Sports Performance Coaching Staff
Matthew Herhal
Associate Director of Sport Performance
Coach Info:
Position: Associate Director of Sport Performance
Hometown: Pottstown, Pa.
Alma Mater: University of Connecticut
Graduating Year: 2002
Major: Exercise Physiology
Phone: 212-854-4020

Matthew Herhal is in his 11th year in the Columbia Department of Intercollegiate Athletics as its associate director of sport performance.


Herhal primarily works with the Lions’ women’s basketball, baseball, men’s and women’s golf and men’s swimming and diving teams. He arrived in Morningside Heights as Columbia’s Director of Football Sports Performance/Assistant Strength Coach in 2006, a position he held for six years. In addition, Herhal has also worked with the Columbia men’s and women’s soccer, softball, field hockey and women’s lacrosse teams.


He arrived at Columbia following two years (2004-06) as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at his alma mater, the University of Connecticut. At UConn, he served as the primary strength and conditioning coach for the Huskies’ baseball, field hockey and men’s ice hockey teams. He also assisted with UConn’s football and men’s and women’s track and field squads.


Prior to returning to UConn, Herhal served as a strength and conditioning coach and fitness center coordinator at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where he primarily worked with the Hawks’ men’s basketball team that reached the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight in 2004. He also was a sports performance coach at Summit Sports Training Center in Bryn Mawr, Pa. and has served time as an assistant strength coach with the Reading Royals of the ECHL.


A four-year member of UConn’s ice hockey team that competed for the 2000 MAAC Championship. As a defenseman with the Huskies, Herhal saw action in 100 career games and accumulated 54 points, 25 goals and 29 assists. He then went on to play professional hockey with the Knoxville Speed (UHL), Reading Royals (ECHL) and York Icecats (NEHL).


Herhal graduated in 2002 from Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in science exercise physiology. As a graduate assistant in Storrs, he completed coursework toward a master’s degree in kinesiology.


A Pottstown, Pa. native, Herhal is a certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Association (CSCCa) and United States Weightlifting (USAW).