92 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES YEARBOOK
MATTHEW HARPER ASSISTANT SPECIAL TEAMS
After serving as the Eagles’ assistant
defensive backs coach in 2015,
Matthew Harper returned as the team’s
assistant special teams coach in 2016,
a position he held from 2013-14.
In 2017, the Eagles’ special teams unit
featured rookie kicker Jake Elliott, who
enjoyed a historic rookie campaign, kicking
the longest regular-season (61 yards vs.
Giants in Week 3) and postseason field
goals (53 yards in the Divisional Round
vs. Falcons) in franchise and NFL rookie
history. He also kicked the two longest field
goals by a rookie in Super Bowl history
(42 and 46 yards) in Philadelphia’s 41-33
win vs. New England in Super Bowl LII.
In 2016, the Eagles ranked second in the
NFL with a franchise-record 27.3-yard kickoff
return average, led the league with five
kickoff returns of 50-plus yards, and were the
only team to record multiple kickoff returns
for touchdowns (2). Additionally, the Eagles
finished second in the NFL in punt return
average (12.9). In his first full season as the
Eagles’ kicker, Caleb Sturgis connected on
a career-high 35 field goals, marking the
most in single-season franchise history.
In his first year as the team’s assistant
defensive backs coach, Harper was part
of a staff that went on to coach the
10th-ranked defense in terms of total
takeaways (26) and interceptions (15).
Harper played collegiately at Oregon,
where he recorded 98 tackles, three
interceptions, two sacks, two tackles for
a loss, two forced fumbles, and 12 passes
defensed during his senior campaign in 2007.
He appeared primarily on special teams
during his junior season, notching 16 tackles
and two pass breakups in limited action.
Prior to transferring to Oregon, Harper
garnered first-team All-NorCal Conference
and honorable mention All-America
honors at the City College of San Francisco
after collaring 95 tackles and recording a
team-high seven interceptions in 2005.
Harper also began his coaching career
at the City College of San Francisco,
where he tutored the safeties in 2008.
The Union City, California native attended
Logan High School, earning first-team
all-league honors as a senior. Born on
November 26, 1984 in Secaucus, New
Jersey, Harper is the son of two-time
Nebraska All-America defensive end and
11-year NFL veteran Willie Harper. Harper
is one of nine children (six brothers and
two sisters) of Willie and Roxane Harper.
CARSON WALCH ASSISTANT WIDE RECEIVERS
Carson Walch joined the Eagles’
coaching staff during the 2018 offseason
and will work alongside wide receivers
coach Gunter Brewer as the team’s
assistant wide receivers coach.
Prior to his return to the NFL, Walch
spent two seasons with the Edmonton
Eskimos (CFL) as offensive coordinator/
receivers coach (2017) and receivers/
passing game coordinator (2016). In
2015, Walch was an offensive consultant
for the University of Minnesota.
From 2013-14, Walch served as an
offensive quality control coach with the
Chicago Bears, where he worked with
Eagles offensive coordinator and former
Bears wide receivers coach Mike Groh.
Walch also was a member of the
Montreal Alouettes (CFL) coaching staff
from 2010-12 (receivers coach, 2012;
special teams assistant, 2010-11).
Before he began coaching professional
football, Walch spent time at Winona State
University (assistant head coach/offensive
coordinator, 2007-09; wide receivers/passing
game coordinator, 2000-02), University
of St. Thomas (special teams coordinator/
running backs coach, 2006), and Dakota State
University (offensive coordinator, 2003-05).
Walch was an All-America, all-region,
and all-conference running back, receiver,
and return specialist for Winona State
from 1996-99. In his final season, Walch
was named a regional finalist for the
Harlon Hill Award, which is earned by the
top player in NCAA Division II football.
Walch has an undergraduate and master’s
degree in education from Winona State.