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Matt Wallerstedt enters his fourth season at the Air Force Academy and second as associate head coach and defensive coordinator. Wallerstedt was an assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator prior to last season and has coached the inside linebackers each year at the Academy.
Wallerstedt's defense was outstanding last year, finishing third in the conference in scoring (21.1) and fourth in total defense (349.3). The group was second in the MWC and nationally in passing defense with a 147.8 norm.
He was also instrumental in developing one of the top defenses in Air Force history in 2009. The team led the conference and ranked fifth nationally in pass defense with a 154.3 mark. The unit was second in the MWC and 11th in the nation in total defense allowing just 288.3 yards per game. The team was second in the MWC and 10th nationally in scoring defense with a 15.7 norm, which is the best mark in school history since 1998. The defense also scored five touchdowns in 2009.
Wallerstedt came to the Academy from Kansas State, where he was a former All-American linebacker. He coached inside linebackers in 2006-07 and served as the Wildcats' recruiting coordinator during the 2006 season and coordinated K-State's special teams units in 2007. He helped the Wildcats to the 2006 Texas Bowl while there.
Prior to his stint at Kansas State, Wallerstedt completed a successful two-year run at Akron, where he served as the Zips' associate head coach, linebackers coach and special teams coordinator. He helped the program to the 2005 Mid-American Conference title and its first bowl in school history (Motor City Bowl). The defense was the top-ranked unit in the conference that year.
A 1984 graduate of Manhattan High School, Wallerstedt lettered at Kansas State from 1984-1987 and led the Wildcats in tackles as a junior and senior. In fact, his 165 tackles in 1987 still rank fifth on K-State's single-season tackle chart, while his 338 career stops rank ninth all time in school history. One of K-State's 1987 co-captains and the Wildcats' MVP that season, Wallerstedt earned all-Big Eight honors and was an honorable mention All-American by The Associated Press for 1987.
Wallerstedt received his coaching start in 1988 as a student assistant with the Wildcats. He went on to serve the 1989 and 1990 seasons as a graduate assistant at Arizona State.
After three years in private business, Wallerstedt received his first full-time coaching opportunity as the defensive line coach at Fort Hays (Kan.) State in 1994. He helped guide Fort Hays State to a share of the 1995 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship and national playoffs. The team finished the season ranked 18th nationally. Wallerstedt then coached defensive backs at Emporia State in 1996.
In 1997, Wallerstedt began a six-year stint at Wyoming. In just his first year in Laramie, Wyo., the Cowboys ranked second in the nation in sacks (54), sixth in pass defense, 17th in scoring defense and 23rd in total defense. A very successful one-year stay as the defensive coordinator at North Alabama followed in 2003 where he helped the program to the Gulf South Conference championships and the league's top-ranked defensive unit. The defense ranked sixth nationally and the team finished No. 5 in the country with a 13-1 record.
Wallerstedt earned his bachelor's degree in business management from K-State in 1988 and added a master's degree in athletic administration from Fort Hays State in 1995.
Wallerstedt's dad, Major John R. Wallerstedt, is a retired fighter pilot and twenty year veteran of the United States Air Force. His brother, Brett, played linebacker for five seasons in the National Football League for the Cardinals, Broncos, Bengals and Rams.
Wallerstedt is married to the former Josie Lewis of Lawrence, Kan., and they have a 11-year old son, Cal.