Matt Entz is entering his third season on the Panther coaching staff and first as the defensive coordinator.
In 2011, Entz’s defensive line ranked 11th nationally in turnover margin and 12th nationally in scoring defense. Entz’s troops posted marks of second in the MVFC in scoring defense, first in pass defense, second in pass defense efficiency, first in red-zone defense, and tied for third in sacks.
In 2010, Entz's defensive line troops helped the Panthers rank No. 1 in the MVFC in rushing defense, sacks and tackles-for-loss. Leading the way was first-team all-MVFC pick Ben Boothby and honorable mention selection Darren Branch.
Entz, a native of Waterloo, Iowa, came to UNI after having served as the defensive coordinator at Winona State (Minn.) University. Entz joined the WSU staff in 2002. He was named the American Football Coaches Association's Division II Assistant Coach of the Year in 2008.
He served as an assistant head coach coach and defensive line coach at Wayne State (Neb.) College from 1999-2002. He also served as a graduate assistant at Wayne State from 1996-1998.
Entz was the defensive coordinator at Illinois College from 1998-1999.
Entz played college football at Wartburg College and earned his bachelor of arts in biology in 1995. He also earned his master's degree in education/exercise science from Wayne State in 1998.
He and his wife, Brenda, have two sons, Kellen (9), and Konner (7).