Inside the Headset: Matt Campbell & Lukkes Gilgan [PODCAST]

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On this episode of Inside the Headset, we speak with Matt Campbell to discuss Iowa State’s Cyclone Code of Conduct, then we are joined by Lukkes Gilgan to talk about his defensive philosophy and being a young coordinator.

Coach Campbell is entering his third season as the head coach of Iowa State, and was named the Big XII’s Coach of the year in 2017. Campbell started out as a graduate assistant at Bowling Green before joining the staff at his alma mater, Mount Union, as the offensive coordinator (2005-2006). He returned to Bowling Green for the 2007 and 2008 seasons, and then went to Toledo in 2009 to be the run-game coordinator and offensive line coach. He was hired as Toledo’s head coach for the 2012 season and led the program for four seasons.

Show Notes:
  • [0:46] Start of interview
  • [1:30] Cyclone Code of Conduct
  • [3:06] Role of high school coaches
  • [4:24] Recap

You can follow Coach Campbell on Twitter.

Here is the Iowa State Cyclone Code Of Conduct:

  1. I can always be heard saying PLEASE when asking for something.
  2. When given something, I will always say THANK YOU.
  3. Likewise when someone says thank you, I will say YOU’RE WELCOME.
  4. To politely interrupt, I will say EXCUSE ME.
  5. I can always be heard saying YES SIR, NO SIR, or YES MA’AM, NO MA’AM to my parents, instructors, coaches, advisors, managers, trainers, etc.
  6. Phrases such as: GOOD MORNING, BE SAFE, HOW ARE YOU and HAVE A GREAT DAY are all part of who I am.


Coach Gilgan is entering his third season at Pacific University as the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach, and his fourth season at Pacific, overall. Gilgan began his coaching career in 2010 at Quincy University. He served as special teams coordinator at Willamette University from 2011-2013. Prior to joining the staff at Pacific, Gilgan spent the 2014 season as a graduate assistant at the University of New Mexico.

Show Notes:
  • [9:26] Start of interview
  • [10:11] Importance of professional development
  • [11:26] Lessons learned as an FBS graduate assistant
  • [14:03] Defensive philosophy
  • [15:10] “Create havoc”
  • [18:14] Turnover mindset and ball disruption drill
  • [20:00] Game plan: have a “why”
  • [25:30] Advice for young coaches

You can follow Coach Gilgan on Twitter.

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