Sacred Heart University Executive Director of Athletics Bobby Valentine announced the hiring of Matt Micros as the Pioneers head women’s soccer coach. Micros is the third coach in the Pioneers Division I history.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Matt to the Sacred Heart family,” said Valentine. “With a decade’s worth of experience as a head coach and twice that in the coaching ranks, Matt has shown the ability to succeed at every level. We look forward to him continuing that success as a Pioneer.”
Micros has spent the past seven seasons as the head coach at Post University, his second stint as the Eagles head coach. Under his tutelage, the Eagles have made six playoff appearances, three ECAC Tournament semifinals and won the ECAC in 2015. Micros was named the 2014 Coach of the Year in the CACC, leading the Eagles to the program’s best-ever records, 12-6-1.
“I am honored and humbled to be named the women’s soccer coach at Sacred Heart University,” said Micros. “I would like to extend my thanks to Bobby Valentine, Deputy AD Brad Hurlbut and Senior Associate AD Mike Guastelle, for their trust and confidence to entrust the program to my leadership. As difficult as it is to leave Post University, the opportunity to return to coach at a school I attended, is too good to pass up. I am excited to get to work and look forward to getting to know the members of our program, the Department of Athletics and the University.”
In addition to his collegiate coaching, Micros is the co-owner and founder of the Connecticut Football Club. He directly oversees the United program, and has coached the nationally ranked U15 and U16 teams, totaling 11 Connecticut State Cup Championships. In addition, Micros coached his CFC squad to the National Semifinals in 2013.
The development of players that can excel at the next level has been paramount in the growth of CFC under Micros’ leadership. In the last decade alone, 127 CFC players have signed to play at Division I schools including: Boston College, Clemson, Indiana, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Penn, Penn State, and West Virginia.
Micros served as the head coach of the Connecticut Olympic Development Program from 1997-2004, leading the team to a National Finals appearance in 2003. During that time, he coached numerous elite players, including Alyssa Naeher, a goalkeeper with the US Women’s National Team.
“What initially drew our attention to Matt were his strong connections to the women’s soccer community in the state of Connecticut.” said Brad Hurlbut, deputy director of athletics. “After digging a little deeper, it became readily apparent that he also has tremendous respect among his peers on the regional and national level as well. Matt brings to Sacred Heart an infectious spirit as well as an unmatched dedication to the sport of women’s soccer. We are thrilled to welcome him to the Pioneer Family and are confident in his abilities to build a championship level team in Fairfield.”
Micros graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in American Studies. He earned an M.S. in Television, Radio & Film from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications in 1990 and attended SHU’s Graduate School of Education in 1995-96.
A native of Pittsford, N.Y., Micros resides in Stratford, Conn., with his wife Katy.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT MATT MICROS
Alyssa Naeher – US Women’s National Team Goalkeeper; Connecticut ODP Alumna
I was in my early teens when Matt coached me and he kept the fun in the game. He was able to balance enjoying the sport with wanting to win, and that balance, helped me continue to grow and develop because I continued to love what I was doing. He created that family, tight-knit environment and brought a bunch of us together that no one had heard of and put a good product on the field.
Sean Driscoll – Head Coach, Princeton University – Ivy League Coach of the Year, 2015 & 2017
“Sacred Heart University has landed a truly talented coach and incredible human being in Matt Micros. I have known Matt for two decades and have had a front row seat to his coaching career. In that time, I have seen him transform every team he has worked with at the high school, club and college level. In short, he is a winner. His tireless efforts, attention to detail and genuine care for every one of his players have been the key to his success. He also boasts a vast recruiting network and a keen eye for talent, which are two attributes that will help him to make an immediate impact on the future roster. Most importantly, the current student-athletes will respond to his passion for the game, desire for greatness and his vision for the program. I could not be more excited for Matt and Sacred Heart as I believe it is a perfect match.”
Magnus Nilerud – Head Coach, University of Bridgeport - 2015 NCAA Division II Coach of the Year
“Matt’s passion and experience, along with his ties to the soccer community in the northeast will be an excellent asset to Sacred Heart University. He will bring immediate success to the program and establish it into one of the NEC contenders every year”
Kerry Scalora– UPenn Women’s Soccer Alumna & CFC Alumna - All-Ivy League Selection, Penn Team Captain, High School All-America at Berlin High School
“SHU women’s soccer is getting a coach that will have a positive influence on their lives now, and in the future. I can say with confidence that my success on the field and in the Ivy League classroom is because of Matt’s influence. Matt’s soccer acumen and insight into the game is elite, and the potential for him to make an immediate impact with the Pioneers is bright.”