Huntsville, Ala. – The University of Alabama in Huntsville Department of Athletics announced on Wednesday the hiring of Matt Watts to be the program’s next men’s head soccer coach.
“I want to thank the athletic staff at UAH for inviting me to be a part of the Charger family,” Watts said. “I am absolutely delighted to accept the position. UAH has a great athletic tradition, and I can’t wait to get stuck in and help the men’s soccer team be a part of that.”
Watts comes to Huntsville after spending the previous two seasons at Delta State University where he turned around the program in the short timeframe, taking the Statesmen to the championship game of the Gulf South Conference Tournament this past season while capturing GSC Coach of the Year honors. Delta State won four conference games during the 2012 year – a number that matched the total number of conference wins in the six years before Watts took over.
He mentored the 2012 GSC Co-Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year Cauê Da Silva who also was named to the Daktronics All-America Honorable Mention team – all firsts at DSU.
“We are delighted to have Matt Watts take the helm of our men’s soccer program,” said UAH Director of Athletics Dr. E. J. Brophy. “To hire the reigning Coach of the Year in the Gulf South Conference is a real coup for us and we look forward to having him on board and to quickly improving our team.”
Prior to his time in Cleveland, Miss., Watts was an assistant for Bill Elliott at the University of West Florida. There he aided in guiding the team to the 2010 conference title, and the Argos featured three all-conference selections and the Freshman of the Year.
Watts gained his first stint of collegiate coaching experience at the University of Mobile – his alma mater – during the 2009 season, and the team won the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference title that year.
During his playing days, Watts – a native of London, England – was twice named an All-American while playing at the University of Mobile where he helped lead the team to two NAIA National Tournaments and a GCAC championship. In two seasons at Mobile, Watts scored 11 goals and notched nine assists to total 31 points.
In addition to his All-America accolades, Watts was a two-time all-conference and all-region selection.
Prior to coming over to the United States, Watts played three seasons for the Norwich City Football Club.
Courtesy UAH Media Relations