Matt Limegrover

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Matt Limegrover
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Run Game Coordinator / Offensive Line Coach
Team Penn State
Conference Big Ten
Biographical details
Born (1968-11-26) November 26, 1968 (age 49)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Alma mater University of Chicago
Playing career
1987–1990 Chicago
Position(s) Offensive Line
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1991–1993 Chicago (OC/OL/TE)
1994 Chicago (Interim HC)
1995–1996 Northwestern (GA)
1997–1998 Ferris State (OL)
1999–2000 Emporia State (OL)
2001–2007 Southern Illinois (OC/OL)
2008–2010 Northern Illinois (OC/OL)
2011–2015 Minnesota (AHC/OC/OL)
2016–Present Penn State (OL)

Matt Limegrover (born November 26, 1968) is an American football coach who is currently the run game coordinator and offensive line coach for the Penn State Nittany Lions.

Early life[edit]

Limegrover a Pittsburgh, Pa., native, began playing football in the fourth grade for the father of former Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead.[1] He attended Central Catholic High School and graduated from the University of Chicago in 1991 and holds a master's degree from Northwestern University.[2] Limegrover interned with the Major League Baseball team Chicago White Sox with classmate Kim Ng a high ranking MLB executive.[3]

College playing career[edit]

Limegrover was a 6–2, 265-pound lineman for the NCAA Division III Chicago Maroons from 1987–90 and was Honorable Mention All-UAA in 1990.[2][4][5]

Coaching career[edit]

From 1991–1994, Limegrover spent his first four years of his coaching career at his alma mater Chicago, serving in a variety of roles that included interim head coach, offensive coordinator, offensive line coach and tight ends coach.[6] The following two seasons Limegrover served as a graduate assistant for the Northwestern Wildcats and head coach Gary Barnett who won back-to-back Big Ten Championships in 1995 and 1996.[7] From there Limegrover served as the run game coordinator and offensive line coach for Division II Ferris State in 1997 and 1998.[6] The next two seasons Limegrover would serve as the offensive line coach for Division II Emporia State and head coach Jerry Kill who he would work under for the next 17 seasons.[8] As offensive coordinator from 2001–2007 Limegrover guided FCS Southern Illinois to six consecutive seasons finishing top ten in scoring, nationally.[6] From there serving as the offensive coordinator for FBS Northern Illinois, Limegrover helped the Huskies to three consecutive bowl appearances and the 2010 MAC West title.[6] From 2011 to 2015, Limegrover spent five seasons at Minnesota as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. He held the title of assistant head coach his last two seasons with the Gophers. After coach Jerry Kill was forced to retire because of epilepsy with five games remaining in the 2015 season, defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys was named as Minnesota's head coach. One day after the conclusion of the 2015 season coach Claeys fired offensive coordinator Limegrover and quarterbacks coach Jim Zebrowski to make a change that better fit his offensive philosophy. In mid-December Limegrover turned down the head coaching job at Southern Illinois and on January 13, 2016 he was hired as the offensive line coach for Penn State and head coach James Franklin.[9][10]


  • M.S., Northwestern, 2000
  • B.S., University of Chicago, 1994
  • High School Pittsburgh Central Catholic, 1987

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Han, Giana."Penn State football coaches Joe Moorhead and Matt Limegrover share more than a love for offense ", The Daily Collegian, April 15, 2016, retrieved February 6, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Gross, Mike."Surgery gave Penn State OL coach control of weight, life ",, April 9, 2016, retrieved February 5, 2018.
  3. ^ Miller, Phil."New boss of offense to analyze, organize", Star Tribune, January 29, 2011, retrieved February 5, 2018.
  4. ^ Christensen, Joe."Gophers football assistant Limegrover: From 403 pounds to 'a totally different person'", Star Tribune, May 12, 2013, retrieved February 5, 2018.
  5. ^ Penn State Profile,, retieved February 6, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d "Kill Announces Hiring of Claeys, Limegrover",, retrieved February 6, 2018.
  7. ^ Poorman, Mike.Lone Nittany Lion Repeat Visitor: Matt Limegrover's First Trip to the Rose Bowl,, December 30, 2016, retrieved February 8, 2018.
  8. ^ Levarse, Derek."Penn State hires ex-Minnesota coordinator Matt Limegrover to coach offensive line ", Times Leader, January 13, 2016, retrieved February 6, 2018.
  9. ^ Greder, Andy."Penn State hires former Gophers assistant Matt Limegrover", St. Paul Pioneer Press, January 12, 2016, retrieved February 6, 2018.
  10. ^ Moyer, Josh."Matt Limegrover 'revitalized and re-energized' as Penn State assistant", ESPN, March 29, 2016,retrieved February 9,201.