Worcester, Mass. – Matt O'Toole, an assistant at one of the most successful programs in the country with extensive ties to New England, has been tabbed as head men's soccer coach at Clark (Mass.) University it was announced today by Director of Athletics and Recreation, Sean Sullivan.
"We are thrilled to offer Coach O'Toole the opportunity to coach and lead our men's soccer program," said Sullivan. "His understanding of how Athletics can positively impact the health of an institution reveals an appreciation and desire to attain not only competitive success but support the holistic education of our students. He will be of tremendous benefit to our department and University."
O'Toole brings with him an impressive resume of accomplishments and accolades and was most recently an assistant coach at Amherst College, the nation's tenth ranked Division III program in 2011.
While with the Lord Jeffs, O'Toole helped guide them to both the NESCAC regular season and tournament championships and the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Thanks in part to his tutelage, the 2011 Lord Jeffs led the NESCAC in 14 different statistical categories, including all 8 offensive rankings – news that should bode well for future Clark soccer teams.
"I am extremely excited and honored to accept the head coaching position for men's soccer at Clark University," said O'Toole. "I look forward to working closely with the athletic department family as well as the extended Clark community in the development of our students."
Prior to Amherst, O'Toole was the head coach at Bridgewater College in Virginia for two seasons (2009 and 2010), where he recruited a trio of all-conference performers, as well as battled with 2010 NCAA Finalist, Lynchburg College and traditional Mid-Atlantic powers Virginia Wesleyan, Roanoke and North Carolina Wesleyan.
O'Toole has spent time in the Division I ranks, serving as an assistant coach at the University of Richmond for five seasons (2004-08). While on the Spider sidelines, he helped lead Richmond to the Atlantic-10 semifinals in 2006 and in competition against some of the strongest Division I programs in the country.
No stranger to the NEWMAC, O'Toole actually got his start at league rival Wheaton where he helped guide the Lyons to a NEWMAC regular season (2002) and conference tournament title (2003) in his two seasons. Wheaton compiled a 34-8-2 overall record during his stay and advanced to the NCAA Final Four in 2003 – a season in which they won 19 games.
O'Toole also brings with him an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and USSF "B" coaching license and a lengthy pedigree of club and camp coaching experience.
Following a stellar four-year career Providence College that saw him start 64 of 65 games and earn All-New England honors, O'Toole was invited to train with three different Major League Soccer clubs, as well as with Bohemians FC of the Eircom Premier League of Ireland.
A native of Norwell, Mass. and 2001 graduate of PC with a degree in marketing, O'Toole is currently pursuing a master's degree in Sports Leadership at Northeastern University.
He will begin his duties at Clark on Monday, March 5.