Former Assistants Continue to Move up Ranks

Contact: Justin Long

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Matt O'Toole (2nd from left) and Matt Edwards (far right)
recently accepted head coaching jobs at Division III schools.

AMHERST, Mass. – In the past eight months, three former assistant coaches for the Amherst College men’s soccer team have taken head coaching positions at Division III institutions.

Most recently, Matt O’Toole and Matt Edwards were named head coaches at Clark University and Knox College, respectively. O’Toole officially began his duties with the Cougars on Monday, while Edwards will begin his stint with the Prairie Fire in April.

“[Assistant coach Brian] Hamm and I couldn’t be happier for Matt and Matt, or prouder,” says Amherst head coach Justin Serpone. “They were such a big part of our success last fall and they’ll be missed. The whole Amherst Soccer community wishes them the very best throughout their careers. They will always be Lord Jeffs.”

O’Toole and Edwards played a pivotal role in Amherst’s success during the 2011 season. The Lord Jeffs were unbeaten in their first 13 games (11-0-2) and won the second NESCAC title in program history. They then advanced to the NCAA Championship Round of 16 after winning two tournament games. Amherst led the NESCAC in several statistical categories and featured the conference’s Player of the Year.

Last July, Shane Rineer—who served as one of Amherst’s assistants during the 2010 season—was named the interim head coach at Haverford College. His interim tag was removed immediately following his debut season with the Fords, whose 11-6-2 season marked the first double-digit win total for the program since 2000. Their 5-4 conference record under Rineer marked the first winning record in league play since 2001, while they finished the 2011 campaign on a nine-game unbeaten string.

“We don’t look at our assistant coaches and say, ‘What can you do for us?’ We look at them and say, ‘What can we do for you?’ Amherst Soccer is about helping people achieve their goals and be their best.  This doesn’t just go for our players, but also for our coaches.”