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Matt Viggiano
Position: Head Coach
Experience: 7 Years
Matt Viggiano Biography
Courtesy: Marist Athletics
Release: 01/01/2011

Matt Viggiano begins his seventh year leading his alma mater's men's soccer program. 2011 was a year to remember for Viggiano and the Red Foxes as he saw Krystian Witkowski close his decorated career as the school's first-ever MLS draftee when he was chosen by the Philadelphia Union in the Second Round of the Supplemental Draft. Freshman Matt Wendelken also became the first-ever Marist athlete to represent the school on the U.S. level as he participated at the U.S. Under-20 National Team Camp. After two consecutive seasons of .500 soccer, the Red Foxes finished their 2011 campaign with a 8-7-5 record and an appearance in the MAAC Tournament Semifinals.

In addition to their continued maturation on the field, the Red Foxes have excelled in the classroom. The team has received the NCAA public recognition award in 2008 and 2009, placing them in the top-10 percent of all men's soccer programs in the country. The squad has also garnered two ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District Awards from Chris Nacca and Joe Touloumis, as well as amassing 20 MAAC All-Academic Team selections. In 2009, Touloumis was named Marist's ninth Academic All-American by ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA, the first men's soccer player to earn the award. In 2013, six Red Foxes were named to the MAAC All-Academic team; Matel Anasta, Steven Arraiano, Matty Berman, Connor Flatley, Connor Preece, and MJ Stellwag.

During the 2009 season, Viggiano led the team to a new level of success. The Red Foxes were ranked in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) North Atlantic Region during eight out of 10 weeks of the regular season, the most in program history. The team placed as high as third on the list after consecutive one-goal road wins at Army and Drexel. Marist began the 2009 season with a record of 3-0-1, the team's best start since 2003. Individually, three players garnered weekly awards from the MAAC on five occasions during the regular season.

The Red Foxes defense was able to keep the team in the game each time out. Marist ranked third in the MAAC in shutouts (six), goals against average (1.24) and goals allowed (23, 1.28/game). Against conference foes, the Red Foxes had individuals rank in the top-two in points, points per game, goals, goals per game and assists. Additionally, Viggiano's players led the league in game-winning goals and saves.

In November 2006 Viggiano became just the third coach in Marist men's soccer history, replacing his mentor Bobby Herodes. He began his coaching career serving under Herodes and helped to form the nucleus of the first Marist team to qualify for the NCAA tournament in 2000. His coaching experience includes two stints as an assistant at his alma mater (1998-99, and 2002-2005), as well as stops as the head coach at Marywood University and Purchase College and assistant positions at Iona and Elmira College.

Viggiano earned a Bachelor's degree in American Studies from Marist in 1999 and a Master's Degree in Health and Physical Education with a concentration in Sport Management from East Stroudsburg University in 2003.

The Mamaroneck N.Y., native holds National and Advanced National diplomas from the NSCAA and has coached extensively at the club level, in addition to his experience with the Olympic Development Program.

Viggiano began his collegiate playing career at the University at Albany, where as a freshman starter he spearheaded the Great Danes to a national ranking and a berth in the NCAA tournament. Viggiano played for the Red Foxes from 1996-1998 and was a two-year starter and team captain.

His playing experience includes stints in the Semi-Professional Cosmopolitan League as well as being an eight-time member of the Hudson Valley's men's soccer team at the Empire State Games. His squads have taken home two gold medals, along with two silvers, and two bronze.

He currently resides in Wappingers Falls, N.Y. with his wife Elizabeth and daughters Maia and Shae.

Viggiano's Record at Marist

Year

Overall Record

MAAC Record

Result

2007

6-8-4

3-3-3

MAAC Quarterfinals

2008

3-13-2

0-8-1

10th in MAAC

2009

8-8-2

4-4-1

5th in MAAC

2010

9-9

4-5

7th in MAAC

2011

8-7-5

4-4-1

MAAC Semifinals

2012

5-10-1

1-6

10th in MAAC

Total

39-55-14

16-30-6

 

Postseason Accolades Earned Under Viggiano:

Academic All-American (2): 2010-Joe Touloumis (1st Team). 2009-Joe Touloumis (3rd Team).

CoSIDA Academic All-District (7): 2011-Krystian Witkowksi (1st) & Tim Garger (1st). 2010-Joe Touloumis (1st) & Krystian Witkowski (2nd). 2009-Joe Touloumis (1st). 2008-Chris Nacca (1st) & Joe Touloumis (2nd).

NSCAA All-North Atlantic Region Team (5): 2011-Krystian Witkowski (2nd) & Stephan Brossard (3rd). 2010-Krystian Witkowski (2nd) & Stephan Brossard (3rd). 2009-Krystian Witkowski (3rd).

First Team All-MAAC (5): 2011-Stephan Brossard & Krystian Witkowski. 2010-Stephan Brossard & Krystian Witkowski. 2009-Krystian Witkowski.

Second Team All-MAAC (1): 2010-Josh Faga

MAAC All-Rookie (11): 2011-Dylan Lee & Matt Wendelken. 2010-Tony Carreras & Gerry Ceja. 2009-Stephan Brossard. 2008-Alex George, Lucas Szabo & Krystian Witkowski. 2007-Steven Morales, Nico Mossa & Joe Touloumis

MAAC All-Tournament Team (2): 2011-Lucas Szabo & Krystian Witkowski.

MAAC All-Academic Team (41): 2011-Josh Faga, Nicolas Fedus, Tim Garger, Alex George, Fred Osborne, Anthony Rozmus, Lucas Szabo & Krystian Witkowski. 2010-Rob Bronski, Tim Garger, Alex George, Josh Lavorato, Michael McGowan, Jason Nacca, Fred Osborne, Joe Pilla, Anthony Rozmus, Lucas Szabo, Joe Touloumis & Krystian Witkowski. 2009-Rob Bronski, Thomas DeBenedetto, Tim Garger, Alex George, Michael McGowan, Jason Nacca, Fred Osborne, Lucas Szabo, Joe Touloumis & Krystian Witkowski. 2008-Rob Bronski, Marcelo del Rio, Greg Lloyd, Michael McGowan, Chris Nacca, Jason Nacca & Joe Touloumis. 2007-Shareif Ali, Marcelo del Rio, Chris Nacca & Tyler Vinal

 

 

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