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Mar 24, 2018
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Department of Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation: Hall of Fame

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Matt Jones

Class of 1999, Soccer & Basketball

Matt Jones achieved great success on the BH-BL soccer team, where he was an All- American nominee, All East Region selection, and All State selection in 1998. He was also a Section 2 First Team selection in 1997 and 1998, First Team Suburban Council selection and runner-up for Suburban Council Player of Year in 1998 and a second team Suburban Council selection in 1996.

Matt attended The College of Saint Rose, where he was the men's soccer captain for three years. He ended his career at Saint Rose third on the All Time list in points scored. After graduation, Matt played for three years for the New York Shockers, a semi-professional indoor soccer team. He also played for three years on the Albany Highlanders and the Albany Admirals, where he later coached.

Matt was named the head coach for men's soccer at The College of Saint Rose for the 2011-2014 seasons, leading the team to a program best record while competing in NCAA Division 2. He also coached the team to a program first NE-10 Conference Playoffs appearance. Matt was also the assistant coach for the women's soccer team at The College of Saint Rose from 2003-2005 and 2008-2010. Those teams made two appearances at the NCAA Division 2 Final Four. Matt was also the Assistant Coach for the Siena College men’s soccer team, where he recruited three future professional players. Matt has also been the head coach for BH-BL varsity boys soccer, and the Head Coach of the Hudson Valley Community College Men’s Soccer Team, leading the team to the regional playoffs. Matt was the Director of Operations for the Albany WPSL.

Matt is currently the coach for the New England Futbol Club, and a business owner of First Touch Soccer USA, a youth soccer club programming and training organization that provides hundreds of youth soccer players, coaches, and clubs in the Capital Region access to professional soccer training and coaching.