Head Coach | U17 Boys
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Matt Jones is in his second year after being named the head men’s soccer coach at The College of Saint Rose on February 24, 2011.
“I am extremely excited at the opportunity to attract top class players and create a competitive culture in which our student-athletes will be successful both in the classroom and on the pitch at Saint Rose,” said Jones. “Our staff and players look forward to playing an attractive brand of soccer that will excite our supporters and create a positive environment.”
An outstanding former student-athlete at Saint Rose, Jones was a three-year captain and four-year starter as a central midfielder for the Golden Knights from 1999-02. He closed out his playing career as the school’s third all-time leading point producer (48) and goal scorer (17) and tied for second in assists (14).
“We are very excited to have Matt join our staff at Saint Rose. He is the right person to move our men’s soccer program in a new direction. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the program, along with high goals and expectations. Matt knows what it takes to build a successful program at Saint Rose and is ready to get started,” said Saint Rose Athletics Director Cathy Haker.
Jones has outstanding soccer acumen and is someone who has been a mainstay in local soccer circles. He spent both the 2008 and 2009 seasons as an assistant coach for the Golden Knights women’s soccer program that advanced to the NCAA Tournament national semifinals and won consecutive Northeast-10 Conference championships. He was involved with all phases of the Golden Knights renowned program including developing tactical and technical training, recruiting, and scouting.
Jones also served an assistant coach for the men’s program at nearby Siena College where he helped recruit a class that eventually produced three MAAC All-Conference performers in their rookie year as well as one professional player. Prior to his tenure in Loudonville, he spent a year as the head coach of the men’s soccer program at HVCC where he guided the Vikings to the 2005 NJCAA Regional Tournament.
Jones has furthermore worked with the some of the Capital Region’s finest young male and female players throughout the past seven years with both the Black Watch Premier and Albany Alleycats club teams. He additionally developed a youth academy within the Black Watch Premier program that grew to 45 members throughout its initial 45 days of existence.
Jones, an ongoing student of the game, has earned an Advanced National Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. He has also received four additional diplomas from the NSCAA and is now a business owner and Co-Founder of First Touch Soccer USA.