February 17, 2012

Matt Wilkerson Tabbed Hanover’s Men’s Soccer Head Coach

Release courtesy of Hanover College

HANOVER, IN - Hanover College Athletic Director Lynn Hall has appointed Matt Wilkerson as head men’s soccer coach.

Wilkerson comes to Hanover after nine seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Kentucky. He worked in all areas of the Wildcats’ program, including training sessions, game-planning, opponent scouting and video analysis. He also coordinated domestic and international recruiting, as well as student-athlete academic advising.

“I am very pleased to have Matt join the Hanover athletic staff,” said Hall. “His personality and passion for the game will rejuvenate our men’s soccer program.”

During his time on the Kentucky sidelines, the squad consistently ranked among the top 25 in the nation in both scoring offense and defense. The Wildcats also competed in the NCAA I tournament, captured Mid-American Conference titles in 2003 and 2004, and were Conference USA tournament finalists in 2006 and 2008.

Two Kentucky athletes earned all-American honors and numerous players received all-conference recognition. In addition, three members of the program secured Major League Soccer contracts and two athletes earned contracts with professional teams in Europe.

“I am amazed and excited by the overall comprehensive experience that Hanover offers,” said Wilkerson. “Hanover offers all the resources for student-athletes to maximize their growth and development as students, athletes and people. I look forward to building on the solid foundation that is in place and establishing new standards for the soccer program.”

Prior to his work at Kentucky, Wilkerson was the assistant director of coaching at the Iowa Soccer Club in Iowa City, Iowa, from 2000-2003.

He was the boys’ varsity soccer coach at Iowa City West High School in 2000. The Trojans, ranked fourth nationally that season, posted a 21-1 record and captured the school’s first state championship.

Wilkerson earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Kentucky. He played for two seasons for the Wildcats after transferring from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he competed for two seasons with the Phoenix.

After his college career ended, he played one season in the Eastern Indoor Soccer League before an injury forced him to the sidelines.