WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 2, 2020) - Head Women's Soccer Coach Alicia Schuck has announced the hiring of Matt McCormick as a new assistant coach. McCormick will begin guiding the Tars in the spring of 2020, as Rollins prepares for a run at a third straight NCAA Tournament appearance in fall 2020.
McCormick joins Rollins after one season as an assistant coach at Shaw University, having proven success with both the men's and women's squads during his time in Raleigh. Upon arrival, McCormick was named interim head coach for both men's and women's programs there. He was responsible for coaching and mentoring in areas of athletics, academic support, and player development while creating curriculums during preseason for both programs. With McCormick on the staff the Bears' women's soccer team tallied a 7-9 mark in only their third season as a varsity program, playing against predominant NCAA Division II competition. McCormick spearheaded recruited initiatives to attract student-athletes into both soccer programs organizing campus visits into the university.
Prior to his time at Shaw, McCormick served as an assistant for the women's team at Lock Haven University. McCormick specialized in player development during his time at LHU. He developed and implemented individualized teaching strategies in order to achieve on-field success and results. During his time at Lock Haven the team collected its highest win total since 2004, going 11-5-1 in 2018, while receiving votes in the national rankings. McCormick helped guide multiple players to career seasons, including Marah Foltz, who's 17 goals in 17 games were enough to make her the PSAC Player of the Year, Atlantic Region Player of the Year, and a United Soccer Coaches and D2CCA All-American selection. In total, four LHU players were selected to the PSAC All-Conference team, the most since 2007. Goalkeeper Bree Hilty flourished, dropping her Goals Against Average by nearly a full point during McCormick's tenure. Hilty finished her career in the top 5 in saves in LHU history. McCormick was assistant camp coordinator for talent identification at ID camps and summer residential camps.
McCormick graduated from Wheeling Jesuit in 2017 with a degree in business administration, with a concentration in marketing. While at Wheeling Jesuit, McCormick was a four-year standout on the men's soccer team as a goalkeeper. McCormick was named captain for his junior and senior years. In addition to being named captain, McCormick led the Cardinals to a 10-8-1 record, which included four wins over nationally ranked teams, including three by shutout. Notably, the Cardinals defeated the No. 1 team in the nation, the University of Charleston, 2-0, handing the Golden Eagles their first Mountain East Conference regular season loss in two years. It was also the first time the University of Charleston had been shut out in two years. McCormick was named an All-Mountain East Conference selection en route to the Cardinal's third-straight postseason appearance. He was ranked as high as twelfth in the country in saves during his junior campaign. In total, McCormick started 34 games, as he recorded 169 saves a Cardinal.
McCormick also holds two records at his high school alma mater, Absegami, for wins in a season, 19, and shutouts in a season,12, in addition to being an integral part of the only championship team in school history within the Cape Atlantic League in South New Jersey.