Head Football Coach
Matt Theobald returns to his alma mater, as he was announced as the head coach of the Hanover College football program prior to the start of the 2016 season.
In his first season at Hanover, Theobald guided the Panthers to their most wins in the past three seasons, going 4-6. The Panthers also recorded a 4-4 mark in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, giving the team its first conference winning percentage of .500 or better since 2013. The Blue and Red finished in a tie for fifth in the HCAC, improving two spots from the team’s projected finish in the coaches’ preseason poll.
Hanover also enjoyed its most all-conference selections since 2013, as 10 Panthers were honored, including, Quintin Stubbs-Lee, who picked up his first career all-HCAC first-team selection.
Prior to taking over at Hanover, Theobald spent 13 seasons at Franklin. While he was with the Grizzlies, Theobald guided one of the nation’s top-ranked offenses from 2013-2015. He also spent time as the team’s defensive coordinator prior to his run with the offensive unit.
During his tenure at Franklin, he helped produce three HCAC defensive and three HCAC offensive most valuable player award recipients.
A 1996 Hanover graduate, Theobald was a four-year letterman as a defensive back with the Panthers’ football squad. He helped the program earn back-to-back Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference titles in 1994 and 1995. He also started in the secondary for the team’s NCAA Division III playoff debut in 1995.
After earning a political science degree, Theobald served on Hanover’s coaching staff as a receivers coach, defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator from 1996-2000.
Theobald left the Panthers to help ignite a successful run at Waynesburg (Pa.) from 2000-2003. He served as the Yellow Jackets’ special teams coordinator, defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator.