Findlay High School is pleased to announce the hiring of head football coach, Matt Pees. Following the success and leadership of Mark Ritzler, Pees joins the Trojans after spending two seasons in the NFL as the defensive assistant for the Tennessee Titans, under head coach Mike Vrabel. Working with outside linebackers, defensive line, and quality control in both 2018 and 2019, Pees assisted the Titans this past season to the AFC Championship game. Pees’s ability to evaluate and analyze opponents such as Findlay’s Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes, and Lamar Jackson, has led to the development and recent success of the Tennessee Titans. Pees’s coaching experience and responsibilities included, but were not limited to, film analysis, game planning, scout team coordinator, and player evaluation for free agency and the NFL draft.
Prior to Pees’s success at Tennessee, he spent six years coaching at the high school level including being the head coach of Green Mountain High School in Lakewood, Colorado. Pees’ enthusiasm to return to education-based athletics and his desire in teaching the fundamental development of youth athletics while wanting to be a part of our community with his family, led him to Findlay. Coach Pees states, “My family and I are excited to return to Findlay and be a part of such an amazing community. We look forward to continuing with the rich tradition of Findlay High School and developing student athletes. It is a dream come true to be the head coach and serve the community in this capacity. I look forward to having my family grow in the community, and I am eager to get started leading young men to a bright Trojan future. Go Trojans!”
Pees returns to Northwest Ohio with his wife, Emily, five year old son, Wyatt, and newborn daughter (this past Saturday), Adelyn. Pees is the son of two-time Super Bowl Champion and future NFL Hall of Fame defensive coordinator, Dean Pees, who assisted the legendary Coach Dick Strahm while at The University of Findlay.
“We are blessed to have Matt’s knowledge, experience and genuine care and concern for students. Matt’s relationships with college coaches and NFL personnel will provide multiple opportunities for Findlay student athletes and our outstanding community. We welcome Coach Pees and his family back to Findlay, Ohio, and Friday Night Football at Donnell Stadium” states Nate Weihrauch, Director of Athletics at Findlay High School.