Matthew Engelbert, who has 29 years of collegiate experience, is in his fifth season as Arkansas’ director of video.
Engelbert oversees the video department responsible for ensuring the Razorback coaches and student-athletes are able to utilize video to study themselves and opponents. He is also responsible for making video of recruits available to the coaching staff.
Engelbert has been instrumental in bringing to Fayetteville college football’s first virtual reality technology that utilizes real practice footage. Arkansas was one of just a handful of schools to adopt the system from STRIVR Labs, Inc., prior to the 2015 season. Engelbert has trained his staff, coaches and student-athletes to use the technology most effectively so the Razorbacks earn a competitive advantage on the field.
The first 24 years of Engelbert’s career were spent at Iowa, where he earned conference and national recognition for leading the Hawkeyes’ video department to a premier level. He was named Big Ten Conference Video Coordinator of the Year three times, most recently in 2010-11, when he also was recognized as the National Video Coordinator of the Year.
Engelbert oversaw many technological upgrades during his time at Iowa. In 2011, he headed a Big Ten committee to develop an improved standard of acquiring game video. The Hawkeyes were one of the first college football programs in the country to shoot in high definition beginning with the 2011 season. He also had Iowa ahead of the curve in 1999 when it was the first program in the nation to use Beta SX and in 2004 when the Hawkeyes adopted Smart Acquisition Technology that allowed for shooting video directly to portable drives and eliminated most tapes. In addition, he also created the Iowa Football Fan Fest.
In his 24 seasons at Iowa, the Hawkeyes claimed three Big Ten championships, won 166 games and advanced to 16 bowl games, including two Orange Bowls and one Rose Bowl. During that time, Iowa also produced 36 All-Americans, nine consensus first-team All-Americans and 77 NFL Draft picks.
Engelbert earned his bachelor’s degree in sports management from Iowa in 1993. He and his wife Dana, have two sons, Colin and Andrew.