Matz Named New UMass Head Coach
Jan. 7, 2010
Courtesy of Massachusetts Athletics
AMHERST, Mass. - Ed Matz, the former Northeastern women's soccer head coach and 2009 Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year, has been named UMass women's soccer head coach, Director of Athletics John McCutcheon announced on Thursday. Matz, who will be the fifth head coach in the history of the program, will begin his first season on the sidelines with the Minutewomen in the fall of 2010.
"We are very excited to welcome Ed and his family to the UMass Athletics family," said McCutcheon. "Ed is a proven winner and brings a great amount of experience to the Minutewomen soccer program. He has a wealth of knowledge in terms of the New England region and has had success on the field as well as in the classroom with his players. We look forward to great success with the women's soccer program."
"I am very excited for the challenge of taking over as head coach at UMass, which has such a rich history of success in women's soccer," said Matz. "My goal is to live up to the team's past accomplishments and to further build off UMass' 2009 Atlantic 10 tournament appearance. Many alumni of the program have gone on to do great things within the sport of soccer and beyond and I look forward to having the student-athletes under my leadership continue this tradition."
Matz is coming off two of the most successful seasons in Northeastern's history. He was tabbed the league's coach of the year in 2009 after guiding the Huskies to their first ever CAA regular season title with a 7-1-3 record in conference play and a 12-4-3 mark overall. In 2008 under his direction, Northeastern won the CAA Championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
In his coaching tenure with the Huskies - nine seasons with the men's team (1996-2004) and 11 with the women's (1999-2009) - Matz posted a combined record of 182-165-41. Both teams were struggling when he was named director of soccer in 1999, though it did not take long for him to put them on a winning course. The men's team won 10 or more games in five of its last six seasons with Matz on the sidelines, and in 2002, Northeastern captured its first America East conference title in men's soccer. He was tabbed America East Coach of the Year in both 2000 and 2002.
Matz shifted his attention solely to the NU women's squad in 2005 when the university hired a head coach for its men's program. After Northeastern had posted losing records in its first three seasons in America East, Matz took over as coach and led the women to winning records in their final five years in the conference. In 2005, the team made the jump to the highly-competitive CAA, and by 2006, Matz took the Huskies to their first CAA Tournament. Matz's teams have succeeded athletically and academically, and for six straight years (2004-2009) Northeastern earned NSCAA All-Academic honors under his direction.
Matz's collegiate experience prior to his time with the Huskies came as a successful coach and recruiter for the women's soccer team at Castleton State College in Castleton, Vt. From 1989-93, Matz led his squad to four NAIA District V playoff appearances. His peers named him Mayflower Conference Coach of the Year in 1992, after earning Co-Coach of the Year honors in both 1990 and 1991.
Matz left Castleton in 1993 and moved his coaching residence to Brookline, Mass., where he took the helm of the men's team at Newbury College. In his one and only season, he guided the team to 12 wins and a runner-up finish in the Southern New England Athletic Conference.
In 1994, Matz joined Northeastern as an assistant men's soccer coach and became the program's head coach two seasons later.
Before moving to the sidelines, Matz distinguished himself on the field as captain of the Green Mountain College men's soccer team in 1988 and 1989. Matz graduated with a degree in Recreation, was named to the Mayflower All-Conference and NAIA All-District teams, and in 1994 was inducted into the Green Mountain Hall of Fame.
Matz currently serves as the Head Coach of the Massachusetts U15 Olympic Development Program. He also coached the U18 FC Greater Boston Bolts to a Mass. State Championship in 2007. Matz has his NSCAA National Coaching License and completed his master's degree in Sports Leadership from Northeastern in 2009.
A native of Woodsville, N.H., Matz resides in Milford with his wife Jenn and daughters Mckenzie (8), Ally (5) and Natalie (3).