Matt Viggiano is in his 11th year leading his alma mater's men's soccer program in 2017.
In 2016, the Red Foxes finished with an 11-7-1 overall record, including a 5-2-1 non-conference record, the best in Viggiano's tenure and a 6-4 record in the MAAC. The Red Foxes earned the #4 seed in the MAAC Championship and hosted first round playoff game for the first time in program history. Marist had the ECAC Offensive Player of the Year, the MAAC Offensive Player of the Year as well as two First Team All-MAAC selections, one Second Team All-MAAC selections, one All-Rookie Team selection and an NSCAA First Team All-Region selection. The team as a whole finished 13th in the country and first in the MAAC in scoring offense with 1.89 goals per game, 21st in the nation and first in the MAAC in total goals with 36, 22nd in the nation and first in the MAAC in points per game with 5.26, 27th in the country and second in the MAAC in total points with 100 and 34th in the nation and second in the MAAC in saves per game with 4.63. The Red Foxes also ranked 50th in the country and third in the MAAC in total assists with 28, 57th in the country and fourth in the MAAC in save percentage at 0.772, 58th in the country and fifth in the MAAC in shots per game with 13.37 and 59th in the country and third in the MAAC in won-loss-tie percentage at .605.
In 2015, the Red Foxes finished the season with a record of 7-9-2 with an even better 5-3-2 in MAAC play, earning the #3 seed in the conference tournament in Orlando, Florida. Forward, Cameron Harr, and midfielder, Simon Lund Jorgensen both earned a spot on the Second Team All-MAAC and All-Rookie team as well.
Former Red Fox, Matty Berman, was signed to play for the innagural team of the New Jersey Copa Football Club, beginning in 2016.
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 under Viggiano. The team received the NSCAA College Team Academic Award in 2016, the NCAA public recognition award in 2008 and 2009, where they placed in the top 10 percent of all men's soccer programs in the country. The squad has garnered two ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District Awards from Chris Nacca and Joe Touloumis and has amassed 67 MAAC All-Academic Team selections. In 2009, Touloumis was named Marist's ninth Academic All-American by ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA and the first men's soccer player to earn the award.
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 them 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 per 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 by replacing his mentor Bobby Herodes. Viggiano began his coaching career serving under Herodes and helped 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 2002-05) as well as stops as the head coach at Marywood University and SUNY Purchase 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.
He currently resides in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., with his wife Elizabeth and daughters Maia and Shae.
Viggiano's Record at Marist
|Year||Overall Record||MAAC Record||Result|
|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|
|2012||5-10-1||1-6||10th in MAAC|
|2013||3-15||2-8||11th in MAAC|
|2014||7-7-4||3-5-2||8th in MAAC|
Marist Postseason Accolades Under Viggiano
MAAC Offensive Player of the Year (1): 2016 - Cameron Harr
ECAC Offensive Player of the Year (1): 2016 - Cameron Harr
MAAC Co-Rookie of the Year (1): 2015 - Cameron Harr
Academic All-American (2): 2010 - Joe Touloumis (First Team). 2009 - Joe Touloumis (Third Team).
CoSIDA Academic All-District (7): 2011 - Krystian Witkowksi (First Team) and Tim Garger (First Team). 2010 - Joe Touloumis (First Team) and Krystian Witkowski (Second Team). 2009 - Joe Touloumis (First Team). 2008 - Chris Nacca (First Team) and Joe Touloumis (Second Team).
NSCAA All-North Atlantic Region Team (6): 2016 - Cameron Harr (First Team) 2011 - Krystian Witkowski (Second Team) and Stephan Brossard (Third Team). 2010 - Krystian Witkowski (Second Team) and Stephan Brossard (Third Team). 2009 - Krystian Witkowski (Third Team).
First Team All-MAAC (6): 2016 - Cameron Harr and Simon Lund Jorgensen 2011 - Stephan Brossard and Krystian Witkowski. 2010 - Stephan Brossard and Krystian Witkowski. 2009 - Krystian Witkowski.
Second Team All-MAAC (6): 2016 - Kevin Kappock 2015 - Cameron Harr, Simon Lund Jorgensen. 2012 - Stephen Brossard and Josh Faga. 2010 - Josh Faga
MAAC All-Rookie (18): 2016 - Samad Bounthong 2015 - Cameron Harr, Simon Lund Jorgensen. 2014 - Kevin Kappock and Erik Dahl. 2012 - Cesar Ceja and Simon Laugsand. 2011 - Dylan Lee and Matt Wendelken. 2010 - Tony Carreras and Gerry Ceja. 2009 -Stephan Brossard. 2008 - Alex George, Lucas Szabo and Krystian Witkowski. 2007 - Steven Morales, Nico Mossa and Joe Touloumis.
MAAC All-Tournament Team (2): 2011- Lucas Szabo and Krystian Witkowski.
MAAC All-Academic Team (67): 2016 - Simon Lund Jorgensen, Mark Rajovic, Drew Sullivan, Jae Wong 2015- Steven Arraiano, Erik Dahl, Connor Flatley, Connor Preece, Mark Rajovic, Drew Sullivan, Jae Wong. 2014 - Steven Arraiano, Matty Berman, Connor Flatley, Connor Preece, MJ Stellwag and Jae Wong. 2013 - Matel Anasta, Steven Arraiano, Matty Berman, Connor Flatley, Connor Preece, and MJ Stellwag. 2012 - Josh Faga, Anthony Rozmus and Nicolas Fedus. 2011 - Josh Faga, Nicolas Fedus, Tim Garger, Alex George, Fred Osborne, Anthony Rozmus, Lucas Szabo and 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 and Krystian Witkowski. 2009 - Rob Bronski, Thomas DeBenedetto, Tim Garger, Alex George, Michael McGowan, Jason Nacca, Fred Osborne, Lucas Szabo, Joe Touloumis and Krystian Witkowski. 2008 - Rob Bronski, Marcelo del Rio, Greg Lloyd, Michael McGowan, Chris Nacca, Jason Nacca and Joe Touloumis. 2007 - Shareif Ali, Marcelo del Rio, Chris Nacca and Tyler Vinal.