MATT WATTS | HEAD COACH
Nova Southeastern University Director of Athletics Michael Mominey announced the hiring of Matt Watts on Jan. 20, to take over the Sharks' men's soccer program as head coach.
"Matt is an impressive young man who has a vision, the passion and the mindset bring our men's soccer program back to national prominence," Mominey said. "We are all excited to work with him and provide the resources in which to do so. Coming to us as a proven head coach from two highly respected DII athletic programs, we know he will fit right into our culture of the student-centered approach that we so deeply believe in."
Watts will join the NSU coaching staff after very successful stints over the past five years as the head coach at two prominent South Region contenders Alabama-Huntsville and Delta State. As he has demonstrated time and time again, Watts will be looking to turnaround the Sharks' men's soccer program that has finished below .500 the past four seasons.
"I am honored and privileged to be named as the new head men's soccer coach of the NSU Sharks," Watts said. "I cannot thank Mr. Mominey enough for the opportunity to lead this program forward in the Sunshine State Conference and nationally in NCAA division II. NSU is a beautiful area and campus to recruit and I am excited to work at such a top-class, quality institution both athletically and academically. I look forward to working with quality student athletes that will represent Nova Southeastern to the highest standard on the pitch, in the classroom and in the community. I have no doubt that through hard work, discipline and teamwork that NSU men's soccer will continue to improve and grow."
Upon arriving at Alabama-Huntsville in January 2013, Watts took over a Chargers' men's soccer team that had finished the 2012 season with only one win. In less than a year, he turned the program around and guided UAH to a 10-win season. In his three seasons at UAH, Watts has accumulated a 33-16-3 overall record and a .683 winning percentage. He has also taken the program to new heights with the team receiving NSCAA top-25 rankings for the first time in 18 years in both 2014 and 2015. For his success on the field, he was been recognized as the GSC Coach of the Year in 2015.
With a keen eye for recognizing superb talent, in three seasons Watts managed to recruit and coach two Gulf South Conference Freshmen of the Year, two GSC Players of the Year, 20 GSC All-Conference, 22 All-Region and one All-American student-athlete. He also recognizes those who achieve in the classroom helping his student-athletes achieve a 3.02 GPA to earn UAH's first-ever NSCAA Academic Excellence award.
Prior to UAH, Watts spent two seasons at fellow GSC member Delta State as the head coach. During his tenure with the Statesmen, he led the program to a 14-22-1 overall record setting individual season records along the way. In 2012, he guided the program that had never reached the GSC tournament to the GSC Tournament final for the first time in school history and earned GSC Coach of the Year honors.
Before taking on the head job at DSU, Watts spent two seasons as West Florida from 2009-2011. He helped lead the Argonauts to their fifth consecutive GSC Championship and NCAA national tournament appearance. From 2008-2009, he was the assistant coach at his alma mater University of Mobile.
Watts has an extensive player career as an amateur, collegiate and professional. Before coming stateside, he played for Norwich City F.C. from 2002-2004. As a collegian, he spent one season at SUNY-Oneonta, one season at SSC rival Lynn (2006) and finished his career at the University of Mobile (2007-2008) where he was a two team All-GCAC, All-Region and All-American selection. In 2008, he was named GCAC Player of the Year. In 2008-09, he played in the professional development league for the Panama City Pirates.
In addition to his many coaching and playing accolades, Watts holds an FA Level 2 Certificate, NSCAA National Diploma, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and a NSCAA Premier Diploma. He holds a bachelors degree in communication studies/advertising/public relations from the University of Mobile and a masters in health, leisure and exercise from the Department of Physical Education from the University of West Florida.