Wisconsin hires Matt Canada

Updated: January 17, 2012, 4:13 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

Wisconsin has hired Matt Canada to be its new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, the team announced Tuesday.

Canada comes to Wisconsin from Northern Illinois, where he served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Canada worked under former Wisconsin assistant Dave Doeren with the Huskies, who finished in the top 12 nationally in total offense, rushing offense and scoring offense in 2011.

"Matt has a terrific history as an offensive coordinator and has excelled at developing quarterbacks throughout his career," Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said in a statement. "I know he is very excited about running a pro-style offense and handling a game the way we typically have at Wisconsin. I think this is a great hire for us and I can't wait for him to get to work with our coaches and players."

Canada returns to the Big Ten after serving as Indiana's offensive coordinator from 2007-10. He replaces Paul Chryst, who last month left to take the coaching job at Pitt. Chryst has hired three Wisconsin assistants for his staff with the Panthers.

Canada ran a spread offense at both Northern Illinois and Indiana, but operated a pro-style attack during a previous stint at Northern Illinois' offensive coordinator in 2003.

"I'm truly excited for the opportunity to come to Wisconsin," Canada said. "It's a program that I've followed closely for a number of years. I've always been impressed with their tradition, especially offensively with their style of play, and I can't wait to be a part of that."

Adam Rittenberg covers Big Ten football for ESPN.com. He can be reached at espnritt@gmail.com

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