MATTHEW HARPER ASSISTANT WIDE RECEIVERS COACH
Matthew Harper, who enters his seventh
season with the Eagles, was named the
team’s assistant wide receivers coach
during the 2019 offseason. Harper originally
joined the Eagles coaching staff in 2013
and has spent the majority of his tenure
with the club as the assistant special
teams coach (2013-14 and 2016-18).
In 2018, first-year punter Cameron
Johnston set single season franchise
records in gross (48.15) and net averages
(42.7), while ranking third and fourth in
the NFL, respectively, in both categories.
The Eagles 2017 special teams unit featured
rookie kicker Jake Elliott, who enjoyed a
historic rookie campaign, kicking the longest
regular-season (61 yards vs. NYG in Week
3) and postseason FGs (53 yards in the
Divisional Round vs. Atl.) in franchise and
NFL rookie history. He also kicked the two
longest FGs by a rookie in Super Bowl history
(42 and 46 yards) in Philadelphia’s 41-33
win vs. New England in Super Bowl LII.
Philadelphia ranked second in the NFL in
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2016 with a franchise record 27.314 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 TDs (two). 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.
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.
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.
ROY ISTVAN ASSISTANT OFFENSIVE LINE COACH
Roy Istvan was named the Eagles’ assistant
offensive line coach during the 2019 offseason
and joins the coaching staff from Keiser
University, where he served as the Seahawks’
assistant head coach, offensive coordinator,
and offensive line coach during the school’s
inaugural football season in 2018. Prior to his
year at Keiser, Istvan served as the offensive
coordinator and offensive line coach at Cornell
University for three seasons (2014-16).
From 2008-13, Istvan coached the offensive
line at the University of Rhode Island and
took on the added responsibility of offensive
coordinator during his final three seasons
(2011-13). He joined the Rhode Island coaching
staff after a five-year stint with the University
of Buffalo. During his first three years with the
Bulls, Istvan worked as the team’s run game
coordinator/offensive line coach, prior to
serving as offensive coordinator from 2004-05.
Istvan began his coaching career in 1990 as
a graduate assistant at Southern Connecticut
State University, where he worked alongside
Eagles offensive line/run game coordinator
Jeff Stoutland, who served as the Owls
offensive coordinator from 1988-92. Istvan
played under Stoutland at SCSU and went
on to coach at his alma mater for 11 years.
Istvan and his wife, Kristin, have three children:
Jaylin and twins Kambria and Zachariah.
NATHAN OLLIE ASSISTANT DEFENSIVE LINE COACH
Nathan Ollie joins the Eagles’ coaching staff
from Eastern Kentucky where he spent the
2018 season as the team’s defensive line coach.
Prior to his year at Eastern Kentucky,
Ollie served as a graduate assistant at the
University of Tennessee from 2015-17. During
his time at Tennessee, Ollie worked with
Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett, who set
a new school record with 33.0 career sacks,
surpassing the previous record of 32.0 set
by Pro Football Hall of Famer and Eagles
legend Reggie White (1980-83). Near the
end of the 2017 season, Ollie served as the
Volunteers’ interim defensive line coach.
Ollie played on the defensive line at Ball
State from 2010-13. A three-time All-Mid-
American Conference selection, he served
as a captain as a senior in 2013 and was
also named the team’s defensive MVP.