in Jeter's first year at the helm, losing two games by a touchdown or less. Jeter's defense was among the leaders in the Iowa Conference was the second-toughest in the league against the pass.
Jeter was a two-year starter at cornerback for the Simpson football team from 1996-97, helping the Storm to a record of 22-2 and two trips to the NCAA Division III Playoffs.
The 33rd head coach in program history, Jeter enjoyed a successful run as an assistant coach before taking over the Storm. Jeter was at NCAA Division II Central Missouri from 2010-15, starting out as the special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach before taking over as the defensive coordinator from 2011-15.
"I couldn't be more excited to accept the position of head football coach at Simpson College," Jeter said. "As a former player and team captain at Simpson, my life was transformed in every way – academically, athletically and socially. I feel well-prepared for this new position and the challenges and opportunities that are ahead. My vision is to align our program with Brian Niemuth's plan for the entire department, to place the well-being of our student-athletes as the focal point, to remain in full compliance with all NCAA standards and to expect comprehensive excellence in all we do."
Jeter helped Central Missouri to a 47-22 mark in his six seasons on staff, including three postseason appearances. The Mules won at least six games each season during Jeter's tenure, highlighted by a record-setting 11-win season in 2010 when the Mules finished 11-3 and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs. Central Missouri posted eight-win campaigns in 2011, 2014 and 2015, appearing in the Kanza Bowl in 2011 and winning the Texarkana Bowl in 2014. The Mules went 8-3 last fall, narrowly missing a berth in the postseason.
Jeter's defenses consistently ranked among the best in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. The Mules were third in total defense in 2015 (365.8 ypg), fifth in 2013 (391.6 ypg) and fourth in 2012 (365.8). His units had a knack for creating turnovers, generating 59 in the last two seasons, including a MIAA-leading 30 in 2014. In five years as defensive coordinator, Jeter's teams allowed less than 23 points per game while 16 defensive players earned all-MIAA honors.
Prior to joining the staff at Central Missouri, Jeter spent eight years as an assistant at NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision member Drake University. He served as the defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator for the Bulldogs, helping Drake win the Pioneer Football League title in 2004. He was the defensive coordinator in 2007, piloting a unit that led the PFL in redzone scoring and ranked fourth in the nation with 31 forced turnovers. Jeter helped the Bulldogs to six consecutive winning seasons from 2004-09, including a 10-2 mark in 2004, a 9-2 record in 2006 and an 8-3 mark in 2009.
Jeter started at cornerback for head coach Jim Williams in 1996 and 1997, the most successful two-year period Simpson football history. The Storm won back-to-back Iowa Conference titles, going 10-1 in 1996 in 12-1 in 1997. Jeter was a team captain on the 1997 team that set a school record for wins in a season and made an appearance in the national semifinals. He also earned two letters as a member of the track and field team.
He transferred to Simpson from Iowa Central Community College, where he was a first team all-region selection and team captain as a sophomore in 1995.
Jeter earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Simpson in 1998. He and his wife, Kimberly, have two sons: Jordan and Jayden.