Matt Wallerstedt will be entering his sixth season as a defensive line coach and second at Wyoming after spending one season as the defensive backs coach at Emporia State University (Emporia, Kan.). Prior to his stint at Emporia State, Wallerstedt coached the defensive line at Fort Hays State University and was a graduate assistant coach at Arizona State University working with the defensive line. He also spent one season at his alma mater, Kansas State, where he assisted with the defensive backs.
Three of Wallerstedt's Wyoming "Rushmen" earned postseason honors in '97. Senior Stu Hanson was selected First Team All-WAC Pacific Division, while fellow senior Jeff Leonard earned Second Team honors. Freshman Jeff Boyle was also honored by The Sporting News, which selected him as a Second Team Freshman All-American. Both Hanson and Leonard went on to sign with NFL teams -- Hanson with the Seattle Seahawks and Leonard with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Wallerstedt played linebacker for K-State from 1984-87. His senior season, he was an Honorable Mention All-American, Second Team All-Big Eight and a First Team Academic All-Big Eight selection. He led the Big Eight Conference in tackles with 165 in 1987. The four-year letterwinner was co-captain and team co-MVP his senior season. He finished his career at KSU as the sixth-leading tackler in school history.
Matt's brother Brett has played five seasons in the National Football League at middle linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals and St. Louis Rams. Wallerstedt was born Sept. 3, 1966, in Oscoda, Mich. He is married to the former Josie Lewis of Lawrence, Kan.